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by Smokee
Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: George Washington Rye?
Replies: 27
Views: 2331

Re: George Washington Rye?

I just got back to reading all of the replies (work gets in the way). Great info from everyone! I like to think of myself as a novice. But I in reality, I guess I'm just a beginner. After trying the recipe that I mentioned, and reading everyone's replies, I realize that I made many mistakes. I real...
by Smokee
Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Combining different tails for redistillation
Replies: 21
Views: 1462

Re: Combining different tails for redistillation

I run them through my pot still, I charge the pot with them and run water in the doubler.
by Smokee
Sat Dec 17, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: George Washington Rye?
Replies: 27
Views: 2331

Re: George Washington Rye?

Update: As some of you have told me, the sulfur smell did go away over time. It did take longer than I expected to finish fermenting. After two weeks, I checked the SG and it was 1.014. I racked it into another carboy and waited two more weeks, then checked it again, this time the SG was 0.998. I d...
by Smokee
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: My AG recipe and FG

I don't think the tablespoon sugar helped. I also don't think, that the second pitch of calcium carb was needed. Last time "I keep the temp at 148 for an hour or two". Does it mean you heated to hold the temp or you insulated well to hold it? Heating without stirring would be very bad for conversio...
by Smokee
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: My AG recipe and FG

Gratulations! But please tell us more about the couple little non drastic things. I really didn't do much different... I added the malts at 143*F and let it sit overnight, Iodine test the next morning showed conversion. Transferred to fermenting bucket and aerated then took a gravity reading - 150 ...
by Smokee
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:29 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: My AG recipe and FG

I'm pretty stoked tonight, my latest ferment is down to 1.000. I did a couple little things but nothing drastic. i hope I'm able to keep it going!

Really looking forward to running this one.
by Smokee
Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: best yeast for fruit brandy
Replies: 34
Views: 11483

Re: best yeast for fruit brandy

Two recommendations, then. Next time, don't use oak. Cherry distillate is very subtle. Secondly, age it for a long time. Sometimes, flavors go away during distillation only to reappear after a while. This is especially true for Whiskies. Newmake is often flat and lifeless but gains much of the frui...
by Smokee
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: best yeast for fruit brandy
Replies: 34
Views: 11483

Re: best yeast for fruit brandy

If the variety of cherry you use doesn't have very much flavor, your brandy won't either. I guess my signature is too cryptic, but what I mean to say is that distillation is not magic; it won't summon flavor (or the potential for flavor in the future) where there is none. They were from you neck of...
by Smokee
Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: best yeast for fruit brandy
Replies: 34
Views: 11483

Re: best yeast for fruit brandy

This summer I used about 25lbs of cherries that I pitted and blended into a liquid. I fermented it with Red Star Champagne yeast and didn't get much cherry flavor. I distilled it and put it on some oak and saved it for Christmas. I've read that this yeast doesn't impart much flavor and was curious ...
by Smokee
Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: best yeast for fruit brandy
Replies: 34
Views: 11483

Re: best yeast for fruit brandy

Ferment wise brandy tends to be a little different than most people do wine. For best results, no sulfites, and no sugar, pretty much just fruit juice and yeast. Cuts are hard because fruit flavors tend to hide in the heads. I mostly do brandy and I'm happy to answer any questions you might have. T...
by Smokee
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement

FullySilenced wrote:My local walmart had Manna Pro on the shelf in the feed section... go figure

Happy Stillin,

FS
After talking to them (Manna) yesterday I'm betting you live of the left coast or west of the Mississippi.
by Smokee
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Re: Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement

Sorry, I found some info but didn't get this thread deleted in time.
by Smokee
Fri Dec 09, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement
Replies: 4
Views: 707

Manna Pro Sweetfeed replacement

I'm out of Manna Pro sweetfeed and Walmart.com is out of stock. I found a local feed supply that sells something similar but one of the ingredients is vegetable oil. Anyone have experience with sweetfeed that has vegetable oil? I called Manna Pro and they said it's used to keep dust down, curious if...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:13 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Super thick sweetfeed
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: Super thick sweetfeed

.....aaaand WalMart's out of sweetfeed.
by Smokee
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Super thick sweetfeed
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: Super thick sweetfeed

Only thing I have come to mind is an infection. I've read that some will turn a ferment thick and viscous, even "ropey" whatever the heck that means. Anything unusual about taste or smell, or is it just syrupy? Definitely different taste but not like it's infected though. Yah, this is def a head sc...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Super thick sweetfeed
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Re: Super thick sweetfeed

Did the sweet feed have pellets? No, it's the end of the bag that I made gallons of really good aged whiskey. Honestly, this was suppose to be a no brainer.... just crank out a couple gallons and oak it. +1 Bigbob Once you had the wash made but before fermenting started was it thick already or afte...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Super thick sweetfeed
Replies: 10
Views: 449

Super thick sweetfeed

I've run 25-30 batches of sweetfeed with no problems. In August I started working on an AG recipe and have been relatively successful with it. As my drinking stock is dwindling while working on the AG I though I'd whipped up a 6 gallon batch of sweetfeed exactly like I've always done but this time i...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about oaking
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Question about oaking

I thought of going this route, bought a band saw, cut up some white oak firewood...... In the end I decided against doing it myself and returned the saw. I use Stavin cubes now. I get consistent results with these and don't need to go through all the effort. I didn't care about the work part but I w...
by Smokee
Tue Nov 22, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still only delivering in spurts
Replies: 36
Views: 2388

Re: Pot still only delivering in spurts

Unless you've gutted the hot plate and run it with a controller it will cycle and shut down when it gets too hot. I removed everything from mine... thermostat, thermal breaker, all the wiring.... I have two high temp wires going to the coil, everything else is gone. My temp controller (home made) co...
by Smokee
Sun Nov 20, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: My AG recipe and FG

I checked the PH this morning and it was low... 3.0. I added about a cup of oyster shell chips and have been bumping the temp, it's still bubbling so I'm going to let it run and see where I end up. der wo, I'm going to reread your previous posts. I do remember reading your post about splitting your ...
by Smokee
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

Re: My AG recipe and FG

Thank you both for the feedback! Interestingly, I upped the temp a couple degrees today and it started bubbling again - about 1 co2 ejection every 10-12 seconds through the airlock. I've been thinking about the temp. I used to run it at 80^ but read, during my researching, that this yeast likes it c...
by Smokee
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG recipe and FG
Replies: 14
Views: 769

My AG recipe and FG

I've been working on this for 5-6 weeks now with the same ending. I've searched, researched, read and I'm still getting the same results so I'm going to ask for some help. My AG grain bill is: 6lbs of flaked maize, 2lbs malted rye and 2lbs of malted barley (2 row). I take 5 gallons of water and brin...
by Smokee
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:41 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Pasteurizing cider
Replies: 5
Views: 832

Re: Pasteurizing cider

Wonder if a UV purifier would work? There's the small "pocket" types that you just turn on and put in a glass of water or the bigger, more powerful, unit's that the water runs through. Just spitball'n here.......
by Smokee
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: 10 litre oak barell questions please.
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: 10 litre oak barell questions please.

Check it for radiation!
by Smokee
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Charred oak or lightly toasted oak to get a whisky flavour..
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Re: Charred oak or lightly toasted oak to get a whisky flavo

The general consensus on here is to avoid chips. The idea is to get a good char gradient in the wood from charred on the outside to "raw" in the middle. Chips, being thin, get fricasseed all the way through. I use Stavil beans, heavy toast. These are of American white oak and I find them to be consi...
by Smokee
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash-Off! Liquid Enzymes vs. Malt Grains
Replies: 82
Views: 7792

Re: Mash-Off! Liquid Enzymes vs. Malt Grains

I've been working on my own AG for the last month or so, I'm interested in seeing the FG's on each method. I'm betting 1.010-1.020 FG on #1.
by Smokee
Thu Oct 20, 2016 12:52 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: AG ferment crash
Replies: 25
Views: 739

Re: AG ferment crash

I'll run it, sounds like I might not get that much out of it though - started at 1.070 and worked down to 1.020. That's around 6.5%. Nothing to be ashamed of. Hell, you might even find you like it better from the yeast being all kicked back and mellow. Like contented cows giving better milk, right?...
by Smokee
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: AG ferment crash
Replies: 25
Views: 739

Re: AG ferment crash

My second try mash quit sometime over night, pretty much the same as the first. I haven't checked it yet but would assume it got somewhere near 1.020 like the first mash did. I'm going to try again tomorrow, I'll make another trip to the brew store. I'll keep the mash from going over 148* this time...
by Smokee
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:50 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: AG ferment crash
Replies: 25
Views: 739

Re: AG ferment crash

still_stirrin wrote:
Smokee wrote:...Should I of not gone over 148*? Could this of been why the ferment stopped at 1.020? Thanks in advance!
I think so. Indeed, this is probably to cause of your FG at 1.020.

Next time...
ss
Thanks for your help!
by Smokee
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:25 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: AG ferment crash
Replies: 25
Views: 739

Re: AG ferment crash

My second try mash quit sometime over night, pretty much the same as the first. I haven't checked it yet but would assume it got somewhere near 1.020 like the first mash did. I'm going to try again tomorrow, I'll make another trip to the brew store. I'll keep the mash from going over 148* this time....