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by SaltyStaves
Wed Feb 03, 2021 1:38 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Connection suggestion for home made lyne arm
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: Connection suggestion for home made lyne arm

I made a flared collar that slipped into the union and over the end of the lyne arm.
Possibly a bit difficult to see in this photo, but you can see the bump at the end of the lyne arm before the union.

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by SaltyStaves
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:49 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Connection suggestion for home made lyne arm
Replies: 17
Views: 390

Re: Connection suggestion for home made lyne arm

I use stainless steel unions. I can hold the condenser in one hand and tighten/untighten with the other. Tri-clamps and gasket would be a challenge with a 90 degree angle.

My copper lyne arm is tappered. I didn't overlap the seam and brazed it.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:16 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Retrofit my direct fired brew rig, or build electric boiler?
Replies: 13
Views: 292

Re: Retrofit my direct fired brew rig, or build electric boiler?

I have a 20 gallon mash tun and an 8 gallon pot still. In a single brew day, I can make what I'd consider a bare minimum for a double distilled pot still whisky. I don't know how big your mash tun is, but it doesn't look like it can feed a keg with enough wash to make it worth the effort. Your money...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 30, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Brewed a batch of 'Golden Otter'. Mostly Golden Promise with a bit of Maris Otter.

If I ever invert the grain bill, I'll have to call it Maris Promise.
by SaltyStaves
Fri Jan 29, 2021 4:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Stripping my Golden Promise single malt. It sat a couple of days after finishing and a lacto infection was just getting going. Took a bit off the ABV, but it should make up for it with flavour.

So far, its the least foamy all grain I've ever stripped.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Jan 28, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Couldn't sleep
Replies: 12
Views: 362

Re: Couldn't sleep

I have done it with sugar washes, e.g. UJSSM, Odin's Rye Bread Whiskey, Flaked Barley and Flaked Winter Red Wheat. I stripped them and then blended the low wines to make several varieties of different spirit runs. The 'Gotcha' is the storage space and logistics of what you need to ferment. Most of w...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Analysis Paralysis
Replies: 9
Views: 347

Re: Analysis Paralysis

Welcome.

I would certainly love to have a (copper) 10g Alembic, so don't despair just yet. Let us know what you want to make.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:17 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hi from auckland nz
Replies: 2
Views: 53

Re: hi from auckland nz

Welcome to the forums.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 26, 2021 3:09 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

dieselduo wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 2:40 pm
Made a single malt with maris otter
I didn't have enough leftover Golden Promise (Thomas Fawcett) for a second brew, so I decided to add some Maris Otter (Bairds) to make up the shortfall. The grain tastes a more grassy than the GP.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:09 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My First 2-Row Single Malt Whiskey
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: My First 2-Row Single Malt Whiskey

I'd go for the 3rd option and fix your fermentation batch size shortage. * If you can fill your boiler with the entire contents of a single wash and the previous stripping run low wines, then you haven't fermented enough wash. * If you have to add water to two batches of low wines just to have enoug...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Jan 22, 2021 5:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: First time making whisky
Replies: 7
Views: 299

Re: First time making whisky

Have you got a style of 'Scotch' you are aiming for? What the home brew shop has steered you towards is not a single malt, but closer to a blended malt.
by SaltyStaves
Fri Jan 22, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

TF_Golden Promise.jpg
by SaltyStaves
Wed Jan 20, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Banana blossom gin. I've got a banana flowering now, so it won't be long and I'll have one to use. What parts of the blossom did you use? Banana blossoms.jpg Rinsed and removed the stamens of every individual and immediately dropped them into some high proof spirit (still went brown). It was a fair...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First time using thumper keg
Replies: 3
Views: 168

Re: First time using thumper keg

IdahoShine wrote:
Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:16 pm
will it still work if the vapor just comes in the pot and but the liquid?
No. Sounds like a Slobber box. A picture of your still might lead to a more informed answer though.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:52 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 58
Views: 1192

Re: My Gin Journey

Usually a little more soda water than gin. 2 to 3 times as much.
Most commercial tonics I find too sweet and not bitter/sour enough for my taste.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:22 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 58
Views: 1192

Re: My Gin Journey

2 oz gin (45%ABV) 1 oz tonic syrup, ice and soda water.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 18, 2021 7:02 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Strange question about maximum dilution
Replies: 16
Views: 477

Re: Strange question about maximum dilution

Clae wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 12:06 am
7.5 Liter minimum fill level of my new mini-still...
Clae wrote:
Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:45 pm
It's effectively the same as Otis' Mini Still; 10L mini keg fitted with an element roughly 2" from the bottom.
It doesn't sound fit for purpose. Did you make it or buy it?
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 18, 2021 1:48 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 58
Views: 1192

Re: My Gin Journey

Hi, Yes I have been drinking with the same tonic, well I also made my own tonic but did not like the taste, I will give the recipe below, if you could share your recipe I would be more than happy, this is the one that I made: https://pinchandswirl.com/homemade-tonic-water-for-the-ultimate-gin-and-t...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jan 17, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon spirit run take? How many foreshots to toss? How small collection increments?
Replies: 6
Views: 237

Re: How long should a 30 liter / 8 gallon spirit run take? How many foreshots to toss? How small collection increments?

You cannot have a 40% ABV wash. Not without super yeast... A wash is what you have in your fermenter. It ceases to be called wash when you strip or spirit run it.
'Low wines' would be the common term around here for the first pass through (strip) and 'spirit' if its a finished product.
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jan 17, 2021 3:12 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: My Gin Journey
Replies: 58
Views: 1192

Re: My Gin Journey

Today is day 12 and I had 2 glasses of gin and tonic again, luckily today I did not experience that odd feeling, either I get used to it or it continued to mellow and got better, Have you been drinking it with the same tonic you showed on the first page of this thread? I did a quick look at the web...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: How fast is running a still too fast? Signs of condenser not knocking everything down?
Replies: 3
Views: 172

Re: How fast is running a still too fast? Signs of condenser not knocking everything down?

Get a mirror or a piece of glass. If you have vapour exiting your condenser, then you'll be able to clearly see it.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Banana Rum spirit run. No shortage of banana, but still waiting on the molasses. Hopefully will show up in the later hearts.
by SaltyStaves
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5345
Views: 362999

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

The Bananas this year were a disappointment. Sweet enough, but horrible chalky taste that coats the mouth, making them completely inedible. I'm not one to waste free sugar though, so I mashed them all with some fancy molasses, cut up sugar cane from the freezer and some dunder and used a German whea...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:00 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Small Barrel 5ltr (1 gallon ish
Replies: 4
Views: 234

Re: Small Barrel 5ltr (1 gallon ish

ratdog01 wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:38 am
not sure if being used for sherry it will be any good for aging spirits
Right now, there are literally hundreds of millions of litres of Sherry cask maturing spirits that are quietly sitting on the same continent as you are...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: extreme novice rum distiller - first ferment/run?
Replies: 13
Views: 472

Re: extreme novice rum distiller - first ferment/run?

My first rum was a small charge. Less than a third of what I'd usually ferment. I stripped that and used the dunder to make up a large wash. The low wines from the first strip were added to the low wines from the bigger batch and it all got spirit run together.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hot plates
Replies: 57
Views: 1855

Re: Hot plates

What you need to understand is that the element itself, which is embedded inside that cast iron plate, is designed in a way that when it heats up, it separates (bi-metal bridge) and effectively breaks the circuit. You cannot get to it to modify it. Its a built in safety feature. When the plate is to...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hot plates
Replies: 57
Views: 1855

Re: Hot plates

Seanjohn19 wrote:
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:31 pm
You had the same hotplate? And heat controller? And it didn't work?
Same hotplate. The controller was different, but that doesn't matter. It won't bypass the built-in issue with the plate itself.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hot plates
Replies: 57
Views: 1855

Re: Hot plates

If you guys think it will work and can give me some insight on how if possible to use the heat controller with it your help would be greatly appreciated. I had one. Now scrap. It is booby-trapped. I suspect a bi-metal switch that is part of the element and cannot be defeated. I made a few gins with...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi from Christchurch, NZ
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: Hi from Christchurch, NZ

Welcome to the forums.

Sounds like you've got yourself setup for just about all you could ever want. Took me a while before I had more than my main pot still and still haven't sorted out a reflux solution.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: steam stripping on the grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: steam stripping on the grain

Scotch distillers will literally pump an active ferment straight from the washbacks into the wash stills in order to keep to their schedules. They don't care about those pesky washes that don't finish, because the volumes that they are working with will nullify any variation/anomaly. Many have a fer...