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by SaltyStaves
Tue Jan 26, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Curing oak with saltwater
Replies: 17
Views: 1712

Re: Curing oak with saltwater

I certainly think its an experiment worth doing. I have some dominos sitting in a kelp bed and a friend who can hold his breath for a really long time. Don't think it will be much of a success though. The open ocean is like an industrial washing machine and its likely to rip out much more than just ...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 16, 2016 2:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Firestone Milk Can Pot Still Lid Retrofit Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: Firestone Milk Can Pot Still Lid Retrofit Question

copperlover1 wrote:I hate to see you ruin a great looking old milk can by tigging a bowl on it. A copper cap and a simple band clamp. Like a giant easy flange.
Thats a good point. If I had a nice vintage milk can, I'd have thought twice about it. Mine is just a modern mass produced one, so it wasn't a consideration.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Firestone Milk Can Pot Still Lid Retrofit Question
Replies: 11
Views: 1691

Re: Firestone Milk Can Pot Still Lid Retrofit Question

My milk can isn't compatible with any available lids, so I made the decision to have a bowl tig welded to the top with a 4" ferrule. I'm fortunate enough to have skinny arms that can reach in (not that there will be much need to). The advantage is that I don't have to worry about flour paste or DIY ...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Shiny copper
Replies: 7
Views: 1485

Re: Shiny copper

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by SaltyStaves
Tue Oct 13, 2015 9:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: All grain stripping
Replies: 26
Views: 1274

Re: All grain stripping

Well pulled my element,it is not stainless at the base. Looks like a Rheem resistored element. I've just had the same unfortunate experience. I also have misgivings about the yellowish transparent plastic sleeves at the base of these elements. Its very hard-wearing but brittle stuff and its in the ...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 12, 2015 6:05 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Rusted Base on Cheap Element
Replies: 27
Views: 1916

Re: Rusted Base on Cheap Element

Stay well clear of the Rheem resistored elements too (I can't speak for the non-resistored ones, because none come in the power I wanted). I put my brand new 3000w Rheem into filtered water for 20 mins just to test my controller and then took it out and drip-dried it overnight. This morning, rust ha...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 09, 2015 12:25 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element shorter than 9 inches
Replies: 19
Views: 1048

Re: Heating Element shorter than 9 inches

A tri ferrule connection in your boiler can allow you to use a slightly longer element. OHHHH...so you would solder it into the boiler...then thread the element into that connection...which would set the element back a few inches...right? Still_stirrin's example shows a short ferrule on the boiler....
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element shorter than 9 inches
Replies: 19
Views: 1048

Re: Heating Element shorter than 9 inches

A tri ferrule connection in your boiler can allow you to use a slightly longer element.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: A German touring American distilleries
Replies: 1
Views: 1535

A German touring American distilleries

This series of videos from whisky.com visiting the big players and some craft distillers, is really quite comprehensive. I have watched most of them and have learned something with each of them. There are 'fluff' with parts of the tours that talk about the history etc and there are some brand ambass...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Sep 18, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Resting spirits
Replies: 11
Views: 2433

Re: Resting spirits

Based on those brandy carboys, headspace isn't the only consideration. Look at that surface area. Its huge.
A half full mason jar standing upright may be much less efficient than a half-full mason jar on its side.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: wood used in mash pot?
Replies: 13
Views: 1814

Re: wood used in mash pot?

Wooden washbacks/Mash tuns are not used for flavouring, they were more of a convenient material to make very large vessels. In Scotland, it was primarily Larch until they chopped it all down and then switched to Oregon Pine. In the US, it was Cypress. None of these woods give flavour and some of tho...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: copper float column build
Replies: 10
Views: 1132

Re: copper float column build

Mash Rookie made what he called the " I Robot " out of bowls http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=50&t=25727&hilit=robot+still Make sure those floats are a 100% copper and not plated. And unless you can speak to the manufacturer and be reassured, assume all solder is unsafe. Cut them in h...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Aug 19, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Nuclear Whiskey / Nuclear Rum and Spirits Rapid Ageing
Replies: 1046
Views: 152552

Re: Nuclear Whiskey / Nuclear Rum and Spirits Rapid Ageing

A barrel is like a lung. It breathes in and out due to changes in atmospheric pressure/climate, bringing in fresh air and expelling unwanted congeners that work their way out of the wood. The spirit is also on a very slow journey into the wood. A journey it never completes. It does this over many ye...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Aug 16, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Soldering

S-Cackalacky wrote: I stand corrected. But, it works.
I certainly hope so. I have some I want to use on a copper frustum and I hope its going to be able to fill up the gaps. Number 8 would be better suited, but the cost is prohibitive.
by SaltyStaves
Sun Aug 16, 2015 12:53 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Soldering
Replies: 16
Views: 2078

Re: Soldering

S-Cackalacky wrote: +1 on the Harris StayBrite #8 solder and the StayClean liquid flux. Ebay has a small kit that includes the solder and flux for about $12.
I don't believe the small kit is #8 solder. Its just the standard Stay-Brite.
I'd love to be able to get #8 in a smaller quantity.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:43 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: serbian oak barrels. to good to be true?
Replies: 17
Views: 2492

Re: serbian oak barrels. to good to be true?

They state their barrels as : "They are medium Charred or Toasted , and barrels up to 10 liter size come complete with a stand, a spigot and a bung." Ha. Was in the very first paragraph and I totally missed it! A lot of distilleries and winemakers use european oak for their barrels. If one is lucky...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:37 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: serbian oak barrels. to good to be true?
Replies: 17
Views: 2492

Re: serbian oak barrels. to good to be true?

These are european oak, so I'd play to its strengths. Maybe season with some sherry or port for a while just to break the barrel in. Also not sure how I'd feel about untoasted european oak, which lends itself more to white wine than white spirits. Easily remedied though... Would love to try Chestnut...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:53 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research
Replies: 62
Views: 16642

Re: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research

So, if you're splitting hairs...you're wrong too. Indeed. But I'm not a long way off. Besides, the research paper I referred to uses both wash and spirit stills and results are taken from the spirit run. Even if thecroweater were correct with his definition, he'd only be pointing out an error in th...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research
Replies: 62
Views: 16642

Re: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research

thecroweater wrote:right well "new make" is low wines just to get that straight right off the bat this time round :thumbup:
I'm not sure where you get that definition, but I do not agree. 'New make' in the whisky world has always referred to cask strength spirit that is ready for aging.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:34 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research
Replies: 62
Views: 16642

Re: Copper in stills, effect on sulphur compounds research

Has anyone tried a controlled experiment where the same ferment was used in two similar stills, one from copper and one from SS, distilled at the same time and place by the same operator? What were the "taste results" ? That's what really matters. Do a google search for The Impact of Copper in Diff...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Jul 31, 2015 3:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: goodbye aus
Replies: 73
Views: 2004

Re: goodbye aus

Forgive my ignorance...is NZ a protectorate of Aus or do you have to emmigrate there? (i guess i could look it up, but i thought it would be easier to ask.) I'm under the assumption they are two totally separate entities. They are separate sovereign nations, but share free movement from one to the ...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:20 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?
Replies: 21
Views: 3037

Re: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?

Danespirit wrote: They move around in there, but as i wrote...they don't shoot around in there.(not even close to).
Thanks, that is good to know. If they are moving, then there should be better contact with the liquid than something fixed on the outer circumference.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Jul 30, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: goodbye aus
Replies: 73
Views: 2004

Re: goodbye aus

I'll take some corn, barley and sugar cane. Will give you a little bit longer to grow the oak.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Jul 29, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?
Replies: 21
Views: 3037

Re: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?

Okay, so if the copper in the boiler isn't moving, then does nucleation behavior have to be taken into account and what are best practices? I imagine scrubbies/mesh would create lots of small bubbles and big pieces would create larger (fewer) bubbles. Also placement in the boiler (up against the sid...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:23 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?
Replies: 21
Views: 3037

Re: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?

Do incoloy stainless steel elements scratch easily, or is it just the base where the coating isn't as strong? Every one I've seen has had scratch marks in them and I wonder how well they'd stand up to collisions with other metal?
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jul 26, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?
Replies: 21
Views: 3037

Re: Copper pipe inside your Stainless steel Column?

OP, are you trying to use the copper to aid in the removal of sulfides ? If so, copper scrap or fittings in your wash/boiler would be an asset along with some copper scrubbies in the vapor path. When the scrubbies start to darken just clean them with citric acid or even tomato juice. I wondered abo...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jul 26, 2015 8:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Boiler shape and vapor speed question
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: Boiler shape and vapor speed question

I feel a long taper such as the OP's setup has got to contribute something to the vapors ability to smoothly transition to his column. That was my rational when I first saw it. I had nothing scientific to base it on, but it struck me as being a good shape for minimizing reflux in the boiler and giv...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jul 26, 2015 7:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Boiler shape and vapor speed question
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: Boiler shape and vapor speed question

i use the same, twice as big. watch the puke, the reduction in the cape taper is exponential. if you are running a known puker get some fermcap. butter is better than nothing, but not as good. foam insulates the heat from the column, so the puke sneaks up quick. (10-15 seconds) i would not fill an ...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jul 26, 2015 6:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Boiler shape and vapor speed question
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Re: Boiler shape and vapor speed question

Thanks guys, its reassuring that it won't have any tangible influence. My primary concern was that it could lengthen my heads cut, or contribute some entrainment behavior that might be hard to overcome. At a minimum, I'd like to be able to do at least a 45 L mash container and do two 22.5L runs. If ...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Boiler shape and vapor speed question
Replies: 11
Views: 662

Boiler shape and vapor speed question

I have bought a 30 L milk can and have been planning my pot still. Although I've been fixated with everything above the opening, it occurred to me that I may not have considered the boiler shape, the fill height and the possible variation in velocity and what affect that might have on my head cut. 3...