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by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 81
Views: 1881

Re: Pot still, single run.

I like to double distill and do a heart of the hearts cut for a very clean flavored white as well as a wider barrel/oak cut plus a feints cut for the feints carboy and a fores/early heads for the solvent firestarter jug. Sometimes i’ll keep certain feints separate and macerate or oak to add back int...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 90
Views: 6042

Re: HD T-Shirts

Make it and they will come!
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: So it seems I have alot of grapes...
Replies: 10
Views: 718

Re: So it seems I have alot of grapes...

when life gives you grapes - make grappa!
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My first whisky.(All grain)
Replies: 10
Views: 643

Re: My first whisky.(All grain)

Sounds yummy! I’d go a little lighter on the peat and chocolate just to blend it with the honey more subtly but sounds like a good drop in any case.

No need to boil since it’s not beer but shouldn’t hurt as long as you keep the SG not too high.

Cheers!
-j
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:31 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Well that sucked
Replies: 22
Views: 701

Re: Well that sucked

Glad you’re safe! Isn’t there a cocktail called a volcano? Shouldn’t there be one?
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:29 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: HELLO from USA
Replies: 4
Views: 129

Re: HELLO from USA

Welcome to HD c93010! What still did you get? Any foto’s? Your beer brewing experience will be a great resource for ferments. Looking forward to your take.

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: On or off the grain?
Replies: 21
Views: 628

Re: On or off the grain?

It’s even quicker and easier when your assistant squeezes.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:38 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: cooter beer?!
Replies: 74
Views: 3741

Re: cooter beer?!

How’d this turn out?

Cheers!
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process
Replies: 49
Views: 4983

Re: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process

Lol. I’ll experiment with some sulphuric acid in the low wines with infected backset but forget about nuking a jar full of barrel strength! Gotta draw the line somewhere....

The 10 N solution is about 40% so be safe!

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How much space is enough for your distilling?
Replies: 45
Views: 1572

Re: How much space is enough for your distilling?

I still in my cellar which I also use for winemaking, laundry, and an electronics shop plus some storage and a hydro lettuce garden. I still on a little 6ft table. There's about 15 carboys and a couple barrels for wines and clearing of ferments - four brute trash cans on wheels for primary fermenter...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:19 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: to clear or not to clear.
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Re: to clear or not to clear.

I clear in glass carboys under vacuum for at least a week in order to minimize sediment in the boiler. Often longer.

You may or may not scorch if you don’t clear depending on how you heat your boiler.

I just take my time and it’s all good. No scorch.

Good luck!

-j
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process
Replies: 49
Views: 4983

Re: Esters from Lime salts - using sulfuric acid; process

I wouldn’t use battery acid or drain cleaner. Lab grade recommended:
Hach 93153 Sulfuric Acid Standard Solution, 10 N, 1 L
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 28, 2020 1:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Math is hard, I need help
Replies: 24
Views: 577

Re: Math is hard, I need help

If you use a gallon jug to to fill and mark the boiler where on the jug is the accurate 1g mark? Top of the lip? Shoulder?

Cheers!
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Oct 27, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Math is hard, I need help
Replies: 24
Views: 577

Re: Math is hard, I need help

I’d guess that diameter is 19” and height is 43.5”. Does that change the math tho?
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?
Replies: 34
Views: 802

Re: What's your favourite commercial Scotch?

I enjoy pretty much all of them and particularly the heavily peated ones.
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Oct 27, 2020 6:00 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: One large ferment Vs multiple small ferments
Replies: 60
Views: 1429

Re: One large ferment Vs multiple small ferments

Compost bin or spread it in the yard for the birds & squirrels... Some folks bag it and chuck it in the trash too.

I've found that in the warmer months a black soldier fly bin makes pretty quick work of spent grains then dump it in the compost.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Are these stills as bad as some people say?
Replies: 43
Views: 1619

Re: Are these stills as bad as some people say?

I ferment on-grain but the Scottish whisky producers do typically sparge and ferment off-grain. There must be a reason?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Oct 25, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Good morning from TN, USA
Replies: 6
Views: 139

Re: Good morning from TN, USA

Happy birthday Rod and Welcome to HD from Nashville!

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Heads....
Replies: 11
Views: 409

Re: Heads....

When I take fores in my potstill I run it very low and slow as the riser heats up prior to any distillate out of the PC. I feel like I get some passive reflux during that initial period while the riser is not yet up to temp that helps concentrate the first 100’ish ml. The slow long cook also seems t...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Oct 22, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much amylase?
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Re: How much amylase?

Is the barley malted? If so you don't need enzymes unless you denature the enzymes in the malt with too high temp.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

Interesting point - two equal resisters in series to gnd (or neutral) make up whet they call a voltage divider. Where at the junction the voltage is 1/2. The same amount of amps go through both resistors and power = Vdrop * Amps so the drop across each resistor (element) is approx 120V which would m...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac
Replies: 14
Views: 449

Re: wiring 120vac elements to 240vac

I work with vacuum tubes a bit and need to solve resistance of the heater element in a vacuum tube under operating conditions because the resistance is different when heated and when cold. I've got an ammeter on my still controller and also note that the amps wander a bit then settle as I change the...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: New oak barrel
Replies: 20
Views: 1647

Re: New oak barrel

You could try it in the new oak and see how you like it. Single malt scotches are aged in once used bourbon barrels (and maybe finished in a sherry or port cask or something else) in order to prevent over oaking. There are no rules @ home but maybe some guidelines to follow if you're after a certain...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:38 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: AMA (aka Agristore) mill safety feature
Replies: 2
Views: 243

Re: AMA (aka Agristore) mill safety feature

Great company! My motor died shortly after purchase and they sent a replacement quickly after some quick remote troubleshooting. Highly recommended.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Cold aging
Replies: 15
Views: 555

Re: Cold aging

Honey is actually one of my favorite white but also very good on wood. Did you already ferment and distill the 90 gallons of honey? Expensive stuff so...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:18 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Little help with still setup for whiskey
Replies: 15
Views: 675

Re: Little help with still setup for whiskey

Hi. Normally you strip 3-4 boilers full of mash-bier which should then yield a full’ish boiler charge of low wines for the spirit run.

-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run
Replies: 16
Views: 363

Re: Adding artificial flavoring at the stage of spirit run

Here's an interesting thread with some info about fruit infusions:
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 11&t=60563

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Oct 18, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Cap punch
Replies: 111
Views: 1814

Re: Cap punch

I have yet to do a heavy peat but i really want to. Do you figure running two bourbons through a fiver for shorter time before a single malt so they’re not too oaked?
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:10 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Yo
Replies: 18
Views: 340

Re: Yo

Welcome to HD Oblivion! What brings you here?

Cheers,
Jonny