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by jonnys_spirit
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Grappa
Topic: 1st grappa
Replies: 41
Views: 4736

Re: 1st grappa

Working on some label ideas for this grappa. I'll draw a couple more on unlined paper but this is essentially an alembic pot type of still in the form of a beautiful woman turning grapes into nectar of the goddess garagisté grappa. That's not my real name btw just the name of my wine cellar and dist...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:36 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Aging Barreled Single Malt Whisky/Bourbon in an Oven
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: Aging Scotch/Bourbon in Oven

Also can wrap the barrel with a heating pad on a timer. Might try that.

Cheers!
-j
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5124
Views: 345566

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

20# Munton pale 2 row Mashed in 6gal Apple cider - strike @ 163*F - sparge w/remaining cider. 13 Gallon Apple cider total. 1 Gallon honey 30# cored and sliced apples Water topped up to 6 gallons for SG of 1.070. Bagged apples and grain - fermenting on grain in strainer bags. 2x Brute 20's. One w/K1...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Sons & Daughters In "The Hobby"
Replies: 15
Views: 738

Re: Sons & Daughters In "The Hobby"

I start mine young on the path of appreciating quality and keeping their frackin mouts shut ! Use a belt if ya hafta or a mash paddle to a rib-cage (aka; tickling em). Teach them - the way - and they will appreciate it when they are older... And you have a cellar full of quality to pass along - they...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Mead
Replies: 151
Views: 16104

Re: Mead

Had to hide the still and call a plumber. Ha Ha! I did that a couple times recently too. If I break it down enough and have my wine and mead carboys bulk ageing I just say yeah making some beer Mmmmmm! I was mashing in the other day with the plumbers working on the hot water heater and the plumber ...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: 1st grappa
Replies: 41
Views: 4736

Re: 1st grappa

Ha Ha yeah! I'm proofing down a couple 5th's for friends but have prolly 1.5g cask strength so will keep some back for further resting - thinking about labels but looking forward to some feedback some folks that do appreciate grappa. I bought an oaked commercial grappa some time ago and loved it - T...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 369
Views: 99025

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

ebay has a 3" x 36" stainless spool for $50 w/shipping https://www.ebay.com/itm/292179939631 I priced out all parts on ebay including a 3" sightglass - 3" x 36" column 3" Sightglass 3" tee 6" extension 3" to 2" reducer for product output 2" 90deg elbow 2" triclamp to 1/2" NPT male/fem for connecting...
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Grappa
Topic: 1st grappa
Replies: 41
Views: 4736

Re: 1st grappa

Checking in on this grappa and it’s getting yummy finally :) It had for a while what folks seem to describe as the “sugar bite”. It’s been resting on oak for abiut five months now and that bite has mellowed nicely. I’ll make some more next time I have some wine grapes available. Maybe spring or next...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Jan 06, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Feints
Replies: 21
Views: 1142

Re: Feints

I’ve got about 75 gallons worth of carboys in 3/5/6 gallon sizes. I use these for storage and clearing of wort after a ferment in the 20g brutes. Also for low wines, feints, and backset. Some of them have wine and meads bulk ageing. I have a couple vacuum pumps that work great for xfers and degassin...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:57 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Igloo Cooler Mash Tun - HELP
Replies: 17
Views: 1366

Re: Igloo Cooler Mash Tun - HELP

Stir every so often and add some HT Enzymes @ 190*F. Pitch the Malt and Gluco Amalyse @ 150*F. You done mention which enzymes you are using, liquid or power.. but those temp number are bit high.. the optimum temp Sebstar HTL is 175 - 185*F with a Ph of 6.. and the optimum for Sebamyl GL is 130 - 14...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Igloo Cooler Mash Tun - HELP
Replies: 17
Views: 1366

Re: Igloo Cooler Mash Tun - HELP

Hi, That's also my experience when mashing corn. Barley and some others are no issue in the traditional tun. This weekend I'll be running a corn mash so I'm just going to try mashing straight into the 20 gallon brute. Corn first w/Boiling water. Everything wrapped in packing blankets. Stir every so ...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:15 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Mead
Replies: 151
Views: 16104

Re: Mead

I’ve got several meads in the cellar and love it through the still. I did a dragon blood cyser mead that I ended up stilling (rasberry, blueberry, blackberry, cider, apples, honey) and the spirit is awesome but almost gone. Just started a cyser braggot mead to still. Almost 20 gallons. Pretty excite...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Liebig build
Replies: 1
Views: 747

Re: Liebig build

I just made a 1/2" -x- 3/4" -x- 36" liebig the other day based on info in the thread below. Wrapped the 1/2" inside the jacket with 14/2 copper ground wire from some romex. Tested so far with a vinegar and water run @ full on 5500W internal element and it knocks it down no prob. I'll eventually coil...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Diluting a high ABV mash? Is it OK?
Replies: 5
Views: 554

Re: Diluting a high ABV mash? Is it OK?

I had about 10 gallons of a strong mead with berries and cider that I ran and love the distilled product. Put it on some oak and have pulled bottles for testing with friends. This stuff ain't gettin much age because it's so smooth and yummy! I started another batch for distillation using apples, cid...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Corn whiskey backset must be frozen?
Replies: 17
Views: 1373

Re: Corn whiskey backset must be frozen?

I don’t think you need to freeze it. I have some in a carboy under airlock. It got infected w/lacto till pH drop killed the bacteria. I have let it sit for a month or six weeks and use it in worts and low wines to top up. Top up the bourbon backset when ever i run some bourbon. Seems like I’ll never...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Jan 03, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Pie Filling Ferment
Replies: 11
Views: 1190

Re: Pie Filling Ferment

Hi, Potassium sorbate prohibits yeast reproduction so if it has that then it probably won't ferment. If it has Potassium Metabisulfite then that should be fine as a preventative which will gas out in a day or so then continue fermenting with your yeast. I'll hit a fruit mix (fresh fruit wine) with P...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Jan 02, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Are there sealants that are safe to use in a wash?
Replies: 21
Views: 1734

Re: Are there sealants that are safe to use in a wash?

I just finished up three ferments in my basement - 50-55F ambient. I used US05, K1V1116, and D47. I had heating pads and moving blankets wrapped around the brute's but turned them off since the temp was up into the 80's and I didn't want to stress the yeast into H2S production. I've got several more...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: My new Liebig.
Replies: 122
Views: 64301

Re: My new Liebig.

I put one of these together this morning. 3/4" -x- 1/2" -x- 36" w/the 14/2 solid copper wire wrapped inside the jacket. Running a batch of vinegar and water full on w/5500W element and it knocks it down no prob. I'll get a cheap bottle of something for my sacrificial cleaning when they start selling...
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:06 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 825
Views: 82123

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Thanks SoCD! That’s what I’ve been doing so i’ll stay on the path until I put together a thumper. I just might need a barrel or two at this rate.

Cheers!
-j
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Whacky yeast aging idea
Replies: 21
Views: 1784

Re: Whacky yeast aging idea

Great idear! I’ve got a wort clearing w/a couple inches of trub. I’ll rack off to strip and pit low wines back onto trub. Maybe with a spirit run and some oak?

This is thinking outside the bottle :)

Cheers!
-j
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:34 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 825
Views: 82123

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

Have not run my ~10gal wort yet from my first mash of this HBB but it's sitting in the cellar waiting to be run. I ordered malts to mash up and do about five more initial ~10gallon stripping runs through the boiler. I purchased different ale and some lager yeast for each mash to hopefully add some c...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Experiment with EC-1118
Replies: 71
Views: 70419

Re: Experiment with EC-1118

ec1118 is what most kit wine's come with standard. This is because it's fairly neutral and robust - ie; less stuck ferments for the wine kit manufacturers. When you get into the craft of winemaking a little deeper you will like to use other yeasties which provide different flavor profiles. I just di...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Residue in Starter Jug - use it to grow on
Replies: 9
Views: 821

Re: Yeast Residue in Starter Jug - use it to grow on

I read up a little on cultivating and storing yeasties like this. I need to refresh but you can use glycerine to store and freeze the yeast practically indefinitely for reuse. If you use water to freeze, the ice (water) crystals inside the yeast will swell and rupture the cel membranes - killing the...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:35 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: 10 gallon "Gatorade" coolers
Replies: 10
Views: 1976

Re: 10 gallon "Gatorade" coolers

I have a 10gallon Igloo MashTun that I find is nice for barley. When I mash corn the false bottom gets clogged easily and doing 20 or 30 gallon mashes becomes problematic. Next bourbon mash I’m using my 20gal brute fermenters and wrapping in packing blankets. I’ll probably do two of em with 30# grai...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first Irish Peat smoked Barley Malt
Replies: 17
Views: 1671

Re: My first Irish Peat smoked Barley Malt

You turned that smokey joe into a barley bog peat smokka? Whoa !!!!

I love those islay malts !

May try this one day ;)

Cheers to you!
J
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5124
Views: 345566

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

20# Munton pale 2 row Mashed in 6gal Apple cider - strike @ 163*F - sparge w/remaining cider. 13 Gallon Apple cider total. 1 Gallon honey 30# cored and sliced apples Water topped up to 6 gallons for SG of 1.070. Bagged apples and grain - fermenting on grain in strainer bags. 2x Brute 20's. One w/K1V...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Siphon Boiling Water ?
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: Siphon Boiling Water ?

Ha ha! Yeah the false bottom clogged up real quick with the corn meal. Igloo cooler held temp for a good long while. Picked up a mop wringer and squeezed about 20# of the mashed cornmeal and grains into two paint strainer bags which are now in the fermenter too. That worked pretty well so am plannin...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Siphon Boiling Water ?
Replies: 12
Views: 713

Re: Siphon Boiling Water ?

I can make this work for now without drilling or welding. The thermometer port is the same threading as the ball valve I purchased. It’s just 1/2 way up the boiler. I can tilt it to drain some hot water. Ideally I would have the same thing down lower as a drain or to connect up the impellor pump so ...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 18, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Punching down the Grain Cap
Replies: 14
Views: 1397

Re: Punching down the Grain Cap

I say punch it down - You want the fermenting wort to extract the grain flavors over the period of the ferment. That's why I would ferment on-grain. Otherwise you would remove it. Also looks like you had 64lbs grain to 16gal water which is a 4:1 with resulting SG of 1058. I'm thinking your SG should...