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by jonnys_spirit
Fri Dec 18, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?
Replies: 27
Views: 635

Re: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?

Sometimes you’ll find “Single Barrel” too.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:03 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?
Replies: 27
Views: 635

Re: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?

This is the thread that had some info on single malts that might be helpful:
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 15&t=81353

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?
Replies: 27
Views: 635

Re: Single malt, what do the commercial guys do?

Good luck on your project ErnieV! Single Malts are typically aged in used bourbon barrels so they don't take on too much oak to overpower the subtleties of the malt and aged at a barrel proof somewhere in the 120-130pf range which also affects extraction of the various oak flavors. I read a thread r...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Why not remove fores on a stripping run
Replies: 19
Views: 642

Re: Why not remove fores on a stripping run

In a pot stilled AG strip taking fores very low and slow (45m-1hr) is also an opportunity for a “pre-boil” to break up proteins that can lead to foaming and cause a puke. I’m not sure if it works the same with a rum wash.
Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello! I'm a new girl from Colorado
Replies: 9
Views: 237

Re: Hello! I'm a new girl from Colorado

Welcome to HD Wildflower! Lots of good info around here... Please post some pics of your still in another thread when you get a chance - if you have one already.

What kind of likker are you interested in making?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My still
Replies: 81
Views: 2142

Re: My still

Pot stills are pretty simple and flexible too IMO so not much to upgrade there. If anything I might figure out how to add a longer condenser so you can strip faster and add copper for pot still use... You can add copper chips or pieces to the boiler and some loose packing to the riser. If you're aft...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double stripping the same wash
Replies: 5
Views: 198

Re: Double stripping the same wash

I've done this when making vodka in a pot still and multiple "strips" topping up and washing with water each time. My point of reference was how nasty the left over stillage in the boiler was after each run and it did get cleaner and cleaner. Ended up being a lot of extra work and seems like most fo...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Carrying on tradition
Replies: 11
Views: 286

Re: Carrying on tradition

Welcome to HD! Hope you enjoy the journey - Which "moonshine capital of the world"? Post some pics of your setup in another thread when you have a minute.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:21 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.
Replies: 29
Views: 765

Re: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.

Well if you’re going through all that for a buddy then he must be good people. maybe plan to make 11 gallons and keep one for yer troubles? Cheers, Jonny Youve met me, im loud but my word means alot. I can vouch for your Gumbo and will be back for more at some future date also bearing gifts for y'a...
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 16, 2020 6:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: recycling heads and tails (feints)
Replies: 10
Views: 433

Re: recycling heads and tails (feints)

If you;re goal is a neutral via reflux it might be worthwhile to run your spirit runs with low wines only and save feints for an all feints run then discard those feints or use as lighter fluid /etc. All you probably want is the hearts for your neutral cut. Feints in a reflux setup are typically mor...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.
Replies: 29
Views: 765

Re: Using what i have to make 10 gallons of neutral.

Well if you’re going through all that for a buddy then he must be good people. maybe plan to make 11 gallons and keep one for yer troubles?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 6:17 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Apple Brandy Recipe
Replies: 90
Views: 20872

Re: Apple Brandy Recipe

An apple pie sounds pretty good to me and it probably doesn’t take nearly as many apples as a bottle of apple brandy but i’d be a sucker for a cut of both....

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling Water
Replies: 23
Views: 671

Re: Distilling Water

Y'all should be stillin fire water lol...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Former production distiller getting into home distilling
Replies: 17
Views: 777

Re: Former production distiller getting into home distilling

Hi Hex and welcome to HD! Looking forward to your input. Share some pics of the 15g when you get a chance.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first time fermenting something for distilling
Replies: 6
Views: 241

Re: My first time fermenting something for distilling

+1 on sugar wash pH values to prevent a crash. Looks like you;re in the right direction. I might recommend making a larger batch - say 3-4 times the size of your boiler so you can plan to do three or four strips to get enough low wines to charge your boiler for the spirit run. Strip down to about 40...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 15, 2020 5:24 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Bad Blend
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: My First Bad Blend

Best to put some oak fingers in there put it away and forget about it for a year or two. Come back and compare your blending chops. You can always throw it back into another run down the road. Much harder to add a couple years.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1327

Re: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??

The physics involving the sun might be slightly different but on an earthly-bound scale yes lol... When stripping in a pot still we generally run it hard and fast - as hard and fast as the product condenser will knock it down. On a pot still spirit run it's typically dialed back to "a pencil lead st...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sugar Wash Sat for a Month....wow!
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Sugar Wash Sat for a Month....wow!

A quart lasted through 6yrs - Wow you deserve a medal! Woulda been empty first yr on a camping trip with my buddy...

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1327

Re: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??

Once it's up to boiling temp, more power = more vapor.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Corny Keg Column??
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Corny Keg Column??

That column will ultimately be filled with ETOH for best refluxing and be quite tall for good HETP (or even real plates). Lotsa capacity, power, and a big boiler... Outside of the hobby range? Maybe...

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe
Replies: 571
Views: 79618

Re: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe

I find using a wine press a little unwieldy and opt to squeeze a paint strainer bag - just easier for me with both options available... Interested to see what you think of the specialty blend and the peat.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello All!
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: Hello All!

Welcome to HD! Not sure about the robobrew as a still (it may be fine) but your years of brewing will def be a bonus.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1327

Re: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??

Hi Sampvt - Just to be clear on the ferment/strip/spirit protocol... The general protocol for neutral is to strip your wash with a pot still - three to four boiler charges should produce enough low wines to fully charge the boiler. Then spirit run with the reflux column and collect in fractions to b...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe
Replies: 571
Views: 79618

Re: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe

+1

I'd try it 5-10*F cooler in a test batch to see if you're denaturing the enzymes.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Mash with ANGEL YEAST
Replies: 31
Views: 1234

Re: Mash with ANGEL YEAST

I did Sake and followed a traditional method and it came out great. It was fairly involved so I think there's a lot of room in the process for diversity in creating different profiles. Another rabbit hole lol... My cellar is nice and consistently cool in winters so the extended cool ferment works ve...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Do I need it or do I just want it?
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: Do I need it or do I just want it?

I've considered converting one of these into a simple vertical thumper... Would require some hacking drilling and filing but copper is pretty easy to form and solder...

Cheers!
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Honey Bear Bourbon
Replies: 825
Views: 82157

Re: Honey Bear Bourbon

For cleaning runs you just need the vinegar and sac run. You don't need to clean every time and actually shouldn't. Every time you do a strip run you;re running a hot acidic vapor through it and a spirit run is hot ethanol vapor - both good for keeping it clean. It will develop a patina on the insid...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 14, 2020 7:00 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sugar Wash Sat for a Month....wow!
Replies: 9
Views: 557

Re: Sugar Wash Sat for a Month....wow!

Extended time bulk aging almost always makes wines better and if the source material is "better" so is the refined product. Pretty much my observations. Not sure if/how this principle affects sugar washes but it appears to be across the board in varying degrees including after distillation and blend...
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Corn Oil in Product
Replies: 33
Views: 906

Re: Corn Oil in Product

Do you all have issues with the oils in the spirit run?

Thx,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1327

Re: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??

Hi Sampvt - Sounds like you want to make gin. For neutral you probably want to use a tried and true sugar wash recipe like you mentioned. Three strips to about 40% low wines then a reflux spirit run fractioned out to 20-25 numbered jars. Choose your fractions to blend into your heads/hearts/tails cu...