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by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 137
Views: 6710

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

When shutting down at the tail end of the run i’d thing they will soak up whatever’s left in the column. Next run up to temp with full reflux will wash all that back down into the boiler until it comes back up again. I see your point. Why even use something porous - what benefit? If it self cleans w...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium
Replies: 137
Views: 6710

Re: ceramic rings meant for using in an aquarium

I’m pretty sure that as it comes up to temp and equilibrium that the higher volatiles evaporate.

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 12, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe
Replies: 571
Views: 79551

Re: Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe

cg81, Try this. Make a 1 or 2 gallon stove top mash using 2# of the grain to a gallon of water. It will be easier to monitor the progress of the conversion while you control the temperature. Ensure you have full conversion with iodine test. Crash the temp, and check you gravity. You should be 1.060...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:31 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Request for donations
Replies: 140
Views: 25531

Re: Request for donations

Threw a couple gerbils into the treadmill to keep the wheel spinning. Happy holidays to the four corners!

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1320

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

Good luck Sampvt! I’d recommend not using the parrot. I’ve got two and don’t use either. I bought one and it was a waste of $$ but i did learn that I don’t need it or want it either so not a complete waste because i learned and moved on. I wanted it to be useful so i then made another and well it’s ...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Full charge spirit run
Replies: 13
Views: 355

Re: Full charge spirit run

recommend running it at 40 and not watering it down. Your hearts cut will probably end up higher ABV and you'll need to cut it with water anyway for drinking strength so 6/ 0.5doz...

Or dilute it / top up boiler with UJ wash instead of water if you have some - even better...

Cheers!
-Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 09, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: 5000W 220V SCR Controller - "Review"
Replies: 14
Views: 689

Re: 5000W 220V SCR Controller - "Review"

Looks nice!

Do you have any additional info on it like vendor, part #, pricing, delivery times, these kind of things.

Thanks for the info!

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 09, 2020 10:35 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 want one too but haven't spent the $$ because the product is already quite good without it for one thing. I think it'd be worthwhile for the looks and feel of having the helmet and riser. My copper riser is already about that tall which is straight pipe. I try to estimate some ranges of how much b...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: DIY wood toasting
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: DIY wood toasting

Nice toaster! Can it do coffee beans as well?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 08, 2020 6:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Familial smell
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Familial smell

Very interesting double liebig! Keeps it short and sweet..

What kind of seal do you use for your boiler lid?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Dec 07, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Familial smell
Replies: 7
Views: 306

Re: Familial smell

I'd think that early heads and fores would clean out anything in the path and certainly early heads would.

Do you have copper in the path or SS?

Does time or oak or anything seem to clear out or diminish/change the smell in product?

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first.. Puke
Replies: 14
Views: 457

Re: My first.. Puke

I strip with my boiler fuller than 3/4. Probably too full. Heat up at full power (5k5W) and as it comes up to temp dial it way way back till i get only very slow drops out. This is really very low power. Close to or under 1/4 on the knob. Take 150-200 ml fores almost as slow as i can. Might take 45m...
by jonnys_spirit
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:34 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Stratified wash
Replies: 5
Views: 215

Re: Stratified wash

That’s how clearing works. It takes time for all the suspended sediment to settle. Degassing, racking off trub, and finings would make it go faster but it only needs to be so clear depending on your approach. If you were making beer you might want it to fully clear. I’ve done it both ways and for me...
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Dec 04, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Questions for those that lauter
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Questions for those that lauter

For large batch I'm considering using a large blue HDPE barrel wrapped in reflectix as the mash tun and recirculating sparge wort through my boiler with a high temp mash pump or two for moving hot wort between the two vessels. Manual temp control for step mashing would be easy enough with a power co...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 03, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 552

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome to the rabbit hole and hope to see you in an adjoining tunnel as we search for the exit lol.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 03, 2020 10:20 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Questions for those that lauter
Replies: 16
Views: 654

Re: Questions for those that lauter

Thanks for this thread and I've got a 10g round igloo cooler mash tun setup that I've use for malts off-grain but it's been a minute. I'd like to figure out how to go bigger-on-a-budget for a full spirit runs worth of AG lautered and maybe step-mashed even. Say about 40-50 gallons or so to run three...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to this
Replies: 7
Views: 162

Re: New to this

Welcome to the rabbit hole and good luck! Let us know what you;re looking at getting.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Alembic Pots, More Wash ABV, More Heads
Replies: 22
Views: 399

Re: Alembic Pots, More Wash ABV, More Heads

If the tubing is absorbing or holding onto tails and releasing it into other parts of the run what other plastics are leaching into the high abv solvents and into the drinking likker? Best advice is to to ditch the suspect dangerous plastics and go with copper which is beneficial.

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Dec 02, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Alembic Pots, More Wash ABV, More Heads
Replies: 22
Views: 399

Re: Alembic Pots, More Wash ABV, More Heads

For whiskies I typically run my strips out as close to 0%ABV as I can and usually even a bit further off the PC. That way I don't need to add any water to dilute the low wines and the spirit run hearts cut from those low-wines pretty much always ends up in the 125-130pf range so I also don't need to...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: SCR question - about to start wiring controller box
Replies: 11
Views: 316

Re: SCR question - about to start wiring controller box

I also used one of those dryer hookup cables and wire-nutted it inside a nema box clamped into the knockout holes to connect up my controller tail. It was way cheaper than a connector i could source. Just can’t run the dryer while stillin.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: American Malt Whiskey

That does sound like it would be good white and aged. I like the step mash too but am only set up for starting with boiling water for corn and adding grains as the temp drops. What kind of setup do you have for mashing your batches like this? Large batch for a 15g sized boiler would be a significant...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 552

Re: Breaking Bad

Welcome to HD and look forward to your distilling experiences! Please post some pics of your still and setup in another thread when you get a sec. It's recommended to do the vinegar cleaning run and sacrificial alcohol run before running any keeper product and purchase a fermenter at least 3x the si...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:21 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 353

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

It's not wasted - The ethanol gods will be extra happy and shine good spirits down on you in the future. Some might say they prefer a nice AG over a sugar wash? I know I do!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 353

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

A little bit of explanation: Corn mashes can also produce a thick oily substance that some folks say looks like drops of mercury or a metallic kind of substance - Depends on the corn. Lot's of stillers put a cotton ball in the funnel to catch that and prevent it from getting into the low wines but I...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: 1st go at Apple Brandy with stuff on hand
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: 1st go at Apple Brandy with stuff on hand

I did an an apple grain mash and also added honey. Heated apple cider/juice to mash temp and mashed the barley with it then topped up with honey & water to get SG to about 1.070. Apple cider by itself was 1.050 so mashing the barley with it made it a bit higher that I wanted so I used water/honey bl...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:16 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Metal Substance floating in still
Replies: 13
Views: 353

Re: Metal Substance floating in still

Is this the first alcohol run? If so that's a sacrificial run and you should chuck it. That's why it's called a sacrificial run.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Stuck orange wash fermentation
Replies: 6
Views: 267

Re: Stuck orange wash fermentation

To get a good reading of grape or fruit chemistry (including SG) I'll take a 1 cup sample of the must and run it through a mixer to best integrate all the liquids then strain out and/or squeeze any solids with a series of sieves and cheese cloth then warm up to room temp (microwave), degas by shakin...
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Nov 29, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling
Replies: 3
Views: 132

Re: New to HD Forum...not new to distilling

Welcome to HD! I swear i licked for ten yrs before i joined up.

*lurked lol

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 7
Views: 325

Re: What am I smelling?

It might be smearing? Can you post some photos of your setup? How are you running it and doing your cuts?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What am I smelling?
Replies: 7
Views: 325

Re: What am I smelling?

Did you add it to the low wines or the must/wash? Did you follow a strip/spirit protocol? Low wines can be pretty nasty but they clean up real nice in the spirit run.

Cheers,
Jonny