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by jonnys_spirit
Tue Dec 01, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Breaking Bad
Replies: 20
Views: 571

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: 364

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: 364

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: 143

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: 364

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: 8
Views: 344

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: 134

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: 330

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: 330

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
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:42 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airlock pulled water through
Replies: 13
Views: 304

Re: Airlock pulled water through

I put a couple drops of red wine in my S style airlocks so I can see from across the room whether they’re trending positive or negative pressure.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 81
Views: 1906

Re: Pot still, single run.

I like the large mouth vessels for larger pieces of staves (not cut down to fingers) and have several one gallon size.

Wonder if you could get a cork to fit the 10l jar?

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:41 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.
Replies: 13
Views: 748

Re: Disclosing of personal information at feed store.

This could be a very useful alerting mechanism if for instance a certain batch of feed corn were say for example to be found to be contaminated with high levels of pesticides. I’d like to know if i was feeding that to my yeasties.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 17, 2020 7:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments
Replies: 20
Views: 1002

Re: How to get high attenuated all grain ferments

When you mash try to do a starch test with iodine to confirm that all starches are converted.

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:50 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!
Replies: 8
Views: 289

Re: Back to work, the bars in nola are open!

Good to hear Chauncey! We’ve got a room at the andrew jackson and reservations at oceana grill over thanksgiving and looking forward to a couple days in the quarter.

Cheers,
Jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: BIAB question
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: BIAB question

Depends on whether you want to ferment on or off grain. I ferment on-grain normally and squeeze it when complete. I prefer to maximize extraction and feel like that helps.

Others ferment off grain and sparge like a beer.

Commercially it’s also done both ways.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 38
Views: 1084

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

You can freeze the kale. I don't think it takes much. Super-Kleer usually works great on my wines if I even use it but I also sometimes start the ferment with a bentonite slurry. Time is the best clearing agent. Glad you're moving on from the turbo and charcoal dance. Better sooner than later. Cheer...
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Sourcing Likker Bottles
Replies: 29
Views: 901

Re: Sourcing Likker Bottles

I make wine so have a bunch of wine bottles and also use either the reusable whiskey corks or a regular wine cork. I've got a handful of decanters too and will keep other cool looking whiskey bottles that I can re-label. If it's etched or I can't remove the branding then it goes in the recycle bin.....
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel
Replies: 71
Views: 1740

Re: Building up product for a 5 gallon barrel

I'll put my hand under the spout and rub em together like it's sanitizer and cup them into my nose to get a big wiff too.. Love it!

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Looking recipes to try
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Looking recipes to try

Here's a some in the Tried & True Recipes forum:
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=14

Welcome to HD and read all the beginners info till your eyes bleed lol!

Got any pics of your setup?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Thu Nov 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 400

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

Bollox! It's either the angels sent by the whiskey gods taking nips along the way or you've got teenagers... What you need is a camera!

Cheers,
jonny

ps - congratulations on the barrel!
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: your thoughts on dephleg
Replies: 17
Views: 464

Re: your thoughts on dephleg

If you haven’t gotten it yet. If you already have it try packing some copper mesh in there to conduct a little better.
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 357
Views: 25586

Re: No Mash No sugar

I don't have a particular thread - just what I've read about making sake. Ferment takes about a month and is typically at a lower temp and the rice additions are made over a period of days as well instead of all at once - from what I gather the conversion of starches to sugars doesn't happen all at ...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: HD T-Shirts
Replies: 114
Views: 6902

Re: HD T-Shirts

I have several "Distillery T-Shirts" of places I have done "The Tour" and no-one around here gives a sh*t what's on your T-Shirt. Just my $0.02!
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Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: No Mash No sugar
Replies: 357
Views: 25586

Re: No Mash No sugar

My understanding is that gravity is not necessarily the best indicator in this koji scenario. I've done Sake's a couple times using koji/yeast and it takes a while for the koji to convert the rice to sugars. The yeast converts the sugars to alcohol as the starches are converted to sugars. This is on...
by jonnys_spirit
Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: extra grains
Replies: 7
Views: 624

Re: extra grains

+1 on adding grocery store oats and maybe even a small (5-10%) addition of a specialty malt. Sometimes I’ll toast the oats in the oven. Gelatinization and liquid enzymes ensure a good conversion. Feed corn is cheap @ $7/50# here but i’ll also use grocery store corn meal 5# bags.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 6:10 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 27
Views: 938

Re: Reflux from this design?

The open design with a helmet on top would be pretty cool. Say 15-20x 1/2 tubes on a 4” fitting with some area for good air flow. 48”tall? 60”?

Cheers,
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast bomb making
Replies: 16
Views: 418

Re: Yeast bomb making

Acidity increases as pH value decreases.
Alkalinity decreases as pH value decreases.

Cheers!
-jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Fri Nov 06, 2020 7:28 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux from this design?
Replies: 27
Views: 938

Re: Reflux from this design?

So this is essentially an air cooled dephlegmator/column section?

Cheers,
jonny
by jonnys_spirit
Wed Nov 04, 2020 6:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast bomb making
Replies: 16
Views: 418

Re: Yeast bomb making

When I do a large ferment I'll start a couple days early rehydrating one pack (or cleaned slurry from my fridge), add some stovetop low SG mash, move it up to a 5 gallon bucket and add some more mash (still low'ish SG) - Starting it all a couple days early with nutes (boiled yeast and/or fermaid dep...
by jonnys_spirit
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:22 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: 4" plates vs packed testing for neutral
Replies: 41
Views: 5954

Re: 4" plates vs packed testing for neutral

I was wondering if anyone had used packed material (eg; copper mesh/etc) and incorporated j-tube or similar downcommers into the packed arrangement to separate sections of flooding/fluid-bath.

How might this affect the stacking and output WRT a packed column?

Cheers!
jonny