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by Hutch-
Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:17 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Steam heating for a copper pot still?
Replies: 39
Views: 11503

Re: Steam heating for a copper pot still?

I ferment mostly fruit, and am partial to grappa style clear brandies, but I generally take the time to settle and rack off. Its not often that I actually distill thick washes. I keep meaning to but it is extra work. Do you really NEED steam? I would love to go down the route of a wood fired steam ...
by Hutch-
Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Anyone still struggling with...
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Re: Anyone still struggling with...

My sences are a bit dull, so I still use the small jar method. I know about where my cut will be, so I use 1/2 pint jars to collect late heads and early hearts. Then again for late hearts and early tails. Let them air out for a day, then retest, starting from the middle and working out. Yup, that's...
by Hutch-
Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Anyone still struggling with...
Replies: 5
Views: 343

Anyone still struggling with...

...making the distinction between foreshots and heads, and more importantly heads/hearts. And that's with 4 years of practice under my belt. So I cheat and just pitch the first 150 to 200ml depending on if it's a wash, pomace, or second run. A typical run is 5.5 - 6.5 gallons of wash in a 10 gallon ...
by Hutch-
Fri Aug 07, 2009 6:57 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Grappa still
Replies: 17
Views: 6360

Re: Grappa still

Sorry to hear about the villa and distillery ES. The information has been most helpful. I was in fact thinking of opening a small distillery, but that project has been put on hold for now. The bain marie looks like the best bet, the double boiler should work well with pomace and fruit washes. I'm le...
by Hutch-
Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Prayers wanted
Replies: 219
Views: 12739

Re: Prayers wanted

Godspeed Blanik.
by Hutch-
Thu May 21, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Checking in
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Re: Checking in

... been in practice since about the same time :wink: .

Funny thing is with lurking that long I feel I know the regulars even though they don't know me!
by Hutch-
Wed May 20, 2009 9:42 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: making grappa - video
Replies: 1
Views: 2268

Re: making grappa - video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c15CUsw1EFY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNhLpIFKYJs" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow :D Thanks BD. Looks like they used a double boiler into a liebig. Not sure what the vessel was after that - worm with a sealed top?!?!? I'll get in tou...
by Hutch-
Wed May 20, 2009 3:59 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Grappa still
Replies: 17
Views: 6360

Re: Grappa still

Is this what you are looking at? if so it still looks like a pot still, maybe gas fired. http://kenmore.neighborhoodsundressed.com/2009/05/11/celebrating-an-exciting-new-craft-distillery-soft-tail-spirits-grapparia/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Those pics of the sof...
by Hutch-
Tue May 19, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Grappa still
Replies: 17
Views: 6360

Re: Grappa still

Is there a link to the Poli grappa stills? Also, if you do a search there's some good threads on grappa making.. I remember a really good one with Eurostiller, the Doctor. I think that's his handle. BD. Not a great picture, but you can see a part of the still here -> http://www.poligrappa.com/image...
by Hutch-
Tue May 19, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Grappa still
Replies: 17
Views: 6360

Grappa still

Need some help trying to determine the best design for a large grappa still? Softail Spirits is up in Oregon is using the style pictured here ->http://softtailspirits.com/blogs/. Anyone familiar with the grappa stills used by Poli that appear to be steam heated wooden vessels with clamped lids? Tryi...
by Hutch-
Tue May 19, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Checking in
Replies: 6
Views: 246

Checking in

Been lurking on the site since 2005 thought I should finally get on board :mrgreen: !!!