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by udiraz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: spirit run
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: spirit run

Well, should I collect it untill it is water ?
I guess at some % it is absolutely a waste of time. Isnt it ?
by udiraz
Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: spirit run
Replies: 5
Views: 487

Re: spirit run

Thanks ! Well, that's my first time of making alcohol of any kind, so it is also my first spirit run I run. Of course I read Kiwi's guide to cuts, but when it comes to actually doing it, there's a difference between what you read and reality... I guess I have enough jars to do also 6 ounces (it's ab...
by udiraz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: spirit run
Replies: 5
Views: 487

spirit run

Hi all, I just finished all my stripping runs, and got almost 40 litres of about 32% ABV low wines. I will start today the spirit runs, and I wanted to ask if you can give some thumb rules, so that I will know what to expect more or less. I can load my still with 20 litres of fluids. About how long ...
by udiraz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: stripping run ABV

Thanks. Well, actually, I ran it slow in the begining so that I can throw the foreshots, that's probably why you said it seems to run slow. right after throwing the foreshots, I full-blow the gas stove, and it ran much faster, untill the distillate got out of the condenser at about 35-40C The low wi...
by udiraz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: stripping run ABV

Now I got you. Yes I also read paulinka's post about it. this is the main reason I go deep to tails with the low wines - so that I will have the chance to make "holes" in the tail line. this is my first distillation, but I am going to make it a good brandy :-) I am writing this while doing the last ...
by udiraz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:52 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: stripping run ABV

Now I got you. Yes I also read paulinka's post about it. this is the main reason I go deep to tails with the low wines - so that I will have the chance to make "holes" in the tail line. this is my first distillation, but I am going to make it a good brandy :-) I am writing this while doing the last ...
by udiraz
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:36 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: stripping run ABV

So, Chris, if I get you right, you mean that in brandy the heads-heart-tails are linear ? I mean, that if I found a jar that I call tail, so I can assume that all the jars that comes after it are tails as well, and can be sent to feints jar ? that can be a helpful assumption... Or did you mean that ...
by udiraz
Sun Oct 05, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

Re: stripping run ABV

Thanks !
Well I did feel this good smell I the tails, but djd not taste it of course.

I just got lots of small jars for the spirit runs. Since it is my first, I will definitely need it.
I still have at least two spirit runs though...
by udiraz
Sun Oct 05, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: stripping run ABV
Replies: 12
Views: 2159

stripping run ABV

Hi All, I just done 6 batches of stripping run (first time ever), for my grapes wash (wine ?). It is 100% grapes, no added sugar or nutrition, just a little bit of wine yeast an that's it. The wine was about 10%-11% ABV. The stripping run started at about 60% ABV. is it normal ? should it be higher ...
by udiraz
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first spirit run !
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: My first spirit run !

Thanks rad. actually during the stripping run I got this smell only when it got to about 40% if I remember correctly. Before that it was nice smell. The low wine is now at 35% so I think there's no need to dilute it. I thi k I will keep this low wine and add it to the others I am gonna strip and the...
by udiraz
Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first spirit run !
Replies: 5
Views: 419

Re: My first spirit run !

Hi again. I hope I was not happy too fast... Is it normal that the low wines have this wet-dog/socks smell ? As I wrote above, the low wines are @ about 35% ABV, and I kept it until it was about 10, or maybe even lower % ABV. Well, I do feel some fruit smell, but I certainly do smell this wet-someth...
by udiraz
Tue Sep 23, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first spirit run !
Replies: 5
Views: 419

My first spirit run !

Hi All. I just completed my first real spirit run ! I had the excess bisulphite issue, if you read my threads, but luckily I had no sulfur smell ( o rotten eggs, no turkey/chicken, no cabbage etc). http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=38&t=51090 What I did is putting an aquarium air-stone ...
by udiraz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: When does fermentation considered stuck ?
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: When does fermentation considered stuck ?

They are dropping, but very very slowly. a bit less than 0.001 a day. is it normal for the end of the fermentation ? because it started of course much stronger than that. I am not sure if it is better to run them now and lose about 1% ABV, or let it keep dropping and risk contamination and vinegar. ...
by udiraz
Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:22 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Carobs
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Re: Carobs

Well, I did not say that cargos were good substitute to chocolate (I don't think they are), but it does have sugar, and it is actually also healthy... and I know for sure that it can make brandy, and that I can get it for free, if I will make this effort. There is also famous rabbi that lived for 13...
by udiraz
Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Carobs
Replies: 4
Views: 564

Carobs

Hi all. Did anyone tried to distill something from carobs ? I just tasted today carobs brandy, it was really lovely. I don't have any details about it - how was it done, ABV etc, but I will try to find out, although I noticed that people here (in Israel) are not very willing to share their knowledge...
by udiraz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:15 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: When does fermentation considered stuck ?
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: When does fermentation considered stuck ?

Well, I have no light changes, and actually I guess the temp chabge is less because that's the meadure outdoors. Indoors the temp change is normally less drastic. but that's typical Israely summer end. It's very difficult to get over it abd stubbilize temp. But I will have it in mind and try to stub...
by udiraz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: When does fermentation considered stuck ?
Replies: 8
Views: 734

Re: When does fermentation considered stuck ?

The temp is between 22 celsius at night to more than 30 during the day.
by udiraz
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:11 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: When does fermentation considered stuck ?
Replies: 8
Views: 734

When does fermentation considered stuck ?

Hi all. I am fermenting grapes wash (100% grapes - no sugar added). It measured 1.086 ~ 1.087 after crushing, and now it measures about 1.005~1.008 in the different fermenting containers (I have 5). As far as I know, it should get below 1.0 to considered fully fermented, but I see that the fermentat...
by udiraz
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:01 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit
Replies: 140
Views: 59540

Re: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit

Paulinka, I read your thread about Palinka, and this is so much knowledge, and it is truly so fun to read, especially that because of palinka I got the passion to distill alcohol myself. I used to live in a kibbutz, and my neighbor came from Hungary (he had quite an heavy hungarian accent :D ), and ...
by udiraz
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:45 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: bisulphite in grape wash - help.
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: bisulphite in grape wash - help.

Thanks Paulinka ! These are helpful advices. I think what I will do is aerate the wash before the distillation - with some aquarium pump and an air stone. For how long you think I should aerate it ? 1 day ? two days ? I don't have a clue... maybe racking it several times will be enough, or is it not...
by udiraz
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?

I orobably missed your thread.
I tried to put those pics as the images but failed to.
I will figure this out...
thanks !

Any good advice about my questions ?
by udiraz
Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:22 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: bisulphite in grape wash - help.
Replies: 3
Views: 555

bisulphite in grape wash - help.

Hi. you can read the first question I had, about fermentation and vinegar here: http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=51081 Shortly, I got 200 KG of grapes. juice measured 1.086 SG which I think is nice, the grapes guy put potassium metabisulphite in it, and the morning after I also add...
by udiraz
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?

Another thing - about the SO2 - is it possible somehow to get rid of it, if it smells and tastes in the brandy, or is my brandy doomed for ever ?
by udiraz
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?

Thanks chris I am relieved now :-) Well, I did read a lot about it, but when it comes to money time, everything I read becomes one big mess in my head. Actually, most of my reading is in this website and forum. The moto I try to stick to is what you and Jimbo wrote here somewhere - don't overthink i...
by udiraz
Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:55 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

Re: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?

Thanks Chris. I will have it in mind for the next time. My still is all copper, though, will that be ok ? Anyway, what do you think about the vinegar issue ? it is bothering me... is there a way I can tell if my mash is making alcohol or vinegar ? I am worried because I thought that after adding bis...
by udiraz
Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?
Replies: 9
Views: 632

help ! wine may turn to vinegar ?

Hi. I am new to making alcohol at home. Yesterday I got about 200 KG of grapes (grapes for eating, not wine grapes). They made about 20 brix (1.086 SG) juice. no added sugar. I want to make grapes brandy, of course. The guy that I got the grapes from also crushed them for me, and put some metabisulp...
by udiraz
Thu May 15, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: A question about apples mash with no added sugar
Replies: 7
Views: 916

A question about apples mash with no added sugar

Hi all. I want to make apple brandy from apple mash, without adding any sugar to it - I am after the quality, not the quantity... I want to have good fruit taste. When I ferment pressed apple juice, what alcohol level should I expect to get after the fermentation is done ? anyway, I assume it will b...
by udiraz
Thu May 15, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: My first still

how was the delta on the temp around the worm? might be able to cut down on water usage by recirculating out of a tub using a pump. We did this and our water usage went way down. Well, it was amazing - the top part of the condenser was very hot, there was steam going from the water, but all the res...
by udiraz
Wed May 14, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 7
Views: 809

Re: My first still

From some reason I could post it with the pictures, so I put them as links. sorry.
by udiraz
Wed May 14, 2014 12:56 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 7
Views: 809

My first still

I guess this is the place for this post... My first still - bought it, it is made in portugal, 30 litres, all copper, and worked perfectly fine out of the box. no need for rye pastry or anything like that. Just ran it for test with a sugar wash I fermented - was not good enough for drinking, so I di...