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by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:28 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Gloopiness
Replies: 13
Views: 2550

Since you've done all three before by the same method and everything turned out OK for you, it sounds like you have the knowledge of the UJSM method. Anything that has the consistancy of snot sounds like it might need to be tossed.
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Jan 21, 2007 12:35 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: whats the deal?
Replies: 14
Views: 3695

The best, least expensive and safest way to test for leaks is to assemble the still then fill completely with water to the opening to atmosphere that I hope everyone has.....if you have a leak it will show under that kind of head pressure.
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Jan 21, 2007 11:55 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: distilling on the grain
Replies: 55
Views: 17352

Whats the difference between rye and barley husks when straining a wash?
by Grayson_Stewart
Wed Jan 17, 2007 6:43 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Temp confusion
Replies: 23
Views: 9282

And all this time I've been typing ALT + 0186. What is the ALT+0186 symbol?
by Grayson_Stewart
Sat Jan 06, 2007 5:10 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vinegar runs
Replies: 21
Views: 6237

but the reactions happen in the liquid state not the gaseous.
Why do they happen only in the liquid state?
by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:44 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Potatoe mash again
Replies: 27
Views: 16772

All I know is it was the most vile, revolting, mash I've ever seen and smelled. Everyone says even the nasty stuff can be run to turn out some decent product, but after I smelled that I knew there was no way I could drink the product ... no matter how good it turned out.
by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Jan 01, 2007 4:35 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Reverse engineering a still.
Replies: 6
Views: 1954

Tater,
Is that condensor basically a cylinder within a cylinder and capped off at each end? Doesn't seem like the vapor would have enough travel time to completely condense. You ever seen one like that before?
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Potatoe mash again
Replies: 27
Views: 16772

From Merriam-Webster's online dictionary.......... cantaloupe One entry found for cantaloupe. Main Entry: can·ta·loupe Variant(s): also can·ta·loup /'kan-t&-"lOp also -"üp/ Function: noun Etymology: Cantalupo, former papal villa near Rome, Italy 1 : a small widely cultivated muskmelon (Cucumis melo ...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:45 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Potatoe mash again
Replies: 27
Views: 16772

these boys got a list of never again
cantalope
sweettater
watermelon
I agree with them "boys" 100% on cantaloup!
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Dec 31, 2006 6:36 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Reverse engineering a still.
Replies: 6
Views: 1954

My questions on this are two fold. The first is calculating just what size flask I would need for the boiler. Mind you I only want it large enough so my end run gives me enough spirit to make one bottle of whatever flavor I migh order from brewhaus.com. If you are ordering flavor from Brewhaus, I a...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sat Dec 30, 2006 6:34 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My plastic still
Replies: 160
Views: 82119

I've not weighed in on this topic and I don't want the fact I am now making a comment to be viewed as an attempt to perpetuate an argument, but the reason I became interested in this hobby is that practically everything manufactured commercially tastes terrible. So the fact the commercial folks do i...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:13 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5592

You honestly check for leaks with a torch in a dark room?
by Grayson_Stewart
Tue Dec 05, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Fine tuning the Fractioning Process.
Replies: 9
Views: 2629

I have a thermometer and use it on every run, but I agree totally with Holy. The thermometer is just a backup, double check, warm-fuzzy, crutch that I use to further gauge the run. I check smell and taste through the entire process and compare it to the temperature. It's different all the time, but ...
by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Nov 06, 2006 8:20 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: ventillation
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

You got 95% on an electric stove with a two foot packed column that is 1.5" diameter?
by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Nov 06, 2006 6:03 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Different quality needle valves
Replies: 12
Views: 2467

You would want the distilate take off valve to be the valve with greater precision. The reflux return valve is basically used as simply "open" or "closed" because anything you don't take off as product is returned to the column. The only time you would ever close the return valve is when you have th...
by Grayson_Stewart
Thu Nov 02, 2006 6:35 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Using old whiskey barrels
Replies: 2
Views: 1046

Rather than cutting the wood into "strips", cut it into cubes about 1"x1"x1" and then toast and/or char. There is still plenty of good left in the barrell (assuming it was good to start with) which you will expose by cutting into cubes....plus it yields more surface area.
by Grayson_Stewart
Mon Oct 30, 2006 7:19 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: best way to do a strip run?
Replies: 13
Views: 4462

I'm assuming this is just doing a much quicker than normal first run at a pretty high temperature just to get a more concentrated mix to work with for the 2nd run. Am I correct? Yes you are correct. What temps/methods are people using for strip runs? If you have experience then surely you have seen...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:53 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: So What Am I Gettin'...?
Replies: 4
Views: 1090

There is no temperature control device other than your reflux return valve.
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 29, 2006 6:08 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Fermentor
Replies: 7
Views: 2172

I use the 15 gallon white food grade containers that liquid malt extract was shipped to my local brew store in. Cut the tops out with a saber saw and have plenty of room to clean them out. Just use a plastic garbage bag with a large rubber band or bungee chord to hold the bag on. No need to prick th...
by Grayson_Stewart
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:33 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: apple juice &meth
Replies: 4
Views: 1436

If I remember correctly apple just is just below orange juice in meth %....you aren't going to add additional meth concerns to the juice unless you are adding methanol ladened alcohol to the juice. Does that anser your question or did I misinterpret the question?
by Grayson_Stewart
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Is it done?
Replies: 7
Views: 1108

Split into two fermenters, add additional water and ferment out THEN run it. Get more for your trouble that way and it will give you experience at seeing just how fast and good a weak wash operates.
by Grayson_Stewart
Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:14 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: faster spirit cleanup
Replies: 8
Views: 1675

Would this work?
No, that will not work.
by Grayson_Stewart
Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:53 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: !!!Bout' Killed Me!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2893

By jove, I think he's got it :D
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:18 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: grains?
Replies: 14
Views: 3490

If you have a cooler you can just place the cracked corn in the cooler and pour in boiled water to cover. This will soften the corn and once the temp drops to around 165 F you can pour in the malted grain and stir up real good. The temp will drop to a good conversion temp when the malted grain is ad...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 22, 2006 8:06 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: grains?
Replies: 14
Views: 3490

As much as I dislike anyone from TN this morning, I'll be generous and help. ( For all the football challenged, TN lucked up and beat the Tide yesterday ) Here is a list of TN brew stores you can get your barley from. By the way, scratch feed is just bits and pieces of whole corn...otherwise known a...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Needle valves
Replies: 12
Views: 1998

Here is a pic of a hose bibb
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 22, 2006 7:38 am
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Bad copper scrubbers
Replies: 10
Views: 2810

amstat.com has large rolls for around $25 US per 100 feet last time I purchased it. I've toured commercial distilleries that used this same provider. They can be reached at: Amstat Industries, Inc. 3012 N. Lake Terrace • Glenview, IL 60026-1335 Toll Free (800) 783-9999 • Phone (847) 998-6210 • Fax (...
by Grayson_Stewart
Sun Oct 15, 2006 4:02 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Bad copper scrubbers
Replies: 10
Views: 2810

Toss it and chalk it up to a lesson learned.
by Grayson_Stewart
Fri Oct 13, 2006 4:37 pm
Forum: History and Folklore
Topic: modern marvels on history channel
Replies: 4
Views: 4245

I recorded all of them on the DVR cable box...just can't figure out how to download it from the DVR box to a computer via a USB cable. My computer doesn't recognize the DVR box for some reason.
by Grayson_Stewart
Fri Oct 13, 2006 3:50 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: My first few runs
Replies: 11
Views: 2658

I don't know why anyone would care about the volume of CO2 that is off gassing, but wouldn't it be easier to use a plastic bag and a watch with a second hand?