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by Yttrium
Sun Mar 20, 2005 8:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: boiling chips ?
Replies: 11
Views: 3249

I use marbles, but I've found that the marbles work a lot better when you take a hammer to them and split the marble in two. The jagged edges of the split marbles really help even out the boiling.
by Yttrium
Sun Mar 20, 2005 9:03 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New used copper pot
Replies: 21
Views: 5031

So far the union has held up really well. When I first stuck a reflux column(24 inches long 1.5 inches diameter) and reflux condenser(~8 inches long, 1.5 inch diameter with 3/16inch tubing internal) on top of the pot I half expected the union to give way, but so far it hasn't through about 10 distil...
by Yttrium
Sun Mar 20, 2005 9:02 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Making Distilling Legal?
Replies: 39
Views: 11376

I've always doubted that there would ever be some public groundswell movement to legalize home distillation. The hobby is just too small. A more likely route to getting home distilling legal would be a congressman tacking on a small bit of legislation to a much larger bill that has nothing to do wit...
by Yttrium
Sun Mar 20, 2005 7:04 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: New used copper pot
Replies: 21
Views: 5031

Looks nice. Copper sure is an expensive thing to build a still out of though :lol: I use inverted 12 inch diameter copper bowl as a lid and the thing cost me around US $70.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-12/ ... ctions.jpg
by Yttrium
Sun Mar 20, 2005 6:57 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Small wash yeild question
Replies: 6
Views: 1545

What kind of yeast are you going to be using for this wash? If you are using a wine or distillers yeast, you might get 18% ABV, if you are using a bread yeast then 8-12% ABV is more likely.
by Yttrium
Sat Mar 19, 2005 3:40 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Making Distilling Legal?
Replies: 39
Views: 11376

For those of you interested, the last Congressman to introduce legislation to legalize home distilling was Bart Stupack from Michigan. If you happen to live in Bart's district, a phone call or letter to his office would be good.
by Yttrium
Sat Mar 12, 2005 7:03 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Photos of my first still
Replies: 7
Views: 2162

Uh ohh...the ATF, er BATF, er whatever the hell it is called now, knows what your shadow looks like, knows that you wear baseball caps, and knows that you have a red and black tatooo on your left arm. You might as well just move to New Zealand now :lol:
by Yttrium
Sat Mar 12, 2005 11:13 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Sand bath heat diffuser
Replies: 3
Views: 1719

Sand bath heat diffuser

I was reading Whisky : technology, production and marketing and it mentioned that in the old days(pre 1800s) of distilling whisky water baths and even sand baths were used to prevent solid material in the boiler from burning. While I know that some people use waterbaths, I was wondering if anyone ha...
by Yttrium
Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:29 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: pricing on sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 5868

58 US cents for 5 pounds of sugar? Wow, walmart sells it for $1.78 for 5 pounds in my area.
by Yttrium
Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:43 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: ? About 1st Sugar Wash Problems ?
Replies: 39
Views: 9656

I don't have the greatest burner so it takes me a bit longer, but here are my typical times based off initial starting volume 5 gallon pot still stripping run = 5 hours 1.5 gallon pot still spirit run = 2.5 hours 5 gallon reflux run = 8 hours I've found that doing a stripping and spirts run takes ab...
by Yttrium
Mon Mar 07, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Pot Still, alternative to copper tube.
Replies: 29
Views: 13623

Here's a site dealing with pyrex http://www.bibby-sterilin.co.uk/internet/bibbysite.nsf/AllDocumentsByDocIndex2/EWYN5EWB5WTALN5HMJ6G Pyrex is just a borosilicate glass that has a very low expansion cooeficient. So it doesn't shatter when quickly heat or cooled(within limits). One thing about pyrex i...
by Yttrium
Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:08 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Pot Still, alternative to copper tube.
Replies: 29
Views: 13623

never use pyrex
What?!? Pyrex is a wonderful type of glass. Given the choice between stainless steel and pyrex, I would say that pyrex is better in all aspects except being harder to work with(how's your glass blowing?), breakable, and expensive.
by Yttrium
Sat Mar 05, 2005 11:54 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: pricing on sugar
Replies: 18
Views: 5868

Its been a while but my local kroger supermarket ocassionally sells sugar for sugar for 25 US cents a pound. One time they were out of one brand and were selling sugar for 20 US cents a pound. I still kick myself for not buying out the entire store supply... :lol:
by Yttrium
Wed Mar 02, 2005 7:16 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Corn mash
Replies: 59
Views: 22845

I used JB waterweld on my old boiler lid and it worked well. Now that I have a bit more practice soldering, it is unlikely that I would use it again. The JB waterweld did create a somewhat rough surface that can be hard to clean. Here is a picture of the boiler lid. The JB waterweld was used to secu...
by Yttrium
Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: A no cost, easy way to determine % of your distillate.
Replies: 9
Views: 3778

The test for proof by lighting something on fire isn't very accurate because heating up the liquid causes it to ingite at a lower temperature. I've been able to light 20% apple schnapps on fire by heating it up to around 150F
by Yttrium
Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Sulphur smell?
Replies: 10
Views: 3782

Was the molasses you used sulphured? I once wasted a heck of a lot of time trying to use a pail of molasses that had so much bad stuff in it that it would kill the yeast.
by Yttrium
Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Sugar Recipe Question for Grayson
Replies: 12
Views: 2013

Well...on a reflux still, you should have two openings. One is the passage in which the distillate comes out, and the other is an opening to the outside at the top of your column condenser(if you have one). If you have an opening at the top of your column condenser, then yes, close up the outflow tu...
by Yttrium
Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:02 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: First good run
Replies: 10
Views: 2470

Here it is:

http://www.aec.msu.edu/product/document ... 1.0.01.pdf


It probably would have helped if I spelled it correctly.
by Yttrium
Tue Mar 01, 2005 6:42 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: First good run
Replies: 10
Views: 2470

I was re-reading "Artisian Distilling" and it stated that the max allowable concentration of methanol was 280 mg/ 100 ml of 40% ethanol, or about 1 ml methanol per 300 ml of 40%.....Hmm...that means there could be over 2 milliliters of methanol in a typical 750 ml bottle of alcohol.
by Yttrium
Mon Feb 28, 2005 8:51 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Baking out Still
Replies: 0
Views: 948

Baking out Still

This weekend, a solder joint on my still cracked so I heated it up a bit to remelt the solder. While I was heating it up, I noticed a heck of a lot of stuff coming out of the still that smelled much like congners. I had scrubbed and soaked the still in vinegar for ~20 minutes before noticing the lea...
by Yttrium
Fri Feb 25, 2005 1:30 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Malting corn
Replies: 32
Views: 17308

C'mon Yttrium--you're giving us chemists a bad rep! Warm water is not good enough. :lol: Well, by "sit in warm water", I mean heat to 145F and hold for TWO DAYS in an oven. Iodine is a good test, but I usually use the finely crafted sucrose sensor I have in my mouth. On a completely unrelated note,...
by Yttrium
Fri Feb 25, 2005 11:17 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Malting corn
Replies: 32
Views: 17308

My general method for sprouting is to soak for around a day and then rinse every twelve hours. I usually am aiming for a 5 gallon wash size so I don't use that much corn. I keep the sprouting corn in a few of those glaware diposable containers in which I have poked a few hundred holes in the bottom ...
by Yttrium
Thu Feb 24, 2005 3:21 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: how to get rid of methanol
Replies: 16
Views: 11986

Heck, this thread has me curious now. The typical rule of thumb is throw away the first first 50 ml for a ~5 gallon wash. I wonder how accurate that estimate is for getting rid of the majority of the ethanol. I know that there are a whole slew of conditions that would change how much needs to be thr...
by Yttrium
Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:16 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Corn mash
Replies: 59
Views: 22845

There are some commercial distilleries that distill "on grain" meaning they don't strain out the grain before running it on the still. In order to do this properly, you would need to make sure that you won't scorch any of the solid material in the still. The use of a double boiler or steam heating w...
by Yttrium
Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: those bastards
Replies: 77
Views: 25003

So this weekend I was walking to my local grocery store and along the way there is one of those natural suppliments stores. I've actually been in there twice, once looking for amylase, and once looking for live yeast(Both of which they didn't have in sufficient quantities). Anyways I went in and ask...
by Yttrium
Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:49 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Reflux Packing. Will normal steel wool do?
Replies: 43
Views: 10175

Dec, you amaze me. Why are you fighting the proved best column fillers? I think the best part of this hobby is the amount of tinkering that goes into it. People are always trying to find slightly better ways of doing things. Most of the time, they fail, but on those few occasions people do find a b...
by Yttrium
Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:45 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Malting corn
Replies: 32
Views: 17308

I've tried malting corn a few times and never have had much success with it. Getting the corn to malt is fairly easy(I suggest rinsing it every ~12 hours to prevent mold growth). My problem is that I never get a good starch to sugar conversion when I grind it and let it sit in warm water. I'll be in...
by Yttrium
Thu Feb 17, 2005 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: those bastards
Replies: 77
Views: 25003

There is a difference between being banned from being sold as a drug, and being a controlled substance. Cocaine & LSD are controlled substances, meaning that you can't buy them without filling out some paperwork with the DEA. To sell something as a drug, you have to provide the FDA with a huge amoun...
by Yttrium
Thu Feb 17, 2005 3:31 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: those bastards
Replies: 77
Views: 25003

Its not allowed to be sold because it is poisonous. B17 breaks down into cyanide in your body. I certainly hope the government would shut stores down that sell rat poison as a herbal remedy. Amygdalin was originally isolated in 1830 by two French chemists. In the presence of certain enzymes, amygdal...
by Yttrium
Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: those bastards
Replies: 77
Views: 25003

Here's another quote from "How quakery sells" http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/quacksell.html Claims of "suppression" are used to market publications as well as treatments. Many authors and publishers purport to offer information that your doctor, the AMA, and/or government agencies...