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by Yttrium
Mon Dec 06, 2004 6:44 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: vodka from potatoes?
Replies: 8
Views: 3229

Yes, but you kiwi's don't have currently have an embargo against Cuba. Supposedly sugar prices in the USA would drop by about half if the embargo was lifted.
by Yttrium
Mon Dec 06, 2004 1:49 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: vodka from potatoes?
Replies: 8
Views: 3229

I wish it were true, but I believe sugar still wins out in the cost competition. From http://homedistiller.org/wash-grain2.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow The potato is a relatively expensive source for alcohol. Potatoes contain 15-18% fermentable material while gra...
by Yttrium
Sun Dec 05, 2004 3:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: im confused
Replies: 9
Views: 1715

a bit of sarcasm

If you're worried about copper, why not worry that ~15% of the stuff in stainless steel is chromium? If you watch Erin Brochovich you'll notice that it was chromium contamination that was killing the town. Of course, chromium isn't nearly as bad as dihydrogen monoxide. Check out: http://www.dhmo.org...
by Yttrium
Sun Dec 05, 2004 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: homedistiller.org "The page cannot be displayed"
Replies: 5
Views: 2259

Uncle Jesse's explanation of what is happening:

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=472
by Yttrium
Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:25 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: BOKAKOB is banned from distillers and new_distillers groups
Replies: 2
Views: 1849

A quote from Harry:

Had to clear out a whole stack of bouncing email addys. As a result, a
few members may inadvertently have been deleted. If you are one of
those affected, just rejoin the group. Apologies for any
inconvenience.

Slainte!
regards Harry
by Yttrium
Fri Dec 03, 2004 2:51 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Which yeast and how much?
Replies: 6
Views: 3298

I use Lalvin wine yeast, its been so long since I first pitched it that I forgot exactly what type it is. I've reused the same yeast about 10 times so far making a variety of washes(sugar, barley, corn/barley, sugar/pumkin, etc). I keep my wash fairly cold so it takes a while to ferment(sugar wash g...
by Yttrium
Mon Nov 22, 2004 1:52 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: modifying my still
Replies: 8
Views: 2757

You can achieve 90% ethanol from this setup, however, you will have to do multiple distillations(probably 3-4).
by Yttrium
Sat Nov 20, 2004 11:21 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: methanol collection
Replies: 6
Views: 1940

Sure, if you only collected the first few milliliters you would probably have a fairly high methanol content. Of course, since you can buy methanol fairly cheaply, I doubt it would be worth your time and effort to try to distill it.
by Yttrium
Fri Nov 19, 2004 6:44 am
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Removing Preservatives from Molasses
Replies: 2
Views: 2320

Removing Preservatives from Molasses

I bought 5 gallons of feed molasses a while back in hopes of making rum but so far I've found that the only thing its good for is killing yeast. I've tried adding 300 ml of this molasses to a wash that was briskly fermenting and fermentation stopped within a few hours. Anyways, I was wondering if an...
by Yttrium
Thu Nov 11, 2004 4:45 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Suggesting for first run
Replies: 21
Views: 6920

Bottled spring water can be expensive. Does it bother anyone else that gallon for gallon spring water is four times as expensive as gasoline??? Using a Britta type filter on tap water is a much more economical way of improving your water quality.
by Yttrium
Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:37 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: TURBO YEAST Question
Replies: 6
Views: 3115

Glass won't crack from heat. In fact, heating up glass in an oven often makes glass stronger by reducing the stress in the glass. It is rapid and uneven changes in temperature that will crack glass. The chance of your distillate being able to cause a rapid enough change in temperature in the glass i...
by Yttrium
Wed Nov 10, 2004 11:33 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: new message boards
Replies: 30
Views: 11702

I pretty much echo the sentiments of many of the other people on this board. At first there were some definate drawbacks to the new forum, but after a little adjusting(a little from me and a little from the forum), things seem to be going quite well.
by Yttrium
Sat Nov 06, 2004 5:12 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Bottling
Replies: 17
Views: 7297

I use old wine bottles to store my liquer in, and a wine bottle cork cut in half makes for a cap. Of course the cork half can sometimes be a bit hard to open, so its like a mimi-sobriety test every time you want to open a bottle.
by Yttrium
Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:16 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Problems with Avatars
Replies: 3
Views: 2596

See the thread called "Avatars" in the Off-Topic Discussion forum
by Yttrium
Wed Nov 03, 2004 10:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Using Wine To Distill In Pot Still
Replies: 5
Views: 7542

I concur with the statments that you can expect to have a fair amount of methanol in wine. Also, I believe your estimation of the amount of alcohol in the wine is a bit high. Around 12% would be what I would expect to find in most wines.
by Yttrium
Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:57 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Friend Says.....
Replies: 9
Views: 2868

Sounds like a good time for a nice friendly wager between you and your friend. Buy a can, bottle, and longneck bottle of Bud. Pour the beer into colored glasses without your friend knowing which beer is where. Write down which beer is where before your friend tastes them so you can show them the res...
by Yttrium
Wed Nov 03, 2004 9:54 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Mr Stupak re-elected
Replies: 1
Views: 2088

Mr Stupak re-elected

The author of the bill in the 107th congress to legalize home distillation(HR 3249) has been re-elected to his seat in congress. Perhaps he'll reintroduce this legislation. Unfortunately, Mr. Stupak is a democrat, so he won't have much sway in committee for the next two years.
by Yttrium
Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:42 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Plastic boiler works great!
Replies: 14
Views: 10900

Polytetrafluoroethylene is a plastic that I'm sure will not degrade in 100% ethanol and it will not leach anything into your alcohol. Low quality alcohol often comes in plastic bottles because they are cheaper than glass. If those bottles were leaching stuff into the alcohol don't you think some tri...
by Yttrium
Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:32 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Acrylic sealant
Replies: 23
Views: 7784

Try using aquarium grade silicone if you want to use a sealant.
by Yttrium
Mon Nov 01, 2004 5:29 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Question about a Recipe
Replies: 1
Views: 2022

Well, assuming 100g of sugar per liter of fruit juice. This recipe will yeild a bit over 18% alcohol by volume. If you hope to achieve anything that high, I would suggest either using a wine yeast or a turbo type yeast. Bakers yeast and beer yeast won't have the alochol tolerance to ferment all the ...
by Yttrium
Mon Nov 01, 2004 5:23 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Plastic boiler works great!
Replies: 14
Views: 10900

If there is a plastic that can stand up to bullets(kevlar) then there certainly is a plastic that can stand up to warm ethanol. Whether or not your boiler is made of a strong enough plastic will be told with time. Best of luck.
by Yttrium
Wed Oct 27, 2004 3:32 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Rum recipes
Replies: 20
Views: 24373

I believe that most receipies involve adding ingredients and then adding enough water to bring the total volume of the wash up to a certain amount, usually around 5 or 10 gallons(20 or 40 liters)
by Yttrium
Tue Oct 26, 2004 10:56 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Copper Moonshine Stills
Replies: 2
Views: 3786

Well, its true that you can make a pot still for a lot less, but if you were to make a pot still out of copper the price would be comperable or more. Here's a link to an 18 quart copper stockpot on sale for a MERE $320 Copper Stock Pot . A copper lid to put over that stockpot will run you $40-$60. T...
by Yttrium
Tue Oct 26, 2004 6:46 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: image
Replies: 11
Views: 4590

Duck, how does that image look if you use a copper color instead of yellow?
by Yttrium
Tue Oct 26, 2004 6:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Water
Replies: 3
Views: 2592

If you are using a pot still, the choice of water for fermentation will matter much more than if you are using a reflux still and getting a 95% pure product. Also distilled water may not be the best for all liquors. Supposedly the best whisky is made from really hard water that has low levels of iron.
by Yttrium
Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:54 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: New Message Board System
Replies: 13
Views: 5203

I like the stats the board gives on the percentage of posts you make as well as your posts per day...
3.45% of total / 1.33 posts per day

Also the new styles are nice....I personally like "Electra". Of course, I've got the image on top with elektra is annoying so I have it ad blocked.
by Yttrium
Mon Oct 25, 2004 8:50 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Avatars
Replies: 6
Views: 2860

Mackrel, try using this option. It doesn't seem to have the problem with pixel size, file size, or other errors. Link to off-site Avatar: Enter the URL of the location containing the Avatar image you wish to link to. Also, Uncle Jesse, is there any way to get the file size of the avatars bumped up t...
by Yttrium
Mon Oct 25, 2004 3:21 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: History Channel
Replies: 2
Views: 2789

Re: History Channel

I liked the scotch section. This time around I realized that the buldge in the neck of the pot still causes a wee bit of reflux and hence cleans up their product a bit.
by Yttrium
Mon Oct 25, 2004 3:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Avatars
Replies: 6
Views: 2860

Hmm....got it working....don't know how, don't know why...but for some reason it started working....
by Yttrium
Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:43 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Avatars
Replies: 6
Views: 2860

Avatars

Is anyone else getting this message when they try to change their avatar???