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How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Runamuckr » Mon May 21, 2018 4:51 am

Those that shoot the thumper, what "volume" are you shootin?
Are we talkin 2 ounces, a pint, one whole can of frozen concentrate??

I'd like to go the chamber route, valve under a 2X12 inch stainless spool. I can fit a bit over a pint of liquid in the spool. My plan is to flavor a pint of 40 proof clear, heat, fill, cap, open valve at desired point during run, close after shot, and carry on. Not much different then the 2 valve pipe system posted on here (don't remember exactly who) just on a bigger scale to hold a bigger shot. I like the idea of the chamber to keep vapors contained. Don't care what gets trapped in the chamber, just tryin to keep it isolated from the open flame.

Is a pint to much? If I recall the valved pipe was 3/4 inch copper, don't recall the length of the chamber, but couldn't of held more then an ounce or two.
Aside from the obvious, is there such thing as shootin to much liquid?
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Wild Bill » Mon May 21, 2018 5:28 am

I was going to do similar and saw pintoshine posted about the dual valve config. In the end I decided to employ the kiss method. Cut heat pull relief on boiler to vent pressure and pull big ass cork on top of thump head tee and shoot. I used 4 cans of frozen concentrate apple for a 5 gallon run. I ran off fores and heads before shooting. Works great ! My amounts were based off jednecks advice in clear apple pie thread.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby kindsun » Mon May 21, 2018 6:04 am

If I may ask, what is "shooting" a thumper?
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Wild Bill » Mon May 21, 2018 7:02 am

Making an addittion to the contents of thumper during the run to add a desired flavor profile. Usually done after fores and heads have been run off so as not to waste the addition on those portions of the run.


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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby kindsun » Mon May 21, 2018 5:26 pm

Thanks!
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby pfshine » Mon May 21, 2018 9:05 pm

I made one a while back, might be the one you're talking about. It worked great never had a problem with it. It was made for a smaller 6 gallon still and 3gal thumper. I made it 3/4" with several Chambers so I didn't disturb the boil much at all and could shoot it multiple times throughout the run. This allowed for even flavoring throughout the run and even changing flavor mid run. The stuff in the chambers was concentrated stuff so it doesn't need much space.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Wild Bill » Tue May 22, 2018 4:10 am

Yes it probably was you Pfshine. My apologies for the wrong acknowledgement. I may still build something similar if I get into more flavored concoctions.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Runamuckr » Tue May 22, 2018 5:15 am

Yes Pfshine, thats exactlywhat I was referring to.
You don't cut off your heat befor opening valves correct?

My thought is to have something highly concentrated by flavoring a pint of spirit. Could try less if the flavor is right. With the valve and a cap(tri-clamp) at top of pipe, I can hit it again if needed. I'd like to avoid opening the system, cutting the flame, eliminate the potential for steam burns.
With such emphasis on steam coming out of the condenser being bad juju, I'd like to keep a closed system.
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Postby pfshine » Tue May 22, 2018 8:43 am

Runamuckr wrote:Yes Pfshine, thats exactlywhat I was referring to.
You don't cut off your heat befor opening valves correct?


No need to kill the heat because no vapor escapes the airlock.
I would caution against using spirits in the closed chamber for any length of time for fear of over pressure from it boiling in the tube. Water based would not have this problem as it would not be hot enough to boil. If you do want to use a spirit for shooting it I would say do it fast. Open top valve, fill, close top valve, open bottom valve.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby OtisT » Tue May 22, 2018 1:39 pm

Thanks all. The timing of this post is great for me. :-)

I just finished my new thumper head with a vapor bypass. Luckily I had not cleaned it yet. After reading this thread I decided to cut up my new thumper head and add a way to add liquid during the run. Great idea guys. I just finished my re-work. :-)

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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Kareltje » Tue May 22, 2018 3:59 pm

Nice contraptions!
But when one wants to shoot more voluminous things, like a pound of berries? Or 5 pounds?
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby OtisT » Tue May 22, 2018 7:55 pm

Kareltje wrote:Nice contraptions!
But when one wants to shoot more voluminous things, like a pound of berries? Or 5 pounds?


Bananas! :-).

Ya, it doesn’t do everything. I will eventually get around to welding a clean out ferrule on my thumper. Until then, just liquids for me. :-)
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby pfshine » Tue May 22, 2018 8:25 pm

Kareltje wrote:Nice contraptions!
But when one wants to shoot more voluminous things, like a pound of berries? Or 5 pounds?


For that much I would just use a gin basket.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Kareltje » Wed May 23, 2018 2:32 pm

pfshine wrote:
Kareltje wrote:Nice contraptions!
But when one wants to shoot more voluminous things, like a pound of berries? Or 5 pounds?


For that much I would just use a gin basket.

Yeah, but isn't the point of shooting a thumper to get rid of the foreshots and the heads before you add the tastefull ingredients? When using a ginbox the first taste of the ingredients is thrown away with the foreshots.

With large amounts one could make a valve system: vent the first vapours and after the foreshots and heads are vented (not into free air, of course, but condensed and trown away) , direct the other vapours through the ginbox or thumper.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Runamuckr » Wed May 23, 2018 2:51 pm

Thanks Pf.

I intend to keep what ever I'm adding warm and filling the chamber when I'm ready to shoot it.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Runamuckr » Wed May 23, 2018 4:18 pm

Wild Bill,

4 Cans of concentrate, it takes that much to get a good apple flavor?
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Wild Bill » Wed May 23, 2018 8:27 pm

Everybody’s taste is a bit different but yes 4 cans seems about right along with apple pie spice and a gallon of water heated up before shooting.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby pfshine » Thu May 24, 2018 5:50 am

It's relative. I haven't used apple juice concentrate but imagine that 4 cans of the stuff would be way too much for say a 2-3 gallon thumper but not a 15 gallon one.
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Runamuckr » Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:14 pm

Anybody used the concentrated "extract" stuff, like for baking??
Does the "alcohol" ingredients boil off? Bad taste?
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Re: How much are you shootin in your thumper?

Postby Jimy Dee » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:25 pm

As a pot and thumper man myself, I never shot anything into the thumper. are there any tried & true style "recipes" for shooting the thumper?
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