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Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby vinnymarz » Wed May 16, 2018 10:12 am

Hello,

I am new to the world of distilling, but very excited to get started. I am currently mulling over which direction to go for my first still. I have done a lot of research both online and through books on the subject, watched endless videos and browsed forum topics but this is my first time joining one, and certainly my first post ever. As I don't have any hands on experience, I suspect it will not be my last. Any advice on common mistakes to avoid or things to absolutely make sure and do while getting started would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby Truckinbutch » Wed May 16, 2018 5:22 pm

Welcome :wave: Start in the beginner's section and read until your eyes bleed . Rinse and repeat . And again . There are few shortcuts . You have to know what you need to know before you need to know it .
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby still_stirrin » Wed May 16, 2018 5:40 pm

Truckinbutch wrote:You have to know what you need to know before you need to know it.

Now, that’s a quote I haven’t heard for a while....but, oh how true it is! Good one Butch.
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby fizzix » Wed May 16, 2018 11:51 pm

It comes down to what drink you like, and what still fits that bill.
Here's a great write-up for Choosing a Still. Very thorough.

A common mistake is not going with a Tried and True Recipe.
Often people jump in with some recipe concoction they think sounds good, but when it fails they need help.
The Tried & True Recipes helps prevent that failure.

Another common mistake is not searching for an answer. You'll find the old-timers here will help you with a problem
if you've researched it first. HD Google Search up above is your best friend. Here's how to use it:

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Lastly, as the others have pointed out ---READ!

Here's what happens: Find the still you need, make a proven recipe, and boil it until the alcohol comes out.

Welcome to Home Distiller, vinniemarz!
You can do this!
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby vinnymarz » Thu May 17, 2018 8:32 am

Thank you for all the great advice and the warm welcomes!

I will definitely read, reread, and likely read again. I also appreciate the links and will explore them thoroughly. I am always one to search for things on my own to try to find an answer and 9 times out of 10, I usually do, but actually having somewhere to turn where I can ask for help when I"m stuck or unsure is pretty exciting. I'm glad to be a part of the community and look forward to seeing you all around the forum.

Thanks again!
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby Twisted Brick » Thu May 17, 2018 10:09 am

Hey Vinnymarz,

You didn't mention whether you plan to purchase or build your still, but just know that if you purchase a still from a reputable company, your name goes on a list to the TTB. Many stillers prefer to build their rigs to avoid this from happening. Along with the decision to build is the satisfaction of creating a working still that has a personality and output all its own.

In order to keep the learning curve short, many recommend starting with a pot still. A pot still reduces operating variables to a minimum and can deliver solid performance while you learn the other disciplines (yeast, fermentation, mashing, sanitation, etc). If you decide to build, you may want to consider going modular so you can strip in pot still mode, then move to one of the other types of stills (CM, VM, LM)
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby johnsparrow » Thu May 17, 2018 6:02 pm

Twisted Brick wrote:Hey Vinnymarz,

You didn't mention whether you plan to purchase or build your still, but just know that if you purchase a still from a reputable company, your name goes on a list to the TTB. Many stillers prefer to build their rigs to avoid this from happening. Along with the decision to build is the satisfaction of creating a working still that has a personality and output all its own.

In order to keep the learning curve short, many recommend starting with a pot still. A pot still reduces operating variables to a minimum and can deliver solid performance while you learn the other disciplines (yeast, fermentation, mashing, sanitation, etc). If you decide to build, you may want to consider going modular so you can strip in pot still mode, then move to one of the other types of stills (CM, VM, LM)



I just thought that I would add that the TTB is America specific.
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby Dantuss » Fri May 18, 2018 9:16 am

There is so much information out there that it is hard to take it all in and find your own direction. Do lots of reading but most of all figure out what your goal is to make then focus in that direction. :)
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Re: Hello all. New to the forum..

Postby vinnymarz » Sat May 19, 2018 5:59 am

Thank Twisted Brick, that's a great point.

I am (was?) leaning towards buying my first still as I don't know that I have the technical skill to confidently build the reflux still I want. With that said, building it myself, going modular and starting with a pot still may be the way to go.

Thanks for the heads up.
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