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Post by Oatmeal » Sat Jul 31, 2021 12:49 pm

My name is, uh, Oatmeal. I live in the desert southwest. Everything I learnt about distilling was from my reading here- thanks to everyone for a remarkable resource!

I don't drink a bunch, but lean whiskey. Been liking the red breast 12, suntory toki, and Law's 4 grain bourbon. Only thing I dont really drink is vodka.

My interest in distilling has mostly been driven by easy access to still head and condenser construction materials. My first distilling experience was probably when I was 14 or so and built some sort of worm and distilled a Coors light...

This is my third pass through this site learning about distilling. The first time I stumbled on home distiller 8 or 9 years ago I read a bunch I didn't understand, convinced my boss to give me a keg he had laying around and built a pot head based on [url=https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17101] samohon's design [/url]. Got one spirit run of all bran in and didn't pick it up again for a bit.

A while later, I came up with 42" of 3" copper, and built a version of rad's concentric vent reflux column. I didn't want to diminish the column length, so I built the condenser in 2". Packed with lava it was pretty straightforward to get close to azeo. After running it the last time I decided that the reduction from 3" to 2" was accelerating the vapor enough that it was easy to overcome running too fast, so too slow for what a 3" column should be able to produce.

I built a boka head with a 16" piece of 3" Dwv I cut out of a system and baked the poop out of for a year or two in the yard with a csst condenser from scrap out of the truck. This worked real good, much faster!

Things started down hill from there, and I found a 3" sight tower, and then came up with a whole 2 bath house of copper dwv and started thinking about a whole variety of builds.like a ccvm, flute, and stove top gin rig.

This was about the time I realized all the reading, wishing and building in the world wouldn't put a drop in the cellar if'n I didn't start stilling and make all the mistakes of doing it wrong. Ran some sweet feed pure whiskey style, then in the pot. Did a single malt wheat (got poor conversion, but delicious whiskey owing to too rough a crack I reckon). A gumballhead on the wheat and a cereal gumballhead (allbran and cornflakes) on some spent barley. Got some booner's waiting to be stripped, and then on to rum. If I don't run out of steam, a single malt barley, and some honey bear. Looking to get enough in the cellar I can age a while!

Lusting after a flute, but after reading built a short column with 12" of packing and just finishing up a plate to go under it. Moving from the pot head to boka head in pot mode. Just need a pc for the boka. Got enough to build to keep me busy a spell!

A few threads (of many) I've enjoyed:
[url=https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 87&t=78276] dephlag preferential condensing[/url]
[url=https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 17&t=29940] Mr. P's bubble bumper [/url]
[url=https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 17&t=66074] neutral spirit - plates vs packing[/url]
[url=https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... =1&t=65762] whiskey in a fractioning column[/url]

Edited to add pics.

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Post by Deplorable » Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:52 pm

Welcome out from the shadows.
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Re: Oatmeal

Post by SmokyMtn » Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:54 pm

Welcome. Now that's an introduction!
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This hobby really is not so much about making alcohol. But bottling opportunities to make memories with Friends and Family.

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Re: Oatmeal

Post by TDick » Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:04 pm

SmokyMtn wrote:
Sat Jul 31, 2021 5:54 pm
Welcome. Now that's an introduction!


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Re: Oatmeal

Post by Jstroke » Sat Jul 31, 2021 6:40 pm

Welcome aboard, well maybe a few stops ago. Looks to me like things are well under way.

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