UJSSM, What the heck?

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Otis Campbell
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UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by Otis Campbell » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:34 pm

This is my second strip.
What is this crap? Showed up in my first strip.

Not sure if its foamy puke?
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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by frozenthunderbolt » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:59 pm

Not sure - did you do a good cleaning run on the still to start with? I'd be inclined to run some more vinegar and another sacrificial run before running for keeps - doesn't look like puking per say.

Also, is the container in the picture plastic? If so that's an absolute nono. :)
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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by googe » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:25 am

I'm gunna first ask, did you clean the bucket first? Lol. Does the glob stuff look or smell or taste burnt?. does it have an oily consistentcy?.
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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by scrap » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:24 am

Is that a growth? Hard to tell but It almost looks like Husks. I had husks floating in my ferment. Put the wash a paint strainer bag when charging the still. Last thought, maybe the still charge is too much and its puking. I guess it could be possible with a large charge and a fast strip to pull something like that through. Just spitballin here though.

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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by Otis Campbell » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:23 am

I ran vinegar through it for a couple of hours.
Ran a sacrificial run.
Ran 2 stripping runs.

It seams oily.. But it will sink as well as float.

Not sure I want to taste it..

My distillate came off yellowish, so I dumped it back in the boiler and tried again.
Did this a couple of times with the same results.. That's why I think I may have overfilled it.

The bucket is what I poured it in to take a pic. It is HDPE.. From what I read it is ok to store ethanol in it?

I am in the process of scrubbing my column now, will try again.

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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by likkerluvver » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:00 am

Otis Campbell wrote:
The bucket is what I poured it in to take a pic. It is HDPE.. From what I read it is ok to store ethanol in it?
I, and many of us here, use LDPE or HDPE fermentation containers, but most agree that anything much above 12%abv - and that includes stripped wash - is best kept in glass or stainless.


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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by Otis Campbell » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:57 am

Thanks folks,
I found it..
My column is filthy!

Seems the cleaning runs hardly helped at all.

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Re: UJSSM, What the heck?

Post by rad14701 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:16 pm

If you can see where it's dirty you should have already seen that and cleaned it as good a possible before ever starting your cleaning runs... The cleaning runs are only intended to help get the last bits out, not a whole sludge pile of caked on crud... Use a little elbow grease on it and then do cleaning runs over again from scratch...

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