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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:00 am

This last batch thats just about ready to run i mixed up just a bit differently than i had been doing . Other batches ran out tasteing good both silver and on oak chips but the ending ABV of the base would never get close to the .000 so i knew there was extra to be made still in the mix . This last batch i added a teaspoon of Amylase and a crushed up multivitamin and a cup of the leftover off the bottom of the last ferment to each bottle along with the bread yeast already started . I checked the reading on the bottles after they stopped fermenting the other day and they were all right at .000 for the first time . I cannot say what i added extra to the mix did the trick to get the ferment to finish but looks like it should be somewhere around 13% abv . Now to see what the finish product tastes like as thats what its all about :)
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:14 am

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Well yesterday afternoon i got everything out and made ready for another run of Rum , i have made it part of the process once the still is assembled to put in a couple of gals of hot water and fire up the boiler to steam clean the internals and preheat all that copper pipe . With the smallish still i have it takes 3 runs to process the 15 gals of rum base so yall know the process of heating up to temp , getting the column up to speed , running and then washout for the next bottle ... takes some time :| .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:19 am

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I have been useing a process of stripping the first 5 gal of base to get about 1 gal of everything including tails and i dump that straight into the second bottle run . After i pull off all the strip from the second run i pour all of that into the 3rd bottle of base run and slow the still way down . This run i make the cuts ... the last 2 bottles are going into the tails for sure and after i let them set over night the first bottle just may join the heads and go into the recycle jar .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:25 am

I will do some tasting after the bottles have a chance to breath a bit to see what gets mixed in together and then proofed down to a drinkable 80~85 proof :beer:
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:52 am

As i figured the last 2 bottles and the first bottle went into the recycle bottle and the rest mixed together for a gallon and a pint of full strength 145 proof , now to decide if i want to put it on chips or leave it clear :roll: should make 2 gallons proofed down .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Tdick » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:44 pm

Thanks for the thread Dave & welcome!

You mentioned running some water through first to h clean up and heat up components.
Mine is a small 5 gallon copperpot:
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It had been a while since I had done a vinegar then water run, so Friday night I ran 3 gallons of water through and still had a vinegar smell in the air.
That was over 90 minutes on a gas stovetop. So I'm thinking I need to scrub it out again and run more water on my propane burner.
But question is even though a PITA if I should run maybe just a quart/ltr of water before adding my wash each time I make a run?
I'd probably just put the cap on without a "hard" paste up seal until I add the wash.
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:12 pm

Hi T , thanx for the follow along on this newbe's rambles . I wonder if it would be helpful if you did a soak in a base like baking soda after the vinegar ( acid ) washout you did to get the copper back to neutral . I really do the water startup each time as i dont get to fire up my still very often so figure a steam out will not hurt anything and it warms up all the copper quickly with the boiling temp water . I have a quick drain on the bottom and a quick fill on the top so i dont have to take anything apart to do the switch .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Tdick » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:23 pm

Suzukidave wrote:Hi T , thanx for the follow along on this newbe's rambles . I wonder if it would be helpful if you did a soak in a base like baking soda after the vinegar ( acid ) washout you did to get the copper back to neutral . I really do the water startup each time as i dont get to fire up my still very often so figure a steam out will not hurt anything and it warms up all the copper quickly with the boiling temp water . I have a quick drain on the bottom and a quick fill on the top so i dont have to take anything apart to do the switch .

It's been raining a few days and all my bins are full. Supposed to rain several more days so I filled my pot up and left it outside to flush out so to speak.
Then I'll run some rain water through it.
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:36 am

Sounds like a plan T :) Have you made any runs through your still ?
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:38 pm

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2 gals of fresh run 85 proofed rum next to a gal thats been infused with Jack Daniels wood chips for a month .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:39 pm

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And after a week the 2 fresh bottles on chips .
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby punkin » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:45 pm

If you move from chips to dominoes your results will improve.
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Suzukidave » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:55 pm

punkin wrote:If you move from chips to dominoes your results will improve.
Thanx for that tip .. i will try that when i run out of these chips . I saw them in a Lowes and grabbed a couple of bags , they sure smell good :)
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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Pa_bon » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:30 pm

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Overhead the albatross
Hangs motionless upon the air
And deep beneath the rolling waves
In labyrinths of coral caves
An echo of a distant time
Comes willowing across the sand
And everything is green and submarine

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Re: Hi from Pa.

Postby Buddy » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:17 am

How do the dominoes compare with the Barrel Aged in a Bottle Oak Infusion Spirals sold at Amazon?
Anyone tried both to compare?
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