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Today in the Shed volume II

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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Bushman » Mon May 01, 2017 2:58 pm

Looks like the zip ties are below the main heat. It will be interesting to see how they hold up.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Swedish Pride » Tue May 02, 2017 2:54 am

looking good lad, you'll be chuffed when its all said and done.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Pa_bon » Tue May 02, 2017 5:03 pm

Looks good S Cack. I put casters on mine and really like the addition
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: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby S-Cackalacky » Wed May 03, 2017 7:15 am

I'm having a bit of a problem with the installation of the casters. The ones I have are 2" wheels, with a threaded stem (3/8", 16 thread). Searched high and low and can't find a suitable socket for these. The only solution I've come up with is to put a stack of nuts and washers on the stem, smear on some epoxy putty, and shove them into the leg tubes and allow the putty to set and cure. I think it will work ok, but it may be a somewhat irreversible solution. That is, if a wheel becomes damaged, there's no simple way to remove and replace it.

The leg tubes are 1" OD and 7/8" ID. I've searched ebay, amazon, the big box stores, and a general google search and haven't come up with anything suitable. Anybody know of a source for the sockets?
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Pa_bon » Wed May 03, 2017 7:40 am

S, If you don't have access to welding you could fill the leg with a good epoxy about twice as deep as the stem on your casters. Once hardened this could be drilled and tapped. The hardest part will be to drill it straight. Should work.

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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: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby S-Cackalacky » Wed May 03, 2017 10:53 am

Thanks Pa_bon. After my last post, I did some more searching and found this one on ebay:
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It's for a 1" OD metal tube and takes a threaded stem of 3/8-16. It only comes in a pack of 20 (only need 4) for $21 USD. It was much more than I wanted to pay, but went ahead and ordered out of frustration.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Mud » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:24 am

I had 15 gallons of small peaches in the freezer and the missus wanted them cleared out. Holiday baking incoming. So I started a batch of peach brandy. Hopefully it won't go bad while I get the still shed built but it was either this or toss them.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Azframer » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:47 am

Mud wrote:I had 15 gallons of small peaches in the freezer and the missus wanted them cleared out. Holiday baking incoming. So I started a batch of peach brandy. Hopefully it won't go bad while I get the still shed built but it was either this or toss them.

I would think you would be fine as long as you keep it with an airlock. Unless you frame really slow. :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Mud » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:32 pm

:lol: If I could work steady it would be ready in a week.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:49 pm

I started an apple brandy ferment today. First ferment in over a year. It's a simple store-bought juice recipe. Twenty four gallons of juice and 8 cans of juice concentrate to help boost the gravity. The OG was 1.055. I also added about a half peck of cut up apples that I roasted in a 325 dF oven for 3 hours to get some caramelazation. Put it all in a Brute HDPE trash can with 6 pre-natal vitamin tablets and a starter of 6 packets of EC-1118 yeast. Once it stops fermenting, I'll let it sit for a total of about 30 days before stripping. I'll hang onto a couple of gallons of the wash for diluting the low wines and charging the thumper.

Whatever I get out of this will go on a mix of apple and cherry wood chips to age for about a year. I may also put a bit on pecan chips. Hoping it turns out ok.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Pikey » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:04 pm

S-Cackalacky wrote:I started an apple brandy ferment today. ................

Whatever I get out of this will go on a mix of apple and cherry wood chips to age for about a year. I may also put a bit on pecan chips. Hoping it turns out ok.


Sounds damn good to me :D

I don't know whether you do apple regularly, but some do say the flavour is hard to get across - Often it comes over first in the latter part of heads and some say to incorporate some heads to get it into the product. Withn the thumper tho' I expect ypu'll put lots of apple juice in there too - to help with the flavour ?

Will you toast the chips, or just use them clean ?
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:49 pm

Pikey, the chips have been seasoned, toasted and about 1/4th have been charred and mixed back together with the toast only ones. I've written the whole procedure for preparing the wood I use on this and a couple of other forums.

This will be the 3rd batch of apple brandy I've made from bottled juice. and I've made one batch from real apples ground and pressed. I also used the pomace from that batch to make a sugarhead. When I make cuts, I do use some of the late heads and also some late tails (sweet water). For this latest run I'll be reserving some of the wash for diluting the low wines and charging the thumper. Hopefully that will pull a little extra flavor through.

The main thing I did different for this batch was to include about a half peck of mixed variety apples that I roasted in a 325 dF oven for about 3 hours. They went into the ferment with the juice. I'll be including some of those solids in with the thumper charge during the spirit run.

If this turns out decent, I might do up the recipe and method in a separate thread.
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:33 pm

We upgraded our stripper/whiskey still from a 1.5" CSST condenser with many little fittings to a 2" CSST condenser with ONE part (aside from the CSST). Since the old design was sometimes called the "question mark", and this is the first modification, it's now the Question Mk II.

Aside from being simpler to build, the Mk II should have almost twice the vapor knockdown power of its predecessor, which was no slouch. For those who value porn, a warning: This is no beauty, but an ugly slow-witted old lady - that makes great whiskey.

The day's highlights:

The Question Mk profile
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Winding the condenser core with included copper mesh
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Steaming with vinegar
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Copperhead road » Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:42 pm

Running neutral for lemoncello base, this is the 3rd time through 5 plates with 45min full reflux on each run....it’s 30L of hearts diluted back to 40% abv giving me a 48L boiler charge on each run.

This morning got myself a cheap adjustable glass table, it’s super sturdy and gives me far more bench space than my adjustable laboratory scissor jack.

copperheads fine dining still runs :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
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Re: Today in the Shed volume II

Postby Copperhead road » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:25 pm

First beaker of hearts. :rkn:
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