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  • Brad McMahon
    ... Hi, and welcome! There are no differences between a water and an alcohol still. As you correctly thought, the difference is the temperature. Because
    Message 1 of 14 , Sep 1, 2001
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      On Sat, 1 Sep 2001, Anne Shaw wrote:

      > Hi!
      > I've just joined the group and am still in the research stages of
      > learning about distillation. My question is this: can water
      > distillers also (theoretically) be used to distill alcohol? What's
      > the difference? Temperature range?
      > alix

      Hi, and welcome!
      There are no differences between a water and an
      alcohol still.
      As you correctly thought, the difference is the temperature.
      Because ethanol boils at a lower temperature than water,
      the boiling point of the mx is lower than pure water.
      The steam steam that comes out is a mix of water and
      ethanol The percentage of ethanol to water output varies
      due to the initial concentration
      of the ethanol in the water and the cooling system used to
      condense the steam.

      If you haven't already, look at http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller
      It provides all the info you need to satisfy your curiosity!
    • Jean-Pierre Bourassa
      ... Hi Anne, and welcome to the group. I have been using my water distiller witch is all stainless steel to produce alcohol for the past 15 years with great
      Message 2 of 14 , Sep 1, 2001
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        Hi Anne, and welcome to the group.
        I have been using my water distiller witch is all
        stainless steel to produce alcohol for the past 15
        years with great succes, my unit has a 1000 watts
        element and I pass the alcohol through a fairly big
        carbon filter. Cheers J-P. from Canada.

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      • Anne Shaw
        Hi! I ve just joined the group and am still in the research stages of learning about distillation. My question is this: can water distillers also
        Message 3 of 14 , Sep 1, 2001
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          Hi!
          I've just joined the group and am still in the research stages of
          learning about distillation. My question is this: can water
          distillers also (theoretically) be used to distill alcohol? What's
          the difference? Temperature range?
          alix
        • chonder69
          At the end of the run my 2 column(with scrubbers) shudders occasionally. Is this a sign of something wrong or just natural?
          Message 4 of 14 , Sep 28, 2003
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            At the end of the run my 2" column(with scrubbers) shudders
            occasionally. Is this a sign of something wrong or just natural?
          • BOKAKOB
            I think your column is getting an orgasm. ;-) chonder69 wrote: At the end of the run my 2 column(with scrubbers) shudders
            Message 5 of 14 , Sep 28, 2003
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              I think your column is getting an orgasm. ;-)

              chonder69 <kystudboy@...> wrote:
              At the end of the run my 2" column(with scrubbers) shudders occasionally. Is this a sign of something wrong or just natural?


              I can be wrong I must say
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            • abbababbaccc
              You have too much vapor / reflux at your column. Reflux blocks the vapor part somewhere and causes a tiny explosion when it vaporises due to vapor
              Message 6 of 14 , Sep 28, 2003
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                You have too much vapor / reflux at your column. Reflux blocks the
                vapor part somewhere and causes a tiny "explosion" when it vaporises
                due to vapor pressure/heat. Decrease the power towards the end and
                you'll be fine. This phenomena also decreases separation.

                Greetz, Riku

                --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "chonder69" <kystudboy@b...>
                wrote:
                > At the end of the run my 2" column(with scrubbers) shudders
                > occasionally. Is this a sign of something wrong or just natural?
              • chonder69
                Thanks, I will do that. ... vaporises ...
                Message 7 of 14 , Sep 28, 2003
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                  Thanks, I will do that.



                  --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "abbababbaccc"
                  <abbababbaccc@y...> wrote:
                  > You have too much vapor / reflux at your column. Reflux blocks the
                  > vapor part somewhere and causes a tiny "explosion" when it
                  vaporises
                  > due to vapor pressure/heat. Decrease the power towards the end and
                  > you'll be fine. This phenomena also decreases separation.
                  >
                  > Greetz, Riku
                  >
                  > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "chonder69"
                  <kystudboy@b...>
                  > wrote:
                  > > At the end of the run my 2" column(with scrubbers) shudders
                  > > occasionally. Is this a sign of something wrong or just natural?
                • wea5148
                  Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller
                  Message 8 of 14 , Mar 27, 2013
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                    Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?
                  • Harry
                    All you need for starters... http://www.artisan-distiller.net/presentations/moonshine/img0.html Slainte! regards Harry
                    Message 9 of 14 , Mar 27, 2013
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                      All you need for starters...

                      http://www.artisan-distiller.net/presentations/moonshine/img0.html


                      Slainte!
                      regards Harry
                      =========================================

                      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "wea5148" <wea5148@...> wrote:
                      >
                      > Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?
                      >
                    • Bob Glicksman
                      There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library: http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#. Click on production and you can
                      Message 10 of 14 , Mar 28, 2013
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                        There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library:  http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#.  Click on "production" and you can read these books online at no cost.  You can also get yourself a copy of "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Blume (e.g. on Amazon.com).  This book is about making fuel rather than spirits, but it has lots of information about processing a whole variety of feedstock.

                        Although spirit distilling has its own set of quality parameters, what you are doing is essentially making either wine or beer and then distilling it to produce a higher proof spirit (perhaps then coloring and flavoring the spirit after distillation).  Therefore, any book on wine or beer making will get you started.  Wine is made by fermenting sugars occurring naturally in plants (i.e. fruit juices).  Beer is made from plant starch, which is essentially a plant's way of storing sugar for when the sun doesn't shine.  Plants (particularly in their sprouted stage) contain natural enzymes which convert the starches back into sugars.  You "mash up" the starchy material in water (the mash), cook the mash in  enzymes to convert the starches to sugars, and then ferment it, just like fermenting fruit juice to wine. 



                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                        To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm
                        Subject: [new_distillers] newbie question

                         
                        Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?

                      • wea5148
                        Friendly Distillers. Thank you much for your advise and recommendations. I will definately continue to educate myself. I am learning that distilling is more of
                        Message 11 of 14 , Mar 28, 2013
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                          Friendly Distillers. Thank you much for your advise and recommendations. I will definately continue to educate myself. I am learning that distilling is more of an art versus a science. Perhaps I shopuld call you professors "distilling artist". Again, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to help a newbie out.

                          --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Bob Glicksman <bobg542492@...> wrote:
                          >
                          > There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library: http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#. Click on "production" and you can read these books online at no cost. You can also get yourself a copy of "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Blume (e.g. on Amazon.com). This book is about making fuel rather than spirits, but it has lots of information about processing a whole variety of feedstock.
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                          > Although spirit distilling has its own set of quality parameters, what you are doing is essentially making either wine or beer and then distilling it to produce a higher proof spirit (perhaps then coloring and flavoring the spirit after distillation). Therefore, any book on wine or beer making will get you started. Wine is made by fermenting sugars occurring naturally in plants (i.e. fruit juices). Beer is made from plant starch, which is essentially a plant's way of storing sugar for when the sun doesn't shine. Plants (particularly in their sprouted stage) contain natural enzymes which convert the starches back into sugars. You "mash up" the starchy material in water (the mash), cook the mash in enzymes to convert the starches to sugars, and then ferment it, just like fermenting fruit juice to wine.
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                          > -----Original Message-----
                          > From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                          > To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                          > Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm
                          > Subject: [new_distillers] newbie question
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                          > Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?
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                        • Richard Costa
                          I want to second that sentiment. There is no substitute for experience and thank you to all who share that.  BTW, I had some of Junior Johnson s Midnight
                          Message 12 of 14 , Mar 29, 2013
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                            I want to second that sentiment. There is no substitute for experience and thank you to all who share that. 

                            BTW, I had some of Junior Johnson's Midnight Moonshine cranberry a couple nights ago, which is sold legally. It's sold at 100 proof and was very good but left me with a bit of a dull headache. I'd like to hear some expert opinions on this. Is this because of the yeasts, the alcohol, or was it me? My daughter insists it's just basic dehydration from alcohol. Comments?

                            Richard




                            From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                            To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                            Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:35 PM
                            Subject: [new_distillers] Re: newbie question

                             
                            Friendly Distillers. Thank you much for your advise and recommendations. I will definately continue to educate myself. I am learning that distilling is more of an art versus a science. Perhaps I shopuld call you professors "distilling artist". Again, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to help a newbie out.

                            --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Bob Glicksman <bobg542492@...> wrote:
                            >
                            > There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library: http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#. Click on "production" and you can read these books online at no cost. You can also get yourself a copy of "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Blume (e.g. on Amazon.com). This book is about making fuel rather than spirits, but it has lots of information about processing a whole variety of feedstock.
                            >
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                            > Although spirit distilling has its own set of quality parameters, what you are doing is essentially making either wine or beer and then distilling it to produce a higher proof spirit (perhaps then coloring and flavoring the spirit after distillation). Therefore, any book on wine or beer making will get you started. Wine is made by fermenting sugars occurring naturally in plants (i.e. fruit juices). Beer is made from plant starch, which is essentially a plant's way of storing sugar for when the sun doesn't shine. Plants (particularly in their sprouted stage) contain natural enzymes which convert the starches back into sugars. You "mash up" the starchy material in water (the mash), cook the mash in enzymes to convert the starches to sugars, and then ferment it, just like fermenting fruit juice to wine.
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                            > -----Original Message-----
                            > From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                            > To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                            > Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm
                            > Subject: [new_distillers] newbie question
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                            > Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?
                            >



                          • Alex Netherton
                            Did you get the headache directly after drinking, or the next morning? Remember that Junior s stuff is not the same as his daddy s, which was traditionally
                            Message 13 of 14 , Mar 30, 2013
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                              Did you get the headache directly after drinking, or the next morning? Remember that Junior's "stuff" is not the same as his daddy's,  which was traditionally distilled, was not adulterated, and was sold at about 150 proof, and was quite likely more "pure". Plus, in that day, people didn't make stuff as on TV's "Moonshiners" (this stuff ain't fer drinkin', it's fer sellin'), but made it the same for family and for sale.

                              I would suspect a possible sensitivity to cranberry, and maybe something that got "pulled" out of the berries by the alcohol. Try some straight Midnight Moon.

                              I am scandalized by these moonshines; a fifth of Jack, Beam, or Turkey will cost you less than $20, and Makers Mark will cost about $25. All of them are bonded and barrel aged, with Bourbon laws (aged at least 2 years in a NEW charred White Oak barrel, and at a set proof in the barrel, bonded by the US Government, etc. etc.) These "Moonshines" cost about as much as a very good Bourbon or a decent Malt Scotch (an even more convoluted and expensive aging process), and are not aged, or anything. You can go out in the hills, find a moonshiner making it right, and get a gallon for about $20. Somebody is making money off raw whiskey...
                              Alex Netherton
                              Blue Ridge Discovery

                              On 3/29/2013 9:56 AM, Richard Costa wrote:
                               
                              I want to second that sentiment. There is no substitute for experience and thank you to all who share that. 

                              BTW, I had some of Junior Johnson's Midnight Moonshine cranberry a couple nights ago, which is sold legally. It's sold at 100 proof and was very good but left me with a bit of a dull headache. I'd like to hear some expert opinions on this. Is this because of the yeasts, the alcohol, or was it me? My daughter insists it's just basic dehydration from alcohol. Comments?

                              Richard




                              From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                              To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                              Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:35 PM
                              Subject: [new_distillers] Re: newbie question

                               
                              Friendly Distillers. Thank you much for your advise and recommendations. I will definately continue to educate myself. I am learning that distilling is more of an art versus a science. Perhaps I shopuld call you professors "distilling artist". Again, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to help a newbie out.

                              --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Bob Glicksman <bobg542492@...> wrote:
                              >
                              > There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library: http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#. Click on "production" and you can read these books online at no cost. You can also get yourself a copy of "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Blume (e.g. on Amazon.com). This book is about making fuel rather than spirits, but it has lots of information about processing a whole variety of feedstock.
                              >
                              >
                              > Although spirit distilling has its own set of quality parameters, what you are doing is essentially making either wine or beer and then distilling it to produce a higher proof spirit (perhaps then coloring and flavoring the spirit after distillation). Therefore, any book on wine or beer making will get you started. Wine is made by fermenting sugars occurring naturally in plants (i.e. fruit juices). Beer is made from plant starch, which is essentially a plant's way of storing sugar for when the sun doesn't shine. Plants (particularly in their sprouted stage) contain natural enzymes which convert the starches back into sugars. You "mash up" the starchy material in water (the mash), cook the mash in enzymes to convert the starches to sugars, and then ferment it, just like fermenting fruit juice to wine.
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                              > -----Original Message-----
                              > From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
                              > To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
                              > Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm
                              > Subject: [new_distillers] newbie question
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                              > Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?
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