Re: New Member with a still question
- Thanks for the thoughful responses.
I was thinking more whiskey and rum. Some of these still are convertible to reflux and pot, which would be good if I get a hankerin' for vodka, I guess. You never know where your taste will lead you.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "tgfoitwoods" <zymurgybob@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "jackkilpatrick60"
> <jackkilpatrick60@> wrote:
> > Hey y'all. I'm in southern New Mexico. I have a history of beer
> brewing, but am interested in learning more about distilling. Lots to
> learn. The mashing/fermentation stuff is what I'm comfortable with from
> brewing. It's the distillation stuff that throws me.
> > Here are my questions:
> > 1.I'm looking stills, and it seems like brewhaus or mile hi
> (particularly brewhaus) has distilling columns that attach to a 15.5 gal
> keg for $100-$300, which is the same price I'm looking at if I build my
> own bokabob rig since I don't have a torch or any supplies.
> > Are these things any good? Does anybody know if one design/model is
> better than another. I was looking forward to building my own, but I
> suck mechanically and if the money is the same with no labor...
> Dunno about the brewhaus rig, but what kind (not brand)) of still you
> want depends on what you want to make. As a simplification, if you want
> to make whiskey, whisky, brandy, rum, grappa, fruit eau-de-vies, or
> anything else with flavor, you need a potstill. If you want ot make
> vodka concentrate, get any kind of reflux still.
> > 2.If I'm in a ventilated area/outdoors, is there anything wrong with
> using a propane heater instead of electric? It seems faster/simpler to
> me. Am I missing something?
> I use propane under my 16.6-gallon keg still, and it works fine. It also
> doesn't scorch wash with suspended yeast in it. Be very careful about
> that flammable EtOH vapor and liquid around a flame, though.
> Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller