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Re: New Member with a still question

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  • jackkilpatrick60
    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
    Message 1 of 6 , Aug 26, 2011
      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 new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "tgfoitwoods" <zymurgybob@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.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
      >
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