well im a newbie as well and have only made beer one time about 10 years ago. i recently purchased a 2.5 gal copper still from whiskeystill.net still arrived couple weeks ago it looks great and so far no leaks only did a cleaning run with 50/50 water vinegar. im running my first ever bourbon tomorrow so ill post when im done to let you know how it turns out
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "damionpseudonym" <bloodpuddle@...> wrote:
> Hi!My name's Damion, I've been lurking here for the 8 to 10 months, just
> sort of soaking up as many clues as I can, and since the new year is
> arriving, and I'm now on a (self imposed) deadline to make my own stuff,
> I figure it's time to start asking questions.
> A few things:
> 1) I'm a total newb. I've never made wine, or beer, or anything like
> that, nor do I particularly want to. If it's an absolutely necessary
> step, then I suppose I'll have to, but I'd rather avoid it. (Not so much
> a qyestion as a statement of preference)
> 2) I'm starting from square one, and I have zero practical knowledge at
> this point, so please, please please please.... keep it simple. While
> I've been lurking and reading don't assume I retain what any of the
> lingo means. Thank you, a lot, in advance, for keeping it simple. (Most
> of you do, and I thank the gods for that.....) This by way of saying,
> "please don't be offended if I ask what (term X) means in small words
> and pictures" ... I'll try and keep that to a minimum.
> 3) This
> hiskey-still-for-sale) is the initial still I'm looking at getting in
> the next couple months. Are these worth it? It looks (to my untrained
> eye) about as simple as they come, and that's the most important thing
> to me right now. (Trying to avoid jumping in the deep end with column
> stills and thumpers and such yet .... from what I've been reading, it
> seems that's a more complicated process... unless I missed something.)
> If that still/company isn't on the up-and-up, can anyone recommend a
> good, simple, pot still that is suitable for beginners? I would very
> much rather buy than make one, my DIY ethos extends to the booze, not
> the tools.
> 4) Is there any qualitative difference between electrical heating for a
> run and gas heating? I may need to be doing this in a guest-house in my
> backyard, and I'd like to avoid gas if I can because of risk factors,
> but I can move the operation outdoors if I need to.
> Thanks again for your time, and your input, this list has been a blast
> to read and learn from, and I hope to benefit from the wisdom herein for
> quite a while longer.
> "here, drink this...."