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  • Hi All, Sorry been away and busy - just a little to add to this. I have found adding backset to the second distillation well worth it. On your spirits run, definitely collect in small batches like 200 - 300 ml. I use 500ml. numbered mason jars for this. Then let sit overnight and dilute a sample to drinking strength and taste and make cuts. For good scotch, dont forget to age on...
    jamesonbeam1 Jul 14, 2011
  • James, All MFL does is covert most of the lactic acid in wine to malic acid which is much smoother then the lactic acid. You can try doing a second distillation, but it might be better to first try aging on oak for a few months and see if the harshness goes away before attempting a second distillation. JB. aka Waldo. James wrote: I distilled about 75 liters of pear cider that I had...
    jamesonbeam1 Jul 5, 2011
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  • Adam, Need more info on you recipe / yeast / fermentation and distilling technique and type of still before we could begin to answer this question. Thanks, JB. aka Waldo. --- In new_distillers@^$1, "adam" wrote: > > My sugar vodka always smells like rubbing alcohol. Am I correct in thinking Turbo yeast makes more propanol than ethanol? Or am I just running my temperature too high...
    jamesonbeam1 Jul 1, 2011
  • Hi Guys, Depending on your welding/soldering skills, the easiest way would be to make a custom made top with a cutout for your head. If not, then just bring it to any metal crafting shop and they can do it for you. I would suggest a copper top custom made rather than a stainless steel one. JB aka Waldo. --- In new_distillers@^$1, Robbie Mabry wrote: > > I'm in the same boat. I have...
    jamesonbeam1 Jun 30, 2011
  • Hey Blackbuca, Please see http://www.brsquared.org/wine/CalcInfo/HydSugAl.htm to determine your potential ABV for 5.5 gallons of water. That much sugar will give you almost a 23% ABV which is way too high for any yeast and will give you off tastes and probably a stalled fermentation. Even for a turbo yeast i dont suggest anymore then a 16 to 17% potential ABV. JB aka Waldo. --- In...
    jamesonbeam1 Jun 27, 2011
  • Hey Bossy, Redistilling your feints is just like distilling a new batch of lets say 10% wash. If you distill a 10% wash in a pot still it should come out around 120 proof or so depending on internal reflux. Same goes for redistilling feints - it will come out higher depending on the ABV going in. JB. aka Waldo. --- In new_distillers@^$1, "bravo" wrote: > > please explain > when i...
    jamesonbeam1 Jun 6, 2011
  • Hi Dav, I have found copper to clean up very will with a 20% vinegar solution and some salt boiled for about 15 minutes - should work. JB. aka Waldo. --- In new_distillers@^$1, "David Eastham" wrote: > > Hi > > My copper mesh has been black for some time, though my spirit is nice and clean. I've done a vinegar distillation but it is still black. Would running hot citric solution...
    jamesonbeam1 Jun 2, 2011
  • Hi Bossy, Yes nicotine will disolve in alcohol, but personally dont like cigar flavor - might want to try chewing tobacco instead. If you want flavor, then try some of those sweet, spiced chewing tobacco - much better then cigars. I tried soaking a cigar in bourbon once and all it did was ruin a good cigar. JB. aka Waldo. PS> However maceration of some good marahoochie stuff in...
    jamesonbeam1 May 31, 2011
  • James, Please let us know how much of each - heads, hearts and tails you have collected. Usually brandies are only distilled once, so their isnt much you can do with the heads and tails unless you have more to distill, or you put everything together again, dilute to about 25% and redistill. This may lose some flavors, but if you collect in smaller sizes - say about 200-300 ml. / 1...
    jamesonbeam1 May 19, 2011