Richard Coleman, Jr
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ok what is a stripping run and a spirit run,
A stripping run is used to quickly separate the alcohol from the water in the still. Cuts are not made during a stripping run- the still is ran hot and fast. Everything is collected- a few stripping runs are completed and then everything(everything collected is referred to the low wines) is added to a still for a spirit run.
spirit run- this is a run that is ran low and slow- cuts are made – the middle part of the run ( the hearts) are what we are after during a spirit run.
can I save my left over mash left in the still for another run latter on,and would i use this to replace soe of the water and add the same amount of ingrediants as the first batch or do you need to cut some down.
I don’t save anything in my still- once the still is ran water is pretty much the only thing that remains. i think you might be referring to a sour mash? A sour mash http://www.clawhammersupply.com/blogs/moonshine-still-blog/14266917-how-to-make-sour-mash
what temps to run at- I crank the heat on my still and turn the heat down once it starts producing. If I am doing a spirit run I like to see 6-8 drips a second. If I am doing a stripping run- I run it hotter and faster- a little stream.
and if you re run your finish product do you add it back in the pot by itself or with new mash?
If I am going to re-run a usually do a few stripping runs until I’ve collected enough for a spirit run. If I run a batch I am not happy with I will add it into the still with the next wash.
I read about fermenting to a % mark,what is that most recipes I have sat to ferment for 3 to 5 days then ready to still.
Ferment until it is finished. The only way to know when fermentation is finished is by using a hydrometer. Most of my mashes take at least 7 days days to ferment- but that will depend on temp,yeast,and starting gravity of the mash.May 18, 2015 at 10:21 pm in reply to: Failed all grain mash #3493
The only real way to know if you got good conversion is with a hydrometer or refractometer.
Without knowing the starting gravity there is no way to know what the estimated ABV of the wash will be- it is also hard to troubleshoot if something does go wrong with the mash.
It sounds like a very nice recipe: keep us posted- I have not done anything over 30% peated malt and it could have definitely used a bit more peat flavorMay 7, 2015 at 6:49 am in reply to: Making mash #3476
I usually like to wait until the gravity has not changed in 3 days. Take another reading in 2 days if it has not changed it is done. It it drops wait until it has not changed for 3 days. 1.000 is pretty done regardless but you can ferment below 1.000zApril 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm in reply to: Mash too thick? #3447
How hot did you get the grains?
Here is what you might want to try- add some water and let the grains rest around 150- remember the grains are going to absorb water. You always start with more water than the final yield. 7-8 gallons for a 5 gallon batch.
If you have a hydrometer take a gravity reading at the end of the mash process- if you don’t have one I recommend buying one (they are cheap) If you did not have much or any starch to sugar conversion you can add sugar to get the starting gravity to a good place- the grains will be adding flavor but not sugar if that is the case. It is worth trying to save it in my opinion.
There is no need to boil a mash- you want to mash the grains 148-150 if possible for future reference.April 6, 2015 at 9:11 pm in reply to: Flooding Column #3416
Can you upload a picture of your rig? I think that would help me visualize what is going on.
Thanks!March 19, 2015 at 3:15 am in reply to: Instant potatoe flake #3358
I think it will work but I’m not sure it is going to be worth the effort. I have no idea how much sugar you will be able to convert from the starch from the potatoes… but I have a feeling the mash is going to be like glue and near impossible to strain to run in the still.
I would try on a small batch- maybe 1 gallon
add the malted barley around 150 and let it rest for an hour or so and see what happens.March 19, 2015 at 3:11 am in reply to: Better fruit taste #3357
Yes-this will work. You are not going to get an intense flavor but it will add a bit. I have added fruit with some heads tails and a gallon of the fruit wash to a a thumper on a few batches of brandy with good luck.
If you are looking for a true intense apple flavor you are probably best off adding the flavor after distilling- either adding apple juice or adding back some wine ( hard cider) to the finished product.
If you have had any commercial brandy you get most of the apple flavor in the noseMarch 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm in reply to: Instant potatoe flake #3354
I’ve never made anything with instant potatoes- I would think it would get quite starchy.
Did you add sugar to the batch you did?
Are you trying to do a potato vodka?
A 5 gallon spirit run in my clawhammer still with a packed column takes between 5-8 hours- just depending on my starting ABV and how quickly I am running it. I always run my tails down between 10-20% ABV. I like to keep my still around 5-8 drips a second (pretty much right below a stream)
How long is your current run taking?
What is your starting ABV?February 25, 2015 at 5:54 pm in reply to: Stripping runs #3306
1. Will 1 stripping run take away from the whiskey flavor?
When I do a stirpping run- I run my still hot and fast- don’t pack the column and collect everything. I personally think you get a cleaner product when doing both a stripping runs and a final spirit run.
2. Will a stripping run yield a smaller amount of moonshine than just 1 run would?
I normally do 2-3 stripping runs in my 10 gallon still. I collect and save everything from those runs and then do a final spirit run. I think the final product is great and I can knockout stripping runs fairly quickly. I’ve been known to run 2 stripping runs in one day.February 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm in reply to: Copper versus Stainless #3304
I personally have always used a copper pot- I currently use the clawhammer 10 gallon still.
If you are going to use stainless I would suggest using as much copper as possible in the column- I would also pack the column with copper as well. Many folks (including small startups) use stainless pots with copper columns.
If you can afford copper go that route- if not go stainless and use as much copper as you can elsewhere.February 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm in reply to: Rookies have a few questions #3299
This is a general percentage
Foreshorts- 5% or less of the run
Heads: 20-30% or less of the run
Hearts: 30-40% or less of the run
Tails: 20-30% or less of the runFebruary 23, 2015 at 5:23 pm in reply to: Did we overcook the mash? #3297
There is some great information in the thread.
When I make a corn mash I used flaked corn and a bit of malted barley for the starch conversion.
Kyle has a good write on his page:
I add an extra pound or two of flaked maize to bump up the ABV a bit- but it works really well the way it is written.February 17, 2015 at 7:09 pm in reply to: Distilling wine into Brandy #3264
I had to do some quick math- 16 liters is around 4.22 gallons
I would not focus on the temperature so much:
Here is what I do:
Crank the heat on the still until it starts producing
Once it starts producing turn the heat down until I have a 5-8 drips a second (just below a trickle)
Dump the first 150-300ml on a 5 gallon run as this will contain a higher percentage of methanol
Collect and label jars while making cuts during the run
It sounds like you were running really slow- I will run 5 gallons in about 6-8 hours with my clawhammer still. I also run my still until the product is at 20%. I will collect between 1-1.5 gallons of total product in 6-8 hours- this included heads,hearts,tails.