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  1. RicdeMont

    Chilling Needs on Mash Tank

    Hello all, Hoping to gain some group knowledge here while setting myself up in the most efficient way. I've noticed when sizing chilling needs that the big draw (for my setup) is the mash tank. I imagine everyone else is the same. I came here looking for sage advice on how to not spend an exorbitant amount of $$ cooling mash, when the condenser and fermentation chilling needs are pretty minimal. I should probably state that I live in Florida where the ground water reaches about 77F in peak summer, but I am trying to not waste a bunch of water. Any ideas on a recirc system that would do the job (and cheaply)? Thanks, Ric
  2. RicdeMont

    Hoga Still - Gin Box and Column

    Hi everyone, I am looking for a used (or new) Hoga still with a Gin basket and column configuration. I contacted Hoga concerning this, and I was told they are redesigning all of their column stills and won't offer any for sale until some time in 2019 (alembics are the only ones for sale). This doesn't really work with my timeline, so I thought I would reach out to all of you! Any help here would be much appreciated. -R
  3. RicdeMont

    On The Grain *Newbie*

    I may give this a try and see what happens with it, though I may just go back to off the grain and put the yeast in with the ferment? I have been avoiding the yeast thus far for fear of it burning, but I may give it a shot.
  4. RicdeMont

    On The Grain *Newbie*

    It's a pretty nasty scorch. At one point I saw what I assume to be rye smoke (like a light brown smoke) coming from the parrot and it smelled pretty strongly of burnt popcorn. I actually got really good conversion with the 5% malt, but I use added enzymes as well.
  5. RicdeMont

    On The Grain *Newbie*

    I am agitating with a 14V corded drill so I can not truly agitate continuously with the setup I have. But I did agitate probably 75% of the total heat up time. I am keeping full power in during distillation, usually 15A at this volume.
  6. RicdeMont

    On The Grain *Newbie*

    Sad to hear this, but thank you for the experienced advice. I cannot move to a jacketed pot until I bite the bullet and try to move to a professional setup, but I suppose I can infer most of the flavor changes I will get from grain in through testing off the grain.
  7. RicdeMont

    On The Grain *Newbie*

    Hey guys, Been distilling for about a year and a half on a hillbilly still, w flute, and 5500 watt direct heating element. Last week I ventured into "on the grain" for the first time. Amazing fermentation results, much easier mashing, only problem is I have now scorched 2 mashes and I am at a loss. I read through as many forums as I can here, and I found one user who claims Rye needs a much more substantial beta-glucanase break to avoid scorching in a mash. Is that my problem? Also, yes, I brought it up real real slow and agitated as much as I could without being on it constantly for 2 hours. 100% rye mash with 95% BSG toasted rye, and 5% BSG rye malt. 2 step mash infusion at 158 and 140. Ground the grains down to an extra course flower, maybe 1/32". Help?
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