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  1. Foreshot

    Botanical storage best practice?

    Thanks, I'll check him out.
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    Culture growing in my bottled rum?

    So just to clarify it a bit: Chill haze: Fairly Common. Comes from tails. Presents as haziness when diluted and/or chilled with water/ice. Can be considered a cosmetic fault. Chill filter will fix but may also change flavor profile. A fair number of craft folks won't chill filter either because they feel it affects flavor profile or because they don't want to spend the money on the equipment to do it. Semi-congealed glob(aka Jellyfish): Not common. Also from tails, but a larger amount than haze alone. Presents as a hazy cloud in bottle. I've never seen this in person but described as a jellyfish looking cloud on other forums. Same fix as above. It's a cosmetic fault. Release residue/Dirty bottle: Common. Bottle molds may have release agents on them to ease glass removal. It can present in the spirit post bottling. Or there's just dust or other junk in the bottle from being handled. It's recommended that you use some of the same spirit you're bottling to clean the bottle. Saponification: Fairly rare. Sap is caused by specific chemistry. It presents as snowflake-ish like crystals. It is both a cosmetic and flavor flaw. SCD and BA don't believe that it's probably Sap since it is rare and requires specific chemistry. I stated that it might be as the image you posted looks like it. It could also be junk like BA suggested. Without "being there" it's too hard to tell. Based on your description you have jellyfish level of tails in there. Cut a little tighter and rinse your bottles it will help reduce the likelihood of this repeating.
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    Botanical storage best practice?

    Thanks. Seems too simple given everything else in the industry requires some specialized esoteric piece of equipment from some magical land.
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    Culture growing in my bottled rum?

    Slow proofing will help but tighter cuts will fix it for certain. You're getting too many heavier compounds that eventually will cause haze/saponification.
  5. So what's a good storage practice for unused botanicals? I am working with someone for a one off and ordered too much. We'll do it again in the future so I don't want to waste what I have. Is a ziplock enough, or vacuum pack it, or just dump it and get fresh next time? Other ideas?
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    Culture growing in my bottled rum?

    Chill haze: https://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Chill_Filtering I can't tell really well from the picture but I can see specks like saponification. Like SCD says, they are different issues though the root cause is similar/same. You can search on this forum for slow proofing to read up on how people do it. Some proof a little every couple of days, some do 1 ABV/day, some take a year to do it.
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    Culture growing in my bottled rum?

    I can't tell for sure but it's likely saponification: https://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Saponification Proof slower or cut tails tighter. There may be other suggestions but those are the two I've heard of.
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    Culture growing in my bottled rum?

    Ethanol above ~20% alcohol is antiseptic for most bacteria with ~15 minutes of contact, most stuff being less than a minute. Being in a bottle at 125 proof I don't believe that it's possible anything biological could grow. It's more likely a chemical reaction with something in the bottle pre-bottling or in the batch of rum. What's your bottle cleaning protocol?
  9. Seem to be the same company or something like that. One of them is located in Pgh so I can pickup for free.
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    Re-purposing heads into usable alcohol

    Thanks for sharing the experiment! Open research like this is hard to come by in this industry. For the batch that was fermented with the recycled heads: 1. Did you measure the ABV of the heads? 2. Did fermentation show any effects? Ferment faster/slower? 3. Open or closed ferment? Temp controlled? 4. Was the percentage of head/hearts/tails similar to the non-recycled batches? 5. Was the ABV of the wash similar to the non-recycled batches? (The point is to increase ABV, yes?) 6. What was the FG? Was it different that expected (attenuation issues?) 7. Any differential to flavor or aroma profile? And save some for review every couple months to see if something happens after a while, good or bad!
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    Yamada AODD in action...

    ART's are for burst operations. For continuous you need a big piston or a rotary compressor. For what you're doing it would depend on how long you plan on using it? 10-15 minutes at a time with a long break in between, a really large ART will probably enable you to do most of that at a decent CFM. If you're going to be using it frequently all day long you'll need to upgrade to a secondary compressor and ART. My sandblasting/painting shop I had 2 5hp with ~240 gallons of air storage. It would last 10-15 minutes before I drained the tanks and had to wait for the pressure to build up. I got a 10hp rotary compressor and never looked back after that. and no ART needed (though I still used them). It was EXPENSIVE but it kept air moving all the time and was barely audible at the other side of the shop. It helps to oversize your airlines. It allows higher CFM through the system and equipment likes having that extra. The compressors can go away from where you're working but keep the ARTs close to point of use. It also helps with CFM. I did this by having my compressors on separate lines into the ART then separate lines from the ART to the point of use. It was a bit of a pain to setup but everything ran well no matter how many tools were in use.
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    Plumbing question: is this normal?

    Thanks everyone. I'll put it on my list of stuff to fix.
  13. My space is a former commerical kitchen so I assuming this is by design not flaw. Whenever I use something that foams a lot the foam comes out of this junction. Is this normal and/or ok? I believe it is so that the foam does not come back up into the sinks. It's a bit of a pain as most of the stuff I am using to clean/sanitize foams like hell.
  14. https://www.morebikes.co.uk/51705/vodka-powered-bike-sets-new-speed-record-at-bonneville/ That's an interesting use for heads.
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    Getting absinthe to louche properly

    Yes - I misunderstood what he was asking. Indy Spirits set him straight.
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