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About natbouman

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    Brackney, PA
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    apple brandy, sustainable orcharding, rye whiskey, gin, filmmaking, old barns, missing white tails

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  1. High Acid or Low Acid?

    I haven't heard that apples contain terpenoids.
  2. Boiled linseed oil for oak barrels

    Linseed oil has a strong odor that can persist for quite a while. I'd be worried about it's affect on aroma or flavor.
  3. Direct steam injection

    The description of the eductors on the company's site said don't go over 140F because you risk steam escaping the liquid. Isn't this a concern in a stripping still?
  4. agitator, single or three phase?

    Ah, the direct fire issue always comes up. Thanks for the advice about 3 phase agitators. Very helpful. As for direct fire. We just had a big barn burn down last year. It was an old timberframe, 3 stories. So hot that the metal roof floated off the top like paper. I had about $8,000 of virgin black cherry wood burn up in that fire. Boards 16" wide. Can't replace that--let alone almost losing my own skin getting the tractor out. So, I'm afraid of fire and explosions. It took a lot of research and experience to convince myself that direct fire could be safe as long as the still was never left unattended.
  5. agitator, single or three phase?

    Getting a direct fire, 250 gallon still from Hoga. Included in the invoice is a 1,000 rpm 3-phase XP agitator for $1,320 USD. We don't have 3 phase so I'd need to get a rotary converter or electronic inverter for an additional cost of $500-600. I like the idea of getting the agitator that Hoga has picked because I'm assuming it works well with their stills. Wondering what people think, if telling Hoga to keep the agitator and go with a single phase unit is a better idea or go with the one they're selling.
  6. Hoga Still Heating

    So, based on your formula, Southernhighlander. I've got the following: 264 gallon Hoga still 211 gallon actual fill capacity 4 hour run (probably would be longer, but I'll stick with you number) 422 gallons of condensing water flow rate of 1.76 gallons a minute That sound correct?
  7. Used 1000L pot still

    Looking for a pot still. Direct fire or bain maire. No column. Would prefer about 1000 liter in size with agitator and CIP. All copper. Our ideal setup would be a Charentais alembic.
  8. Does anyone run a continuous still?

    I would imagine that any distillery where time and labor were in short supply (including a small operation that isn't yet self sustaining) could benefit from a continuous still as long as the still could truly be left unattended.
  9. Another Craftsman Copper still under construction

    Love seeing the stages of progress.
  10. Interest in Continuous Stills?

    When you are you lauching a kickstarter, Jim?
  11. The limited distillery license in PA now affords distillers the right to sell and ship directly to customers. Yet, I don't think any distillers are doing this. Can anyone tell me why?
  12. Bottle Pricing

    Yes, the thread you proposed would be amazingly useful. I'd post info right now if I had any.
  13. Using Brett strains

    I also doubt that Brett or any other factor is solely responsible, but I thought someone might hag experimented with cultured Brett.
  14. Using Brett strains

    I also doubt that Brett or any other factor is solely responsible, but I thought someone might hag experimented with cultured Brett.
  15. The limited distillery license in Pennsylvania now lets me ship directly to customers. They can buy online from me and I can ship the product out. Great! But USPS, UPS, FedEx won't ship liquor. What can I do?