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jack grebe
01-09-2012, 10:24 AM
Just thought I'd ask, as I mentioned on the brewers thread
distilling is on the bucket list:D

Mrleft8
01-09-2012, 10:33 AM
Too bad MMike's banned..... I'm sure he has some stories to tell from back in the hollers of Westbygod Virginny! :D

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
01-09-2012, 10:57 AM
Hereabouts, admitting to that could win you trouble.

Tall Boy
01-09-2012, 11:04 AM
This thread is sure timely. I had a bunch of copper sheet left over from triiming out a kitchen, I was discussing with my wife how to use it up and she didn't hesitate when she said......make a still. So, home distillin is in the research stage right now. gadda do the copper nockin befo the corn squeezin.

RichKrough
01-09-2012, 11:05 AM
I never did it , But my grandmother made her own "medicine".( Baptists make "medicine", everyone else makes liquor) Every year during canning time She would ferment potato peels and sassafras in a very large pressure cooker and distill it into vodka usually about a 1 gallon yield IIRC. After distilling She would add castor oil to it . Tasted like kerosene but it was a great cold remedy!

jack grebe
01-09-2012, 11:11 AM
I never did it , But my grandmother made her own "medicine".( Baptists make "medicine", everyone else makes liquor) Every year during canning time She would ferment potato peels and sassafras in a very large pressure cooker and distill it into vodka usually about a 1 gallon yield IIRC. After distilling She would add castor oil to it . Tasted like kerosene but it was a great cold remedy!
my grandma had that "medicine" too............hid it under the steps

Bobby of Tulsa
01-09-2012, 11:43 AM
Like I would fess up to that. The revanoors would be on that like stink on a skunk.

SMARTINSEN
01-09-2012, 11:49 AM
BIL has a still, I think that he is trying to make some vodka. He advises that it is o.k. to distill for home purposes. Certainly it is fine if you want to make ethanol for fuel. Or you could tell them that you are just wanting to make pure water:D

Lots of home distillery info just a google away.

Bruce Taylor
01-09-2012, 12:40 PM
distilling is on the bucket list:D

You've been thinking about it for a while! :)

http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?49707-if-you-distill-bad-wine

Sadly, my picture of the still we used seems to have disappeared from the thread.

George Jung
01-09-2012, 01:12 PM
I've watched a number of the applicant videos; this mob here would be a shoe-in!

Here's a thought; we could approach Sierra Nevada about having an All Bilge Rat Beer Camp. Competition would be fierce! And we'd have a rather fun thread.

http://sierrabeercamp.com/#/please-verify-your-age

jack grebe
01-09-2012, 03:00 PM
You've been thinking about it for a while! :) http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?49707-if-you-distill-bad-wine Sadly, my picture of the still we used seems to have disappeared from the thread. yep...............but I ain't dead yet

snudz
01-09-2012, 03:08 PM
Hereabouts, admitting to that could win you trouble.

My local homebrew shop sells them as "water purifiers." I don't think that the authorities are too interested as long as you're not producing on an industrial scale (unlikely with those little things) or blowing yourself up with it.

http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/acatalog/Still_Equipment.html

landlocked sailor
01-09-2012, 05:19 PM
I have an old copper pot still that works 'okay'. It's illegal to make hooch to drink but that's really an unefforceable law unless you try to sell it. OTOH, it's perfectly legal to make 'fuel'. My buddy and partner in brewing just got one of these: http://www.milehidistilling.com/premium-8-gallon-milk-can-with-2-inch-dual-purpose-one-piece-tower/ now THAT'S a still! Rick

Bruce Taylor
01-09-2012, 05:20 PM
yep...............but I ain't dead yet

:DY>

jack grebe
01-09-2012, 05:24 PM
http://www.milehidistilling.com/premium-8-gallon-milk-can-with-2-inch-dual-purpose-one-piece-tower/ now THAT'S a still! Rick

How much "fuel" can be made at 1 time with that?

landlocked sailor
01-09-2012, 07:53 PM
Theoretically, a gallon, but when you eliminate the heads & tails and correct for inefficiency, more like 3 quarts. Now if one were to dilute this to 50% (or 100 proof) you have quite a volume of spirits. Storage is an issue but those in the know would recommend something like this: http://www.barrelsonline.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=51

Rick

The Bigfella
01-09-2012, 08:29 PM
I ended up drinking the local spirits at several "sittings" through Timor and Indonesia. Arak is the local spirit that they brew from palm tree flowers (and maybe other things). The locals often mix it with something else. I've heard of it being used to fuel scooters, but haven't seen it done. They sell it for about $2 a bottle... almost invariably in an old filtered water bottle. It reportedly kills a lot of folks. - the old methanol issue - and when I was in Bali, a young Aussie girl ended up with her brain fried from drinking it.

We sat down with some local guys (in the gutter, of course) after a particularly hot and hard day.... and this bloke wanted to share his Arak

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Cape%20and%20Asia/Across%20Timor-Leste/photo-61.jpg

From wiki


Arak is also a liquor (generally >100 proof) found throughout Indonesia that is distilled from tuak, a sweet wine made from the coconut palm flower, or from brem, which is a wine made from black glutinous rice and coconut milk. Although Indonesian arak may be found bottled commercially, more commonly it is sold in warungs and other local shops filled within plastic bags sealed with a rubber band at the top. As of 2011[update] (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Arak_(drink)&action=edit), the price for a ~1 liter bag is ~20,000 rupiah, just around 2 USD.


So.... my question would be, how do you know whether what you brew is safe or not?

Ron Williamson
01-09-2012, 09:35 PM
Wait a bit.
R

oldsub86
01-09-2012, 09:46 PM
I knew someone who claimed to make their own in their basement. I never got to try the resulting booze but I understand that they used a hot plate and an old pressure cooker to cook the mash. The valve on the pressure cooker was removed and a line of copper pipe connected to it. The copper pipe was coiled and sat in the washing machine. They filled the washing machine with cold water and then let the product drip from the end of the pipe into a jar. They claimed it was good stuff. I don't know exactly what was in the "mash" but the setup would be fairly simple.

If you have stores that sell home wine and beer making equipment, you will normally find that they have books on stills as well.

Randy

Spin_Drift
01-10-2012, 12:28 AM
:).

jack grebe
01-10-2012, 06:43 AM
http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/DRINKS/22df3cf4.jpg


Now why doesn't that surprise me Spinner...........:rolleyes::d

Spin_Drift
01-10-2012, 10:15 PM
I didn't mean to kill the thread. eek.

Any home distillers here?