Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Although I am not big on these occasions myself, seeing as they are now so commercialised it always seems to be the thing to say.


I don't mean it.


I am just saying it to be polite. :)


I am a bit like that sometimes. But enough of the fake season cheerings........


I was looking through my computer and found something I had written about three years ago before the site even existed, and, I thought it may be of some interest for some to have a look at, so without further a do, here it is........



Making Sight Glasses pt1

In another fantastic tutorial our local copper guru P3t3rpan shows us how to make sightglasses from scratch out of copper. All of the pictures are his and I have left his words pretty much the same and added a small amount of content.


Start tutorial.....


Like em or hate em they are fun to make..................



The Booze Traveler in New Zealand......the full show

 Well, I finaly tracked down a version of the whole show. It was a really neat episode that had some intersting interpretation about NZ in there. Athough I though Jack and his team did a really great job.


You can see me in there with my still at aboiut the 27 minute mark. I am the bloke that says -fuck- alot :-) 


Sand Bending

Originally written up on the messageboard by P3t3rpan, all photos used here are his reproduced from the messageboard. I have taken the liberty of editing it a little here and there and adding some words on the occasion but have attempted to leave everything pretty much original.


First, as instructed start off with dried sand

The Copper Works

In the sub menu you will find various tips and tricks for working with copper.


Most all of these have been written by our local message board resident Copper Guru P3t3rpan, and, He has stressed the saftey aspect of what is being done, definately not for kids, please be carefull if you are undertaking any of these tasks and follow the instructions :)

All Grain No sugar No malt

After much deliberation I decided to have a crack at an all grain run.
They key here is a set of liquid enzymes on which I have just got my Teddy paws.
2 kg of cracked feed corn (maize)  milled to a fine flour.
In a big pot  put 5 litres of COLD water  and 1.2ml of the amylase enzyme.
Slowly added the corn stirring to avoid lumps. pH was around 6.0
Normally this much corn would turn into a glue like porridge at about 60 C  however thanks to the enzyme it stayed nice and liquid right through


 Just a quick thanks to all the posters, new and old, on the messageboard. Its you guys that keep us going. And for those that have signed up but havent posted yet, dont be afraid :-) We're all here to help you out. There have been some great threads popping up lately. Loving the pics of everyones gear, and some great tutorials on bending copper.
Keep up the good posts guys,
Happy Stilling

A bunch of runs

Hey, constant reader, thanks for coming back......
I am just copy and pasting a bunch of runs and my notes. It may be helpful to someone.
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15:02 – clean gear, get ready for strip tonight.
16:28 – Finished Thermo in DOPS
16:51 - +19ltrs in boiler
17:15 - +19 ltrs in boiler, thumper charged with water.
18:32 – Flame on.
18:37 – Check condenser AOK.
Boiler temp = 20 Deg C

Finaly another blog of questionable quality.....

I haven't been doing much on the site lately, nor with the distilling. The messageboard stays busy as usual and there is plenty of good information there for people who have a spirit of adventure.