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by GuyIncognito
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Craft Brandy
Replies: 9
Views: 2060

Re: Craft Brandy

Copper & Kings is a fascinating business to me, as they are setting up to produce apple & grape brandy in a location that isn't anywhere near growers for either as far as I can find. Our head distiller visited them while in town for ADI fest and seems like they just truck in wine and cider from some...
by GuyIncognito
Sun May 10, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Craft Brandy
Replies: 9
Views: 2060

Re: Craft Brandy

I make craft brandy. It's fun, and delicious, but the total market for those products is vanishingly small and the cost is relatively high compared to GNS spirits or even whiskey.
by GuyIncognito
Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Corn Stalks? Nice Brix chart
Replies: 49
Views: 4321

Re: Corn Stalks? Nice Brix chart

There is an entry in this fuel ethanol book I was reading about using garlic, a farmer who grew for export to Japan (and thus had a huge % of rejects/2nds) made liquor out of it and said it was wild tasting. Garlic is too precious to waste on fermenting, but I make a garlic infused cooking wine (1/2...
by GuyIncognito
Sat May 31, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit
Replies: 140
Views: 52479

Re: Pálinka - The Fruit's Spirit

Very interesting post!
by GuyIncognito
Fri May 16, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: lactobactilious from yogurt
Replies: 5
Views: 1332

Re: lactobactilious from yogurt

There is a brewery around here that uses Nancy's Yogurt to sour their beer. They lauter into their kettle and at 120F dump in the yogurt, and it sits (I forgot how long, some increment ot 12-24-48 hours), then when it has the desired level of tartness they begin the boil. I've done something similar...
by GuyIncognito
Fri May 16, 2014 9:11 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Possible barrel(s) opportunity!!
Replies: 3
Views: 638

Re: Possible barrel(s) opportunity!!

Full size french oak run around $800, i expect the smaller ones (30 gal) to be somewhere between 600-800. You can get retoasted ones for $350 or so, but thats about as cheap as they come. He'd have to be a pretty good friend...
by GuyIncognito
Sat May 03, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: Needed Ideas & Experiences with starting a Craft Distillery
Replies: 8
Views: 1933

Re: Needed Ideas & Experiences with starting a Craft Distill

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grappa
unless you live in italy... you can't legally make a grappa... but hey you can just call it something else
That's not true either, plenty of distilleries in US make grappa and label it as such, including the distillery I work at.
by GuyIncognito
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Question on grain mill
Replies: 16
Views: 2547

Re: Question on grain mill

Hammermill works better if you are using a slurry method (cooking the grain under pressure with water like bourbon) rather than a beer/lautered method (soaking the cracked grain in hot water and drawing off only liquid like scotch). Most craft distilleries aren't setup to do slurrying, hammermills a...
by GuyIncognito
Sat Oct 05, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Over Oaking Rum?
Replies: 7
Views: 1561

Re: Over Oaking Rum?

50 cubes / gallon is fairly high (based on what I do...) I typically use about 2-3 grams of oak cubes per .5L, which would be about 25 cubes per gallon I think. That gets it plenty oaky after a couple of months. I've come to prefer the spirit which sits a lot longer, but to do that you need to condi...
by GuyIncognito
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:21 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Faux Wheat Whiskey
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Faux Wheat Whiskey

We aren't! But looks like Rogue is hiring in the classifieds section...It is fun work but not very lucrative.
by GuyIncognito
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Faux Wheat Whiskey
Replies: 4
Views: 671

Re: Faux Wheat Whiskey

Don't use wheat bran, use either flaked or torrified wheat or more wheat malt or cracked whole wheat. Wheat bran is the outer layers, heavy in protein and fats, not what you want for the mash. Also, you probably want to add another gallon of water or your cereal cook is going to be pretty thick. And...
by GuyIncognito
Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?
Replies: 36
Views: 6235

Re: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?

Thanks again for the feedback, posted my order is supposed to arrive in a few days!
by GuyIncognito
Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:50 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: APPLE PIE CARBONATION
Replies: 7
Views: 1263

Re: APPLE PIE CARBONATION

Its around 7.8% abv now, so you'd need to probably triple the whiskey to get it shelf stable.
by GuyIncognito
Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?
Replies: 36
Views: 6235

Re: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?

Awesome, I'm going to order mine today. Thanks for the feedback! Did it include all the tri-clamps & gaskets required (1) 1.5", (1) 2", (1) 3", (1) butterfly valve ? Or did you need to order those separately?
by GuyIncognito
Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?
Replies: 36
Views: 6235

Re: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?

Musketear, any news on this? It's moved from Pre-order to In-stock on their site so hopefully you've received yours?
by GuyIncognito
Mon May 13, 2013 7:16 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Black aspergillus for Okinawan awamori
Replies: 20
Views: 3755

Re: Black aspergillus for Okinawan awamori

Their site is very tantalizing, it seems cruel to put all that information in English but not have it be available in the US. If you make any inroads in purchasing let me know, I'd be interested in splitting shipping/an order or something with you (I'm in the Pacific Northwest region).
by GuyIncognito
Sun May 12, 2013 2:44 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Will Citrus Cause Cloudy Product?
Replies: 9
Views: 877

Re: Will Citrus Cause Cloudy Product?

skins = zest = rind = outside of fruit. It will smell strongly and feel oily, because it is full of citrus oils, which is why you are zesting it in the first place.

pith = white spongy material inside the rind

If you are including the white material when zesting citrus, you are doing it wrong.
by GuyIncognito
Wed May 01, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Black aspergillus for Okinawan awamori
Replies: 20
Views: 3755

Re: Black aspergillus for Okinawan awamori

That was the link I posted earlier in the thread - Were you actually able to order from Akita Konno? I tried to send them a purchase inquiry a year or so ago, but never received a response. Also, are you located in the US or in Japan?
by GuyIncognito
Mon Apr 29, 2013 6:53 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?
Replies: 36
Views: 6235

Re: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?

I didn't notice it said pre-order, i also just noticed it is the exact same photo from hillbilly stills guess I will not be pulling the trigger on this one for a while...
by GuyIncognito
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Long frement
Replies: 14
Views: 1262

Re: Long frement

Apple cider benefits from fermenting slow at a low temp, helps to preserve the aroma. I've distilled a bit of apple cider (pressed juice free of pulp) and apple mash (everything mashed up into puree) and if you've got cider it seems to yield a better product if you allow it to fully clear before dis...
by GuyIncognito
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:23 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: English Whisky
Replies: 20
Views: 1803

Re: English Whisky

Depending on how long you plan to age it, you can definitely include some early tails. The off-flavors will mature out and add some complexity to the whole thing. Not sure if you can leave things in a 20L barrel long enough for that to happen before you start over extracting oak though.
by GuyIncognito
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:19 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?
Replies: 36
Views: 6235

Moonshinedistiller.com reviews?

I'm looking at purchasing a milk can from moonshinedistiller.com to use as a hot water tank for brewing (and maybe eventually as a pot) moonshinedistiller.com/distilling-equipment/distilling-boilers/13-gallon-milk-can-distilling-boiler-stainless-steel-3-inch Wondered if anyone has any experience wit...
by GuyIncognito
Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Baine Marie Grappa Spirit run or not?
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Re: Baine Marie Grappa Spirit run or not?

It depends on the still whether it is done single or double run - a simple alembic would likely need 2 runs to get up to strength, a plated column (like on many german fruit brandy stills) would need 1. The methanol comes out in the foreshot (first volume of liquid to leave the still), just don't in...
by GuyIncognito
Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Grain bill: Corn with Wheat/Rye/Oats and Barley Malt?????
Replies: 44
Views: 6728

Re: Grain bill: Corn with Wheat/Rye/Oats and Barley Malt???

If the mash tasted sweeter after adding amalyse, possibly the high SG was from unconverted starch and not sugar. I've done a few mashes with similar grain mixes (though usually more barley mal) when using up partial bags of things. Tastes good.
by GuyIncognito
Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: wlp028 for scotch
Replies: 4
Views: 745

Re: wlp028 for scotch

I don't think yeast survives being frozen all that often. Per Whiskey Science, " The most similar beer yeasts compared to current Scottish whisky yeasts are probably some Belgian trappist and German hefeweisen yeasts, which are low flocculators, high attenuators, very alcohol tolerant and often prod...
by GuyIncognito
Tue Jan 15, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Distilling Beer, without hops.Will the beer style translate?
Replies: 34
Views: 9574

Re: Distilling Beer, without hops.Will the beer style transl

I appreciate the response, you're being considerably fairer and civil than I was in my original post. I'd like to edit my post to something more even-minded but can't seem to figure out how to do it. Hopefully everyone reads on from my comment to see your response, and I apologize for my unnecessary...
by GuyIncognito
Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Alcohol free beer
Replies: 20
Views: 3076

Re: Alcohol free beer

The sections I've read on how it's made industrially make it seem like it would be pretty hard to pull off without a ton of gear. Best approach I could think of would be to brew a very hoppy, very sweet (mash real hot, select an under attenuating yeast, or sweeten with lactose) beer with a low amoun...
by GuyIncognito
Mon Dec 31, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Quince brandy
Replies: 14
Views: 3749

Re: Quince brandy

I've processed quite a bit of quince lately, and it is a bit different to work with than other fruit (as it has very little juice and minimal sugar). We washed all of it to remove the white fuzz (packing then into a big pot/drum filled with water and swirling, the action of them rubbing against each...
by GuyIncognito
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:23 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Distilling Beer, without hops.Will the beer style translate?
Replies: 34
Views: 9574

Re: Distilling Beer, without hops.Will the beer style transl

Hi Darek, I like your products a lot and think you are working on some very interesting stuff, which I guess was why I was disappointed in the book. Maybe other people will get more mileage out of it than me, it certainly wasn't the worst book on distilling I've ever read but my money would have bee...
by GuyIncognito
Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:17 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Interesting article on Barrels
Replies: 3
Views: 501

Re: Interesting article on Barrels

When I lived in the midwest, I would hear about people getting used bourbon barrels and swirling around several gallons of water to extract the trapped spirit (before cutting up the barrels for planters/furniture etc). Since it's in the barrel at 120p or so, it wasn't really too watered down.