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by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Bottled a batch of TedFFV vodka, getting it ready for my very Russian friend to pronounce quality of it (I can't tell the difference between it and Absolut that I tend to favour). I will bottle a batch of OEG (with a couple extra botanicals) which turned out very nice, and I might start another batc...
by Rrmuf
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:12 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Blending cuts from a TeddyFFV run!
by Rrmuf
Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Lava Rock Require Maintenance
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Lava Rock Require Maintenance

Thanks all!
by Rrmuf
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:43 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Lava Rock Require Maintenance
Replies: 12
Views: 298

Re: Lava Rock Require Maintenance

Thanks Mars. Good to know as I consider going to lava rocks.
Knowing nothing about lava rocks, I am assuming there is no concern around the rocks scoring the inside of the column?
by Rrmuf
Thu Nov 26, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Column reflux and flooding
Replies: 35
Views: 1393

Re: Column reflux and flooding

I don't have an issue with them. I ran several LM runs and more recently a VM run which I pushed pretty hard heatwise and after foreshots/heads got a very consistent 96% ABV. I am a "newby". Great! If you have no flooding issues, then that's fantastic. If you ever do, consider a look there. I thoug...
by Rrmuf
Thu Nov 26, 2020 6:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Normal or Not?
Replies: 10
Views: 319

Re: Normal or Not?

Hi all, Just to close off this post for anybody who might run into it in the future, I found the culprit for my flooding problem: it was my use of a gasket with a screen at the bottom of my column. I had it in there to keep the copper mesh in place in the column.... it unfortunately also acted as a ...
by Rrmuf
Thu Nov 26, 2020 5:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Column reflux and flooding
Replies: 35
Views: 1393

Re: Column reflux and flooding

So, I ran into this problem and, after going through a frustrating time where maintaining ANY reflux with ANY takeoff resulted in column flooding, I found the culprit: A gasket with a screen I had at the bottom of the column, basically there to keep the packing from dropping into the boiler. The the...
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 150125

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

LOL. The harvesting is an annual thing here: October then ..... next October. You are very lucky. There very few trees here in NZ and I don't know of any that produce berries. I suspect imported berries are irradiated at the border as none of the seeds I've tried have germinated. Bummer! There are ...
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:54 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 150125

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:11 am
Cassia will always dominate toward the end of a gin run if you go to far into the run imo.
That is good to know, although my records show that I only used the front 45% of the total collection. Hmmm. But that is ancient history now.
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

My first reflux run today! Tricky stuff: Thanks for all the advice out there!
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

CoogeeBoy wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:13 pm
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Wax sealed a dozen bottles OEG for Christmas gifts!
NICE! Nice touch on the wax! :thumbup:
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Column reflux and flooding
Replies: 35
Views: 1393

Re: Column reflux and flooding

Wow. Just trying my first CM Reflux run now. It really is a tricky thing! :crazy:
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:01 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Stored Juniper for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Stored Juniper for a long time

Hi, Did you increase the amount of Juniper ? I did not. You may find that works but my reckoning was not so much that it the juniper didnt carry so much as that the flavour it did carry was lacking a freshness, like the top note had dissipated. Increasing the ratio may help and if its helped others...
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 150125

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

I've done both in the past week. So that may be the best way to "store" juniper berries then!? You go first. I don't hoard so much that it's a problem. LOL. The harvesting is an annual thing here: October then ..... next October. There was a separate thread on freezing juniper berries and how long ...
by Rrmuf
Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1140
Views: 234539

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

I looked for and failed (sorry!) to find a post on the forum that listed the top 10 (turned into 12) reasons why fermentations stall. I found it very useful when my own WPOSW batch stalled out. It was very useful. If I find it, I will send it to you, but you should look for it directly. You will run...
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Stored Juniper for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Stored Juniper for a long time

Rrmuf, If you put the berries in a freezer bag and sucked out the air, they’ll keep for years, maybe decades. If you just chucked a jar of berries into the freezer, then the moisture in the air will freeze and will crystalize on the berries. This may create a little “freezer burn” after a while. Bu...
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 6:01 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Stored Juniper for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Stored Juniper for a long time

After an 18 month break, I noticed that my gins were coming out quite flat. I then realised that my juniper berries were probably around 4 years old (I bought a lot and the break was not intended). The gin was perfectly drinkable, just a bit flat and not up to the standard that I would normally exp...
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:22 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 150125

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

NZChris wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:48 am
I've done both in the past week.
So that may be the best way to "store" juniper berries then!? Have you perceived any down-side asofar as the end result is concerned?
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash
Replies: 1140
Views: 234539

Re: Wineos Plain Ol Sugar Wash

Hi folks. This is my second wash only, and first attempt at wineos recipe. I basically divided wineos 6 gallon quantities in two for a 10 litre wash. Having read through a lot of the thread, it seems to have gone a lot slower than most peoples, and it doesn't seem to have gone to as low an SG as ex...
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Stored Juniper for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Stored Juniper for a long time

After an 18 month break, I noticed that my gins were coming out quite flat. I then realised that my juniper berries were probably around 4 years old (I bought a lot and the break was not intended). The gin was perfectly drinkable, just a bit flat and not up to the standard that I would normally exp...
by Rrmuf
Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Yep, when I was distilling back in Dallas, my 2 go to washes were WPOSW and Rad's All Bran. Just found that I can get wheat bran pretty cheap here. Everything takes research as it is called different things. 2 bucks a Kilo - I can probably find it cheaper so will be doing a Teddysads FFV wash next....
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.
Replies: 30
Views: 409

Re: Vodka, perception, laws & loopholes.

So here we are folks, I cooked 2 kg (4.4 lb) of wheat and threw the remaining 7L (almost 8 qt?) into my "still" and it started producing really quickly since I had eliminated the heat up time by quickly straining the liquid and immediately popped it into the still. The result is encouraging. It doe...
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Stored Juniper for a long time
Replies: 14
Views: 195

Re: Stored Juniper for a long time

Hi Everyone, I have Juniper Communis that I purchased 2-3 years ago they are in bags I have never opened them, but they are sitting in my cabinet for a long time, what I am wondering is, can I use dry juniper that has been stored for a long time 2-3 years so does the taste profiles changes dramatic...
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Durhommer wrote:
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:25 am
Wineos wash is a go to of mine its always been slow for me but I'm ready for the spirit run now
Same here. It is a bit slower for me as well. Not really a problem.
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka
Replies: 87
Views: 34696

Re: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka

+1 Super recipe!
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:27 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1005
Views: 150125

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

I cheat and make essence strength gin runs, often with five times the botanicals, then all I have to worry about is having enough nice neutral to make up a bottle or two. Do you make an essence per botanical and experiment with blending? or do you make essence strength gin with a bunch of botanical...
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4969
Views: 331392

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Durhommer wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:26 am
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Finally getting around to finishing up with a wineos wash
How did that go for you? I had difficulties with PH crash. Manageable, but not smooth. The end result was great though.
by Rrmuf
Mon Nov 23, 2020 3:56 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka
Replies: 87
Views: 34696

Re: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka

I have run into a Canadian distillery that produces an interesting, very tasty Gin (not dry) which is actually grape-based and one thing they are clear on is that they don't pretend to start with a completely neutral base. I've made several grape based gins and they were all very nice. Yes, I'm sur...
by Rrmuf
Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:57 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Blue Gin
Replies: 33
Views: 3060

Re: The Blue Gin

Very cool! Ordered my blossoms to give it a try!

+1 on Empress Gin. Not bad but can get much better for that price.
by Rrmuf
Fri Nov 20, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4328
Views: 748309

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Hi I bought some bird feed corn but I can't find any information about it if it's got preservatives what do you guys think is it suitable ? It's saying not intended for human consumption :crazy: IMG_20201119_164928.jpg IMG_20201119_164812.jpg IMG_20201119_170213.jpg I love the "Not intended for hum...