What'd ya'll make today?

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Windswept » Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:14 pm

Stripped out 20 gallons of mead to get about 5 gallons of low wines, going to do the spirit run tomorrow.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Durhommer » Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:46 pm

Deplorable wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:04 pm
Then I got inspiredand made a couple pints of peach pie.
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I saw that pic and had to make some too it's super tasty
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by tombombadil » Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:57 pm

Windswept wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:14 pm
Stripped out 20 gallons of mead to get about 5 gallons of low wines, going to do the spirit run tomorrow.
Whoa! Most expensive hooch ever? I hope it turns out awesome!

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Deplorable » Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:58 pm

Durhommer wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 2:46 pm
Deplorable wrote:
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:04 pm
Then I got inspiredand made a couple pints of peach pie.
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I saw that pic and had to make some too it's super tasty
Yeah, but you have to be careful with the cinimon stick it or will quickly overpower the peach, and you'll end up with fireball with a hint of peach.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Squirrel_Ess_Gen » Sun Aug 30, 2020 7:56 am

Experimented with Cracked corn and powdered Amalsyze (high temp stuff is on order)

10lbs in what ended up 7 gallons with a gravity of 1.030......I know its low. I'll mention that I started the project late in the evening so yeah things were not efficent. I was sleeping with Temps dropped to 155F ish so I had to reheat

I learned a sticky lesson.


Edit: and then comes the easy large batch mashing thread....experience is the best teacher, even if its s offl someone else's experience :clap:

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Tummydoc » Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:55 am

Did you grind the corn? Finer grind increases efficiency. If it was heated to gelatinization temp, no need to reheat and you may have denatured the amylase since it wasn't hi temp. How warm when you added amylase?

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by seabass » Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:56 am

Doing a stripping run for a second batch of peated single malt. I did a little experiment with mash temp on these. Same recipe only changed the mash temp. My hypothesis is that mashing on the high end is enough to kill off most of the lacto without denaturing enzymes.

First one was 145F second batch was 155f. Both started at 1.060 and ended at 1.002. The low mash temp batch had significant lacto activity and needed a calcium carbonate addition to adjust pH. The yeast slowed down quite a bit. The higher mash temp batch had no noticeable lacto activity and fermented out in 4 days.

I'm going to repeat this a few times to confirm it wasn't a fluke.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Durhommer » Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:54 pm

30 gallon wineos wash fermenting
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Post by SaltyStaves » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:06 pm

seabass wrote:
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First one was 145F second batch was 155f. Both started at 1.060 and ended at 1.002.
I just did one that was right in the middle of those temperatures and I only saw signs of a lacto at the end of fermentation. The yield was definitely low though. Got a lot less out of my stripping runs than I'd have liked.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by seabass » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:28 pm

SaltyStaves wrote:
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seabass wrote:
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First one was 145F second batch was 155f. Both started at 1.060 and ended at 1.002.
I just did one that was right in the middle of those temperatures and I only saw signs of a lacto at the end of fermentation. The yield was definitely low though. Got a lot less out of my stripping runs than I'd have liked.
You think it was from a higher FG from higher mash temp or something else?

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Post by SaltyStaves » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:30 pm

seabass wrote:
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You think it was from a higher FG from higher mash temp or something else?
Had to passively cool it overnight due to water restrictions in my area, so I think the infection got out in front of the yeast. It just didn't show any signs or smell until the morning I ran it.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Deplorable » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:26 pm

Had to try making some panty dropper.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Squirrel_Ess_Gen » Sun Aug 30, 2020 4:37 pm

Tummydoc wrote:
Sun Aug 30, 2020 8:55 am
Did you grind the corn? Finer grind increases efficiency. If it was heated to gelatinization temp, no need to reheat and you may have denatured the amylase since it wasn't hi temp. How warm when you added amylase?
Corn was not ground up.

I used a 10gallon cooler as a mashtun with a spigot and poured boiling water on the cracked corn Watching youtube had me thinking that a stainless water heater jacket connected at the bottom would provide good flow thru the spigot......it dosen't. So I had to scoop liquid from the top and gradually rewarm.

I didnt add the amylase untill the whole meas was 154-155. It thinned out pretty good and noticeable.

I did buy a grinder just for this purpose but did not use it.

I'll see how this tiny experiment comes out and give it a go again using the large batch method. The short amount of time rewarming the already cooked corn and i can see how easy it is to scorch.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by CoogeeBoy » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:47 am

NZChris wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:03 pm
CoogeeBoy wrote:
Fri Aug 28, 2020 3:47 pm
Thank you! Just a quick question, did you use your own brandy?
I've been eyeing off the 4l casks at Aldi with a view to trying to make my own brandy or even Grappa.
As long as the flavors are a match rather than a clash, pot stilled brandy and grappa and sugar washes made on the leftovers from making wine, brandy and grappa can be useful base spirits for a variety of drinks that you will often read should be made from highly rectified neutral spirits.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by CoogeeBoy » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:48 am

DSmith78 wrote:
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Put 25l of red wine to brew for my first attempt at grappa.
Let me know how that goes will ya?

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by DSmith78 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:51 am

CoogeeBoy wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:48 am
DSmith78 wrote:
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:27 pm
Put 25l of red wine to brew for my first attempt at grappa.
Let me know how that goes will ya?
Will do! I bought my first bottle of grappa at the weekend so I had some basis for comparison... really interesting drink! Definitely in a world of its own.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by JesseMarques » Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:25 am

Starting my first all molasses stripping run. Got a little lacto infection before the end of fermentation, but most of sugars already fermented. Lets go!

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Durhommer » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:58 am

Wineos low wines then spirit run today with another 30 gallon on the way to stripping for neutral run
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by SaltyStaves » Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:58 pm

Single Malt spirit run. Unpeated for a change.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by NZChris » Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:14 pm

A bottle of gin using my latest toy, a secondhand 3l copper alembic. I should make a small alcohol burner for it so that I can fire it using my heads.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Bph » Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:55 am

50 galloms of corn and oats mashed using enzymes. Gonna strip it today and add it to my all corn low wines then finally have enough to do a spirit run!

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Beerswimmer » Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:47 am

Spirit run on an evaporated cane juice experiment.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Bushman » Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:34 am

Started a kale wash mixed with beet plant.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by seabass » Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:02 pm

Spirit run for peated single malt. 2gal is going in a badmo barrel and about 1.5gal in some jars with 2nd use charred oak.

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Post by Saltbush Bill » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:01 am

16L of gin getting run.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Bryan1 » Thu Sep 03, 2020 12:55 am

Did 2 strip runs of that Strawberry ferment that took close to 2 months to finish, got enough low wines to do a spirit run in the morning and this should give the panty dropper a good run for it's money

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Post by Beerswimmer » Thu Sep 03, 2020 7:20 am

I put a bunch of charred oak staves into a half gallon jar and filled it up with Shiraz. In October I'm going to finish some bourbon and evaporated cane juice rum and some Hampden Estate DOK on the staves for a month or so.
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Post by dieselduo » Fri Sep 04, 2020 12:48 pm

Made a SMASH and piggy backed. the grain for a faux irish whiskey sugar head

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Post by Beerswimmer » Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:12 pm

Made cuts on an evaporated cane juice rum. More agricole rhum than rum for sure. Very light in aroma and flavor.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by tombombadil » Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:04 pm

Stripping batch 2 of high rye bourbon. Starting the sugarhead and starting the mash for batch 3.

I used backset in batch 2, it's very spicy. Like a Belgian strong ale. Smells great. I noticed the lag time was longer, added some oyster shells thinking it may have been a ph issue and it finished out like normal.

Not sure where the spiciness came from but I like it! Hopefully some of that ends up in the spirit. I did bump the temp faster than normal, earlier in the fermentation than normal so maybe it spent more time at a higher temp?
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