My First Rum

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Re: My First Rum

Postby Shine0n » Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:52 pm

If they're 1/2" I would go 5 long and 2 wide, that's what I use per quart and nothing has been over oaked as of yet and I still have a quart from January this year with the cubes still in.
I couldn't fin the Hungarian cubes today at the brew shop but he did order me some so I'll have them soon.

When are you planning to run the spirit run?
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:49 am

Shine I'm going to run it on Saturday.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby acfixer69 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:35 pm

Looks like too much end grain IMO. I would go slow with them. May end up with oak tea.

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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:49 pm

So I was reading a thread on spiced rum and Tater mentioned using Mulling spice for a spiced rum. I did some looking around and ordered this stuff to give a try. I'm just going to do a small amount in a quart of my rum to see how it turns out. Has anyone out there experimented with this??
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:57 pm

I also got this stuff to give a try on another quart. The spice ball is stainless I thought I could use it for my shells in my next wash to keep them suspended in the fermenter. Also thought I could use it in my boiler with the spice in it for a spirit run??
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:00 pm

Sorry about the pics I'm in no way trying to promote Amazon just did a quick screen shot.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Shine0n » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:41 pm

acfixer69 wrote:Looks like too much end grain IMO. I would go slow with them. May end up with oak tea.

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No tea here bubba, nice and mellow with a ton of vanilla and caramel
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Re: My First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:49 pm

Shine0n wrote:
acfixer69 wrote:Looks like too much end grain IMO. I would go slow with them. May end up with oak tea.

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No tea here bubba, nice and mellow with a ton of vanilla and caramel


Sweet! Exactly what you would hope for!
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Re: My First Rum

Postby acfixer69 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:19 pm

nerdybrewer wrote:
Shine0n wrote:
acfixer69 wrote:Looks like too much end grain IMO. I would go slow with them. May end up with oak tea.

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No tea here bubba, nice and mellow with a ton of vanilla and caramel


Sweet! Exactly what you would hope for!


All tastes are different. I had spirals years ago and produced a bitter taste. Coopers answered me and said that end grain should be minimal. But what the hell do they know. We drink it the way we like it. Two each there own.

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Re: My First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:50 am

Old Town wrote:So I was reading a thread on spiced rum and Tater mentioned using Mulling spice for a spiced rum. I did some looking around and ordered this stuff to give a try. I'm just going to do a small amount in a quart of my rum to see how it turns out. Has anyone out there experimented with this??


I've only done it from scratch.
One thing I learned was to go really light with the orange peel, a very little goes a very long way.
The chocolate rum I made last Christmas was a big hit, used good chocolate and made my own caramel and let it marry with the rum for a couple weeks.
That stuff went quickly!
I should make that again, Christmas is coming!
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:27 pm

Nerdybrewer that chocolate and carmel rum sounds good for the holidays. I hope the spice I got will make something good. Im going to do my spirit run on my rum tomorrow and go from their. I may decide not to put anything in it at all but what's the fun in that. I've never experimented with oak or spice so I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:13 am

Working on the spirit run as I post still in the heads at the moment. Collecting in half pint jars so I can hopefully make some nice clean cuts.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby fizzix » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:27 am

Old Town wrote:Working on the spirit run as I post still in the heads at the moment. Collecting in half pint jars so I can hopefully my some nice clean cuts.

Been following this since before I joined earlier this week. Good luck with your run Old Town. I hope you're as successful (lucky?) as I've been.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:11 pm

Still going strong thanks ShineOn this is the best stuff I've made so far!!
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Shine0n » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:13 pm

Glad it's going good for ya :thumbup:

I think it's a good rum and I plan on making it for years to come!
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:20 pm

Yeah I'll definitely be making this one again can't wait to get it on some oak.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby jb-texshine » Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:34 pm

Old Town wrote:Yeah I'll definitely be making this one again can't wait to get it on some oak.

Old Town,just to let you know,when it goes on oak it'll taste better and better for about a month then it'll start tasting bad. Do not pull the oak! At about the three month Mark itll start tasting good again,and will continue to get better from that point. At 6 months it'll be awesome.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:27 pm

jb-texshine wrote:
Old Town wrote:Yeah I'll definitely be making this one again can't wait to get it on some oak.

Old Town,just to let you know,when it goes on oak it'll taste better and better for about a month then it'll start tasting bad. Do not pull the oak! At about the three month Mark itll start tasting good again,and will continue to get better from that point. At 6 months it'll be awesome.
Just so you know what to expect.
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Jb thank you for the advice much appreciated because I have no experience with aging. I really have no experience with any of this so without all of everyone's helpe I would be lost. I love this forum and all the helpful members. Lot's of good people on here.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sat Dec 09, 2017 4:47 pm

I had a pretty go run today very happy with the results thanks again ShineOn for all your guidance along the way.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Shine0n » Sat Dec 09, 2017 6:54 pm

Be sure to put a quart of white away to get some age on it, 6 months and it will melt in your mouth.

Be sure to go to kiwis guide for cuts, it's got a few diagrams in there for the easy aspects of it. It should get you rolling along but let your taste and nose do the final picking.

Great job, I've enjoyed talking and getting to know you brother.

You'll go far with this hobby as you've already demonstrated some great desire to learn.

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Re: My First Rum

Postby Yummyrum » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:20 pm

Thats a great collection of jars Old town .... well done
If its not to late , check this out as well as Kiwi stilleds guide .
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Re: My First Rum

Postby NZChris » Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:58 pm

Congratulations.

Do yourself a favour and go to the trouble of making a rough sample of your final choice of blend before you commit to it. After tasting that sample, I've changed my mind a few times.
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Re: My First Rum

Postby Old Town » Sun Dec 10, 2017 6:48 am

Yummyrum wrote:Thats a great collection of jars Old town .... well done
If its not to late , check this out as well as Kiwi stilleds guide .
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Yummy thanks for the link very helpful and informative for a newbie like myself. I have struggle with cuts so this will help out a grate deal.
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