Want to make flavored moonshine, help pleeeease.

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Want to make flavored moonshine, help pleeeease.

Postby barrelcreator » Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:04 pm

I want to make mandarin orange moonshine. My question is if I know what flavor I am going to add after distilling is it better to do the mash with say mandarin oranges to pick up any slight odor in the alcohol so when I distill it, it has a bit of the flavor I am trying to acheive or is it better to start with a completely neutral spirit and then flavor it accordingly? Thanks in advance. :D
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Postby grainhopper » Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:48 pm

Hey B.C.,

You should read up a lil this is the second post in a row that I have read where the question you ask is fairly easy if you put forth some effort.

If you would go to recipes you would find the answer to this post pretty easy.
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Postby barrelcreator » Sun Dec 23, 2007 10:57 pm

Got a title of the post for me in the recipes forum? I couldnt find anything. Ive spent over an hour reading. Nothing that answers my questions exactly. Im a veteran to forums... I wont post unless I have to and I won't leave worthless or rude posts or replys.
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Postby Aidas » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:02 pm

barrelcreator wrote:Got a title of the post for me in the recipes forum? I couldnt find anything. Ive spent over an hour reading. Nothing that answers my questions exactly. Im a veteran to forums... I wont post unless I have to and I won't leave worthless or rude posts or replys.


:lol: :lol:

Over an hour?! Wow! That's big of you... There's probably several weeks worth of reading just on the parent site, and I'm not even going to go into the amount of info in the forums.

Really... an hour. Please. :roll:

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P.S. Just so no one can say that I'm not being helpful, these should get you on your way:

viewtopic.php?t=3508&highlight=orange+flavor+flavour

viewtopic.php?t=1647&highlight=orange+flavor+flavour

viewtopic.php?t=1680&highlight=flavoring+vodka
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Postby barrelcreator » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:10 pm

an hour in the recipe area looking for my exact answer. Over 100 hours in the last two weeks trying to get into the hobby. Man you guys drink too much tonight?? If you dont want to help then dont reply...... :cry: Aidas, thanks for the links
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Postby Aidas » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:14 pm

barrelcreator wrote: Man you guys drink too much tonight :cry:


Actually, it's morning where I am, and I'm not drinking, nor did I last night. :)

I just know how to use the search function, and have the capacity for cognitive thinking to come up with normal search strings. ;)

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Postby pintoshine » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:18 pm

thicken your skin up a bit. Maybe we don't know because we never thought of that. When you figure it out let us know. Or better yet you will be the expert and you tell the next one that asks the question. Again and again and again and again :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby barrelcreator » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:18 pm

I dont know how to take that......... Anyway through all this junk your links did help a lot so I must thank you.
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Postby Aidas » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:32 pm

barrelcreator wrote:I dont know how to take that......... Anyway through all this junk your links did help a lot so I must thank you.


If you feel you "must", don't bother... a thank you out of duty, rather than a genuine thank you is worthless.

Enjoy the forum, learn to use the search function, and you'll have a much easier time. (I'm being especially nice, because it is Christmas, after all :) )

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Postby barrelcreator » Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:43 pm

it was genuine.......cheers
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Postby Safegyde » Mon Dec 24, 2007 2:05 pm

I understand where he is coming from...reading and not finding the answers. I have been reading for about 2 and a half months now for about 5 hours each day (I work really hard at work, huh? :P ) The search function is great but you can't search for a complete sentence to narrow your search down. If you enter oranges, wash, flavoring, before distilling, or after you will come up with 410237417 topics with those words but not all together in a single sentence. Maybe there is a searching trick I don't know about, if so then please enlighten us all so we can make the feature even more useful. Maybe we can get that type of search added..?

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Postby blanikdog » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:28 pm

Hmmmmm. I've been reading for some five or six years and still often go back to read the same stuff again and again and again. All the answers are there. Sure it seems easier to just ask, but what does one learn? Bugger all!!

By constant reading we reinforce stuff that we had forgotten, not just the problem we are currently baffled by.

I just cannot fathom why this topic ALWAYS arises. There are no easy answers.

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Postby grainhopper » Mon Dec 24, 2007 5:53 pm

Sometimes your search will not yeild exactly what you are looking for,
But since orange is a FRUIT.

How about taters fruit macerations:

Here.. http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2196

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Postby Grayson_Stewart » Tue Dec 25, 2007 5:42 am

Just my first thoughts on this....

Lots of mandarin oranges would be used and little flavor would come across when used in a wash and then run, especially when compared to the smaller number of oranges that could be used to soak after a run.

Lots of citrus fruit could make your wash too acidic, would have to look out for that.

Look for recipes for Limoncello, it's made from the very thin zest of the lemons soaked in neutral alcohol for several days.

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Postby Ricky » Tue Dec 25, 2007 7:47 am

good to see you back grayson!
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Postby punkin » Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:37 am

I sliced two mandarins and put em in a mollasses rum wash of 40 litres.

The flavour came across that clearly, that it took over the profile of the rum. Very strong.


Just try it and see. If that's what you're after, it'll work.
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Postby alice » Fri Dec 28, 2007 10:25 pm

punkin wrote:I sliced two mandarins and put em in a mollasses rum wash of 40 litres.

The flavour came across that clearly, that it took over the profile of the rum. Very strong.
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Just two mandys in 40 litres? I wouldn't have thought that'd even show up on the palate.

Then again, it's margarita time so I'm that puckered i reckon a goldfish would wave howdy to me...:)
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Postby pintoshine » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:59 pm

I just wanted to add an update to this request. I was able to spend some time with this fine US Army service man in Korea via IM. I was able to get him going on a cornmeal and cornflake version of UJSM, inspired by Jameson Beam from Home Distillers. He has a vigorous fermentation going after just 5.5 hours after assembly. I am hoping he can keep us updated.
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Postby Jameson Beam » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:31 am

Grayson_Stewart wrote:Just my first thoughts on this....

Lots of mandarin oranges would be used and little flavor would come across when used in a wash and then run, especially when compared to the smaller number of oranges that could be used to soak after a run.

Lots of citrus fruit could make your wash too acidic, would have to look out for that.

Look for recipes for Limoncello, it's made from the very thin zest of the lemons soaked in neutral alcohol for several days.

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The key word your looking for here is called "maceration" most flavored vodka, Limoncello, brandy, etc. have the flavors macerated by letting the peelings, berries, etc. soak in the distillate for a period of time.

"Maceration is the winemaking process where the phenolic materials of the grape --- tannins, coloring agents (Anthocyanins) and flavor compounds --- are leached from the grape skins, seeds and stems into the wine. The term is usually used in reference to wine, but is sometimes used with other drinks, such as piołunówka and crème de cassis."

However it is also used for flavoring all types of liquors as well.


Stewart is correct - the citrus flavors will come from the peelings (zest) of the oranges or lemons - not the fruit itself.

Just remember to exclude the 'pith' (the thick white stuff which adds bad flavors - use only the skin part).

There is alot of stuff on maceration in Tony's Home Distillers main site.

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