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by bronzdragon
Fri May 17, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Hereford Distillery
Replies: 5
Views: 560

Re: Hereford Distillery

They're sure taking it to the limit, I'd hate to see how much that tower cost. He kept talking about the unique potato flavor, with that many distillations, I'd be surprised if it had any flavor what-so-ever.

~bd~
by bronzdragon
Fri May 17, 2013 8:33 am
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Moonshine distillery in Tennessee
Replies: 20
Views: 1545

Re: Moonshine distillery in Tennessee

I gotta give props to someone who can come up with the money and jump through all the Federal hoops to open up a place like that. I'd stop in and have a look around if I was in the area. I hope he does well...even though I don't really like moonshine.

~bd~
by bronzdragon
Fri May 17, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bung removal
Replies: 11
Views: 4112

Re: Bung removal

junkyard dawg wrote:more importantly, how was the stuff in the barrel?
:thumbup:
Well, I had feared from what I'd heard on the board about "over-oaking" that it would be ruined. But it wasn't, in fact it tastes great after several years in there.

~bd~
by bronzdragon
Thu May 16, 2013 7:08 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: neat trick
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

Re: neat trick

I've used Motts juice mostly but tried some various store brands and they all seem to ferment out ok. I'm aware of the warnings against perservatives and generally stay away from them, but I haven't had a problem with the apple juice. As I said, I think adding the juice in at the end is the best way...
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Distilling Beer, without hops.Will the beer style translate?
Replies: 34
Views: 8626

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

I can't speak to hopping whiskey. But I used to think that any hop in the initial beer would ruin the spirit run. But I've run off a few batches of beer that went awry for one reason or another, and have never been able to really discern a hop flavor in the spirit. With that said, I don't really bre...
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: neat trick
Replies: 14
Views: 1769

Re: neat trick

Interesting trick. I've found over the years that the best way to add some apple flavoring back or sweeten up the finished cider is to just add some unfermented apple juice at the end before kegging. If you're bottling, you can still do this, but do not add any priming sugar as the apple juice will ...
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 4:11 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Barrels
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Barrels

I'd try giving them a call and see what it would cost you in shipping. It couldn't hurt. Might be too expensive, never know. The lady that answers the phone has always been super nice to me.

Cheers

~bd~
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Whiskey "WOW"
Replies: 20
Views: 3122

Re: Whiskey "WOW"

I know I'm bringing back old posts, but I haven't been around in awhile. I just wanted to say on this topic that over the years I've run regular batches of beer with hops off, because of one reason or another (usually they were infected and off tasting.) and the hops didn't really seem to come throu...
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 12:09 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Barrels
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Barrels

Just thought I'd add a little here since I just emptied these barrels. They were filled about 3-4 years ago, I lost count. Time flies when you're moving a thousand miles. Anyway, I thought that the whiskey and rum would be way over flavored from the barrels but I was pleasantly surprised. I did lose...
by bronzdragon
Tue May 14, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bung removal
Replies: 11
Views: 4112

Re: Bung removal

A little late on the reply, but I'll post this since it may help someone. I ended up asking the folks that make the barrels how they do it, and the lady simply said on the small bungs, twist a wood screw down through the bung, then use the claw on a claw hammer to pry it out. It worked like a charm ...
by bronzdragon
Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Single Malt Question?
Replies: 23
Views: 1195

Re: Single Malt Question?

so your recipe mite go something like this:(this is off the top of my head may/may not be right) 2 lb flavoring malts this can be this can be any of the dark malts/crystal etc..(these will be listed as "adjucts") place these in grain bag.. add 5 gallon of water to pot,place on heat. place grain bag...
by bronzdragon
Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Oh...the Humanity...
Replies: 40
Views: 2056

Re: Oh...the Humanity...

Something else I found interesting that pertains to this discussion that I found out recently... Some of the micro-breweries are going to a type of high density composite or plastic keg now, that is more cost efficient the SS and they don't have to worry about people taking them to "re-purpose" them...
by bronzdragon
Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:19 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Bung removal
Replies: 11
Views: 4112

Bung removal

Anyone have advice on the best way to remove wooden bungs from barrels? I have 2, 3 gallon white oak barrels that have been resting for about 2 years, one with rum and one with bourbon. Last week I went to remove the bungs, and it didn't go as planned. I tried pliers and only managed to chip off som...
by bronzdragon
Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:41 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: !!!Please Help with RUM!!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 3364

Re: !!!Please Help with RUM!!!!

In most column set-ups, I believe the thermometer or thermo-couple should be located right at or slightly above where the pipe goes off to your condenser...so you're getting an accurate reading of the vapor temp at the condenser. Thermometers and thermo-couples are different. Some can function well ...
by bronzdragon
Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Cherry Rum?
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Cherry Rum?

Yeah, I think rum goes with almost any fruit. Do some sort of version of the strawberry panty dropper recipe with cherries.

Come to think of it, it would be very similar to a cherry bounce, but with rum instead of vodka or neutral.

~bd~
by bronzdragon
Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:31 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Refractometers and Methanol?
Replies: 15
Views: 5139

Re: Refractometers and Methanol?

As far as using the refractometer, I have doubts about that. I commonly use one when making beer and wine, and from my understanding ... the instrument measures dissolved sugars within the liquid by viewing the amount of light waves that come through. That's why they sell them calibrated differently...
by bronzdragon
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: How long do you ferment your mash
Replies: 18
Views: 33562

Re: How long do you ferment your mash

Generally I primary ferment for a week, and then rack to a secondary and let it settle out for a week then run it. But I usually don't dump floaty things into my fermenters like grain (i do the mash first etc.) This has served me well in the past. But like has been said before, sometimes you have a ...
by bronzdragon
Tue Nov 17, 2009 7:03 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: !!!Please Help with RUM!!!!
Replies: 45
Views: 3364

Re: !!!Please Help with RUM!!!!

I very well may be the only one here that likes it, but i've used the Rum Turbo yeast many times to good effect. Usually when I do runs, I will get one package of it, and ferment 5 gallons ... then transfer and immediately put another 5 gallons on top of the yeast. I do this 4 times in a row. The on...
by bronzdragon
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:54 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: dry malt extract for whiskey
Replies: 19
Views: 9108

Re: dry malt extract for whiskey

Yes DME makes fine whiskey, however I agree with all the counts listed above... 1) Do bring it to a boil and watch for the hotbreak. This is just like making a beer with it, you just don't have to boil it for very long. 2) It is pretty expensive unless you can find some on sale. Sometimes you may fi...
by bronzdragon
Tue Nov 17, 2009 6:45 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Bourbon all grain vs. thin mash question
Replies: 5
Views: 1245

Re: Bourbon all grain vs. thin mash question

I'd agree, use more malted barley next time. Stick to the correct converting temperatures, i.e. around 150F and you'll be fine. Also adding a couple pounds of sugar in there won't hurt. But, the more sugar you add the lighter the flavor. So if you're shooting for a good bourbon I wouldn't add a whol...
by bronzdragon
Tue Nov 17, 2009 5:47 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: light bulbs give 95% of their watt power off as heat
Replies: 17
Views: 1954

Re: light bulbs give 95% of their watt power off as heat

Besides the safety issues, you would be using far more electricity in the long run, then just simply using a tried and true electrical method ... such as a hotplate. I couldn't even imagine how many light bulbs it would take to maintain a pot at boiling temperatures. I would agree with the guys abov...
by bronzdragon
Thu Jul 02, 2009 9:01 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: first corn/grain brew/mash
Replies: 18
Views: 1605

Re: first corn/grain brew/mash

For a 5 gallon batch, I get 5 pounds of cracked corn, 2 pounds of 2 row malted barley and 1 pound malted rye or wheat (depending on which flavor you like better.) Crush the grains. I cook my corn in a pot just like you would oatmeal. Be sure and stir it all the time, or it will burn to the bottom. A...
by bronzdragon
Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:45 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Gallon Glass Jugs
Replies: 10
Views: 2564

Gallon Glass Jugs

I felt it necessary to come back and post a warning on this board, since, in many posts I had advised new people to this hobby to go out and buy cheap wine in gallon glass jugs and use them to store their drinks in. Several months ago I mentioned the topic but wanted to plainly state it. I used thes...
by bronzdragon
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: fermenting in an apartment
Replies: 26
Views: 1308

Re: fermenting in an apartment

5 gallons doesn't make much odor to me. It does have a slight yeasty smell or sweet smell if you're doing molasses...but I wouldn't call it an odor that someone would worry about. You make more odor when going to the john. And as far as the odor goes when you're making your run, you could just turn ...
by bronzdragon
Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:36 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Barrels
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Re: Barrels

Well, I had to come back and do a follow up post. There was a snafu with the Gibbs Bros. website upon ordering. But the next day, the lady there contacted me and I called her back. She was very helpful and I even talked to one of the coopers there, I forget the first name but he was a Gibbs. And alt...
by bronzdragon
Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:26 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: in search of the cleanest neutral
Replies: 33
Views: 1832

Re: in search of the cleanest neutral

I also think it's the "cuts" that make the difference. If you want really clean neutral, you're going to have to shoot for that very center cut and not run into the tails at all. Some people have various carbon filter set-ups they use also. Also try to keep your wash below 12%, and do not use turbo ...
by bronzdragon
Fri Apr 24, 2009 3:49 am
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Chimay ale
Replies: 10
Views: 1453

Re: Chimay ale

Chimay Cinq Cents or commonly referred to as "Chimay White" because it has a white label, and their other two popular beers have red and blue labels ... is an Abbey Trippel. A high alcohol Belgian style that retains a light body. I like brewing the Belgian styles once in awhile because they depart d...
by bronzdragon
Thu Apr 23, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: what to do with scorched whiskey?
Replies: 7
Views: 619

Re: what to do with scorched whiskey?

Don't put it in your gas tank unless you can get 98% or so, and then your car would have to have a few other changes to run it.

I'd agree with the pour it on the ground comment with a slight addition. Pour it somewhere, where it's not going to kill good grass.

:D
~bd~
by bronzdragon
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Grain Alcohol and Moonshine
Replies: 20
Views: 17088

Re: Grain Alcohol and Moonshine

Definitely not written by someone who knew what they were doing. 1) I think 7 pounds of yeast would last my entire life. 2) Save the hops for beer. 3) All that brown sugar would make a rum. I may be wrong, but I always thought of a half corn, half sugar wash is what yielded moonshine. That page need...
by bronzdragon
Thu Apr 23, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Barrels
Replies: 14
Views: 1340

Barrels

Well, I finally bit the bullet and ordered 2 Gibbs brothers white oak barrels, toasted. I had a gallon glass jug full of rum just up and burst on me yesterday, for what reason I have no idea, it was just sitting on the shelf. It drenched everything. I'm glad nothing was powered up. Anyway, from now ...