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by MichiganCornhusker
Wed May 05, 2021 5:27 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Vern's Rye
Replies: 2
Views: 153

Re: Vern's Rye

Nice work Vern! Yeah, I’ve had good luck without rye scorching but these days I just use my steamer to strip. I made something kinda similar last year, but with malted rye. I want to do one this year with the raw grain. I sure do like rye, whether it’s more or less than 50% of the grain bill. Glad y...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat May 01, 2021 5:55 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malting Corn and other Grains
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: Malting Corn and other Grains

Sent off a few questions to the malt company and got this back: How do you dry/kiln the malt? Air dry or higher temps? Each batch is kilned similar to a Pilsner malt (low temperature cure) to preserve the unique flavor. How modified is the malt? What do you aim for when measuring acrospires? Well mo...
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malting Corn and other Grains
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: Malting Corn and other Grains

Hey MCH How would you describe the flavor of a malted corn spirit? I think a lot depends on how you finish the malting process. I’ve never used it fresh and green, but I have used some air dried but not killed. That stuff tasted a little grassy/funky, a little went a long way for me. These days I d...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Apr 27, 2021 5:14 pm
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 1999
Views: 126149

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

Today I opened up the barrel of apple brandy I put up on Mar 21 2020. This made me think I should go check mine that I put down in January of 2020. Happy to say I like it quite a bit. I was very disappointed off the still, no apple at all, and I thought my cuts were headsy. But as I sip this tonigh...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:46 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malting Corn and other Grains
Replies: 17
Views: 571

Re: Malting Corn and other Grains

The way I see it, there’s malting corn, and then there’s malting other grains. Corn is more challenging to malt successfully and fewer folks do it. Many spirits out there with malted barley, wheat, rye, but I don’t know of any commercial whiskey using malted corn. My malted corn gives a unique flavo...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Apr 27, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Enzyme Shelf Life
Replies: 18
Views: 438

Re: Enzyme Shelf Life

That’s a lot of backset, do you check your pH?

SebStar HTL will do a great job of prepping your corn at high temps.
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Grain Gelatinization
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Grain Gelatinization

Ha, you asked 3 questions, answered them yourself, got great input, and now you run away pissy?? Geez. I will add 2 things if I can catch you on your way out the door: 1: any gel chart I’ve seen for corn is horseshit. Corn needs to be cooked at high temps, boiling if possible. 2: if you want better ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:37 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: What happened? Help!!
Replies: 19
Views: 456

Re: What happened? Help!!

sitting on 94 square in of Oak .75"x16"x4 = about 48 sq in per stick , closer to 200 sq in total. Not that that's necessarily bad, not far off from what I do with quart jars. I wouldn't think that that amount of wood could soak up this amount of liquid No. By my maths you have about 42 cubic inches...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Mar 27, 2021 9:07 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Firecracker Bourbon
Replies: 25
Views: 3497

Re: Firecracker Bourbon

The name? I kinda just made it up on the fly because I wanted to be able to lurk and search the forum. Little did I know how much fun I’d have here! I began by making a bourbon style whiskey and I was hand shelling ears of dried corn from a local farmer. And, yeah, lived in Michigan. So there ya go,...
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Mar 10, 2021 4:13 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 38
Views: 1287

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

I make a thick sticky paste and apply liberally.

If making multiply runs, I just crack it open, put it back, and apply more paste.

When all is done, I just rinse it out with water and put it away messy. The flour paste will dry out and become very brittle, easy to chip off just before next run.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Feb 28, 2021 6:56 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)
Replies: 81
Views: 9111

Re: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)

OK! I've been putting this off for a while just because I'm not sure how to best present my latest (and last) update to this thread. There is a lot of info and I don't want to just ramble on. I had a set of jars from 2018 that had been in glass, not sitting on oak, from my original tasting. I also h...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:53 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!
Replies: 13
Views: 660

Re: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!

I think the valve closing is a nonissue. He's plumbed his condenser to the "gas in" side of the coupler, not the beer out side. The valve opens the top (beer out) port Not on my keg. With the tap locked in and the lever up the keg is sealed for both gas and liquid. Only when pressed all the way dow...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:22 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!
Replies: 13
Views: 660

Re: My first still built from a Guinness keg... naming suggestions welcome!

shadylane wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:32 pm
Hopefully the valve can't be closed
+1
by MichiganCornhusker
Fri Feb 26, 2021 4:56 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Banana
Replies: 12
Views: 619

Re: Banana

Good luck with your banana run, I think you will be happy with it. I did a banana spirit years ago and it came through with a very strong banana character. I didn't use sugar and I did a single pot still run. I keep forgetting to try mixing some of it with one of my rums, thanks for the reminder guys.
by MichiganCornhusker
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)
Replies: 81
Views: 9111

Re: A Tale of Two Barrels (and some jars)

Any updates on this experiment? Actually, yes! Over Christmas and New Years I unpacked the jars and got together with my quarenteam to do a comprehensive update. It was exhausting! But delicious. I’ve been meaning to post up the notes, just haven’t gotten around to it. I’ll try to get this updated ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Feb 22, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: 30 gallon copper pot
Replies: 38
Views: 1287

Re: 30 gallon copper pot

Very nice work, ya got something to be proud of and enjoy for a long time there :thumbup:
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:18 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Coffee?
Replies: 30
Views: 2870

Re: Coffee?

by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Anyone else got the Wuhan?
Replies: 256
Views: 18749

Re: Anyone else got the Wuhan?

HDNB wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:38 pm
poison is in dose.
+1
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Feb 18, 2021 6:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn
Replies: 34
Views: 1162

Re: Please recommend a grain mill to crack corn

If you want to do corn, whether coarse or fine, then you might want to consider this ... https://www.agristoreusa.com/collections/grain-mills/products/electric-grain-grinder +1 I used the corona for years with a corded drill mod. Got this and never looked back. Plug n play, no effort to use and bur...
by MichiganCornhusker
Tue Feb 16, 2021 5:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: %&*($#%$ SNOW!!!!
Replies: 670
Views: 40294

Re: %&*($#%$ SNOW!!!!

When life gives you snow, make whiskey! snow buckets.jpg It snowed here this weekend, and this really didn't work for me. The snow melts too quickly, and I was constantly refilling. I've been making my own ice blocks, they last much longer (and allow me to enjoy the run!). Yer doin’ it wrong, put t...
by MichiganCornhusker
Thu Feb 11, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: All grain woes. Something's gotta give here
Replies: 81
Views: 2058

Re: All grain woes. Something's gotta give here

You’re not that far off, Liberty.

Under best circumstances it’s gonna take two 55 gallon ferments to do a 5 gallon barrel.

You have room to improve, but I’m thinking it’s in the 20% range, you’re not gonna find the silver bullet to double your yield.

Good home brew whiskey takes volume and time.
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Feb 07, 2021 4:14 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Type K copper
Replies: 7
Views: 341

Re: Type K copper

Machine a bevel around the inside edge of the pipe, heat it up, and bash it onto the ferrule. Copper is quite malleable and when it cools you can clean it up and have a nice tight fit for solder.
by MichiganCornhusker
Fri Feb 05, 2021 3:58 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Malting corn question?
Replies: 53
Views: 11868

Re: Malting corn question?

...the malting process could actually replace the cooking process for making corn starches available to enzymes. I need to jump in here to update my belief about this. In my experience, corn malt still needs to be cooked at high temps, same as raw corn, if you want good conversion. Perhaps things a...
by MichiganCornhusker
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:28 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter
Replies: 15
Views: 647

Re: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter

Check out SCD’s solution to heating in his Easy Large Batch Mashing thread, one of the best ideas I’ve seen...

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65703
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Feb 01, 2021 11:20 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Calling all copper builders
Replies: 14
Views: 802

Re: Calling all copper builders

I started by making a similar pot, a little different, simpler. I made a bottom like you suggest, but flipped it so the flange is up in the inside of the pot. Then I wrapped the wall around it, clamping tight along to the seam. Then I did a simple lap joint up the side of the boiler. That way the bo...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sun Jan 31, 2021 1:37 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Corn and htl enzymes
Replies: 10
Views: 562

Re: Corn and htl enzymes

In answer to your question, yes, of course you could. But, you seem to be talking about racking pre-ferment, and that has a few additional problems compared to post-ferment. You won't get as much to settle out, and in the time you wait you are inviting all sorts of buggers to get a headstart in the ...
by MichiganCornhusker
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: advice please
Replies: 20
Views: 657

Re: advice please

I haven't run a UJ in a long time, but based on my whiskey runs your numbers don't seem too far out of whack... except for the time, that does seem way too long. I'm not surprised that your abv held fairly steady through the first part of the run, that matches what I normally see. I've plotted the p...
by MichiganCornhusker
Sat Jan 23, 2021 7:00 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Firecracker Bourbon
Replies: 25
Views: 3497

Re: Firecracker Bourbon

Twisted Brick wrote:
Sat Jan 23, 2021 6:50 pm
Must be a great sense of satisfaction in completing the process of making such a fine bourbon
It sure is fun, right? Guess that’s what’s in a hobby, finding satisfaction in the journey, the process, as much or more than the result. But I do hope the result is tasty.