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by midlife-u-turn
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt Oat Whiskey
Replies: 67
Views: 11027

Re: Single Malt Oat Whiskey

I'm a big fan of oats, I think it makes a great smooth tasting product. I've been doing a series of bourbon mashes lately with a high percentage of oats. Doing a strip run on batch #3 today. One of my favorites is an oat, caramel malt and 2 row, (approx. 85%, 10%, 5%) has about two years on oak now ...
by midlife-u-turn
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Small Batch All Grain Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 1110

Re: Small Batch All Grain Questions

I use the BIAB system and I believe the size I use is a 70 qt (17.5 gal) Coleman extreme. My target batch size is twice yours at 13 gal, so your 10 gal should work fine. I think I've had as much as 35 lbs of grain plus the water in mine so I would assume a 10 gal should do a 15 lb grain bill just fi...
by midlife-u-turn
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Smoothest Shine
Replies: 36
Views: 4244

Re: Smoothest Shine

The quick answer is oats, if your main aim is primarily smooth straight out the still pure out whisky or grain spirit is the go to. Second to that is malted oats, closely followed by high oat grain bills with more complexity smoothed out with oats. I'll second (or third) the oats. I've done all gra...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Airing out?
Replies: 10
Views: 803

Re: Airing out?

I put my Mason jars back in the flat they came in. After collection I pull a couple of sheets of paper towels off the roll and lay it on top, as much to keep bugs/dust out and let it sit for 36-48 hours. Do my cuts.
by midlife-u-turn
Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: harvesting yeast from commercial beer
Replies: 8
Views: 3908

Re: harvesting yeast from commercial beer

Yes it is - I did a you tube search and it returned 1,240 videos on harvesting yeast from small scale craft brews. (Bottle conditioned or carbonated) I've got an IPA fermenting now and I plan on washing and saving a few yeast starters from it. I've never tried harvesting yeast from a store bought be...
by midlife-u-turn
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Brew In A Bag (BIAB) All Grain Wash
Replies: 18
Views: 2379

Re: Brew In A Bag (BIAB) All Grain Wash

I use a BIAB in a rectangular cooler. I'm no expert, but I think my system works pretty well. For corn I use feed grade cracked corn and run it again through my barley mill a time or two. For corn I usually ferment on the grain and dump It into my bag after siphoning what I can. I hang the bag above...
by midlife-u-turn
Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Booner's Casual all corn w/Enzymes
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: First Booner's Casual all corn w/Enzymes

http://ww.homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=49869&start=30" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Here is one of the threads that discusses Hodgson Mill yeast used on Booner's. I haven't ran it yet to give it a taste, but the ferments on both batches were pretty vig...
by midlife-u-turn
Thu Jan 19, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Booner's Casual all corn w/Enzymes
Replies: 17
Views: 1893

Re: First Booner's Casual all corn w/Enzymes

How did this end up turning out for you? I am curious as to how much of the DADY you are pitching? I am looking to run booner's in the next couple of weeks, a 12-gallon batch is my goal so my numbers should match up to yours about the same... It will be my first AG so I don't wanna screw it up! Tha...
by midlife-u-turn
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Making Booner's without a mash tun?
Replies: 11
Views: 784

Re: Making Booner's without a mash tun?

I've done a couple of batches of Booner's in a cooler BIAB and ferment on the grain in a food grade Brute can. I'm doing the same right now with a couple of batches of all grain Bourbon using the same yeast. So far everything is going great. After the ferment, I siphon from the Brute and then dump e...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:16 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Oat,Wheat,Rye Whiskey/whisky
Replies: 121
Views: 30595

Re: Oat,Wheat,Rye Whiskey/whisky

What do the oats bring to the flavor? I have like 40 lb sitting around but since I kind of gave up on sweetfeed I have no use for them! I've made a couple of batches of 100% oats using feed grade rolled oats. I run them through my barley mill a few times. I've made a number of all grain, single gra...
by midlife-u-turn
Sat Nov 19, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Slightly Scorched Rye
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Slightly Scorched Rye

I had a batch of all barley that was slightly scorched. I was kicking myself because the scorch flavor came from one of the strip batches and I combined them anyway for a spirit run and the hint of scorch flavor/smell still came through. I thought I'd ruined the entire thing. I'm not really sure wha...
by midlife-u-turn
Sat Oct 08, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4072
Views: 456501

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I made a batch of Barley/Red wheat and during cuts I had a light scorched taste. I was really disappointed in the flavor. After 6 months on oak I can't detect the scorched taste anymore. If anything it may have actually added some complimentary flavors similarly to a lightly peated Scotch.
by midlife-u-turn
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:49 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: gin blends
Replies: 154
Views: 40573

Re: gin blends

I use a screened gasket, same principle.
by midlife-u-turn
Fri Jul 22, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Singing the molasses blues
Replies: 14
Views: 1485

Re: Singing the molasses blues

I'm in the PNW as well, although not as far north as you. URM (Cash and carry) stores are pretty common around here not sure if they are up by you. I get 1 gal fancy molasses there for about $12.50/gal. A little more than feed molasses, but it makes a good rum. Small town bakeries will usually order...
by midlife-u-turn
Tue Jun 28, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4072
Views: 456501

Re: sweetfeed whisky

This is one I did. I mixed the grains 1/3 each and dissolved the food grade molasses in the fermenter when I made it, not to the grain. Target - approx. 12 gallon: -8” on a 5 Gallon bucket combined cracked corn, rolled oats, rolled barley. (4” grain/6 gal) -14 lbs. of sugar -1/2 gal Grandma Molasses...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Choosing your malt
Replies: 16
Views: 2403

Re: Choosing your malt

The paint strainer bags are cheap and work pretty darn good, especially for small batches. I also rack my mash after straining to a secondary and let it sit for a week, clears things right up.
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Irish Whisky
Replies: 28
Views: 3335

Re: Irish Whisky

My opinion would be to give it a few days unless you're in a big hurry to run it. The yeast may very well be still working on it without much surface activity. I find myself getting concerned over my all grains and with time they have always seemed to work themselves out in the end.
by midlife-u-turn
Mon May 16, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Filtering your Wort
Replies: 13
Views: 2602

Re: Filtering your Wort

My outlet on my fermenters are high enough from the bottom it doesn't disturb the yeast bed. If the bulk of the yeast hasn't settled out you're pulling it off too soon. I run my hose through two of these: http://www.amazon.com/Gallon-Strainer-Filtering-Biodiesel-Vegetable/dp/B00K9U5NNK/ref=sr_1_1?ie...
by midlife-u-turn
Sat May 14, 2016 8:03 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4072
Views: 456501

Re: sweetfeed whisky

[quote ="Canaanite How much molasses did you mix with the grain? [/quote]

I mixed 1/2 gallon food grade molasses with the grains and sugar in approx. 12-13 gallon mash. (Two batches from 1 gallon)
My grains were 1/3 each by volume.
by midlife-u-turn
Wed May 11, 2016 6:01 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4072
Views: 456501

Re: sweetfeed whisky

My local feed store can mix me up a sweet feed with no pellets. 33% cracked corn, 33% steamed crimped oats and 33% steamed crimped barley then the molasses. $26.40/100lbs 500 lb minimum. Anyone see a problem with this mixture before I go ahead and order 500 lbs? My suggestion would be to purchase 5...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon May 09, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing
Replies: 52
Views: 11349

Re: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing

midlife - I saw some of your old posts. did you ever try to ferment on the grain...in the bag? . I never did try it, but I don't know why it wouldn't work just fine. I've been getting pretty good results and good flavor by fermenting off the grain. I just made a batch of oat whiskey and used a pret...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon May 09, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing
Replies: 52
Views: 11349

Re: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing

[quote="goblin"]. i had a pulley system so i could lift the corn off of bottom while i put more fire to it. i fermented off of grain. was a pain to separate the liquid. quote] I have somewhat of a pulley system as well but I use mine to lift the bag out of the rectangular cooler. I empty the cooler ...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon May 09, 2016 6:24 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing
Replies: 52
Views: 11349

Re: BIAB (Brew In a Bag) Mashing

I know this is an older post...but it's been revived once before. Has anyone done BiAB with cracked corn? Most of the corn here is flaked maize and I see the same on several other BiAB posts. I got plenty of cracked corn and I was planning a bourbon - corn, 2 row and rye. I have ordered enzymes and...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon May 02, 2016 7:20 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5303
Views: 359225

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

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Finally got my all grain oat Whiskey on some oak and rolled up a batch of Connecticut shade wrapped gars.
Tonight I'm doing up some double maduros and enjoying a splash of all grain 5 grain whiskey.
by midlife-u-turn
Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What kind of rotation do you guys use?
Replies: 20
Views: 1590

Re: What kind of rotation do you guys use?

Why limit yourself to buckets? How big is your still? I have a 13 gallon still and use 13 gallon fermenters. I aim for around 11 gallons of finished mash and then secondary rack it to two carboys. On all grain runs I can put 11 gallons in my 13 gallon still without much concern for puking. I can do ...
by midlife-u-turn
Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Neutral Spirit to Gin short cut?
Replies: 16
Views: 1285

Re: Neutral Spirit to Gin short cut?

I would think your macerated vodka will end up colored/cloudy from the botanicals (I've never tried it), which might look funny in a glass... muddy gin. But maybe not, might just be the bees knees! You know, that might taste pretty nice initially...... You're spot on - I've done it and it did taste...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: safale us-05
Replies: 41
Views: 6624

Re: safale us-05

I routinely let them go a full 2 weeks before I rack to a secondary. I usually don't even look at them after they take off. When I check them at the end of the two weeks they are almost always at 1.00. The last two recent batches I did of oat whiskey the first took only about 9 days (1.001ish) and t...
by midlife-u-turn
Mon Apr 11, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: safale us-05
Replies: 41
Views: 6624

Re: safale us-05

I use us-05 pretty exclusively for my AG mashes and have always had good luck with it. I have a storage room in the basement that stays a consistent 65-68 degrees and works well with the 05. I think it is pretty common to do back to back ferments. I leave any sludge that is on the bottom and dump a ...
by midlife-u-turn
Wed Apr 06, 2016 7:38 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: gin basket
Replies: 3
Views: 2944

Re: gin basket

Not sure what kind of column you have, but I have a sight window section I put below my reflux and assemble it with a screened gasket. I put the botanicals right on the screen and am able to watch what is going on via the sight window. It effectively turns my entire sight window section into a gin b...
by midlife-u-turn
Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: All grain oat vodka?
Replies: 34
Views: 5245

Re: All grain oat vodka?

Did anyone follow through and make some oat vodka? I ended up changing my mind and making a batch of oat whiskey. To the rolled/crimped oats I added some caramel malt and some two row. I wasn't real pleased with my conversion efficiency as I went high on the grain bill and still only got a SG of 1.0...