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by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 30, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe
Replies: 160
Views: 27941

Re: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe

That looks normal to me.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:54 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe
Replies: 160
Views: 27941

Re: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe

before adding vitamins You'll need to tell us what you used and how much of it. Good chance that explains the colour and the oil slick. Spring Valley brand B100 complex and B1 vitamins crushed. 50 gallon wash and used 7 of each. The one that sticks out is Riboflavin, but the best thing would be if ...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:07 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe
Replies: 160
Views: 27941

Re: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe

Yeah the colour does make me wonder. Keratin in multivitamins in sugar washes have made my wash look yellow in the past.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 30, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe
Replies: 160
Views: 27941

Re: SBB's All Molasses Rum Recipe

30xs wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:15 pm
before adding vitamins
You'll need to tell us what you used and how much of it. Good chance that explains the colour and the oil slick.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: JD Oak stave question
Replies: 34
Views: 359

Re: JD Oak stave question

Sailman wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:39 pm
This is my first attempt at trying to char some Oak, how does it look I was trying for a medium.
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Looks nothing like a char. More like a heavy toast. Although photos can be deceptive.
Char is literally black charcoal, which will rub off easily onto your fingers.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash
Replies: 132
Views: 17945

Re: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash

Freezing it is probably better than fresh in some ways. You don't have to blend it up either, as the cellulose would be degraded with the freezing. I've done it that way with whole leaves and it worked, but the leaves developed a slime on them in the fermenter. Not sure what it was, but it was still...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 23, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: Where to buy oak?
Replies: 29
Views: 369

Re: Where to buy oak?

Salty, I have read if Kiln dried, it can "lock" in the tannins and then putting them through the wet dry cycles do not really work well in getting rid of the tannins. But I do not have practical experience, nor do I recall reading it from expert per se. It could have just been from someone like me ...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts

Just to be clear, no one here is recommeding 10%. Half of that what we'd recommend.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: Where to buy oak?
Replies: 29
Views: 369

Re: Where to buy oak?

I've never seasoned my own oak but shouldn't it also be out in the rain to wash excess tannins out? So not just air dried? You can start out with kiln dried or air dried pieces, but both need to be put through cycles of wet/dry seasoning. As well as washing out some of the more undesirable tannins,...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts

tecki_trojans wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:00 pm
Let us know how your experiment goes with toffee malt.
Already bottled and enjoying it with Oloroso sherry oak. I can see me using it regularly.
Its the Aurora that is still yet to be run, but the wort tasted great, so I have high hopes.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts
Replies: 9
Views: 142

Re: Single Malt - Smoky/Peated with speciality Malts

The specialty malts being over 10% of the mash bill means they won't be subtle, but then again, Bairds HPM is as dominant a malt that you can buy, so you might be ok. Gladfields Toffee is great. Its more a chewy caramel than honey though. For honey you might want to try Aurora (which I used recently...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Is White Dog always 'white' or straw...?
Replies: 15
Views: 216

Re: Is White Dog always 'white' or straw...?

You can get yellow distillate without puking. Foam ups will leave deposits on the side walls of the boiler/riser after the foam settles down. Then vapour will contact those deposits and carry over.
Double distillation sorts it out.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Copper in the boiler
Replies: 9
Views: 225

Re: Copper in the boiler

If its not easy to add and then fetch out of the boiler, then it will become a chore. Patina will be loosened by the acidic wash, so the shape isn't that important. It only really matters if you don't have an element and you need nucleation sites. All my copper is to the sides of the boiler, not und...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first puke
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: My first puke

My sight glass is the porthole type with PTFE seals. Its also my fill port.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first puke
Replies: 9
Views: 197

Re: My first puke

Had a sight glass added to the top of my boiler to avoid such problems, but of course when you're on strip number four at the end of a long day, you can get complacent... I looked over to see foam streaming past the sight glass and immediately killed the heat. Still wasn't fast enough as yellow liqu...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Citrus concentration preferences?
Replies: 7
Views: 143

Re: Citrus concentration preferences?

I have the option of using an offset gin basket, which means the heavier compounds/oils from the peels can't fall back down into the boiler charge. This makes for a lighter, fresh aroma/flavour. I find it works particularly well with lemon peels and I can get away with using more than what I would i...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler
Replies: 35
Views: 954

Re: Stainless Steel Drum Boiler

Creep is a major problem with PTFE gaskets. Especially large ones. The first time you use it, will be the last time it fits.
Better to have a flexible gasket with PTFE tape. Although for that size, I would rather pay someone to weld something. It looks like a world of pain to me.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Sep 07, 2020 4:13 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Crystal malts
Replies: 27
Views: 1408

Re: Crystal malts

I used two specialty malts in my last whisky that were each 6.3% of the grain bill (the remainder was base malt). One adds honey toffee flavours that I have used before and the other was more biscuity/roasted. It came out slightly burnt chocolate orange and I'm not sure what to do about the maturati...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First run!!! and a lot of doubts
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: First run!!! and a lot of doubts

How much foreshot did you throw away? Not much and I didn't throw it away. It was recycled back into my 'Sugardos' which I made with all the leftovers from the Calvados. Then it was discarded with the foreshot take from that run. I think that an "EPDM gasket" is the stainless stell part of the pot ...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:55 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First run!!! and a lot of doubts
Replies: 8
Views: 262

Re: First run!!! and a lot of doubts

If its a first pass through the pot still and you intend to do a spirit run, then it seems like a very conservative take to me. From my notes, I had a 6.7% ABV Cider and collected (minus the foreshot) 2.7L @ 34%ABV from a 17L strip. Nice pot still BTW. Though I'm not a fan of what looks like an EPDM...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:31 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Lazy mashing

Virandell wrote:
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:10 pm
It's illegal in UK so I would no ask anybody but I could order from Poland for quite cheap
Who said it was for distilling? Most of my neighbours think I'm a home brewer. I've never made beer in my life.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Lazy mashing

How is it more work ? Because in order to make a sufficient amount, you'd need to mash multiple times to get enough low wines to make it worth doing. Doing it on such a small mash tun is doable, but using the same mash tun as the fermentation vessel is where your problems start, because you are tyi...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Lazy mashing

It sounds like a lot of work for a "lazy" method. Is there a reason you can't increase your fermentation size by a multiple of 3? Many people pour hot water over grains and then cover it up to keep the heat in, then come back and pitch yeast later after it has converted and cooled. Thats the true la...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:27 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Lazy mashing
Replies: 37
Views: 746

Re: Lazy mashing

You've got a 30L keg boiler and you want to buy a 30L mash tun/fermenter? Are you going to mash and ferment a wash and strip it, then put it aside and then repeat the whole process a week or more later? Planning to do that three or four times until you have enough stripped low wines for a decent spi...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:25 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Sizing a Boiler and where to place the element
Replies: 5
Views: 153

Re: Sizing a Boiler and where to place the element

The stripping runs are easy as there will always be sufficient liquid retained, it is the spirit run that concerns me. Multiple stripping runs is the answer. Ferment more. Strip more. You'll have enough low wines that you don't need to dilute and you'll have more (and better cut) product to show fo...
by SaltyStaves
Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:03 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour
Replies: 12
Views: 351

Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Peat smells like nothing and tastes like nothing you'd want to drink. Only when it is burned that it creates a smoke that imparts desirable qualities.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 01, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MUCH WATER AND LESS ALCOHOL
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: MUCH WATER AND LESS ALCOHOL

ya, only 21 liter of wash i have....my first rum! high molasses sugar with banana added :D...want to achieve atleast light rum....how about making 8 liter more simple dark brown sugar wash and add in final run to topup? or just do a single run very very slow(no striping run)? Making a ferment that ...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MUCH WATER AND LESS ALCOHOL
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: MUCH WATER AND LESS ALCOHOL

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 4:34 pm
You could use all of your low wines and add wash to bring the boiler charge up to the desired level.
ravi wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:58 pm
I have about 21 liter wash.
He hasn't got any wash to spare.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)
Replies: 21
Views: 278

Re: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)

Chauncey wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:43 pm
SaltyStaves wrote:
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:31 pm
If you're in a pinch, some Teflon coated BBQ liner would be suitable.
What is that exactly.
Its a thin E-glass material coated in Teflon. Which makes it resistant to heat and chemicals and its very hydrophobic, so contact time would be minimal.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)
Replies: 21
Views: 278

Re: How to store my high ABV likker? (Not aging, just storing for 1-3 weeks)

If you're in a pinch, some Teflon coated BBQ liner would be suitable.