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by Wozza
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 767016

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Keep at it and start getting some of that UJ aged either as white dog or on oak. It will just get better with age. A quick general question: What % should you age it? I've just done a combined generations 1-3 spirit run and I have about 3.0L at 65%. Tastes quite nice diluted to roughly 40%. Should ...
by Wozza
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy and not so great
Replies: 55
Views: 3359

Re: Cloudy and not so great

I'm not at all surprised it went cloudy at 900ml, that's far further than I ever go. I did a 1.5l run yesterday, 15ml foreshot, then stopped at 660ml. Crystal clear diluted to 45%. Dammit. What was I doing collecting so much! It should be 400ml per litre and I had 1.5L so it should have been 600ml....
by Wozza
Tue Sep 08, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy and not so great
Replies: 55
Views: 3359

Re: Cloudy and not so great

If you blokes north of the border ever let us Victorians up there, would be great to catch up for a group taste test one day. Cheers, John Sounds like a great idea, John. Might be some time yet though... Did another gin last night in my micro still on the stove top. Used OEG as a basis but cranked ...
by Wozza
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5174
Views: 348231

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Ha ha, I get it Wozza. It sounds like your first Ouzo experience is pretty close to the same as mine :D :thumbup: And 10% sugar syrup makes it really nice. Perhaps tending towards a Sambucca? Yeah, trying a glass with a little less and it's more...ouzo-ish. But gee, this is an easy recipe with grea...
by Wozza
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5174
Views: 348231

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Ouzo. From a recipe I cound somewhere on this site. Newbies corner I think. Made it in my micro oven top still. Macerated the botanicals for 2 days in 1.5L of neutral and then tipped it all into the saucepan, fitted the lid with some clips and a flour paste gasket and ran it real slow. Collected 2 x...
by Wozza
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: New micro still
Replies: 3
Views: 365

Re: New micro still

Yummyrum wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 2:16 am
Wozza wrote:
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:38 am
And crap...sorry about the upside down piccie. Need to check how to fix that.
There you go Wozza . I think its something that happens when you post pics from down under :ebiggrin:
Ah, thanks Yummy. Maybe I should take them upside down before I post them...
by Wozza
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: New micro still
Replies: 3
Views: 365

New micro still

0058836D-46B9-4248-9F66-E357D251D6AA.jpeg My first new mini/micro/teeny/tiny/one-bottle-o'-gin-per-session still. Running a standard OEG through it right now. My usual 20L tea-urn still needs 7L of macerated neutral in it for me to take out 2.4L of gin per session because of the electric element. N...
by Wozza
Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: amaretto
Replies: 73
Views: 40688

Re: amaretto

Made a second batch this week. Carefully measured out the apricots and the almonds and diluted some neutral and macerated for 4 days. Then filtered it to get it pretty clean. Then made up the sugar syrup to the right proportions and mixed it together. And then added exactly the right amount of...pep...
by Wozza
Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:26 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy and not so great
Replies: 55
Views: 3359

Re: Cloudy and not so great

Keep us updated will you please? I am about to do a gin run tomorrow. All the best Just noticed the forum name. I assume that's Coogee in Sydney? In which case I'm BondiBoy... We'll have to get together for a tasting session! Now you are talking! I did take some samples to a cafe the other day and ...
by Wozza
Thu Jul 23, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy and not so great
Replies: 55
Views: 3359

Re: Cloudy and not so great

The citrus I'm using grapefruit and lemon. I've recently done another Grapefruit Gin, first for years, very nice in a G&T with a squeeze of grapefruit juice and a twist of the peel :thumbup: It hasn't gone cloudy. I noticed that they were selling tangelos in the local s'market a few days ago (cross...
by Wozza
Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:06 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?
Replies: 25
Views: 1430

Re: Minimum ABV to distil with botanicals in the boiler?

Rather than worry about botanicals burning on my elements, I built a mini gin still out of a saucepan and steamer from a charity shop and run it on a hot plate, a gas burner, or a wood stove, flour paste seals, eventually built it it's own SS inner Liebig. It's my simplest and probably my most ofte...
by Wozza
Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Cloudy and not so great
Replies: 55
Views: 3359

Re: Cloudy and not so great

Keep us updated will you please? I am about to do a gin run tomorrow. All the best Just noticed the forum name. I assume that's Coogee in Sydney? In which case I'm BondiBoy... And just finished my fifth gin run so far. Started with OEG in my 20L tea urn pot still and been slowly changing ingredient...
by Wozza
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: amaretto
Replies: 73
Views: 40688

Re: amaretto

Just made this. Original recipe plus added some tinned apricot halves and some slivered almonds. Left for three days and bottled. There was a thin film floating on the top (plus a tiny amount of oil) so I filtered it. A very light brown colour. Maybe it needs some caramel colour to darken it. But ab...
by Wozza
Wed May 27, 2020 4:04 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1068
Views: 160846

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Firstly, a big thanks to Odin. Thanks to this recipe I am being encouraged to pursue this hobby further 😁 Yeah. Have a tangerine challenge here too. Made a batch with orange peel a week ago that had really mellowed out in just 7 days. Wife and I had a few tastes last night for “research purposes” s...
by Wozza
Sat Mar 21, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Connecting column condenser to Leibig condenser
Replies: 3
Views: 708

Connecting column condenser to Leibig condenser

Can you connect the outlet from the condenser at the top of the column to the inlet of the Leibig (or vice versa)? I'm sure I saw a piccie of a column build where that had been done. I'm not sure if the temp coming out of one would be too high for the other. The column will be 40mm dia, about 1.2m h...
by Wozza
Wed Mar 18, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Hand sanitizer
Replies: 25
Views: 2295

Hand sanitizer

OK, it's not for drinking but it's something we're all going to need. And if panic buying where you live is anything like it is down here in Australia then hand sanitizer will be in short supply. And if there's one thing we all have access to, it's high proof alcohol. I got this from a medical site:...
by Wozza
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first molasses rum
Replies: 20
Views: 2368

Re: My first molasses rum

I keep all of mine in separate aging vessels. Bottling day is a blending session and the finished rums may have half a dozen different rums in them, plus essences that I've managed to create. If I stuff up a blend, it's usually because I put some of the newest make in it. I need a few more jars for...
by Wozza
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first Spirit run.
Replies: 12
Views: 1683

Re: My first Spirit run.

A 2L and a 3L, brand new. I had planned on filling them with water and sulfite sanitizer once I drained them, but maybe I'll have time to make another batch of something by then, or put some commercial stuff in them. I've got a 5L barrel in which I used to keep port. I swilled that out with hot wat...
by Wozza
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first molasses rum
Replies: 20
Views: 2368

Re: My first molasses rum

If it tastes tailsy , it is tailsy and it won’t get any better with age .Personally, I’d rerun it all again , heads, hearts and tails and do a tighter cut in favour of as less tails as possible . In my experience they never get better . If anything, they mutate into a nasty sasperalla version of ta...
by Wozza
Mon Feb 24, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first molasses rum
Replies: 20
Views: 2368

Re: My first molasses rum

How long are you waiting Yummy? I don't usually intend drawing some off for the drinks cabinet for at least a couple of years. Maybe my taste buds are buggered. I get way more than 1/3 as hearts out of double pot distilled rum. Probably more like 2/3rds for most of the rums I've made. I got just ov...
by Wozza
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first molasses rum
Replies: 20
Views: 2368

Re: My first molasses rum

Feed headed black strap molasses works too. You can order it online, or any decent co-op or feed and grain store should carry some. Also, if you quit collect at 47% you not only left some good alcohol in the still, but alot of good flavor too. Also, next time, try adding a tablespoon of olive oil t...
by Wozza
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:45 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first molasses rum
Replies: 20
Views: 2368

My first molasses rum

Molasses ain't cheap in these parts. All I could find locally were 500g bottles at our local supermarket (Woolies) for $3.50 each. So I bought 4 and used those for my first molasses rum. They went into a 20L bucket with 2.0kg of raw sugar and about 2L hot water. Stirred until it was all dissolved th...
by Wozza
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: ...batch of Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 13
Views: 1163

Re: ...batch of Odin's Easy Gin

Made the same mistake as you did and discarded a lot more foreshots than specified in the recipe. Although mine was quite cloudy and had some precipitate in it. It really didn't look like it should go in the final product. But mines been sitting in a cupboard for 3 weeks and I had a sample last nigh...
by Wozza
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Easy Rum?
Replies: 6
Views: 1764

Re: Easy Rum?

My wife said to me a few days ago "I wish you'd make something I'd drink." I started thinking about it and she only likes drinks that are artificially flavored such as whipped cream vodka. I can easily make those with cheap vodka and flavoring. The only thing I could think of that she drinks that's...
by Wozza
Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:33 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Cornflakes whiskey
Replies: 982
Views: 169164

Re: Cornflakes whiskey

Ran it medium slow, threw the foreshots and got 5.0L at 26%. I diluted that with 2.0L of backset to give me 7.0L at around 19% and back into the boiler. I noticed a very unpleasant tails-y smell about half way through collecting the 5L Maybe my hopes were a bit too high for this but I wasn't impres...
by Wozza
Sun Feb 16, 2020 3:05 am
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Cucumber gin recipe?
Replies: 9
Views: 2357

Re: Cucumber gin recipe?

To see if you'd enjoy it, try this first. When I make tsazuki (yogurt and cucumber dip) I peel the cucumber, slice down the middle and scoop out the seeds with a spoon and discard. Then I grate the flesh and put it in a bowl with a small sprinkle of salt. After about 20 mins I put the contents on a ...
by Wozza
Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Cornflakes whiskey
Replies: 982
Views: 169164

Re: Cornflakes whiskey

FG was 0.990.so an ABV of 9%. I used a fine net bag to tranfer the wash to another bucket and squeezed some of the liquid out. Then left it for 36 hrs before racking it into the boiler. Lost a couple of litres - think I had about something a little over 12L. Had a nice light yellow colour and smelle...
by Wozza
Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first feints run
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Re: My first feints run

I've been collecting heads and tails from a couple of sugar wash spirit runs and I've ended up with 5.8L of feints at 58% What type of still are you running for this? Heads and tails from a pot still can but run through a refux column and produce excellent results. Reflux feints are fire starter/su...
by Wozza
Wed Feb 12, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first feints run
Replies: 5
Views: 705

Re: My first feints run

Sounds like a useful experiment. You would get a cleaner neutral from a reflux still but it is interesting to know that you got drinkable neutral from a feints run on a pot still. Having available time is always an issue for me which is why I’ve never bothered keeping feints for processing. Based o...
by Wozza
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first feints run
Replies: 5
Views: 705

My first feints run

I've been collecting heads and tails from a couple of sugar wash spirit runs and I've ended up with 5.8L of feints at 58%. I diluted that to 38% and ended up with about 10L. That went into the boiler and I did a slow run to see what I'd get. I was collecting in 200ml amounts but to keep it simple I'...