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by DetroitDIY
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:06 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4375
Views: 766094

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

I shared a label for my UJSM back in June of 2019. Had a bunch in a barrel for the last couple of years and am gifting some away now, which warranted a re-up on my label. This one has been in my mind for some time. Finally pulled it together and thought I would share.
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by DetroitDIY
Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:58 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Explorations in Whiskey
Replies: 39
Views: 5145

Re: Explorations in Whiskey

And another label for the Breakfast Rye... Breakfast Rye posting.jpg Honestly, I'm not yet a rye guy, and this isn't totally to my liking. It seems decent enough, just not my "cup of tea". I gave a bottle to an experienced whiskey drinker friend... I'll see what he thinks. That bourbon I will defini...
by DetroitDIY
Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:13 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Explorations in Whiskey
Replies: 39
Views: 5145

Re: Explorations in Whiskey

OK, so I had ultimately blended my two bloody butcher batches. I think the final grain bill (from my notes and calcs) was something like: 70% Bloody Butcher Corn, 22% Porso Millet, 5% Cracked Rye, 3% Toasted Barley. Hydrated a new 5 gallon barrel and then filled it with the bourbon. 7.5 months later...
by DetroitDIY
Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Ginger Beer Soda
Replies: 26
Views: 2650

Re: Ginger Beer Soda

Thanks Bastard. I love the DIY of course, but have always felt I didn't want to wait for a ginger bug, so have never tried it. Heavy Grolsch style bottles, that's key. I recently made 5 gals of a root beer mead by steeping my own botanicals. There was a lot left in them so I steeped them again and m...
by DetroitDIY
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Distilled Mead
Replies: 17
Views: 6551

Re: Distilled Mead

If you want to learn how to make mead you don't need to distill, the best place to go and learn is [somewhere else] True that! For anything to be drunk after fermentation without distilling, this is not the best place for 'how to' info. In fact, good mashing, pitching, and fermentation techniques a...
by DetroitDIY
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Distilled Mead
Replies: 17
Views: 6551

Re: Distilled Mead

I have distilled one or two meads I didn't like Windswept (donations from other mead makers, not mine :wink: ). It was only 5 gallons of mead the first time which I combined with many gallons of cider and a few gallons of wines that didn't make the cut. Been aging it on oak for a year now... haven't...
by DetroitDIY
Wed Jul 08, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347302

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I made a batch recently also, tried just a nip to confirm the taste and hid it from myself, 3 weeks to go, my wife keeps asking when, she is less patient than me Yah. My wife keeps saying she's done with alcohol. Chardonnay is her weakness. But I keep seeing her sneak into the meads, and UJSM, and ...
by DetroitDIY
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:39 pm
Forum: Meet & Mingle & Events
Topic: Midwest Contingent
Replies: 149
Views: 15824

Re: Midwest Contingent

Just distilled 5 gallons of Odin's Easy in the boiler (about 3.5 gallons collected and proofed to 45 ABV). First sip last night... very nice. My UJSM (same as I bought to our last get together) has aged pretty nicely... just had a spot 30 minutes ago. Now been about 22 months in the barrel. I loved ...
by DetroitDIY
Tue Jul 07, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5159
Views: 347302

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Tried my hand at my first gin on Sunday... Odin's Easy after 2 weeks of tincturing (orange peels rather than tangerines, and 42 ABV ilo 43, but otherwise faithful). Blended Sunday night and proofed it down yesterday. G&Ts all around for the family (of course I could't wait the requisite 5 weeks). Th...
by DetroitDIY
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

It's spelled clairin, over here in Europe Velier markets some from different Haitian producers. Not sure if you can get it in the States. Yes, I think it's for sale here in the States. I still have a bottle from my travels. It's not something I go to often, so it's still in the cabinet some 18 year...
by DetroitDIY
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular flute with options
Replies: 164
Views: 12949

Re: Modular flute with options

Looking really good 30xs. You're showing impressive craftsmanship on those plates and window segments.
by DetroitDIY
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:44 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Ginger Beer Soda
Replies: 26
Views: 2650

Re: Ginger Beer Soda

Mango ginger... that sounds exactly my speed if I could make it right. My fully fermented ginger beer wasn't exactly to my liking, but when I cut it 50/50 with a lightly fermented bottle of sweet ginger beer I'd also made it was much better. If you're fermenting dry Contrahead, and want carbonation ...
by DetroitDIY
Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

Well, I went to our fancy pants grocery store this weekend and I spotted this bottle. Distributed through a local distillery, but actually distilled in St. Catherine, Jamaica. It's definitely heavy with the Jamaican funk. Reminds me of the Smith & Cross, though I'm not tasting side by side and my po...
by DetroitDIY
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

Zeotropic wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:03 pm
I forgot to mention rumfire and bird doctor were not available ...
I'm sorry, I must have missed it. What's bird doctor? I googled it and find a Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum from my neck of the woods... who makes bird doctor?

DetroitDIY
by DetroitDIY
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular flute with options
Replies: 164
Views: 12949

Re: Modular flute with options

Hey there 30xs. Yes I drilled my traps at 1/16 I think, and added a CIP. My column is big and heavy and I avoid disassembly if I can (used to take apart my pot every time like Corene, but not my flute. The hole didn't bother things, until I tried running very slow. Only so low I can go with sieve pl...
by DetroitDIY
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

I like the Barbancourt quite a bit! ... I read that it's fermented from cane juice, not molasses, so it's basically a sugar wash aged in oak casks for 8 years. Yes, I believe it is a Rhum agricole (in fact if I understand right Rhum is typically agricole... from fresh pressed cane juice, whereas Ru...
by DetroitDIY
Sat Jun 13, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

I'm a fan of the Bundaberg ginger beer, never tried (nor noticed) the rum.

Like to hear what you think of that Barbancourt once you get into it Rainier.
by DetroitDIY
Mon Jun 08, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Keeping tails out of hearts in a flute
Replies: 65
Views: 4254

Re: Keeping tails out of hearts in a flute

Also there's more alcohol in the boiler when it's filled with lowines. That makes for easier cuts Great point Shady, I hadn't thought about that aspect. Also really appreciate the pointers Bluefish. I believe I've been running my flute a lot like Pope (same temps, ABVs in 92 down to 75 range, prett...
by DetroitDIY
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Tastes change
Replies: 10
Views: 976

Re: Tastes change

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:15 pm
Sounds horrible Detroit. :wtf:
Not sure if you mean the spent botanicals (which is horrible), or gin & mead. I'll try the latter some day and let you know. :wink:
by DetroitDIY
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from MO
Replies: 2
Views: 280

Re: Hello from MO

Welcome ShowMe. Sounds like you're off to a good start with your cleaning protocol. I made my pot still from a keg, and now run a column of a keg. Great way to go. Enjoy the journey.
by DetroitDIY
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Rum's I like.. and dislike
Replies: 70
Views: 5783

Re: Rum's I like.. and dislike

If you like tiki drinks there's an inexpensive white overproof Jamaican rum called Wray & Nephew that has a some funk to it, really nice with pineapple and ice. I do the tiki scene some. Two other good, funky rums are Smith & Cross... a very funky Jamaican rum, and Plantation Overproof OFTD (old fa...
by DetroitDIY
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:49 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Tastes change
Replies: 10
Views: 976

Re: Tastes change

A local meadery hereabouts makes a mead steeped with spent botanicals from a local distillery hereabouts. Holey buckets does it taste awful. All I taste is nasty spent distillate flavors. But most, not knowing what the flavor is, seem to like the idea of a gin flavored mead. Not a bad idea really to...
by DetroitDIY
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Glass carboy related safety failure today
Replies: 37
Views: 2736

Re: Glass carboy related safety failure today

I used the metal holder with orange coating when my neck failed pouring low wines. Didn't hit anything during that pour, just tilted the carboy to pour and the neck gave way. I'm in a brewing group with folks who work at the homebrew store. They all say that these handles are for transporting empty...
by DetroitDIY
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New ideas and innovations
Replies: 71
Views: 5122

Re: New ideas and innovations

Make a simple pre-heater. Look up charentais still on Google. And run your coolant return through a salvaged evaporator core from an AC unit, a dehumidifier, or a car refrigeration system, then discharge from the core to your reservoir. I find this very nice on colder mornings when I still as it he...
by DetroitDIY
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: How do you char a barrel at home?
Replies: 13
Views: 1330

Re: How do you char a barrel at home?

Good idea Mars!
by DetroitDIY
Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Fruit / Berry Recipes
Replies: 243
Views: 118834

Re: Fruit / Berry Recipes

I've only used limes once and it wasn't a success. Ditto. I have a fabulous limoncello recipe (to my and my families tastes anyways). I love limes, so figured what could be better. Made two batches side by side: limoncello and lime-cello, just substituting lime rind for lemon rind. The for former w...
by DetroitDIY
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Howdy from South Africa
Replies: 10
Views: 674

Re: Howdy from South Africa

johannesdj wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 10:42 pm
Hey thanks for commenting, I have searched the tag but can't seem to find a specific post. Do you maybe have the link?
I think this is the one HDNB was thinking of...

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by DetroitDIY
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New ideas and innovations
Replies: 71
Views: 5122

Re: New ideas and innovations

I've seen quite a few innovative ideas posted in my time here, some of them recently. I definitely agree NZ, there's a lot of continued creativity on this site. I think initial feedback to someone's post can make it or break it for folks. Or a no response can be the kiss of death. One common hurdle...
by DetroitDIY
Mon Jun 01, 2020 4:11 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New ideas and innovations
Replies: 71
Views: 5122

Re: New ideas and innovations

It's also very hard to find cheap copper pipe these days. At least for me. I wanted to build a 4in perforated column, but cost of just the 4in pipe would run over $300. I think it's actually cheaper to buy spools and have someone weld a perf plate to it. Zoiks! You're right Seabass... I just looked...
by DetroitDIY
Sun May 31, 2020 5:49 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: How Tequila is Made
Replies: 6
Views: 1204

Re: How Tequila is Made

Thanks for sharing 8Ball, I read through it twice. Keep thinking I want to try my hand at Taquila, but hard to find pinas here in the midwest. 21missionagave.com is on my radar as a perspective solution.