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by 8Ball
Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: American Malt Whiskey

Stonecutter wrote:
Sun Jun 20, 2021 6:01 am
Thanks man! :thumbup: That really doesn’t seem too daunting at all. I’m excited to try it
Good on you. Malting your own is very satisfying. Puts a little smile on yer face too when you take a sip.
by 8Ball
Sat Jun 19, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: American Malt Whiskey
Replies: 17
Views: 1212

Re: American Malt Whiskey

I’m not good at describing the flavor profile, but if you like a rich, clean, smokey malt with a little rye kick, then this should work for you. 🎱 That’s right up my alley Brother. That smokiness with a rye pepper “kick” is just so unique. To be honest, I’m a little too timid to go the home malting...
by 8Ball
Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Golden Promise
Replies: 5
Views: 112

Re: Golden Promise

Here’s what I’m working on for my next cask fill:

https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... t=American
by 8Ball
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aerating during fermintation
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Aerating during fermintation

Demy wrote:
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:26 pm
The only times I touch a ferment are fruit (to sink the hat that shape)
+1 during a fruit only fermentation, pushing the cap or ‘must’ down gently without introducing air helps attenuation.
by 8Ball
Thu Jun 17, 2021 5:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Aerating during fermintation
Replies: 16
Views: 208

Re: Aerating during fermintation

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Wed Jun 16, 2021 12:41 pm
Short answer.......no need to stir at all once its fermenting.
+1
by 8Ball
Wed Jun 16, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first Rum
Replies: 8
Views: 163

Re: My first Rum

Let it age white. Then add it to a coconut flavored mixed drink, like a Pina Colada.
by 8Ball
Wed Jun 16, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Malted Corn Mash issue
Replies: 8
Views: 464

Re: Malted Corn Mash issue

Setsumí is right , we make our own corn malt in the hills of virginny & it’s true you don’t get a goood conversion if you don’t boil the piss outa the stuff to Gelatinize……. I’ve taken half the malted corn & boiled it & used an Emerson blender to get it all creamy …. Then I add add the other half a...
by 8Ball
Fri Jun 11, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is too much water, too much
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Is too much water, too much

JOBRLA wrote:
Fri Jun 11, 2021 10:50 am
So when you say "1Kg/3.8L" mash to water. Your saying for every 1Kg of grain you need 3.8L of water?
Am I reading that right
Correct. 1kg grain/3.8L water.

FYI, grain+water=“mash” 😎
by 8Ball
Fri Jun 11, 2021 6:39 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Is too much water, too much
Replies: 13
Views: 301

Re: Is too much water, too much

Try using 1kg/3.8L total grain/water ratio. Ferment on grain. After squeezing with a paint bag and mop bucket, you wind up with ~93% of your mash to run.
by 8Ball
Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:57 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Clipped Barley
Replies: 5
Views: 150

Re: Clipped Barley

… Feed grains are selected for maximum protein, not starch, so you might not get the flavor/sugar contribution you're looking for. The label on the last sack of feed barley I picked up indicated 11% total proteins, so there is still plenty of goodies left to convert. Malting your own barley is an a...
by 8Ball
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:27 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Agro Molasses
Replies: 5
Views: 180

Re: Agro Molasses

Sounds expensive. Any feed stores near you? Blackstrap for animals, unsulphered, works well and is cheap.
by 8Ball
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:20 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: Red Oak???
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Red Oak???

If you know what to look for, you can “cherry pick” pre-bundled firewood offered for sale at retail store entrances for some good heartwood. For a few dollars you can source out enough to last a good while and burn the rest.
by 8Ball
Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:19 am
Forum: Fruit and grain season is here
Topic: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness
Replies: 2057
Views: 134349

Re: Lets get carried away with fruity goodness

I wonder what the juice to pulp ratio of pears is and if you couldn't ferment on the pulp as if making a wine. It might require some more available fermenter volume but could maybe extract a little more flavour. In my experience very little of a pear is pulp but I have never fermented them on the p...
by 8Ball
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Evaluating flavour from low wines
Replies: 5
Views: 281

Re: Evaluating flavour from low wines

I find a sweet spot to sample low wines when stripping. It usually is when I’m 20-25% into the collection. It doesn't last long, but it does give a good idea of what you might get during the spirit.
by 8Ball
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging information
Topic: Red Oak???
Replies: 5
Views: 189

Re: Red Oak???

You want good, clean, seasoned heart wood to age with. White Oak works great. Pecan also works. I did an experiment with hickory that turned out too strong on its own, but blended in at 15% of the mix is actually good. I’d pass on risking good hooch on Red Oak, but I never tried it so I don’t know. ...
by 8Ball
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: 15 gallon NEW or Used barrels...$125
Replies: 11
Views: 253

Re: 15 gallon NEW or Used barrels...$125

With my hobby set up, I’d have to do 36 ferments, 72 stripping runs, and 9 spirit runs - all of the same recipe, just to fill one of those 15G barrels. I’ll stick to 5G Gibbs & glass jars and jugs. 😎
by 8Ball
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:07 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Berry fruit liqueur/infusion question
Replies: 17
Views: 668

Re: Berry fruit liqueur/infusion question

I just strained off some neutral that I soaked a bunch of mulberries in for a month. Did not squeeze. Put the berries back in the jar and topped off with raw sugar to make a syrup with.
by 8Ball
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: PTFE sheets.
Replies: 9
Views: 316

Re: PTFE sheets.

RocketSurgeon wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:49 pm
I am sourcing PTFE sheets for my fido clamp-lid jars. The USPlastic 3.5 inch disks are too small.
They fit perfect under the Ball Reusable Wide Mouth Food Storage Lids. FYI
by 8Ball
Wed May 26, 2021 4:51 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Molasses in California, Bay Area
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Molasses in California, Bay Area

Tractor Supply Company has Evolved Habitats blackstrap feed molasses on sale right now for $6.99/Gallon. Makes a good drop.
by 8Ball
Fri May 21, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Campari
Replies: 17
Views: 4470

Re: Campari

Spent two 6 month tours in the Mediterranean Sea area in the ‘70’s floating from port to port. Saw that stuff everywhere. Never could acquire a taste for it.
by 8Ball
Thu May 20, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Poor Man’s Irish All Grain & Sugar Head
Replies: 4
Views: 2820

Re: Poor Man’s Irish All Grain & Sugar Head

… I definitely want to age on some used oak cubes like you do, but I've heard it's also popular to finish in port or sherry casks. I was thinking of throwing some new charred oak soaked for a week in port to simulate this (Perhaps a 50/50 mix of old oak and soaked oak?) I use hand cut “bones” cut w...
by 8Ball
Tue May 18, 2021 6:14 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Poor Man’s Irish All Grain & Sugar Head
Replies: 4
Views: 2820

Re: Poor Man’s Irish All Grain & Sugar Head

Sorry in advance for trying to raise this post from the grave, but.... How did it go? I just did my first Irish style as well and was hoping to hear how / how long you aged for and how it turned out? Hey Clae, thanks for asking. I wound up doing 4 runs of this and they are still aging on used oak i...
by 8Ball
Sun May 16, 2021 7:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Yeast too much?
Replies: 6
Views: 366

Re: Yeast too much?

I use 0.5g/L with my all malt mashes. Usually a combination of FermPro 900 or US-05 and bread yeast. Ambient temperatures determine the yeast ratios since the ferments take place outdoors. Take the last two digits of your starting (OG) gravity, multiply by 0.03, then multiply again by how many gallo...
by 8Ball
Fri May 14, 2021 5:08 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Restarting stuck ferment
Replies: 19
Views: 700

Re: Restarting stuck ferment

A sugar wash with a starting gravity of 1.100 that stalls @ 1.050 isn't likely to restart. Ya might adjust the pH and pitch some EC1118. That might get it going again for a little more. But even then the distillate won't taste very good. As they say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. ...
by 8Ball
Thu May 13, 2021 4:49 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Brandy Backset in a Whiskey mash?
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: Brandy Backset in a Whiskey mash?

Sounds like it should work. Your backset amount seems high to me. Might want to cut back some on it. I’d add backset to the mash until it was at 5.3. If you need to add more to get to your 6-1/2 gallon mark, then buffer (dilute) the backset with water to 5.3, then top off the mash tun with it. Good ...
by 8Ball
Sun May 09, 2021 5:32 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Carboy Closure for Aging?
Replies: 15
Views: 829

Re: Carboy Closure for Aging?

I age in glass jugs & jars. The jugs have corks with a couple of grooves cut into the sides to allow for air/vapor exchange. The jars have ptfe discs under the lids and the lids are loose.
by 8Ball
Sat May 08, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Moonshine with Momma
Replies: 6
Views: 399

Re: Moonshine with Momma

SmokyMtn wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 6:20 pm

… This hobby really is not so much about making alcohol. But bottling opportunities to make memories with Friends and Family.
+1
by 8Ball
Sat May 08, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: White Sugar Nutrients Informantion
Replies: 87
Views: 61029

Re: White Sugar Nutrients Informantion

shadylane wrote:
Sat May 08, 2021 4:20 pm
It doesn't matter what unit of measurement someone's recipe uses.
I'm grateful they took the time to share it with me. :wink:
+1
It is a basic skill set to be able to convert units of measure.
by 8Ball
Wed May 05, 2021 7:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much you expect to loose ageing in barrels
Replies: 22
Views: 816

Re: How much you expect to loose ageing in barrels

To this day I still just mostly drink white dog aged in glass. I have played with some wood chips a little but am happy with the white. I have no intention of making spirits for the angels. The OP is asking for advice on how different sized casks affect the aging cycle relative to evaporation loss....
by 8Ball
Wed May 05, 2021 5:12 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: How much peat
Replies: 10
Views: 547

Re: How much peat

So I had a thought. Can peated barley be mashed with rye and wheat to make a smokey peaty whisky? I have done my alder smoked barley with a bit of wheat and rye. So now my brain is thinking that I can’t make a peated scotch to compare to Lagavulin so why not make a peated rye or a peated bourbon. I...