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by dmacnz
Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:18 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Accelerated aging process
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Accelerated aging process

I have had the whisky for 3 days at 60 degrees with a few hundred grams of oak chips. Also around 8 Hour of direct light onto the bottom of the glass where the wood chips are sitting. The whisky has gone a beautiful colour with a great aroma. I have moved around 2L of the whiskey to give it a dose o...
by dmacnz
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Accelerated aging process
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Re: Accelerated aging process

89E40FC0-0C13-446C-B784-FDF7281CE121.jpeg I have started assembling some of my bits for my test rig. In the mean time I have had 5L of 60% whisky at 60 degrees with oak chips for 30hours. Smells amazing and has great colour. I will turn off the heater tomorrow. Hit the oak (bottom section) with lig...
by dmacnz
Tue Dec 08, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Accelerated aging process
Replies: 10
Views: 601

Accelerated aging process

Thanks to Covid-19 I have a heap more spare time! I have been reading through a few patents of industrial whiskey accelerated aging processes. It seems there are a few processes which appear in most of the different designs I have been studying. -Heat -Light -ultrasonic -pressure/Vacuum I have order...
by dmacnz
Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Re: Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!

I have recently start distilling my gins with NGC. <— grain neutral spirit?? I’ve heard of GNS. My last run was a bit of a mess and I feel like a "left behind" a fair amount of alcohol in the pot! In a 30l reflux still I had 10L of 95%abv with 25L of water. <— That’s 9.5 liters of alcohol in 35 lit...
by dmacnz
Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!
Replies: 4
Views: 210

Distilling with NGC, How much is ethanol left behind?!

I have recently start distilling my gins with NGC. My last run was a bit of a mess and I feel like a "left behind" a fair amount of alcohol in the pot! In a 30l reflux still I had 10L of 95%abv with 25L of water. I ran the still slowly for around 7 hours and got 7L of 91% abv product out of the stil...
by dmacnz
Mon Nov 16, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Scaling botanicals for a larger run.
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Scaling botanicals for a larger run.

I don't know that size makes as much difference as you expect it does. If I'm doing a gin distillation that takes a long time in large commercial stills, I keep the power low and take a long time to complete the run. It's not as long as the commercials do, but a long time compared to my basic, simp...
by dmacnz
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Scaling botanicals for a larger run.
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Re: Scaling botanicals for a larger run.

NZChris wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:49 am
The rules in this country let you make liquor for personal consumption.
Not living in Nz at the mo!
by dmacnz
Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:46 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Scaling botanicals for a larger run.
Replies: 6
Views: 278

Scaling botanicals for a larger run.

Hi, I would love some advise on how different botanicals scale up. I have finally made a gin recipe that I'm really liking. (6th attempts isn't bad)! Throughout my development I have been only using 0.8L of ethanol with 2L of water in a 30L still. I am vapor infusing all of my botanicals. I'm 100% a...
by dmacnz
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

I just tried my first run using dried roses. I went around 3% of the juniper weight for the dried roses. Defiantly added something aroma and flavor. Its only one day after proofing so will wait and see where it goes. I also went for 3% ruby Grapefruit skin. And its def there! Perhaps a tad too much!...
by dmacnz
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:28 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

Related Question: Does anyone have any sense as to whether certain botanicals are better infused in the vapour path vs the boiler? Or is the consensus that they are ALL better placed in the boiler? From my limited research. Most prefer citrus or flowers in the basket. It seems the juniper and coria...
by dmacnz
Wed Nov 11, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

I'm not talking about larger runs, just longer runs. My 60 minute runs are the same volume as my 6 hour runs. Cheers mate. Makes sense while my original gin is strong as hell! 6hr run. Vs 30min sample runs. I’m also finding that the flavour seems to developer over a few days after proofing. The gin...
by dmacnz
Tue Nov 10, 2020 6:21 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

Due to the huge different in flavour intensity I am jumping to conclusions that -I either stuffed up my last calculations of botanicals! or -the small sample runs didn't give enough time for the vapours to full extract the oils and flavours from the gin basket.?? If I'm doing a Carter Head run with...
by dmacnz
Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:27 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

Thanks all for the advise and info. I ended up doing 3 different runs with a slightly modified recipe each time. All 3 runs were made in a 30L plated reflux still and all botanicals were in a vapor basket. I used 800mls of 95% neutral and tops it up with water to be 40% abv Gin 1 was a slight mod on...
by dmacnz
Sun Nov 08, 2020 2:20 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

So perhaps a option is to design 3 different recipies and then run 3 different gins and see which one goes in the correct direction. And then go from there.
by dmacnz
Sat Nov 07, 2020 11:20 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

Re: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

NZChris wrote:
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:59 pm
Try it.

I use a small still so that the botanical is subjected to the full range of temperatures of my normal gin runs.
Thanks Chris. This was my thoughts. If I just swap out the the basket mid run. I won’t get the whole temp cycle or even the time to extract the oils..... make me wonder..
by dmacnz
Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!
Replies: 43
Views: 1011

How to do individual botanical “sample” runs?!

Hi I’m looking to create a more personalized gin recipie. (Vapour infusion runs) I have a fair amount of neutral and 30L column still with gin basket. What’s the best way to experiment with different botanicals on their own. Can I just swap out the gin basket ever 100 ml or so during the run?! Or do...
by dmacnz
Thu Nov 05, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My first whisky.(All grain)
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: My first whisky.(All grain)

Bit of a update on how my first whisky went. Mash went without issue. I used the 14kg distiller malt 0.5 chocolate 0.5 honey 4kg peat. Mashing Missed my OG target a bit but I put this down to my wart sprayer/mister not working properly and the grain at the top not remaining wet enough and/or warm En...
by dmacnz
Tue Nov 03, 2020 9:01 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Left over Low wines plus NGS?
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Re: Left over Low wines plus NGS?

Setsumi wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:53 pm
from my experience you will get a lot of tails, right from the start if you use all of the pot ale.
This makes sense! I wander if I throw it though a plated reflux. Add a little character to the neutral possibly with out the rubbish....
by dmacnz
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Left over Low wines plus NGS?
Replies: 3
Views: 162

Left over Low wines plus NGS?

Random question, Im about to run 50L of all grain low wines tomorrow to make some Whisky. A rather peaty low wine. Once I have finished running my spirit run. Could I add some Neutral (95% abv corn) spirit back into the left over low wines and run it again? Would I still get something similar to the...
by dmacnz
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:17 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My first whisky.(All grain)
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: My first whisky.(All grain)

The Baker wrote:
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:15 pm
dmacnz said, 'perhaps I’m better off ditching all the specialty malt and just go 2 row and the 4 kg of peat?'

Hi,

As a general principle I ditch nothing.

Geoff
Right oh... will be crush mash in a hour or so....... as it is then!
by dmacnz
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My first whisky.(All grain)
Replies: 10
Views: 648

Re: My first whisky.(All grain)

Thanks for the input guys. Really appreciate it. The peated malt is 50PPL. Which I have no idea if that’s strong or weakly smoked. The reasoning behind doing a 50L mash is that I only have a 30L still and figure a slight higher abv and less volume makes for less stripping runs. 2 x25L stripping inst...
by dmacnz
Thu Oct 29, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: My first whisky.(All grain)
Replies: 10
Views: 648

My first whisky.(All grain)

Tomorrow is a big day! I’m attempted my first whisky. I have a 70L mashtun and conical fermenter which I normally use for beer. Tomorrow it will be making whisky mash. My plans. 11kg distillers malt 4kg peated malt 1kg chocolate malt 0.5kg honey malt. Sitting around 9% speciality malts, a bit of pea...
by dmacnz
Mon Oct 19, 2020 8:33 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Little help with still setup for whiskey
Replies: 15
Views: 676

Re: Little help with still setup for whiskey

Thanks, you then throw in some more wash for your spirit runs? or just run it again at 35%
by dmacnz
Mon Oct 19, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Little help with still setup for whiskey
Replies: 15
Views: 676

Re: Little help with still setup for whiskey

Thanks for the help. This attempt will be whisky. (Scotch). Perhaps burbon can be on the list of what next! Regarding the pot stripping runs and then add wash to diulte. I haven’t ran as a pot still before, I assume the output will Be around 60-70% collect this. Dilute with some “spare” wash and the...
by dmacnz
Mon Oct 19, 2020 4:43 am
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Little help with still setup for whiskey
Replies: 15
Views: 676

Little help with still setup for whiskey

I am seeking help/opinions on how best run my still for a whiskey. Lucky for me, Im currently working in China and have access to some affordable bits!..... However....I’m not sure how best to run for whiskey! I will be doing a all grain 60L mash which should Be around 7-8%. I now have a 30L still.....
by dmacnz
Tue Oct 13, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin basket B.O.E
Replies: 13
Views: 2037

Re: Gin basket B.O.E

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I used this yesterday. So far tastes good.

Vapor infusion on a reflux still. Came out at 93% the entire run.

I use this per 1L of ethanol.
I used a 10L at 40-45% so used approx 4.5x the amounts listed. I made a excel spreadsheet to do the work for me.
by dmacnz
Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: gin blends
Replies: 152
Views: 39543

Re: gin blends

Has anyone come up with a good vapor infused gin recipe at this point? I'm looking for the proper ratio of botanicals per litre to get me started with my new gin head. I made this one. Came out full of flavour. Vapour infusion. Slow run on a 4 plate reflux still. Out was around 93% abv. I then wate...
by dmacnz
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:46 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Odin's Easy Gin
Replies: 1063
Views: 159664

Re: Odin's Easy Gin

Would this work in a plate reflux still? I had a crack earlier using This recipe in the gin basket and it works. However every where I read every says that in the pot is way to make a dream like gin. Will my 4 plates remove the flavour? Should I stick to vapor infusion? Or time to get a basic column...
by dmacnz
Mon Oct 05, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hi from a kiwi living in Macao
Replies: 2
Views: 78

Hi from a kiwi living in Macao

Hi all, I’m trying to grow from brewing beer to get into the distilling world. I have got my self a 30L plated reflux still and keen to see what I can learn and create. I had a go at my first vapor infused gin! It turned out relatively good other than adding way too much cardomon! I am about to have...