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by Avalir
Tue Jul 20, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Chocolatey Delight All Grain
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Re: Chocolatey Delight All Grain

I just pich up a bushel (55lbs) of rolled oats from tractor supply. To my understanding, rolled oats should be pregelatinzed by the steam process used. They're only a couple dollars more than whole oats. Either way, my bourbon mash gravity and yield seem to support that claim.
by Avalir
Tue Jul 20, 2021 12:01 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Chocolatey Delight All Grain
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Re: Chocolatey Delight All Grain

I appreciate all that feedback. Sadly I don't have wheat and my option for it currently would be the brew store and I don't care for the price, but I guess if it's a minor part of the grain bill it shouldn't be too bad. I had also considered corn, but I feel rice would just be easier/less time consu...
by Avalir
Tue Jul 20, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Chocolatey Delight All Grain
Replies: 8
Views: 145

Chocolatey Delight All Grain

Hello y'all, I'm back with more project ideas than time I have for projects, but I think I'll squeeze this one in. So the idea is for a chocolatey dessert spirit, that I guess could still be classified as whiskey but that's more or less irrelevant. The idea came to me after my first attempt at scotc...
by Avalir
Tue Jul 13, 2021 9:29 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Turning Whiskey Feints "Neutral"
Replies: 6
Views: 221

Turning Whiskey Feints "Neutral"

I'll start by saying that I hope I'm posting this in the right area. Effectively the goal isn't to "flavor," so to speak, but rather to change the taste by removing flavor and furthermore to (hopefully) improve yield. Background: I've always re-run all my whiskey feints in my second spirit run to tr...
by Avalir
Wed Jul 07, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon

He sure does. Lol... one of my primary reasons for just starting with the oats though. Oats are just as good, if not better at absorbing the smoke flavors as barley. I will be doing a hot smoke (at least for now), so with oats I dont need to worry about denatured enzymes and can just reap the tasty ...
by Avalir
Tue Jul 06, 2021 7:14 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Re: Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon

I’d smoke all the oats and the barley too. Haha... love it! Wasn't sure if anybody may have had notes about apple smoke being "overpowering," but I'm definitely leaning towards the 16% of my grain bill heavily smoked definitely won't be too much (gaining tasty roast in the process is an added plus)...
by Avalir
Mon Jul 05, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon
Replies: 8
Views: 137

Apple Smoked Oates for Bourbon

Hey y'all, So, in the grand scheme of things I'm moderately new to the hobby (have roughly a year under me, learning rapidly from self taught with the help of this community). I have a bourbon recipe I'm more than happy with, but I want to give it that umph factor to make it stand out. Currently my ...
by Avalir
Sun Jun 27, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt Whisky Grain Build
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Single Malt Whisky Grain Build

So, just a quick update... I haven't had a chance to pick up any golden promise, but I figured I'd start a small batch (10 gallon mash) with the malts at my disposal currently. Grain bill for this batch: 50% pale malt, 40% vienna malt, 6% chocolate malt, 4% peated malt I'm aging it on my used bourbo...
by Avalir
Wed Jun 02, 2021 2:42 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt Whisky Grain Build
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Re: Single Malt Whisky Grain Build

Wow. Ya'll really got my mind firing on all cylinders with those. Took me down a research rabbit hole into overthinking and over complicating. Lol After a couple train hops in my reading, I was starting to consider tossing botanicals into the whisky, so I needed to snap back to reality... I don't th...
by Avalir
Wed Jun 02, 2021 1:23 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Single Malt Whisky Grain Build
Replies: 9
Views: 593

Single Malt Whisky Grain Build

So I'm finally getting around to trying my hand at a scotch-style whisky for the old lady to appease her. I'll be starting that once I've completed the batch of bourbon I'm in the process of. Some background: The old lady can't stand bourbon, but has at least recognized my ability to make a great pr...
by Avalir
Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Fun with a New Whiskey Grain Bill & Aging
Replies: 1
Views: 272

Fun with a New Whiskey Grain Bill & Aging

I'm a little late to write about this, but between all the OT being offered at the job and the time consuming, strenuous work that is our hobby, I haven't found much time. But I digress... Lots of firsts for me here. For starters, new equipment--got me a 12gal mash tun (cooler), a pot still head/con...
by Avalir
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:00 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavoring neutrals with spent grain?
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Re: Flavoring neutrals with spent grain?

P.S.
When I say my neutrals are made from waste, I mean it's a blend of failed experiments/feints of stuff I dont make often enough to delegate space to store. Not sure if that makes a difference, just wanted to mention in case anybody had inquiries of what made up the neutrals.
by Avalir
Sat Apr 03, 2021 5:50 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavoring neutrals with spent grain?
Replies: 9
Views: 551

Flavoring neutrals with spent grain?

So, I tried to search for a similar topic with no luck, nor was google... I must be overlooking some topics because I have a hard time believing I'm the first to think of this or post about it. I also figured this was the most appropriate area, so sorry if its it's not... but I digress... So there I...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:11 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Pasta water whiskey anyone?
Replies: 46
Views: 2208

Re: Pasta water whiskey anyone?

Sorry, didnt catch it in that case. Lots of replies and I'm sure I accidentally scrolled past a couple. Lol... but after dwelling on it, I'd hate to store up that much pasta water, but maybe just replace the water you would've used if you're mashing? Gives at least a little extra food and nutrients ...
by Avalir
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:04 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Pasta water whiskey anyone?
Replies: 46
Views: 2208

Re: Pasta water whiskey anyone?

I didnt catch anyone mentioning it in all the replies, but unless your someone who doesnt season your pasta water (turn it as salty as the ocean), I dont even think you'd want to attempt this. And if you you don't season your pasta water, I honestly think you'd be better off seasoning the water to i...
by Avalir
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

I'll really have to play around with it. Its gonna be a rat race trying to get tons of ferments going before all that gross manager special cider spoils (usually within a couple days). But I'll try to do enough to run at least a few experiments, then the next year can work that further. So here's ho...
by Avalir
Sat Mar 13, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

A lot of us do that, with and without a false bottom, but not often with uncut spirit like wash or low wines because then you would have to choose between throwing out your flavors when doing the cuts, or leaving your heads and tails in to keep your spices. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic...
by Avalir
Sat Mar 13, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

Not sure if you may have tried, but I do have a false bottom I can stick in my boiler... do you know if it would come through too strong if I tossed the larger things (cinnamon bark, ginger root, nutmeg [whole/cracked]) with the brandy, or rather hard cider, and distilled on the spices? Not sure if ...
by Avalir
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:54 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

Lost you on some of that. But at the end I noticed you said you ran it with everything in the pot... did you let it sit for any amount of time to steep, or results tend to be just as good either way/just add more if not steeping? And maybe this is a good time to ask, I've got a column/reflux still (...
by Avalir
Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

You guys are great. Really feeling that sense of community. I really didnt think this topic would get much attention. It's really nice to to hear what brandy people have to say (I usually hang out around whiskey topics). It also wouldn't hurt my feelings if any ginheads reading this might have thoug...
by Avalir
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:48 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

Careful with the manager special juice because a lot of it has potassium sorbate in it which inhibits yeast reproduction. Thanks for the heads up, I wouldn't have even thought about that... once again, forgive my ignorance on fruit, but is that something more or less easily overcome by overpitching...
by Avalir
Wed Mar 10, 2021 3:28 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

I'm liking how the idea has evolved... So at this point it looks like the plan is blending separately fermented and distilled corn likker and apple brandy, then age with oak and dehydrated apple chips (I'll use a variety of apples; my old lady has like a 5 or 6 apple blend for her pies I like). If I...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Mash and could use advise
Replies: 38
Views: 1322

Re: First Mash and could use advise

I have a quick question, are you doing a sugar wash as a beginning learning venture, or is neutrals/vodkas where you want to dwell? The reason I ask is because when I first began, I started with sugar for that reason. I also seen people already mentioned a couple tried and true sugar recipes--I pers...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:35 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

If you want to play with apples, why not make the apple brandy separately and blend it later. That'll probably make it easier to control the mix than doing it in the wash, and if you don't like the result of your tests you still have a nice apple brandy! Probably the route I'll need to go. Dont thi...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

The cuts for apple and corn are different, so you would have to compromise on one or the other if you fermented them together. Huh... I never thought about it that way. I may need to ferment and distill separately, then blend. I wouldnt be apposed to proofing with cider (I like acidity up to the po...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first REAL reflux run for neutral
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: My first REAL reflux run for neutral

Neutrals aren't my go-to, rather, it's how I salvage waste. The yield seems about what I get; 25-30% of what I get doesnt give me the urge to spit it out or vomit when it touches my tongue--since building a new water cooler/recycler, I tend to stay at or about 94%. But in my experience, always plan ...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 8:45 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Re: Apple Corn Whiskey?

I appreciate the replies. I actually really like both those ideas. I have some fancy medium toast french oak cubes for aging too, so I'll need to play around with apple peel chips it sounds like. Then cider to dilute sounds like I'd keep stronger apple notes and may help smooth the distillate, plus ...
by Avalir
Tue Mar 09, 2021 5:33 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Corn Whiskey?
Replies: 27
Views: 818

Apple Corn Whiskey?

So, I hope I'm posting in the right area and I hope I'm not posting far too prematurely... the idea is an apple whiskey right from the get-go, no additives after distillation. The idea is to make a simple corn whiskey (I do 80% cracked corn, 20% 2 row malted barley), but replace probably at least ha...
by Avalir
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:31 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Vegan Nutritional Yeast Flakes for Yeast Nutrient
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Vegan Nutritional Yeast Flakes for Yeast Nutrient

Currently I'm using it on a half grain wash, which this is the first one I've ever done on top of first time using this. I've gotten where I was confident with my sugar wash, then had one semi-successful all grain (just low yield per amount of grain I used [4%], otherwise it was great). So going ess...
by Avalir
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Vegan Nutritional Yeast Flakes for Yeast Nutrient
Replies: 9
Views: 488

Re: Vegan Nutritional Yeast Flakes for Yeast Nutrient

Don't decrease the amount of flakes to get rid of the sulfur smell, add more Also, add a pinch of Epsom salt :wink: Thanks for that epsom salt input! You probably saved me quite a bit of time playing around with that. I'm still considering lowering the amount of flakes. I had 1.065 OG, after 48 its...