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by Fastill
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Flavoring whiskey
Replies: 11
Views: 1333

Re: Flavoring whiskey

If you want to sweeten it up early on try just a touch of real maple syrup. It might just help you make young likker more palateable, but like Rad said, Let the spirits sit on wood longer. You won't regret it.
by Fastill
Tue Jan 28, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Good source for charred oak sticks in the US?
Replies: 19
Views: 4041

Re: Good source for charred oak sticks in the US?

All the brewing catologs and wine making supply stuff I have been through I have never seen precharred sticks, Just toasted chips and cubes and toasted spirals. Maybe I've just missed them but I think this might be something you just have to do yourself.
by Fastill
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What should the hearts taste like?
Replies: 19
Views: 5732

Re: What should the hearts taste like?

If you are getting a bananna like nail polish remover smell in your hearts, then you are smearing your heads into them or not making proper cuts. Heads smell like banannas to me. I don't know how to describe a neutral taste for alcohol, because it tastes just like alcohol. If that is what you are a...
by Fastill
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What should the hearts taste like?
Replies: 19
Views: 5732

Re: What should the hearts taste like?

If you are getting a bananna like nail polish remover smell in your hearts, then you are smearing your heads into them or not making proper cuts. Heads smell like banannas to me. I don't know how to describe a neutral taste for alcohol, because it tastes just like alcohol. If that is what you are af...
by Fastill
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Corn whiskey yeast?
Replies: 20
Views: 4938

Re: Corn whiskey yeast?

A good ale yeast might seem expensive at first, but if you take care of it and keep it alive and happy, it will serve you for many generations, and make you a lot of corn whisky. I am also assuming you are making all grain. Sugarhead corn likker I'd just use the cheapest bakers yeast I can find. Alw...
by Fastill
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1029
Views: 195631

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Yep, more grain, less water, or post mash boil, (and that would waste alot of time and effort).
I am very happy when I get a 5% potential in a bourban recipe. And they never finish at or below 1.00 SG. I guess I am just happy with what I get. I use 2 lbs grain per gallon of water.
by Fastill
Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:41 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1029
Views: 195631

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Maximum efficiency would be 1.072. You hit 55.7% efficiency. Not great but not bad either. I used flaked corn in the calculation so cracked corn would be less anyway.
by Fastill
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Quit Drinking
Replies: 11
Views: 472

Re: Quit Drinking

Sure hope everything turns out for you.. Best of luck Rockchucker
by Fastill
Wed Jan 22, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1029
Views: 195631

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Skeena wrote:Help...I am only getting SG 1.04 at best with this recipe...what am I doing wrong???
Hard to tell, really don't know what you are doing at all...
What was your grainbill and process? Temps and water to grain ratio??
1.04 is a little low but not unheard of.
by Fastill
Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Something Wrong, Grains in or out (tennessee whiskey)
Replies: 31
Views: 2871

Re: Something Wrong, Grains in or out (tennessee whiskey)

I ferment on the grain and distill off the grain, but am not trying to emulate Tennesee Whisky. Gives me all the flavor I need and I don't worry about burning mash in the still. If you are trying to make JD for your friends, you will need to use their water, grain and grainbill, their stills, their ...
by Fastill
Thu Jan 16, 2014 5:55 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: sweetfeed whisky
Replies: 4044
Views: 446206

Re: sweetfeed whisky

I've got about 15 gal of this bubbling away now for about 2 weeks, but the P & T hydrometer stays at 10/5. Yet when I take the lid off the 20 gal Brute the delicious smell of alcohol smacks me in the face. I've never before had such an almost pure alcohol smell before. Tested the hydrometer in tap ...
by Fastill
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Fingers crossed!
Replies: 43
Views: 805

Re: Fingers crossed!

What do you call a machinist with all of his fingers...
Supervisor.
Just kidding, I was a machinist for 22 years and still have all 11 of my digits!!!
Good luck Odin, You'll make it through just fine!!
by Fastill
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: how long to leave on oak and when to cut/ add glucose
Replies: 14
Views: 918

Re: how long to leave on oak and when to cut/ add glucose

^ I initially followed this ^ logic. It will do you ok, but longer with less oak in is giving me better results. Case in point - Sweetfeed with 3x 3inchx1inch square roasted and charred sticks in a gallon of 55% for a year is far and away superior to the stuff that had oak for 3 months only - simil...
by Fastill
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:30 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: grain ratio wild turkey?
Replies: 14
Views: 784

Re: grain ratio wild turkey?

To come close I think the barrel is the most important part.
by Fastill
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Iodine test
Replies: 5
Views: 702

Re: Iodine test

Is the iodine post to turn blue when it's converted over ? I did an allgrain beer today and when I stirred the drop of iodine in the sample it pretty much just disapeared after conversion. It turned the first sample black/dark which was one I did 5 minutes after adding the hot water to the mash, ju...
by Fastill
Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:00 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Bugs in my corn
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: Bugs in my corn

HUH! I thought I was the only one that even knew what DTE was. How do you know and what do you use it for? i use food grade DE to keep the insides of my outside cats a little less buggy. don't use pool grade DE in a way that it can be ingested. use only food grade DE on your good critters, or yours...
by Fastill
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4365
Views: 764319

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

How does it taste? It will be sour when done. Does your wash have a cap and did it drop? How much backset did you use, PH might be out of controll, need calcium carbonate. Seals on 5 gallon buckets have been known to leak also, have you taken readings over a couple of days?
by Fastill
Sat Jan 11, 2014 2:00 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Bugs in my corn
Replies: 16
Views: 1681

Re: Bugs in my corn

OMG they are in corn meal too!! And in Jiffy too . Im freaking out now. Do people just dump them in the mash after the killem? Mybe i'm to much of a germaphobe for this mashing business! Lol Just grind them up and ferment them with the rest of the corn, nothing will come over when you distill. If y...
by Fastill
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:56 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: how long to leave on oak and when to cut/ add glucose
Replies: 14
Views: 918

Re: how long to leave on oak and when to cut/ add glucose

2 years minimum for UJSSM, at least that is what I'd do.. It gets VERY good.
by Fastill
Fri Jan 10, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Backset for ujssm
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Backset for ujssm

Actually I am, if you started or stopped with an abv less than 10% it would be no different than reducing a bottle or two of wine for an italian meat sauce, which I've done numerous times like for our past Christmas dinner. I boiled rum last night prior to adding homemade frozen apple sauce so the ...
by Fastill
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Backset for ujssm
Replies: 6
Views: 383

Re: Backset for ujssm

Very bad Idea! Besides, the first run of UJSSM isn't that bad, it makes great apple pie, ages on oak nicely, or you can just rerun it with your second batch. I would collect it and keep it in my aging vessel, and just keep adding generations right on top of it. By the time the aging jug, barrel or w...
by Fastill
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:12 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Nixon Stone Valves
Replies: 7
Views: 1275

Re: Nixon Stone Valves

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the responses. rad, is there a thread/diagram showing what you are talking about, or can you tell me a bit more? The valve would be used on the reflux return tube or the "product" tube? I am guessing the product tube and the reflux return is not valved? Thanks. I'm not...
by Fastill
Thu Jan 09, 2014 7:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: enzyme
Replies: 1
Views: 223

Re: enzyme

If it still has enzyme in it to convert, I would assume you still would need 2-3lbs for 10 lbs of grain. It could make lautering and sparging difficult as the husks from crushed barley keep the wash from getting too gummy, and flour would act like glue when trying to strain out your liquids.
by Fastill
Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:06 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stripping duration
Replies: 5
Views: 378

Re: Stripping duration

Kinda slow compared to me, I will do a potstill mode stripping run in about 3 hours, not counting heat up, and take off about a gallon per hour.
by Fastill
Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:30 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Friend gave me a pound of cracked distillers grain?
Replies: 2
Views: 430

Re: Friend gave me a pound of cracked distillers grain?

Distillers grain us usually used as cattle feed, all the goodies have been used up in them. It could be possible to add them to a sugarhead, maybe contribute some flavor, but probabally not much left in them.
by Fastill
Sat Jan 04, 2014 6:01 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Distillate is rather... smokey
Replies: 9
Views: 681

Re: Distillate is rather... smokey

Is it possible that you burnt your wash, either preparing it for fermentation or durning your run? I've burnt malt extract making beer. Didn't keep it stirred before it all disolved.
by Fastill
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Mold in downspout ruined my run
Replies: 8
Views: 643

Re: Mold in downspout ruined my run

LWTCS wrote:Got a dead critter in there?
How much mold could it have been to bugger your run like that?
+1
You would think that high proof would clean that out pretty fast, Maybe you had a dead rat or squirrel in your boiler??
What kind of wash and what kind of still?
by Fastill
Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:34 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How did you start?
Replies: 39
Views: 1972

Re: How did you start?

Grandparents on both sides did their share of indirect influence on me, One side made and sold beer during prohibition,( I have lots of their old crocks and the bottles they used), grandfather on the other side used to haul shine in the thirtys. My parents didn't make or mess around but my dads best...
by Fastill
Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Favorite Food Recipes
Topic: smoking recipes
Replies: 1
Views: 691

Re: smoking recipes

I've made some fine bacon by using tenderquick as a dry rub for 5 days and smoking with cherry wood. Gotta make sure you use correct amounts of cure for weight of pork or it can get too salty real quick.
by Fastill
Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: 100% corn malt liquor.
Replies: 13
Views: 2205

Re: 100% corn malt liquor.

But if you don't heat corn to higher temps, like above 180° to over 200°, will the enzymes be able to break down the starches enough? I was under the impression that one had to get the corn to gel stage in order to get enough conversion. If I am understanding where Tater is coming from, the sugar i...