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by Uncle Remus
Wed Mar 12, 2008 6:14 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 14593

After I've put a wash to ferment (after stirring in the yeast) I never stir it again. Sounds like your almost ready. At this point, since you gave it a stir, let it settle again without disturbing it, and the siphon the wort off the grain into a carboy or another fermenter (no real need to filter it...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Mar 07, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Deathwish Wheat germ recipe
Replies: 499
Views: 164370

I've made 4 batches of this now for vodka. Per batch I used 10kg of sugar and 2 lbs of germ and a 1/2 cup of lemon juice to make a batch total of about 50 liters. I made it in double batches. I boil about ~40 liters or so of water and add 20kgs of white sugar and 4lbs of wheat germ and 1 cup of lemo...
by Uncle Remus
Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:58 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

Botanicals and all went in the boiler. The neutral spirit I used was 40%. It had previously been refluxed to 95% and then made into vodka. I just had too much vodka around so I made some into gin. When I used the gin head, it was only the first gallon that was green. I just poured it back in and ran...
by Uncle Remus
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:10 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

jjnorcal wrote:U.R., dumb question here... did you remove the rice before putting everything into the fermenter?
Not a dumb question at all. I fermented it on the grain. The grain was strained out before distilling.
by Uncle Remus
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 14593

Next time. The conversion seemed to work really well. It seems like I got a pretty generous yield for only 10 lbs of sugar. I don't remember if I took a SG reading after the conversion or not., probably not..... next time rice and enzymes- no sugar. :D
by Uncle Remus
Sun Jan 13, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

Next time. The conversion seemed to work really well. It seems like I got a pretty generous yield for only 10 lbs of sugar. I don't remember if I took a SG reading after the conversion or not., probably not..... next time rice and enzymes- no sugar. :D
by Uncle Remus
Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

Finally got around to doing the spirit run this week. It turned out to be a thing of beauty. I guess I will just call it Rice Vodka. Through most of the spirit run it came off at 80%AV. I ran it down deep into the tails to about 25-30%. I've never run any spirit that far into tails on the final run,...
by Uncle Remus
Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 14593

Finally got around to doing the spirit run this week. It turned out to be a thing of beauty. I guess I will just call it Rice Vodka. Through most of the spirit run it came off at 80%AV. I ran it down deep into the tails to about 25-30%. I've never run any spirit that far into tails on the final run,...
by Uncle Remus
Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Help a fellow distiller!!!
Replies: 24
Views: 4310

Any of the old timers I knew who ran stills (which were few) they were only interested in the octane. I don't think they did any kind of a cut at all. I drank some stuff made from oranges, one of the old boys made. It would knock you on your ass after a couple of shots for sure, but it was like drin...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 14593

The rice fermentation went quick, within a week. I siphoned it into carboys and it cleared very nicely in a day or so. Last night I did a strip run. I had a drink in the middle of the run. It came off at about 60% through the hearts portion of the run. It is very smooth and does have a really delica...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:29 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

The rice fermentation went quick, within a week. I siphoned it into carboys and it cleared very nicely in a day or so. Last night I did a strip run. I had a drink in the middle of the run. It came off at about 60% through the hearts portion of the run. It is very smooth and does have a really delica...
by Uncle Remus
Mon Dec 03, 2007 3:01 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

You need something to convert the starch to sugars. For traditional saki koji is used, which is some kinda fungus or mold culture. I used enzymes rather than malt because I want to see what kinda flavor you get from rice, enzymes will add no flavors.

BTW it's fermenting like crazy right now.
by Uncle Remus
Sat Dec 01, 2007 9:16 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus' apple/alder wood smoked barley whiskey
Replies: 46
Views: 50805

UR, That is some beautiful work. I think I have a new standard to work towards. And the copper bowl idea rocks. Question though. How do you attach Layla to the SS keg? Or more to the point, how do you not have leaks at the juncture? I assume it is (easily) removable so you can get you wash and leav...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Nov 30, 2007 5:49 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Looking to make a wash and need a bit of help
Replies: 5
Views: 1286

To start with, a 4 liter capacity still is nowhere near big enough to make anything except distilled water. It would simply be too hard to make any kind of head and tail cut. If you put in 4 liters of mash or wine with 10% AV you would end up with only a small amount of drinkable spirit. You gotta g...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:09 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 334
Views: 122723

Uncle Remus Rice Vodka

This is my first try at making a rice spirit. I brought about 45 liters of water to a boil. I added an 8kg bag of rice and let it boil for 10 minutes or so. Then I shut off the heat and let it sit for an hour. I then added another 10 liters or so of cold water, and put the pot outside to cool to str...
by Uncle Remus
Fri Nov 30, 2007 6:09 am
Forum: Tried and true recipe book
Topic: Uncle Remus Rice Vodka
Replies: 26
Views: 14593

Uncle Remus Rice Vodka

Moderator edit: This is an edited version of this recipe. The original version which is available as a normal discussion thread can be found here - http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5368 . This is my first try at making a rice spirit. I brought about 45 liters of water to a boil. ...
by Uncle Remus
Thu Nov 29, 2007 6:12 am
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Getting a good still
Replies: 5
Views: 2447

I'm sure it will work but as far as being profitable, I kinda doubt it. It will probably cost you as much to produce a liter of ethanol as it would to buy a liter of gas. Don't forget this still is meant to produce spirits for drinking. It is probably capable of producing 90-95% pure alcohol, but it...
by Uncle Remus
Wed Nov 28, 2007 7:43 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Getting a good still
Replies: 5
Views: 2447

Why make it out of copper if your making fuel? Why not something cheap like exhaust tube? ....and go big like 5". If your not drinking it I wouldn't think the still would need to be made of copper or stainless.
by Uncle Remus
Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:43 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

Thanks for the kind compliments on Layla guys :lol: .... she's my sweet little thing, she's my pride and joy..... I had lots of time to build this still so I did a bit at a time and worked at it whenever I had a bit of spare time, I spent a fair bit of time polishing as well. Back to the gin story. ...
by Uncle Remus
Wed Nov 21, 2007 3:06 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: scotch
Replies: 35
Views: 7274

bronzdragon wrote:
Whiskey was meant to be sipped with good friends. And a good whiskey was meant to be sipped on an exceptional day in your life.

Just my 2 coppers.

~r~
Ah Jeeeeeez! I guess that means every day is an exceptional day in my life!:shock: :lol:
by Uncle Remus
Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:59 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Uncle Remus' Briar Patch Gin
Replies: 75
Views: 68705

Actually no I haven't tossed more juniper in the bottles. I must of thrown out any that I had left. I need to get my ass out and pick another hand full of berries to throw in. I'm actually sipping a gin and tonic right now, it's certainly a very flavor full gin, a little more juniper flavor and I th...
by Uncle Remus
Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:46 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Uncle Remus' Briar Patch Gin
Replies: 75
Views: 68705

I'm thinking about making some gin via the distill + macerate + distill (with the botanicals IN the boiler) method. However, I am concerned about residual smell staying in the boiler or in the swan neck. I am using an all copper alembic setup. Anyone have any experience with this? Does the smell of...
by Uncle Remus
Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

This be the one affectionately known as Layla. The still not the dog!
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by Uncle Remus
Fri Nov 09, 2007 6:27 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Too Acidic?
Replies: 5
Views: 1120

You sure your mash never finished fermenting? Did you check the sg to see if there is any sugar left. Some of my sugar washes start out fermenting fast and then slow down to very tiny bubbles. When my mashes are finished they smell winey and taste sour.
by Uncle Remus
Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:37 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

I ran it last night, and well it never turned out quite like I expected. The first liter on so had very heavy juniper smell. About 3 liters into the run I tasted a bit on a spoon and to me it tasted very much like Jagermiester (sp?) only without the sweetness. Probably about 6 liters into the run it...
by Uncle Remus
Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

The ingredients I listed came from Tony's website. It was a basic recipe for bombay gin, I am short a couple ingredients such as orris root, angelica root ??? and cardomon pods....some of these things I just couldn't find in small town Canada. Like I said before I'm not a big gin fan myself, but my ...
by Uncle Remus
Wed Nov 07, 2007 5:04 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: A gin experiment of sorts
Replies: 31
Views: 9410

A gin experiment of sorts

Not a new recipe, but I'm gonna try a different method of making it. I have 2 gallons of vodka (45%) in the basement, which have been kicking around for quite some time. SHMBO said why don't I make some gin? So this is what I'm doing. I took the ingredients from my 'Briar Patch Gin' recipe, 2 tbsp j...
by Uncle Remus
Sat Nov 03, 2007 8:31 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Do my Angels have wings or sneakers.
Replies: 20
Views: 4763

The barrel I bought was wrapped in shrink wrap. I filled it with clean water and it leaked like a sieve for a day or so and then tightened right up. Then I filled it with whiskey . The only real loss I had was one day I checked it and it was down a little so I topped it up. A day later I lit a fire ...
by Uncle Remus
Thu Nov 01, 2007 11:05 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Do my Angels have wings or sneakers.
Replies: 20
Views: 4763

I took hot wax and using torch covered outside of my 1 gallon keg to slow down the angles.Small kegs evaporate a lot. Isn't sealing the outside defeating the purpose of using a barrel for aging. The booze has gotta be able to breathe, no? I have a 23 liter keg (5 gallon) it's been sitting full sinc...
by Uncle Remus
Wed Oct 31, 2007 5:31 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Usung Glucoamylase enzyme and alpha-amylse enzyme
Replies: 12
Views: 6996

That's interesting about the calcium. The water we use to mash is well water, as luck would have it our well water around here has lots of calcium. Probably part of the reason our mashes are most always a success.