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by Smokee
Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:35 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Learning About Fruit Wood for Aging
Replies: 63
Views: 11459

Re: Learning About Fruit Wood for Aging

I really like cherry and have been working with it for a couple years now, If you get it right it can be surprisingly good. I've tried the two different cherry woods - Black cherry and sweet. I like the black cherry much better. I always toast now, tried un-toasted and toasted side by side and I thi...
by Smokee
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

....I don't post much here, usually a quick site search answers any questions I might have, but I'm stuck on my all-grain cherry whiskey aging. I'm going to post tonight when I'm home and can think straight, I'd really like to hear from anyone that has some cherry experience..... Hi Smokee. What li...
by Smokee
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

Yeah it def gets some fine pieces of wood into the liquid. With oak, I've noticed this doesn't seem to cause much clouding. I do pour it through a coffee filter when I remove the oak though. I run everything through a coffee filter when it's done aging so I'm keen to see if it catches these fine pa...
by Smokee
Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Where to get White Oak
Replies: 20
Views: 1415

Re: Where to get White Oak

I've used Stavin Oak Beans with good results. They're very consistent in what you get so you'll be able to repeat your aging process. https://www.stavin.com/tank-systems/oak-beans/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow There's plenty of places that retail these beans is diffe...
by Smokee
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

Guessing it was some sort of oil in the cherry wood. I run my US with oak all the time and it never had clouded up on me. YMMV. It seemed to me that the UC freed very fine particles from the wood and letting it sit without disturbing the jar allowed them to settle. Running it through didn't really ...
by Smokee
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

After sitting for a week and a half it cleared. I tried filtering it through charcoal and it didn't change but letting it sit allowed the cloudiness to settle to the bottom.
by Smokee
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Burbon Recipe into 3 gal barrel for 20 months (bad outcome)
Replies: 26
Views: 1706

Re: Burbon Recipe into 3 gal barrel for 20 months (bad outco

I would throw that back in the still, dilute to 40% and rerun it. Maybe do another few gallons of mash and strip it, add it into the diluted stuff you're going to run again. Then, take your time and do some really good cuts then back in the barrel. Don't let it on wood as long.
by Smokee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:12 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

Agree Smokee, I like cherry wood aged spirits too. Give pecan wood a try...I REALLY like that nut wood. ss Yes, sir.... I will try it. I'm trying to get into a rhythm of doing two 6-gallon strips and a spirit run a month to build up my reserves. Once I get where I can have some left over that can b...
by Smokee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

Just checked the deep-freeze and both are still cloudy. Oh well, live and learn. I may try running the younger spirit through charcoal again see what happens. I really don't care for myself but would prefer a nice, clear spirit solely for when someone says "oh, you made this?". I find that most peop...
by Smokee
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

Re: cloudy after ultrasound

Musta’ shook somthing loose in the wood.... Did the spirit gain color (along with the cloud) in the process? New wood, or 2nd use? Toasted and charred? Tell us more. ss I age all my spirits at 60% on cherry cubes. Both batches I US'ed had cherry cubes that were toasted and charred, I don't second u...
by Smokee
Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: cloudy after ultrasound
Replies: 14
Views: 1554

cloudy after ultrasound

I tried running my liquor through an ultrasonic cleaning cycle with heat this evening with the wood and it got really cloudy. I always run my AG through the ultrasonic cleaner before adding in the wood, never tried running it like I did this evening with wood but I read this week of someone that doe...
by Smokee
Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Smearing with a Thumper/Liebig vs Liebig
Replies: 11
Views: 1807

Re: Smearing with a Thumper/Liebig vs Liebig

I run a thumper on all my runs. I do two 6 gallon batches of all-grain then strip them using water in the thumper, fast, then do a spirit run with water. I usually get excellent results.
by Smokee
Fri Nov 02, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Thumper questions
Replies: 15
Views: 1357

Re: Thumper questions

Hi Jim, welcome! I built my own still a few years ago. It's a 10 gallon stainless pot with and elbow in the center of the lid and a 1/2" copper arm. I initially went straight to the condenser but, without any reflux, my runs were low in alcohol so I tried adding a thumper... It helped considerably. ...
by Smokee
Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First Mash and need advice
Replies: 18
Views: 765

Re: First Mash and need advice

I bought 2-6.5 gallon buckets from my local brew store and they don't seal. My first wash was sweetfeed with a ton of sugar, put the airlock on and nothing. When I called the brew store and asked they said they've been getting calls about it and the lids aren't sealing. I use cling wrap twisted and ...
by Smokee
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:07 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Excellent results with oak cubes
Replies: 16
Views: 6646

Re: Excellent results with oak cubes

Shine0n wrote:I lay them side by side 5lg and per quart this has been the best ratio
5 Large cubes?
by Smokee
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Excellent results with oak cubes
Replies: 16
Views: 6646

Re:

I have used cubes from Northern Brewer with very good luck. About 8 cubes per 1 quart jar for about eight weeks makes pretty good whiskey. I'm thinking about trying some homemade cubes from my own apple or peach trees. Anybody have any thoughts on that? I use Stavin oak beans, started a thread last...
by Smokee
Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging with different kinds of wood?
Replies: 20
Views: 2059

Re: aging with different kinds of wood?

I put some 120 proof on some cherry I toasted from a tree in my yard and forgot about it for 2 years. I found it Christmas eve and Santa couldn't of given me a better gift, it was unbelievably good. I thought it would of been too much time but it was perfect. I had it in a mason jar with 2-4"x1/2"x1...
by Smokee
Sat Feb 17, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Any StaVin oak bean users?
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Any StaVin oak bean users?

I've been using Stavin Oak beans for a year or so and have got some pretty good results. I find I get more consistency than using my own oak, it's easier and less work freeing up my time for other things. I've been getting a pound for about $25 online and a little goes a long way which brings me to ...
by Smokee
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Condensation in the bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Condensation in the bottles

Do a search with your thread title, there's quite of few posts asking the same question.
by Smokee
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Super Sonic Moonshine Machine
Replies: 76
Views: 10294

Re: Super Sonic Moonshine Machine

Do a search. It has been done. Odin. From my reading you've done some good work with this and I appreciate the time it's saved me experimenting. I tried it tonight for the first time and got very good results. The heating element quit working in the Harbor cleaner that I'm using until the one I got...
by Smokee
Mon Jan 16, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Burning Shine
Replies: 22
Views: 1015

Re: Burning Shine

??? Educate, that's what I'm on here for. I'm all about noobs asking questions but this isn't how I'd go about it....I'm sure you're not trying but this sounds a little dick'ish. I'd first start buy clicking the "HD Google Search" at the top of the page and search "burning taste" or something simil...
by Smokee
Thu Jan 05, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Question about a diy copper still kit...
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Question about a diy copper still kit...

..or you could build a still from a pot if you want to keep it simple & keep your costs down. Grab a 10 gallon stainless pot and add the copper, maybe another small pot for a doubler.
by Smokee
Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:03 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: horse feed moonshine
Replies: 72
Views: 27587

Re: horse feed moonshine

There's a lot of agriculture in my area, plenty of feed stores, but none have anything similar to the Manna Pro COB I've always used. I got a bag locally of what was previously described as "wet" molasses with some pellets and it didn't turn out well. The pellets dissolved into mush and the whole th...
by Smokee
Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: horse feed moonshine
Replies: 72
Views: 27587

Re: horse feed moonshine

Smokee, You're just too "green" to fully understand what spoonfeeding is, that or you have yet to answer the same (fundamental) question a 100 (or more) times. Its just that at some point enabling lazy behavior becomes counterproductive to the individual and the website. The "correct" answer was gi...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: horse feed moonshine
Replies: 72
Views: 27587

Re: horse feed moonshine

Sorry guys, I just don't understand making a post flaming someone's question. It's a "novice" forum, if you feel a question is beneath you don't feel obligated to post.

Hard to believe that a generic answer to a basic question would get someone so worked up.
by Smokee
Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: horse feed moonshine
Replies: 72
Views: 27587

Re: horse feed moonshine

That's real helpful! Oh, because at 152 post in 3 years, you've really spent enough time helping people? You failed in your response to tell him what a strip run was, too. I have to assume that if he doesn't know one term, he can't know the other. But you walk in like a spoon feeding hero, throwing...
by Smokee
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: horse feed moonshine
Replies: 72
Views: 27587

Re: horse feed moonshine

That's real helpful! A "Spirit Run" is the final run of collected "Stripped Runs". I do 6.5 gallon batches of an all-grain recipe I came up with. I'll ferment each batch of 6.5 gallons and run it through my pot still at a relatively fast pace to strip the alcohol from the mash. I collect about 5 of ...
by Smokee
Sat Dec 24, 2016 9:42 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Cut Points? Foreshots? Heads and Tails? Feints?
Replies: 93
Views: 90676

Re: Cut Points? Foreshots? Heads and Tails? Feints?

I'm really impressed that this thread didn't end up with a dozen links along with a "Go read this and figure it out" comment, I appreciate reading everyone's posts for sure! As I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of distilling, my tails cut is something I'd like to do better at. I've also read ...
by Smokee
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Storing of spirits
Replies: 12
Views: 1378

Re: Storing of spirits

Nice job! :roll:
by Smokee
Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: George Washington Rye?
Replies: 27
Views: 2330

Re: George Washington Rye?

I just got back to reading all of the replies (work gets in the way). Great info from everyone! I like to think of myself as a novice. But I in reality, I guess I'm just a beginner. After trying the recipe that I mentioned, and reading everyone's replies, I realize that I made many mistakes. I real...