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by SaltyStaves
Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

If this is not the case, explain how liquid is lost via evaporation. Changes in barometric pressure force spirit in and out of the wood, but also opens the space between staves. This is where most of the losses occur. That is why plugging them with wax is a bad idea. The only way it would be viable...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Nov 12, 2020 2:04 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?
Replies: 17
Views: 490

Re: Partially waxing a small barrel to limit evaporation/oxidation?

CopperFiend wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 12:27 am
Not sure how much you'll save though as a lot of the angel's share just wicks through the wood.
That is not how barrels work. Wicking = wet. The outside of a barrel isn't wet unless there is a problem.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Nov 05, 2020 11:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)

There were two PX casks on my tasting. Cask 555 14YO PX Noe 54.8% ABV and cask AR13000005 14YO Moine PX 53.4% ABV.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Nov 05, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)

I also would like to impart a sherry finish. I have a bunnahabhain amontillado that’s to die for. Should i soak a one of the spirals or some un toasted white oak? I spent a week touring Islay distilleries last year and while I know I won’t get near that level as a first timer, one can dream. For th...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)
Replies: 18
Views: 589

Re: First Ever Stripping Run (peated whisky)

Mattmmmax wrote:
Wed Nov 04, 2020 11:26 pm
I had read to cut the stripping run off at 208F or 20%abv.
You should take your cues from the people that make the spirits you are trying to emulate.
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:57 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Charentais style preheater with heads cutter
Replies: 3
Views: 279

Re: Charentais style preheater with heads cutter

You either need a condenser or a bypass (three-way valve) on the preheater, or it will be a potential bomb. I use a condenser as I'd rather take fores than have to bypass the preheater and have it start to cool before the main boiler strip is finished. The traditional Charentais' have a bypass. The ...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 29, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Tasting your stripping run
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Tasting your stripping run

Ferment, strip and spirit run a peated wash. Set aside the feints and bottle the hearts. Ferment and strip an unpeated wash and combine the unpeated low wines with the peated feints for the spirit run.

You now have two single malt new makes and a greater appreciation for how peat is carried over.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Oct 27, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Driving through Oklahoma - Looking for some Bourbon
Replies: 4
Views: 186

Re: Driving through Oklahoma - Looking for some Bourbon

The Well of OKC Wine & Spirits.

Good huntin.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Second Run (We don't need to talk about the first)
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: Second Run (We don't need to talk about the first)

Yeah, I read somewhere that you can steep your botanicals in your wash prior to distilling, if you don't want to vapor infuse, I went with both options. I did filter out said botanticals when I tossed it in the still tho. Well I'm not surprised that you are unhappy with the end result. Gin should s...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Second Run (We don't need to talk about the first)
Replies: 11
Views: 577

Re: Second Run (We don't need to talk about the first)

BlueSasquatch wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:33 am
now the wash was brown to start, because I was using a midnight dark wheat ingredient.
Are you saying that you added gin botanicals to wash? :wtf:
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets
Replies: 35
Views: 1124

Re: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets

The bet is that for our application, PTFE will resist chemical attack for the working life of the material and that Silicone won't. Their chemical composition and manufacture are secondary concerns to their performance during their working life. Think of it like stone fruits that contain Amygdalin. ...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Whiskey
Topic: Proofing down scotch to get more peat
Replies: 15
Views: 592

Re: Proofing down scotch to get more peat

You'll likely get astringent husk flavours and tannins with it.

A spirit run with feints from a previous peated run is the way the Scots do it and that is many processes removed from what you are considering.
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets
Replies: 35
Views: 1124

Re: PTFE vs Silicone Gaskets

If silicone has a low toxicity but less resistance to chemical attack and ptfe has a known carcinogen but is much more resistant to chemical attack, then the latter is the better choice as far as I'm concerned.

My gasket supplier's PTFE is manufactured in Italy.
by SaltyStaves
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Commercial all molasses rum?
Replies: 23
Views: 940

Re: Commercial all molasses rum?

I have definitely enjoyed stuff along the lines of Diplomatico. I don't like to add any mixers. Not sure about their other bottlings, but Reserva Exclusiva is one of the most heavily adulterated rums on the market. It has been dosed with sugar. Its important to know, because you'll not be able to a...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?
Replies: 188
Views: 12857

Re: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?

Not too sure. The ester is highly volatile and so I just made sure it was in the retort during the spirit run so that some of it made it into the distillation, but if the acid that creates it can be added earlier and all the conditions are right, then it seems it would be possible. But you're compar...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:09 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?
Replies: 188
Views: 12857

Re: Where does banana flavor in Rum come from?

Does anyone know what happens to a vinegar with cane thrash for substrate in it? Do other bacteria break down the vinegar into something else? One that got away from me was infected by fruit flies. The smell is an unforgettable one and the whole thing had to be thrown out. It needs to develop in th...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Another stripping run question
Replies: 25
Views: 811

Re: Another stripping run question

A wash turning to vinegar is rare, but it has a tell-tale sign in that it will burn your nose AND your eyes. When you strip it, that sensation will be ramped up considerably.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 12, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Wash, First Run
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: First Wash, First Run

What you put in the thumper will affect the outcome (low wines in there vs wash etc), but generally its a second distillation. At a minimum, some would consider it a 1.5 times distillation, but many people run thumpers for that reason. To achieve a single run. Having three fermented charges might re...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Oct 11, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel
Replies: 632
Views: 86137

Re: The Badmotivator Bain-Marie and Oak Barrel

Or do the joints do something something? Does a couple of functions. Pressure changes force the joined staves to push against each other as the wood expands and contracts. If it were a single disc, it would pop out of the bain marie. Its a stress relief. Its also considered a major highway for gas ...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Oct 11, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First Wash, First Run
Replies: 4
Views: 324

Re: First Wash, First Run

I decided to run it without the thumper to pull over more flavor. And more of the undesirable congeners too. Don't forget all that Ethyl Carbamate that you'll be aging. Sugar washes should never be considered drinkable after a single pass through a pot still. What you are calling feints here, are i...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Oct 09, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Help with Rum!
Replies: 40
Views: 992

Re: Help with Rum!

Just so as I understand correctly, next strips I will do away with the parrot and run the 'striped low-wine mixture' down to 20% - rather than the feed in parrot. I'd rarely run down that low. Mid to high 20's would be more typical, but it depends on what type of rum you are making. The ABV of the ...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?
Replies: 20
Views: 642

Re: Fixing a ridiculously over sweet whiskey?

No 3 would be my choice. If you are anything like me, then sooner or later you'll make something that won't be sweet enough and requires blending out with some sweeter stocks.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Help with Rum!
Replies: 40
Views: 992

Re: Help with Rum!

I dont think you have really done much wrong at all......just the things anyone new to rum can make. As I understand it, he has stripped three washes but the total collection was above 40% ABV. He has then diluted those low wines down to 40% ABV with water. Then combined those watered down low wine...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Help with Rum!
Replies: 40
Views: 992

Re: Help with Rum!

That acidic water in your wash is of much higher value than the water out of your tap or spring. One of them contains the character of the drink you are trying to make and the chemical potential to create esters. The other tastes like water and will retard ester development. The protocol you have be...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Rum
Topic: Help with Rum!
Replies: 40
Views: 992

Re: Help with Rum!

Saltystaves - no I water the low wines down to 40% - I strip down to below 20% line So its even worse than I thought. You water down your low wines because its higher than 40% ABV by the time you stop? That is a very poor protocol to follow. I stop collecting when the ABV in the total collection is...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Condenser water temps? How warm is too warm?
Replies: 66
Views: 1316

Re: Condenser water temps? How warm is too warm?

Did you put a mirror or glass in front of the outlet? Alcohol vapour should steam up and clear very quickly, but water vapour will leave large droplets on the mirror.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka
Replies: 154
Views: 44491

Re: Ted's Fast Fermenting Vodka

I only have a pot still and this is the first recipe I made when I started the hobby. I make it annually and keep it in the freezer and enjoy it throughout the summer. It is pretty far from neutral, so I had to do a few things to tone it down. I use stale wheat and I do not boil the grains. In fact ...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Oct 08, 2020 2:36 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Help with Rum!
Replies: 40
Views: 992

Re: Help with Rum!

Stopping collection when your charge equals 40% ABV means that nasty tails compounds in the wash will miss out on a distillation cycle. Including them in the spirit run in such large volume (because it was dunder from multiple charges) is why your spirit run tastes strong in tails. with the strip ru...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 05, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple brandy question
Replies: 71
Views: 2366

Re: Apple brandy question

That's interesting and I can see that adding body to the wine/cider. Are the lee's stirred up sur-lie style in this scenario like some chardonnays? Cheers, jonny Haven't seen any references to disturbing it. The big oak fermenting vessels they use are thinner walled than an oak barrel, so there wou...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Apple brandy question
Replies: 71
Views: 2366

Re: Apple brandy question

rubberduck71 wrote:
Mon Oct 05, 2020 1:04 pm
rack it into demijohn & airlock it.
Calvados is kept on its Lees for up to 12 months. No need to rack it.