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by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: steam stripping on the grain
Replies: 10
Views: 526

Re: steam stripping on the grain

Scotch distillers will literally pump an active ferment straight from the washbacks into the wash stills in order to keep to their schedules. They don't care about those pesky washes that don't finish, because the volumes that they are working with will nullify any variation/anomaly. Many have a fer...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I've racked up a decent amount of fortified wines (Sherries/Ports/Madeira etc) through all my oak treatments, so I combined them all for a cleanup distillation. One or more of them has been dosed with sugar and last night I noticed Ants were swarming the carboy. I'm doing the stripping run in my lit...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Foreshot Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: Foreshot Storage

Fine. I had some leftover HDPE vinegar containers when I started this hobby (cleaning runs) and I've stored most of my fores in one of them for the last 5+ years. Don't use it if you plan to re-use the fores for cleaning the still again though. Most of my mixed fores have got rum and gin and peat ev...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:46 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Feijoa Brandy
Replies: 10
Views: 279

Re: Feijoa Brandy

+1

If you find a way that doesn't either vanish or taste like fly-spray, let us know.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Jan 02, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from New Zealand
Replies: 4
Views: 90

Re: Hello from New Zealand

Welcome in.

If you haven't already, get yourself setup for fermenting 3-4 charges worth for your still. 25L is a lot of beer or wine, but its not nearly enough for whiskey or brandy.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 84
Views: 2443

Re: Pot still, single run.

If making a flavourful spirit (Whiskey, Rum etc), then you would aim to run the strips until the final collection is between 25-32% ABV. Also assuming foreshots are taken and excluded. With that in mind, you would want to work backwards to determine how big your fermentation needs to be in order to ...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 84
Views: 2443

Re: Pot still, single run.

I don’t collect all in one jar as most may do so the collection went to 20 proof but much of that wasn’t added to spirit run. Why wasn't it added? What was it set aside for? I removed fors each strip run and anything that was below 80 proof from what was kept for the spirit run. From each of the th...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 28, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Pot still, single run.
Replies: 84
Views: 2443

Re: Pot still, single run.

Thanks for being patient and for all of the advice. Three batches were stripped. Fore shots removed each time. Stripping runs collected until the proof of the collection jar was down to 20. All three runs were combined into one spirit run in addition to about 15 L of left over wash that didn’t fit ...
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 444
Views: 98885

Re: Rye bread whiskey

It sounds like you are mixing up the concepts of 1st generations/runs with 1st distillations. Odin tweaked his recipe because he was getting too much rye spice flavour. That does not imply that he didn't double distill it. He even states in the OP that he did "Two distillations". Stop drinking your ...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: New steam rig and manometer test
Replies: 14
Views: 707

Re: New steam rig and manometer test

Well done. I'll have to take some inspiration from you when I finally get around to building my thumper.
by SaltyStaves
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Gin Mare.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: Quarterly free bottle arrived. Meh
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: Quarterly free bottle arrived. Meh

Product website tells me nothing about the rum in their coffee infused rum. Just lots of talk about coffee beans. Its no doubt sourced. They are bartenders/mixers, not distillers.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 24, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Its quite delicate, so I hope it sticks around and doesn't vanish out of the jar. Another 180mls or so to go.. If its any good, I'll have to wait again for next years harvest. Most of them went into salad and I wasn't a big fan. A handful got macerated, so if its any good, I'll use the lot for gin i...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Banana blossom gin.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

I'm hoping santa has bought me a butchers glove.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Dec 23, 2020 10:42 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Today I made blood come out my finger.

First time using a corn planer for peeling citrus. Was really happy with the results, right before I slipped up. Stopped my planned gin run and now I'm contemplating an early xmas morning run.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: low wine stripped smell
Replies: 65
Views: 1337

Re: low wine stripped smell

This defo isn't rotten eggs, its more like wet clothing with a seriously offensive burny nose. I can't even smell it directly, I have to waft my hand over it. Sounds like Gypsum. Wineo's is a recipe I adopted fairly early into the hobby. It didn't go well. I had one out of three successes with it b...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:28 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 444
Views: 98885

Re: Rye bread whiskey

49er, you did a 6 gallon ferment for a 5 gallon boiler and you're running it as a pot still? If you are only doing a single pass, then I'm not surprised you are disappointed.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Questions for those that lauter
Replies: 24
Views: 1147

Re: Questions for those that lauter

and I have matching 20 gallon Hot Liquour tank and boil kettles, and I can recirculate. Id like to see how much cracked corn I can incorporate into a recipe, with rice hulls and patience, and still be able to recirculate and lauter. I may have a few messes along the way.... but will be a fun learni...
by SaltyStaves
Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin Run with herbs in boiler and internal element
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: Gin Run with herbs in boiler and internal element

Ironically, I had a tea-ball at the time, but had no way of keeping it away from the element, so I just put all the botanicals in and let them move freely. Big mistake. :oops:
by SaltyStaves
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin Run with herbs in boiler and internal element
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: Gin Run with herbs in boiler and internal element

First gin I made was in my boiler with a 4500w element. A piece of cassia bark and an allspice berry got lodged in the folds of the element and left one hell of a scorched mess that took a lot of PBW and elbow grease to remove. Made 8 litres of terrible gin too. After that, I made a small gin still ...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Single malt spirit run.
65% Baird's Heavily Peated. 29% NZ Pale malt. 6% Gladfield's Aurora. 'Foreshots and Feints' from my last 100% peated run.

Less charcoal peat aroma for sure, but also a lot more interesting. Getting some nice chocolate/coffee from the specialty malt.
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Who is George?
Replies: 14
Views: 1121

Re: Who is George?

I think younger generations entering the hobby will gravitate to youtube, because they are already using it for education for their other interests. I'm a novice, but I'm fortunate that when I got into the hobby, I was already well involved in forums for my other interests and there wasn't much home...
by SaltyStaves
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Stripping a 65% peated single malt. Possible lacto started or the yeast didn't fall out of suspension. Its the cloudiest I've ever run. I'm running more in the preheater than the boiler, because last time, the preheater puked with the same volume in both. Hoping the extra 5L in the preheater will me...
by SaltyStaves
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Heavily peated spirit run. Good yield, but fermentation went a little too quick, so character is a little bit average. Have had a few hot nights and the yeast have taken advantage.
by SaltyStaves
Mon Dec 14, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Teddy's fast ferment vodka really has a bran aftertaste
Replies: 17
Views: 641

Re: Teddy's fast ferment vodka really has a bran aftertaste

I pot still it and as the recipe stands, it is anything but neutral. I modify it for my purposes by using stale wheat bran and only pouring boiling water over it and covering in the pot for no more than one minute before I discard the bran and transfer the liquid to the fermenter. It takes longer to...
by SaltyStaves
Sat Dec 12, 2020 4:21 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Using up my leftover Bairds Heavy Peat Malt (65%) with some leftover unpeated grains. Whole garage smells like Bacon and I'm not mad at it. I am hungry though...
by SaltyStaves
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Deplorable wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 4:13 pm
Thats the way I do it.
Unfortunately, mine is 1.5" portal window, so I have to peer in with one eye closed while shining a torch into it. :ebiggrin:
by SaltyStaves
Fri Dec 11, 2020 3:37 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5346
Views: 363028

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Stripping heavily peated single malt.
Foam bubbles are bursting in the sight glass and I'm just applying enough power so they go no higher.
by SaltyStaves
Wed Dec 09, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Stripping Keg Boiler with Thumper Build
Replies: 61
Views: 1824

Re: Stripping Keg Boiler with Thumper Build

I'm sure this idea will get shot down, but what about a Tee on the line feeding the trombone condenser, fed from the pre-heat? Worse case I get some fores in with my stripping wines. Even if you do it right, its a logistical nightmare. Fores from the preheater mixing with the tail of the stripping ...