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by the pure drop
Thu Aug 04, 2011 5:10 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4429
Views: 832285

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

All very, very good points and ideas. And I've never used more than 25% backset...I may have to give more backset a go. I can say though, that this is a damn fine no-cook sugarhead recipe. My friends love this stuff and can't seem to get enough. One close bud of mine isn't even a whiskey drinker, bu...
by the pure drop
Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:05 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4429
Views: 832285

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

Thanks Rad. I also had a sneaking suspiscion that the frozen corn was contributing something nice to the flavor. But I can tell that the cuts are getting better by leaps and bounds. I must confess though... I didn't start using frozen corn out of choice, more so out of desperation. Where I currently...
by the pure drop
Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:42 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4429
Views: 832285

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

TAF, I have been following your postings and have been trying to puzzle out your lack of corn flavor. To be honest, it really beats the hell out of me why you are not getting corn flavor. Understanding that taste is a very subjective thing, I still can't understand why you are not getting corn flavo...
by the pure drop
Mon Jan 07, 2008 11:22 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: My plastic still
Replies: 160
Views: 83099

words from a serious newb.......

Hi all.......I can't help but put a few words in here to other newbies.....being relatively new myself, even at the expense of carrying this conversation on longer than it should. I personally take this hobby, nay this craft very seriously. Just as I take any hobby/craft which I begin and enjoy. One...
by the pure drop
Thu Jan 03, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ok, the questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

white corn meal......

yep, I sure can.......and I am using corn meal now in a mash which I will run tomorrow....(actually it's yellow cornmeal). However, I can see that it will be a pain in the tail-end to get all the fluids out of 5-6 lbs of corn meal when I am syphoning it off to put in the still. I was hoping I could ...
by the pure drop
Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ok, the questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

frozen/ canned corn?

Hi all, I am currently living in korea, and it seems to be impossible to get cracked corn here......even in pet stores (and there really are no such thing as farm and feed stores here). But I do have access to a comissary (us military grocery store). They also do not have cracked corn.....or any oth...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

thanks Ricky, Yeah, your right.......

I am a 31 year old wide-eyed little boy when it comes to this :D Sorry. You said if you had access to cheap apples and pears, you would be using that instead of corn? Why is that? Is it because the fruit likkers are just better.....and easier to make? Or you prefer the fruit brandy? Thanks, and yeah...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 3:41 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ok, the questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

Thanks Pintoshine.......

I think I will try both the rice flour and the wheat flour........but I will try the wheat flour first even though it will be fermented sour dough. You gave the measurement as one part whole wheat flour and 2 parts water.........is this for some sort of starter, or would that be for the entire 5 gal...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:32 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

fruit brandy.......sounds good.......

I can get these huge juicy korean apples here for almost dirt cheap right out of the market........cheaper at farmer's stand. I think they would work great.........and I can get huge pears too. That's it? just add sugar and yeast and let it go for a couple of weeks? No tomato paste/multivamin and le...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 5:14 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

thanks.....thumper.....

I see your point about the thumper, and I also have plenty of time to run it through twice.......I don't know, just guess I was getting gadgett-happy or something.... goose eye..........wine. I may try, but that sounds like it would take much longer to ferment than mash or sugar wash, using baker's ...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:47 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

Thanks Husker......

Thanks for the info..... I think for now, about 4 gallons is the max I can fit where I live......I am currently living in Korea. And unfortunately, due to lack of traditional grains for malting/cracking and fermenting, I am stuck using sugar washes and trying to flavor them to get something that alm...
by the pure drop
Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:44 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

If I doubled that size to 16 quarts.......

If I doubled the pot size to 16 or even 20 quarts, would that make a difference in the end resulting spirits?
by the pure drop
Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:39 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........
Replies: 13
Views: 5041

double distillation on my 8 quart pot still........

This probably seems like a no brainer, but I would like the expert opinion of more experienced likker maker's here.........especially as it concerns the use of the pot still. The way I have ran the 3 batches I have done so far (3 each of 5 gallons birdwatcher's sugar wash) is to do a stripping run. ...
by the pure drop
Thu Dec 27, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Ok, the questions..
Replies: 12
Views: 2588

couple of questions here from a newb........

I have done 3 5 gal batches of birdwatcher's sugar wash and aged with toasted hickory and a little essence of raisins that I made by sitting the raisins in some 70% for a week, then squeezing all the "juice" out of the raisins and the liquad as well from the same container and distilling the "essens...
by the pure drop
Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:21 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: charred Hickory anyone???
Replies: 12
Views: 3525

wow, thanks for the responses :D

I will order some oak eventually, but hickory (for grilling) is what I have, and after only a few days, it tastes GREAT :D:D:D:D It is very sweet, and the smokey flavor comes through very very well. The color is a very dark, even when cut with water to bring it down to about 43-45% ABV. I can say wi...
by the pure drop
Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:26 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: charred Hickory anyone???
Replies: 12
Views: 3525

charred Hickory anyone???

Hi, I am a newbie here (done a few runs, and made a few single gallon sugar washes........just pitched my first 5 gallon wash). I'm using a pot still. I'm a simple guy, and I am really only looking to make whiskey right now, so the pot still fits my tastes for the time being. Anyway, I know all the ...
by the pure drop
Sun Nov 18, 2007 2:20 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2158
Views: 580384

Just started this one, scaled down to 1/4

I just started this one scaled down to about 1/4 the original volume. I am really looking forward to running this one. This will be my second sugar wash. My first was a simple gallon wash from a little tomato paste and one container of corn syrup. Which, after both gallons (did two), were ran the fi...
by the pure drop
Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: how many times to distill?
Replies: 3
Views: 1557

how many times to distill?

I am a newbie........running a VERY BASIC homemade pot still with a small (8 ltr) stock pot as the boiler. No thumber. Just Boiler, arm and condenser. Thats it. I ras water through first to check the system. All is well. I then ran through a few gallons of cheap 12% ABV red wine, throwing out the fi...