Christmas Caramel Bourbon

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Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:42 am

I've been wanting to play with the special malts and I love caramel so I've decided to make a bourbon in the same manner as the all mighty HBB but instead of honey malt I'm going with the caramel malt 80 and a little heavier so the flavors are very dominant.

Here's the list of grains for a 30 gal ferment

40 lbs cornmeal
5 lbs white wheat malt
5 lbs red wheat malt
5 lbs pale malt
5 lbs caramel malt 80
2.5 crystal malt

I'll strip run on the grains and a final spirit run will have 10% backset added to make a bold drink that's going on heavy char, med toasted American white oak domino's I'll make, they will be 1"×2"×5" per gallon for no shorter time than a year.

I don't think there's anything special about this other than I want to have a caramel/vanilla type of bourbon, I may even up the special malt to ensure good flavor carry over or add another malt... possibly caramel 120 or a bit of chocolate malt.
There is a great possibility of 5 lbs steam rolled oats for mouth feel :thumbup:
I'll also be doing a no cook method for the corn, just add boiling water to the corn and special malts, wrap it up and wait until 150f then add the other malts.

Like I said there is no "WOW" Factor with this recipe but it seems like a good way to start the new year and end 2018 with some fine bourbon.

Thanks SCD for your inspiration with the special malts :thumbup:

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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby fizzix » Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:07 am

ShineonCrazyDiamond and his recipes sure do spark a creative imagination.
Thanks to him I went from 10mph to 70 and didn't hit the guard rails or run off the track with his Honey Bear Bourbon (I assume that's what "HBB" is.)
I'm trying his Sundae Chocolate Bourbon soon despite the "not for everyone's taste" warning. I'm interested in his procedure and profile. (Good word, "profile," I learned here.)
Still too green myself to wander off the Yellow Brick Road like you're doing, but I see my own creations over the horizon once I understand the specialties better.
Found this to acquaint myself with your recipe's taste. I otherwise like sweets, bolds, gins -oh hell I like 'em all.

When can we expect a review on your creation?
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Jimy Dee » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:55 pm

ShineOn - let us know how it goes, sounds really interesting and plants the possibility that good recipes may be modifiable. Let's see. JD
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:30 am

Well the wife is 9 months preggers and it's currently 14°f and has been this cold since I posted this recipe.

I just looked up Brutals steam wand in I like that idea for this mash so I'll be building this wand first, hopefully this week so I can hit the ground running.

I also need to build the insulated box for the drum to sit in and make sure it will hold the heat long enough for good conversion. I'm pretty sure it will be at least a week before I mash anything but it's very soon coming.

I'm looking forward to mashing something like now!
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:56 am

I've finally got some time to do other things and now about to put this plan into action.

I'll be mashing this bourbon tomorrow night and in hopes it will be ready for S3-18

I did decide to add the 5 lbs of oats as I have a 50lb sac laying around :thumbup:

This should be a good one!
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby jon1163 » Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:33 pm

Looking forward to hearing about your progress. Creating my own recipes is something that I dream of doing but I just don't have the experience yet.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby fizzix » Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:35 am

jon1163 wrote:Looking forward to hearing about your progress. Creating my own recipes is something that I dream of doing but I just don't have the experience yet.

+1. Good on you ShineOn. Subscribed, so keep posting.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Jimy Dee » Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:24 pm

ShineOn - Let us know in due course, we are all looking forward to the outcome. Jimy
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:15 pm

Aye.

I can't believe I hadn't posted in this thread yet. I've been following it since the beginning and will continue to do so.

Keep up the good work. :thumbup:
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:31 am

Seems like life throws a swift kick to the crotch, a bowl of wrenches and the need for everything else so this is still an almost a go recipe. lol

With the weather perking up with temps in the high 50s to mid 60s and my honey list almost finished I can now clean the fermenters and get to going.

I have 2 30 gal fermenter so the grain bill will be 60lb for 25 gal.
I'm going heavy on the malts just because I want a heavy malt flavor and with the heavy char this should be very bold and flavorful.

Raining tomorrow so should get one done and the other this weekend.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby aircarbonarc » Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:33 am

I'll agree thay this would be great I made a similar recipe using crystal malt. Actually a few days ago I started a batch of HBCB (honey bear caramel bourbon) well itll be more toasty caramel as I added a couple lbs of dark crystal malt in with my honey malt. The wort was tasty and toasty so hoping the final product really loves life.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby OtisT » Mon Mar 19, 2018 11:03 am

I'm subbed to see how this turns out. :-)

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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby bilgriss » Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:54 am

Also watching.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Mon Mar 26, 2018 1:05 pm

Well it's going to be Thursday when I mash in, I'm taking 2 days this week off plus I'm headed to the OBX for a week so when I return it should be nice and dry :thumbup:

Still not sure if I'm doing a single with the thumper or stripping it, more than likely it will be a single tho.

Hoping to have it on oak so I can bring a sample to S3-18.

Ain't no promises but it's looking like 6 months on oak should get me there or at least close.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby ShineonCrazyDiamond » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:23 pm

First you have to actually mash the damn thing.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby OtisT » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:47 pm

ShineonCrazyDiamond wrote:First you have to actually mash the damn thing.

+1

Zzzzzzzzzz. Wake me when you are finished. ;-)

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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby zapata » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:28 am

Try not to freeze at the OBX, you're about a month early for me!
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Bavis54 » Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:31 pm

This sounds like a really nice grain bill, once I got the mashing procedure down, honey bear is my favorite bourbon. I did something sort of similar last winter, but used spent hbb grains with new caramel 120 malts for a sugar head . It turned out nice but I didn’t notice the caramel flavor, I only used 2 lbs in 25 gal wash so maybe didn’t use enough . Anyway I really interested to hear how turns out.
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Re: Christmas Caramel Bourbon

Postby Shine0n » Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:28 pm

It's been 70+ for the week and today has been in the mid 50's, been very pleasant so far.

Bavis, I'll post back when I find the time to mash in. lol
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