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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by GreenEnvy22 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 2:29 pm

Collected 11.5 gallons of wash, did stripping run.
Collected about 10L at 40%. I'll do a spirit run in the next day or two.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Sailman » Mon Dec 07, 2020 5:59 am

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Damn long day yesterday, I'm still beat. 12 hr from first drop to last. 4 Generations a 40% went into the still, approximately a 12 to 13 gallon charge. I collected about 6 gallons of cuts. One thing that I did notice this morning when I got up and walked through the room where my cuts are stored I did notice a faint green apple smell. Is this normal or is it just me smelling something that probably isn't there?

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Post by still_stirrin » Mon Dec 07, 2020 6:33 am

Acetaldehyde (green apple smell) is a highly volatile precursor of fermentation. I get it when I start a spirit run. It is so volatile that it vaporizes even before the still is up to boiling temperature. Very common. In fact, open a bottle of Budweiser beer and you can even smell the green apples.

Because it is so volatile, it is effervescing off of your jars that are airing. That’s why you smell it in the room. Also, it is quite common that most people are very sensitive to the smell, so it is detectible in very small concentrations.
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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by GreenEnvy22 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:53 am

I ended up keeping 3.5L @ 66%.
Didn't notice a very strong rye smell in the white dog, but we will see how it develops after a couple of months on oak.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Sailman » Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:41 am

still_stirrin wrote:
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Acetaldehyde (green apple smell) is a highly volatile precursor of fermentation. I get it when I start a spirit run. It is so volatile that it vaporizes even before the still is up to boiling temperature. Very common. In fact, open a bottle of Budweiser beer and you can even smell the green apples.

Because it is so volatile, it is effervescing off of your jars that are airing. That’s why you smell it in the room. Also, it is quite common that most people are very sensitive to the smell, so it is detectible in very small concentrations.
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Post by rubberduck71 » Mon Dec 07, 2020 12:00 pm

GreenEnvy22 wrote:
Mon Dec 07, 2020 7:53 am
I ended up keeping 3.5L @ 66%.
Didn't notice a very strong rye smell in the white dog, but we will see how it develops after a couple of months on oak.
Enjoy it! This is by far one of my fav T&T's.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Fredistiller » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:37 am

Hi I followed this recipe a time ago and liked it a lot. Time to do it again! A question though, why the boiling of the bread? It is already cooked. For easier siphoning? For the yeast to work better? I hope this isn't already answered yet, but I haven't got the courage to go trough the 15 pages...

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Post by rubberduck71 » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:41 am

If you invert the sugar, you could just throw the bread in soon after. I haven't boiled it either & it has a great flavor when oaked for a few months.
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Post by Fredistiller » Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:45 am

rubberduck71 wrote:
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If you invert the sugar, you could just throw the bread in soon after. I haven't boiled it either & it has a great flavor when oaked for a few months.
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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Sailman » Mon Dec 21, 2020 5:13 pm

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After four stripping runs and a Spirit Run I barely had enough Spirit cut to 120. This 5 gallon barrel actually holds 5 and 1/2.

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Post by The Baker » Mon Dec 21, 2020 7:11 pm

Belt and braces man!

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by 49er » Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:08 am

Hi guys.
This post could really go in the request for help section, but because it is based on this recipe for Rye bread whiskey, I decided to post it here.
Anyways....I've been doing mostly UJSSM over the summer but the relentlessness of it has bored me somewhat, so I have had a couple of months of no brewing, just drinking! And then I saw this recipe alluded to in another forum and the next thing was I found myself here with a rekindled enthusiasm for brewing. So I purchased 2kg of suitable rye bread from Aldi and started a new ferment along with 5kg of sugar in a 6 gallon FV (sg pointed to around 9.5% abv) The ferment stuck at around 1030, so I left it for a few days, went back and lo and behold it had restarted and finished (temp was about 28c) I left it for a few more days to clear, then stripped it, expecting nice things after having read this thread. But to my disappointment, it smelled and tasted not a lot different to all my UJSSM's! And that brings me back to my opening sentence....no matter how I tweak my recipes, they all taste the same!! I only run a pot still, with a S/S 5 gallon boiler going into a 2"x24" copper column, reducing to a 1 1/2" 90 degree bend, reducing further into
15mm which then runs through my liebig condenser 39", all of it copper. I heat the boiler with a 2.5kw element. I've no idea what, if anything, I'm doing wrong. Someone once suggested that I have too much copper and this is stripping the flavour......
If anyone can offer any suggestions I would be eternally grateful...thanks. :econfused:

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by SaltyStaves » Tue Dec 22, 2020 4:28 pm

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.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by 49er » Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:50 am

SaltyStaves wrote:
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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.
Although it's a 6 gallon fv, I'm not filling it to capacity and only get about 4 gallons of wash at the end of the ferment, which is just right for my 5 gallon still. I've only done one run so far, but intend doing more when the weather gets a tad warmer, to give me enough low wines for a second or spirit run. However, according to Odin, he got "almost too much taste" on his first run, so I was hoping for something approaching a decent flavour too.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by SaltyStaves » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:16 am

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 low wines. They won't tell you anything useful at this stage. Ferment more, strip more and do a decent sized spirit run and make good cuts.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by rubberduck71 » Mon Dec 28, 2020 5:00 pm

Just my 2 cents thrown in here, but I did ask Odin near the end of that thread (we're on page 15 now, so maybe page 14 or 13???) about using the 1.5 distilling technique. He endorsed the idea & I've been using it ever since. Made some fine tasting stuff in my airstill which only holds 4L. The capacity actually "forced" me utilize that process... I would do a stripping run with the first 4L, ending w/ ~1L of low wines. Then add those to 3L of wash & distill that batch. Usually getting ~400-500 mL of what I considered hearts, then the balance of the distillate on that run (500-600 mL) was used as feints adding to the next batch of 3.4L of wash. Rinse, repeat, until I ran out of wash. Keep feints to add to next batch, even on the 1st run of the next gen.

I've since upgraded to a larger still, but the 1.5 technique will still be used next time I make a batch.

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Fredistiller » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:39 pm

SaltyStaves wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:16 am
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 low wines. They won't tell you anything useful at this stage. Ferment more, strip more and do a decent sized spirit run and make good cuts.
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Double distill your stuff and make conservative cuts: no heads almost no tails. Give it a rest. You'll tell the difference!

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by 49er » Tue Dec 29, 2020 11:20 am

SaltyStaves wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:16 am


Stop drinking your low wines. They won't tell you anything useful at this stage. Ferment more, strip more and do a decent sized spirit run and make good cuts.
I'm not drinking my low wines, only tasting a teaspoon full.... :roll:

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by krausen89 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:25 pm

i am trying a recipe very similar to UJSSM but incorporating 2lbs rye bread

5lbs cracked corn
2lbs rye bread crumbs ( ground in food processor)
7lbs sugar
4Gallons water

Editing because i didnt realize there was so many pages!

I used Pepperidge Farms seedless jewish rye. Not really what is needed for this recipe but is readily available to me and has a very nice aromatic rye smell and great flavor..we shall see if its enough rye bread. For flavor to the ujssm

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by rubberduck71 » Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:25 pm

krausen: if you have a Whole Foods near you, they carry that hard-to-find Mestemacher rye
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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Fredistiller » Wed Dec 30, 2020 3:17 am

krausen89 wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:25 pm
i am trying a recipe very similar to UJSSM but incorporating 2lbs rye bread

5lbs cracked corn
2lbs rye bread crumbs ( ground in food processor)
7lbs sugar
4Gallons water

Editing because i didnt realize there was so many pages!

I used Pepperidge Farms seedless jewish rye. Not really what is needed for this recipe but is readily available to me and has a very nice aromatic rye smell and great flavor..we shall see if its enough rye bread. For flavor to the ujssm
Sounds good to go. Next time try to use less sugar, like 4.5 lbs to have your gravity around 1.050. This keeps the yeast happy so they will give a better final product.

Let us know!

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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Clae » Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:56 pm

So... Im a little confused on how important multiple generations/backset are to this recipe.

Ideally, I would like to try this scaled-up in my 25gal fermenter without having to commit to months of fermenting and re-fermenting.
Would I be missing out if I just scale up the 1st generation recipe to make a single spirit run, instead of multiple gens?
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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by FL Brewer » Tue Feb 02, 2021 2:48 pm

Maybe double the rye bread amount in the first generation, then back to the original amount for subsequent generations? You get flavor from the backset and the feints, that's a lot to make up for in the first gen.
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Post by Honest_Liberty » Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:49 am

How does this compare in flavor against all grain or UjSSM rye hybrid?
Also, cost?

I would imagine inverting table sugar and adding malted rye from the LHBS would make a fine drop for less, considering how expensive that bread is
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Re: Rye bread whiskey

Post by Kindafrench » Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:50 pm

Distilled 20 liters at 14 ish % yesterday. I was very unprecise with fermenting, so I took 20 liters of RO water, 1.5 kg of pumpernickel, 5 kg of sugar (inverted it) and a small block of fresh bakers yeast. As always I plunged a Vitamin B - Magnesia pill and a tea spoon of DAP in the mix. Started all fine at about 20°C, took 2 weeks to ferment. Didn‘t measure SG at all. I tasted the wash before deciding and it was dry, maybe not completely dry, but imho save enough to distill.

Refluxed in my LM offsethead, took fores very slow, after 30 mins. of stabilizing. Heads already yummy smelling and fingertasting, about 300 ml. Hearts maybe 1 liter at 94%. Early tails stuff, 300 ml. Finally tails, maybe 300 ml. All sitting on the desk to breathe a bit.
Today I will decide what to use and what to reuse and what to dump into the cleaning alcohol bottle.

I took 10 ml right out the middle of the hearts section and dilluted it with the same amount of water right after distilling.
What I wanted to find out was, will I get a product like Doppelkorn, which could be called German Vodka, and yes, it tasted almost perfectly like my favourite German schnaps.
I always wanted to try a rye mash, but was afraid of not getting what I want, plus all the boiling, malting, distilling... how... steam... no way... so I let go that idea.
But now, it‘s possible. Thanks Odin! You‘re my hero!
Will try it again in UJSM style, after my next two runs of UJSM, with which I‘m very happy, too. Already filled up my 30 liter oak barrel a year ago and going to bottle it right now.

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