What'd ya'll make today?

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Jimbo » Sat Apr 04, 2015 3:12 pm

You guys got me thirsty to cut into some limes. At the moment Im drinking a half Bourbon Barrel IPA and half Breakfast Stout, black and tan style. Be damned if it doesnt make a damn fine BBL Porter better than either of its parents. MIght have to blend some kegs here.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by firewater69 » Sat Apr 04, 2015 9:01 pm

I made a new recipe, 10# 2 row, 5# wheat malt, 5# corn malt, 3# golden promise, & 2# roasted barley. 2gal of backset & 10gal of water. If the distillate carries these flavors over, it'll be like sex in a bottle! S.G was 1.072 @ 60°
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Post by CR33G3R » Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:28 am

Doing a smoked ham for Easter...
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Jimbo » Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:50 am

What time you want us over? :ebiggrin:
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by CR33G3R » Sun Apr 05, 2015 7:45 am

Jimbo wrote:What time you want us over? :ebiggrin:
As long as your are bringing some of that fine bourbon..Anytine :thumbup:
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Post by FtW » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:36 am

CR33G3R wrote:Doing a smoked ham for Easter...
I also have a nice ham for tonight, but now I want a smoker... I should grab one for home smoked barley too!

Got a new 35 gallon igloo cooler for no boil mashing & an OBKrusher grain mill last week, milled & mashed up 35# corn with 10# rauch malt & 5# rye on Friday (with sebstar & sebamyl) for a 25 gallon batch & barely 36 hours later, pretty much done. My fastest ferment yet, brix from 13 to 5. I'll likely rack tomorrow & run.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by firewater69 » Sun Apr 05, 2015 9:40 am

FtW wrote:
CR33G3R wrote:Doing a smoked ham for Easter...
I also have a nice ham for tonight, but now I want a smoker... I should grab one for home smoked barley too!

Got a new 35 gallon igloo cooler for no boil mashing & an OBKrusher grain mill last week, milled & mashed up 35# corn with 10# rauch malt & 5# rye on Friday (with sebstar & sebamyl) for a 25 gallon batch & barely 36 hours later, pretty much done. My fastest ferment yet, brix from 13 to 5. I'll likely rack tomorrow & run.
let us know how the run goes, please.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Grappa-Gringo » Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:45 pm

Extra long weekend creates time for some distilling. Pulled off a little over 3 1/2 liters of Bourbon-- Sweetfeed version. Got it going on some charred OAK right away... I mixed it with about 1/2 liter of already charred
sweetfeed from a previous run. Looks good so far... now to sit back and wait.
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Post by NZChris » Mon Apr 06, 2015 9:03 pm

Grape harvest today. These are Black Hamburg table grapes and I have never made a decent wine out of them, so I stopped trying a couple of decades ago and have been mostly making my version of grappa with them. I really should pay someone to graft decent wine/brandy grapes onto them. All my grafts have failed.

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Sparkling wine from free run juice.
Jeropiga made with lightly pressed juice plus last year's grappa, 18% ABV.
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Grappa made with fresh pressed skins, water and sugar.

...plus we had fish in the smoker :D

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Due51 » Tue Apr 07, 2015 5:10 pm

Another bourbon using 10lbs of cracked corn plus 3lbs 2-row and 2lbs rye. For some reason I ended up with more than 5 gallons of mash (closer to 6). Going to have to split into 2 fermenters. Hopefully I achieved the right SG. I'm waiting fir the mash to cool so I can take a reading.
I also stripped the previous 5 gallon mash I made back in March. I was a little preoccupied and ended up running this strip down to 10% ABV. Haha.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by FtW » Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:04 pm

firewater69 wrote:
FtW wrote:
CR33G3R wrote:Doing a smoked ham for Easter...
I also have a nice ham for tonight, but now I want a smoker... I should grab one for home smoked barley too!

Got a new 35 gallon igloo cooler for no boil mashing & an OBKrusher grain mill last week, milled & mashed up 35# corn with 10# rauch malt & 5# rye on Friday (with sebstar & sebamyl) for a 25 gallon batch & barely 36 hours later, pretty much done. My fastest ferment yet, brix from 13 to 5. I'll likely rack tomorrow & run.
let us know how the run goes, please.
Started stripping yesterday & burnt out my element with a dry fire. Replaced it & finished the strip, just finishing the spirit run now, it's into the tails.
Gonna let it breathe overnight before final cuts, but looks like it should give me a good 4 clean liters. I can sure smell the smoke from the rauch malt in a jar after its emptied & left for a few minutes.

Today going to try making my first rum, picked up some cane molasses & demarrera sugar. Thinking 5 or 6 liters of the molasses with 2 or 3 Kg of the sugar to try a 10 gallon batch, gotta check some of the recipes.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by SS396 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:08 pm

Blackberry brandy. Tried posting a pic but it said file is to be under 2mb which it is. What aint I doin right?

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Jimbo » Wed Apr 08, 2015 4:11 pm

gotta be no bigger than 800 pixels in either direction. gotta resize it, 1998 style.
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Post by SS396 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:34 pm

How's this look :)
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Jimbo » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:04 am

Red. what is it?
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Post by S-Cackalacky » Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:59 am

Looks like my workbench.
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Post by firewater69 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 9:27 am

S-Cackalacky wrote:Looks like my workbench.
LMFAO! I think it's a close up of his blackberry brandy
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by FtW » Thu Apr 09, 2015 10:26 am

The tasting experience, looking through the bottom of the bottle?

My blackberry must has to be about as done as it's gonna get, Gonna see if I can run that this evening.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by SS396 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:46 am

My blackberry brandy....had to crop pic to fit on here. Just trying to show the nice amber color. Guessing I failed...lol.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by MichiganCornhusker » Thu Apr 09, 2015 11:49 am

SS, here is a link to a site that is super easy to use. It will allow you to resize the entire photo without cropping, and also define a max file size.
Under "resize your picture" you can select "custom" to define pixels.
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Post by jedneck » Sun Apr 12, 2015 4:01 pm

Jimbos wheated bourbon using 66% undermalted corn and 33% malted white wheat and 1% luck.
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Post by Jimbo » Mon Apr 13, 2015 10:56 am

jedneck wrote:Jimbos wheated bourbon using 66% undermalted corn and 33% malted white wheat and 1% luck.
It's that 1% luck that makes it sweet and delicious. :D
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Post by ranger_ric » Mon Apr 13, 2015 11:37 am

Yep they had a one day special on LUCK over on ebay yesterday. It was buy One Get One Free BOGO. w/free shipping.
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Post by jedneck » Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:24 pm

Jimbo wrote:
jedneck wrote:Jimbos wheated bourbon using 66% undermalted corn and 33% malted white wheat and 1% luck.
It's that 1% luck that makes it sweet and delicious. :D
Its a good thing I added that luck. My thermometer went up when my smoker set itself on fire to kill my wheat malt. Went for the spare and it was wonky.
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Post by firewater69 » Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:51 pm

firewater69 wrote:I made a new recipe, 10# 2 row, 5# wheat malt, 5# corn malt, 3# golden promise, & 2# roasted barley. 2gal of backset & 10gal of water. If the distillate carries these flavors over, it'll be like sex in a bottle! S.G was 1.072 @ 60°
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I'm stripping the first half of this tonight, the beer has a nice nutty coffee smell, we'll see what comes outta the pipe.
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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Nutmegmooner » Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:58 am

A new stripping Leibig!
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Post by Due51 » Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:36 pm

Corn-n-Wheat Whiskey
12lbs cracked corn
10lbs cracked Michigan red wheat
11 gallons of water and 2 liters of backset
No cook method using enzymes.

Cracking the wheat was an adventure. They wouldn't crack it at the grain elevator so I had to devise a way to do it at home. First I tried hammering it in a bag. :thumbdown: Then I tried the Cuisinart Food Processor. :thumbdown: That didn't do shite. Then I tried The Magic Bullet. That did alright but I could only do a half cup at a time. So I thought, "Hey, maybe I'll try those pasta attachment for my Kitchen Aide. They resemble a mill." That did less than shite. :thumbdown: Finally, I broke out my venison meat grinder. That did well enough - not great. It either made flour or didn't crack the grain at all. Oh well. It's all in the big ole mash bucket now.

I'm thinking about fermenting on the grain. I'll wait to see what the wort looks like after it cools down. I'm afraid there's going to be a lot of suspended particulate and a humongous grain bed (22lbs of grain).
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Post by Paulinka » Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:49 am

Due51 wrote:I'm afraid there's going to be a lot of suspended particulate and a humongous grain bed (22lbs of grain).
Just stir it up daily as I do with my all-flours. A few percent of scolded whole wheat berries would give the grain layer a better texture, if fermented on grain it makes easier to stir.
My next batch will be 80% wheat-grist 20% wheat-malt (GA-enzyme too), with mash cooked like the many steps wheat-beer should (plus alpha) and fermented with M20 Hefeweizen yeast.

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Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Post by Due51 » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:51 am

I just want to make sure I understand: you stir your ferment daily? Disturbing the grain bed?

I'm doing an open ferment on the grain.
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Post by Paulinka » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:55 am

Due51 wrote:I just want to make sure I understand: you stir your ferment daily? Disturbing the grain bed?
Absolutely, I stir around the grain bed with my pipe-heater. But because I have a shouldered fermentation barrel I am not disturbing the CO2-layer.

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