What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

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What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Sat Apr 08, 2017 7:08 am

Days ago I found a rum recipe so deep and old here on the forums while researching yeast, I can't even find it again.
I think it was under an EC-1118 thread somewhere, and the author had good results with it.

Good thing I copied it:

5-lbs. sugar (inverted)
5-lbs. brown sugar
60-oz. molasses
Juice of 1 lemon
2-oz. Bakers' yeast (the author was stating his point over not using EC-1118 in a rum)
5 gallons water

That's what I'm doing. You?
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:05 am

Hi Still Life,
I may get out to the shed and see what the science experiment in my ferment tank has been up to.
If it looks and smells ok I might just add 100# Panela and some hot water and bakers yeast to it.
Also have a bunch of Japanese probiotics to add in.
That's if it hasn't taken a bad turn out there, if it has then I'll be cleaning a lot in the shed and that's probably all I'll get done today.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby GrassHopper » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:40 am

Just filled a 20 liter barrel today from a spirit run I did yesterday of stripped panella runs. Really nice and smooth rum. Have another 12 gals of strip runs that I will do a spirit run tomorrow.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Sat Apr 08, 2017 2:47 pm

Got the lawn cut, and came in to the sweet smell of molasses from a rapidly bubbling fermenter.
The other 2 fermenters are going with Honey Bear Bourbon.
Sitting here watching 3 bubblers like a caveman at a campfire, so I got that going for me.

Good luck with the Japanese probiotics, nerdy, and the spirit run, GrassHopper.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Truckinbutch » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:30 pm

Just finished a straight corn AG spirit run . Got 48 half pints airing right now .
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:31 pm

Well I did some cleaning, then some chores, then put 100# Panela in a 25 gallon pot of hot water and dissolved it all.
The fermenter smelled nice and fruity just like I hoped, it's had dunder and live yogurt culture and sourdough in there for a few months.
I put the dissolved Panela in and added water to bring the whole thing up to about 55 gallons and added my probiotics.
The whole thing is still a little on the cool side, only 72F so I've got the aquarium heater going and once it reaches about 85F I'll pitch my yeast.
Should be an interesting batch!
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby jedneck » Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:51 pm

I cut and wrapped a steer that dressed 973lbs. Gonna be eaten good.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:01 pm

jedneck wrote:I cut and wrapped a steer that dressed 973lbs. Gonna be eaten good.

That'd clog a whale's arteries. I thought my butcher was good on cuts.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby panikry83 » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:34 am

jedneck wrote:I cut and wrapped a steer that dressed 973lbs. Gonna be eaten good.


mmm. Can't wait! 1/4 of that bessie is mine!
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:50 pm

My rum ferment is sitting at 82F and has CO2 crackling and popping on the surface.
Smells great, I didn't even really need to open the vessel once I stepped into the shed I could smell it and knew I had a good ferment going.
Now as long as nothing stupid happens I'll have rum next weekend!
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby wtfdskin » Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:12 pm

Finally a nice day in PA. Cooked another batch of Booners, took the bike for a short ride. Now im having a beer, smoking some ribs and watching the race.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:09 pm

nerdybrewer wrote:My rum ferment is sitting at 82F and has CO2 crackling and popping on the surface.
Smells great, I didn't even really need to open the vessel once I stepped into the shed I could smell it and knew I had a good ferment going.
Now as long as nothing stupid happens I'll have rum next weekend!

Mine's at about 79° --cool basement and heater belts-- bubbling and smelling good as well.
Always nervous with a first. Did I do it right.. warm enough.. will it finish dry...
So far so good, though.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby shadylane » Sun Apr 09, 2017 3:13 pm

My baby sister just bought a house and 40 acres down the road from me.
So I spent the day using my diesel powered man toys on her new property.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby yakattack » Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:35 pm

shadylane wrote:My baby sister just bought a house and 40 acres down the road from me.
So I spent the day using my diesel powered man toys on her new property.



So you spent the day ploughing her fields *wink wink* pictures or it didn't happen :p
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby WillytheScotchman » Sun Apr 09, 2017 10:54 pm

Sounds great! I bet it smells freaking awesome!!! I want some lol
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby MidniteOne51 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:39 pm

Pumped 14.5 gallons of gerber that'd been fermenting in the basement for 4 weeks, and some low wines in to the keg boiler at 9am ... put up 100 feet of fence to corall the puppy in the yard now that the snow is finally almost gone. Built a gate and door in the garage door opening so said puppy doesnt bail out of the garage when i open the door. All whilst staring at the still working its magic. Come 4pm, i had enough of all of it. Ended up with a little over a gallon of some decent product at various proofs and cuts, a corall, a new gate i have to climb over when the dog is out, then fired up the BBQ grill for dinner. All on the first full day back home from a weeks vacation in Jamacia... productive, frustrating, but all in all, a good day!

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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:43 am

MidniteOne51 wrote:Pumped 14.5 gallons of gerber that'd been fermenting in the basement for 4 weeks, and some low wines in to the keg boiler at 9am ... put up 100 feet of fence to corall the puppy in the yard now that the snow is finally almost gone. Built a gate and door in the garage door opening so said puppy doesnt bail out of the garage when i open the door. All whilst staring at the still working its magic. Come 4pm, i had enough of all of it. Ended up with a little over a gallon of some decent product at various proofs and cuts, a corall, a new gate i have to climb over when the dog is out, then fired up the BBQ grill for dinner. All on the first full day back home from a weeks vacation in Jamacia... productive, frustrating, but all in all, a good day!

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Well that officially makes me a slacker.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Still Life » Sat Apr 15, 2017 7:41 am

This is the recipe for anyone wishing to make a simple rum.

Comes out white in case you're wondering (I did. The wash is dark as midnight.)
And it has a flavor like the bass in good music. Just a nice bottom to it.
If molasses was a little cheaper, this would be in my regular rotation.

Give it a shot, you rum lurkers.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:17 am

Sounds good!
I checked mine last night, still fizzing away in the fermenter at 82F.
Guess I'll plan to run it next weekend.
Maybe I'll check the SG today, but I've got a lot planned this weekend so - hold on it's only Saturday!
Yeah I'll get out there and check the SG today. I'm not worried about it since it's had the fizzing of CO2 bubbles all week.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby dieselduo » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:57 am

running a single malt and bottling some bourbon that's been on oak for a little over a year
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Grappa-Gringo » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:55 pm

3 1/2 litres of gin...averaging 45%
They say, "you are what you eat"... Then I'm fast, easy and cheap!
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby Hank Reardon » Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:23 pm

Mashing another of Bent's Oat/Wheat/Rye
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby OtisT » Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:16 pm

Well, today is tax day in the US so naturally, I filed for an extension so I could distill 15 gallons of Birdwatchers Sugar Wash ( thanks Tater ) into 5 gallons of 48% low wines. :-)

This is the first half:
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby nerdybrewer » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:06 am

OtisT wrote:Well, today is tax day in the US so naturally, I filed for an extension so I could distill 15 gallons of Birdwatchers Sugar Wash ( thanks Tater ) into 5 gallons of 48% low wines. :-)

This is the first half:


Actually since it (tax day) happened on the weekend they've given us until Tuesday.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby yakattack » Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:06 pm

Vodka. Simple sugar wash to get some flavoring stock but using the 4 inch column on the new boiler. Life is good.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby OtisT » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:53 pm

Today I finished my Spirit run that started from a 15g Birdwatchers Sugar Wash. A little over 7 quarts produced. I will air these before deciding what to keep. Just smelling things now, seems like there is very little heads or tails to this recipe :-)
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby still_stirrin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:59 pm

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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby OtisT » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:09 am

Today, I am doing some un-fucking. I fucked up a gallon neutral hearts with a bad cut on the bottom side, so I am doing another spirit run to un-fuck it.
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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby yakattack » Fri Apr 28, 2017 10:53 am

Btdt.

Running 30 gallons of molly rum wash. Currently it's in full reflux as I just hit tails. I'll reflux until it's just below azeo and pull off 500mls for a molasses vodka with just a hint of the molasses flavor and sweetness. Rest of run wad hybrid mode to get to barrel strength from the wash.

Didn't feel like setting the flute up for a single run when the packed section with shot gun rc will run in hybrid all day long and the scoria will help filter out lots of the oils. Should be a cleaner rum. Will be blending as per buccaneer bobs protical . Looking forward to the vodka for tonight.

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Re: What's Everyone Doing Today? Me, First Rum

Postby OtisT » Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:42 pm

Today, I learned how to shuck oysters. I need the shells to add to the ferment of my first batch of Honey Bear Bourbon.
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