A simple way to flavor whiskey

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A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Uncle Remus » Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:06 pm

My partner got this from some moonshining book he has. It's very simple just add a small handfull of darkly toasted malt barley to a gallon of white whiskey and let it sit for a while. It takes on a nice colour fairly quickly and after it sits a month or so it has quite a nice flavor. We know even white whiskey sitting in a jar improves greatly in a years time, so I think whiskey flavored this way will be pretty damn good with a little time. It's certainly not going to be like whiskey aged in a barrel but for a simple flavoring it ain't bad.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by lawnman 2 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 3:48 am

would this apply or work with the still spirits whiskey flavours ???
they make a varity of whiskeys.
any feed back would be good.
they say to age these types of whiskeys on wilsons whiskey chips .

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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Hawke » Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:05 am

Not sure about the SS stuff, but I can see possibly adding a mix of peated and dark malted for more of a scotch flavor?
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by alwaysannoyed » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:29 am

I have a bunch of separate jars all filled with 40% abv, they contain all kinds of things to try and flavor my whiskey. lite, medium, and heavy toasted American, and Hungarian oak, in some. I also have a medium toasted Hungarian soaked in sherry, drained and then back into the 40% abv. Others containing different malts, smoked, peated, basic pale and a few different crystal malts. I also keep a bottle of pure vanilla extract around (when I am trying for Bourbons). I just mix and match a little from each bottle, have gotten some pretty good results, but haven't had the patience to let any of them age yet.

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white whiskey?

Post by partonken » Sat May 09, 2009 9:07 am

What is white whiskey?? ive tried making whiskey from vodka using american oak chips toasted , a little maple syrup and toasted malt, and its great! thanks cheers from Canada

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Re: white whiskey?

Post by Dutchmancreek » Sat May 09, 2009 9:28 am

partonken wrote:What is white whiskey?? ive tried making whiskey from vodka using american oak chips toasted , a little maple syrup and toasted malt, and its great! thanks cheers from Canada
White whiskey would be corn or grain whiskey that has been left "white", that is, not aged in oak barrels, etc. Sometimes called white dog. Vodka is a clear or white spirit, but it's not "white whiskey"....it's vodka.

"White whiskey/white dog" improves quite a bit just from sitting in glass for a few weeks, but it doesn't continue to improve over long storage.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Dnderhead » Sat May 09, 2009 11:10 am

whisky-- is made from grain much like beer, then distilled off below 80% alcohol ,as to still have the grain flavor ( usually 60-70%)
aged in wood ( white is before it is aged)
vodka --- can be made from any starch or sugar , distilled off at 90-95% so it has very little flavor of the base.( no ageing requirement but can be aged
in glass/stainless or wood )(then filtered to remove flavors/color)
neutral --- is the same as vodka but run several times threw a reflux so it has no flavor/impurities (US says 8 times)( diluted with distilled water between runs)

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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by muckanic » Thu May 14, 2009 7:15 pm

From my experience with beer, I would caution against steeping any husk-containing grains. Wheat can be got in crystal or roasted form, and is naturally unhusked. The Germans also do a husked roasted barley malt, called carafa.

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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by partonken » Fri May 15, 2009 1:29 pm

Im trying a new way to flavour and so far it tastes great!! 375 mls of 40% vodka, 2 tsp of american medium toasted oak, 1/2 tsp maple syrup, 1 tsp of malted barley crushed. Distress age in the freezer for at least 2 weeks, in and out. I started 5 days ago and i tasted it today and it tastes great!! im going to go to 2 weeks distress aged and see what its like.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by MuleKicker » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:59 am

I am trying something new this time, I saw a show about wiskey/scotch/bourbon making. Gave me an idea. Scotch making involved smoking malted barley with peat, before fermenting. What if a guy smoked cracked corn in say, a meat smoker with any thing from apple wood to oak? Do this with your corn before throwing it into the fermenter on your UJSM. Going to give it a go, I am alittle torn on what to experiment with first, want to try something other than oak. I will follow up.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Hawke » Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:09 pm

You need to soak the corn/grain for about 24 hours before smoking and drying to get the smoke to stick. Smoke/dry untill it matches the pre-soak weight.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by MuleKicker » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:17 am

Thanks for the info, I was going to wet it so it wouldnt burn, but I didnt know that. I take it you have done this before,if so did you use oak? How did it turn out?
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Hawke » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:57 pm

Only done barley with peat. Not sure how the wood smoke would come over.
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Re: A simple way to flavor whiskey

Post by Dnderhead » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:26 pm

what about making a simple beer ,heavy malted.(no hops of coarse) then adding for flavor? I have used a farmers?(heavy flavored) wine adding as much as i wanted to clear
it turned out good in my opinion.

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