Also two years ago I ran apple cider through my pot still. >200 liter
were distilled twice to some 10-12 liter of hearts. I put in finger
sized toasted oak bits at ~65%. First a few, then more and more until
I had maybe 25 or so. Steadily decreasing strength to ~40%. Half a
year later I thought it was wy enough with oak and stopped adding and
instead removing all pieces. I also learned here, from Harry about
using forced aeration with an aquarium pump (no probs with rubber
since the pump is 40 years). I even addded the tails for more
complexity, after some months of aeration. Unfotunately(?) I ran my 3
liters of apple heads in a 95,6 distillation. It might have improved
with air. But who knows.
Anyway, my Calvados has steadily become better and better. The
harshness is gone now and the oak has married well with the apple. A
nice sweetness has evolved and you can see that green tinge which is
commen in good calva.
And I still have 6 liters!!!! :)
Now I've started aerating my unoaked plum slivovitz. There is wee too
much tails in it, but with aeration it might turn out well.
Thanx Harry and group!
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "link2d" <link2d@...> wrote:
> Two years ago I ran a Nectarine and a Zinfandel in my pot still to
> produce brandy. I didn't have the barrel capacity to age. Both
> batches were put into one gallon glass jugs with equal amounts charred
> oak chips and French oak chips. After 1-1/2 yrs both taste like the
> original with a hit of oak. Nice color though. Of course brandy won't
> breathe in glass. About 6-8 months ago I was faced with having to put
> much of my 'stuff' in storage. I wasn't sure what to do concerning
> these two batches. I decided to pull the bottle caps and replace with
> cotton balls to allow for breathing. Wasn't sure if this would allow
> too much oxygen. My addition concern was excessive 'angels share'. The
> storage room is very dark & 65F-ish(18 C). I was able to dig these
> batches out this afternoon. I was expecting the worst.
> Result: The Nectarine became very rich and smooth. You would think
> that I added sugar to the Nectarine. The Zin is fabulous. All of the
> 'new brandy' alcohol taste evaporated and very strong Zin flavors
> mellowed out. Some of my 10 yr old stuff that isn't this good.
> I may have discovered a new process for myself. I will certainly try
> this again.
> The Linkster.