Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2009 14:15:21 +0000
Subject: [Distillers] Re: plea from a virgin commercial essence user
--- In Distillers@yahoogro ups.com, Robert Hubble <zymurgybob@ ...> wrote:
> At the recommendation of a few on the list, I recently bought a 50 ml bottle of Still Spirits Top Shelf tequila essence, because tequila is something I probably will never be able to make.
> Today, I added that 50 ml of essence to 2250 ml of my 40% "neutral". It's potstilled, but it's clean and pretty good. When I tasted the final mixture, the flavor seemed *very* light, hardly recognizable as tequila.
> Has anyone used this particular essence before, and did you get the same results (almost not tequila)? Do I need to change concentrations, or will time heal all wounds?
> So far, this has been underwhelming.
> Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
There are a number of the flavouring essences that taste "light" or weak in flavour when first mixed up.
A good example being the "Prestige" brand Irish Whiskey, or the "Still Spirits" dark navy rum. These flavours need to be left to develop over a couple of days i.e. if it tastes weak/light when first mixed then I automatically leave it alone for at least 3 days.
It's been 3 or 4 days now, since I mixed it. I just tasted it and it's still *very* light, almost non-existent.
Is the one you bought designed to work with 2250 mls of spirit ? because all of the "single bottle" (750mls bottle) sized flavouring essences I've tried have been 20mls, so logic would dictate that you'd need at least 60mls to get the "right" flavour..... .....
The bottle is marked as holding 50 ml, and I measured the empty bottle to confirm that. Instructions say "Add this essence to 2.25L Vodka" (capital theirs, not mine..maybe they are native German speakers).
It could be one, or both.
Plus it doesn't really matter whether the spirit has been pot-stilled or reflux stilled. I just make sugar wash, and my "air still" will produce clean tasting 60% spirit and I let it down with water to 40%. Or I sometimes will pot-still it to 60%, then let it down to 40% and then re-run it - with the air still the highest it wants to go is 80%.......
I certainly agree that a good multiply-potstilled "neutral" (my quotes) can be virtually as good as the neutral from a well-run reflux rig. I just put that in there as one more datum.
Thanks for the info.
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