- To whoever is interested.
To prepare my wash, I use 9 kilos of sugar, 22 litres of water and a pack of Alcotec 48 hour turbo yeast as it is not too worried about temperature variations. I put down a new wash Friday at 2:30 pm and by 6 pm, it was working. Initial temp was 30 C.
I use a beer keg as my boiler and a gas bottle (BBQ bottle) connected to a single outdoor stove burner as my fuel source. My still is a valved reflux model built from plans from the Internet. I use marbles in the boiler when doing a run, do a strip from several washes before I do my final run and put Bi-carb in my strip collections before the final run. I use a holding tank of 90 litres for my cooling water and I have 8 to 10 bottles of frozen water on hand to keep my condensor water cool.
My output varies from 92% to 94% ABV (depending on the outdoor ambient temperature) on each run.
I may not produce the most rapid output but then again, I am not in a hurry. I would rather control what I am doing over a few hours so I know the quality is there.
I guess what I am saying here is that this is a hobby with digestible results and someday, I may be a craftsman via blending grains, etc. But for now, the simple approach without worrying about elements of technology I would not rather get into serves me well.
What is our objective here?
It is simple, efficient
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- bywze asked:
What is our objective here?
I suspect there are about as many objectives as members. Some appear driven to produce the purest ethanol. Some just want cheap booze. Some appear to be folks who have no access to ethanol either because their government has banned it outright, or because their government says they're not old enough. Some make it to enhance their friendships or perhaps to impress potential mates. Some, like me, just enjoy "cooking" and want to make the tastiest whiskey they can. Well, in my case it's a bit more than that.
If you're not clear on what your own objective is, ask the spirit. Take a sip and feel it as it spreads its warm glow of life out to your fingertips and ask what it would like to be. Yeah, sounds crazy, but I find that whiskey truely is a 'water of life' in the sense that it seems to connect the conscious mind with the more primitive "lizard" brain, providing a moment of appreciation of both the spirit and of life itself at every level, right down to the individual molecules. So for me, 'asking the spirit what it would like to be' is just a way for the conscious mind to package the experience of communing with the spirit of life. And for me, making the whiskey has some spiritual overtones, sort of like what I imagine pagans must feel as they worship the various forces of nature.
But behind each member's objectives is one common motivation - it's fun. Why else would we be doing this?