Re: [Distillers] Simple approach
- 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?