Re: Feints ABV?
- Hi Alex,
You mention in your post below that you have some results for single distillations of rum.
I'd be interested in reading them. Also, are you making your cuts any differently when
using the Danstil EDV493 yeast?
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "castillo.alex2008" <castillo.alex2008@...> wrote:
> Hi Riku
> After months making double distillations (first stripping run and
> later spirits run) and after reading Smiley´s book where he states
> that many distillers (including himself) think that whisky is better
> with a single distillation (an good cuts) I experimented only making
> single distillations for both rum and whisky. I must say that the
> rum is a light one (i.e. sugar + molasses) and the whisky has been
> prepared using DME and Dextrose with (and without) mashing of peated
> malt. Happily I have found that my rig (PS II, Brewhaus) provides
> and excellent product with this single distillations, but collecting
> larger quantities of tails (these were identified initially by
> taste). My last results have been as follows (for whiskey):
> 1. Whisky
> (dextrose: 2.5 kg, peated malt: 1 pound, DME: 1 pound, double
> Stripping: 3 lt. Low wines 60% ABV;
> Spirits: Foreshots: 100 ml.,Head: 100 ml.; Middle:1 lt. 81% ABV;
> Tails: 1 lt. 60% ABV.
> 2. Whisky
> (dextrose: 4 Kg., DME: 2 pounds, single distillation)
> Foreshots + heads: 200 ml.;
> Middle: 1 lt. 70% ABV;
> Tails: 2 lit. one of 59% and the other of 47%
> 3. Whisky
> (dextrose: 4 Kg.; DME: 1 pound, single distillation)
> Foreshots + Heads: 100 ml.;
> Middle: 2 lt. 65% ABV;
> Tails: 1 lt. 46% ABV.
> 4. Whisky
> (dextrose 8 kg., DME 2 pounds, double distillation; two batches)
> Stripping: 6 lt. 64% ABV;
> Foreshots:100 ml.;
> Head: 200 ml.;
> Middle: 2 lt. 82% ABV;
> Tails: 1.8 lt. 67% ABV.
> I haven´t notice bad smell or so bad flavor for these tails and I
> aged these last 1.8 lt. of tails during about 1 month, great was my
> surprise when I found that it better than the aged middle cut, so I´m
> now aging whisky tails in order to see if this is can be repeated.
> Let me know if you want some results for rum. Sorry for so a long
> post, but hope it helps.
- Hey Bill,
Yes, in fact I´m now single distilling because I´ve found that my
distillate comes very clean, so no need for double distilling (maybe
it was that way all the time, but never tasted the booze; the PSII is
very efficient). This yeast is very good, produces many flavorful
esters, and a clean distillate, also is a killer strain and is suited
for tropical weathers like ours at the caribbean. I´m now in its
fifth generation with the same excellent results. Now my cuts are
(selected by taste) :
Foreshots and heads: 100 ml. (50 ml. each, of course I don´t taste
Middle cut: you may go up to 2 liters (65 % ABV) with little or no
tails (in rum making sometimes is good to let some tail go through)
nice white dog´s flavor;
Tails: 1 liter 55% ABV.
Planning to add some DME for a "rumsky" (blend of rum and whisky,
popular around here)
P.D. I haven´t noticed those nasty off smells in the tails, so I´m
currently doing an experiment in which I took the last two liters for