Re: Irish potato wash/wine
This following recipe might be of interest to you. Quite a funny article actually - "The Beer That Made Idaho Famous or How I Mash Potatoes". While it pertains to making beer from potatoes, you could cut out the hops part and voila, a poteen/poitin recipe using potatoes and malted barley... http://hbd.org/brewery/library/Potato.html
Meister Potato Brau (for 5 gallons) See the article for full instructions.
5 pounds 6-row domestic barley malt, crushed
2.5 pound grade A Idaho potatoes (washed and grated)
3 pounds M&F pale unhopped malt extract
1/3 oz Burton salts
1 tsp. Irish Moss
1.25 oz Hallertauer leaf hops
1 oz Cascade leaf hops
sugar (or whatever) for priming
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@...> wrote:
> This is a typical folk potato wine recipe. For larger amounts it appears just potatoes and treacle or sugar were used. Generally the potatoes were just boiled to provide nutrients to a sugar wash. Exposing potatoes and root vegetables to frost does convert starch to sugars which is a method from another source. I have not seen a recipe yet using solely boiled potatoes and barley malt.
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Robert Hubble zymurgybob@ wrote:
> > Wal,
> > Did you see the part *in the recipe* where they distilled that poteen? Or even converted any starches? It appears to be a sugar wine, flavored with raisins, potatoes, and wheat. "Kick of a mule"? I'm thinkin' not.
> > It seems like a great example of how goofy legends get started.
> > Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller