Re: New guy here, lookin' for some help...
- --- In email@example.com, "Michael Eyre" <meyre@...>
> Hello all!
> I'm new to the game, having digested most of what I could
> the net, I delved into the hobby with a little something I riggedup on
> the stove top. Worked like a charm! Problem is, I'm reallycurious, and
> have a few question. If I could, I'll let loose with a tide of 'emand
> see what I get back. Thanks for any and all responses! I'm using apot
> still and plan to build a bigger one, since I'm really onlyinterested
> in Whiskey and the like. I'm a hardcore home brewer of beer andmead and
> like to mash stuff, and I'd like to get into corn/rye/barleymashes...
> 1. Temp control. I have a book, the Alaskan Bootleggers Bible. It
> to distil in two to three stages from certain temps like 175 up to205
> then stop. Then the gap narrows the next pass and so on. What Idon't
> get is, do you need to ramp the temp up to 175 and hold it therefor a
> while until the drops stop coming and then slowly ramp up the tempto
> the 205 degree mark? Is that how it goes, until you wash out thepot and
> go to the next stage?Is it a
> 2. What kind of corn is used for Whisky and where do you get it?
> animal feed type corn you can get from Agway or something, or isthat
> unsuitable? Do you just mash it in with the barley (for theenzymes, for
> I don't' think corn has any of it's own...) and what sort of ratiowould
> get the job done well. I understand some of the big labels use 51%somewhere
> corn... but I'm not sure if they supplement with enzymes from
> else or not.I'm
> 3. Is the yeast a critical factor in the final flavor of a home
> distilled whiskey, or can you use just about anything?
> 4. I've heard of charcoal filtering, and wish to try it at home.
> thinking you'd get charcoal, or burn some up yourself and put itin a
> thin column of sorts and just run your finished product downthrough the
> tube of charcoal to get the filtering effect you were looking for,is
> that correct? Can someone point me towards a website or some picsof
> such a device so I can get an eyeball on what it would look like?from
> 5. Color. I think that Whiskey's get their color mostly (all???)
> charred oak (or is it maple??) barrels. I assume since we operateon a
> smaller scale, we'd mostly age a home whiskey in glass with charred(correct
> oak/maple chips in the glass. Is that correct? If that's true
> me if I'm wrong!), does this take place before or after thethanks
> above-mentioned charcoal filtering step?
> I've got more, but I think that's a heck of a first post. Again,
> for any and all help... links and such to helpful sites (I've beento
> all the biggies I think homedistiler.org and a few others) would beMike i would say that is a pretty good post for your first one.
> great as well. Take care!
morgon seemed to answer most of your questions pretty accurately.
the one thing that a want to elaborate on is that carbon,when used
properly,will strip most flavor but charcoal filtering willnot
remove flavor in the same way or as much. activated carbon has more
pores for lack of a better word ,than carcoal and therfore more
surface area to absorb impurities such as esters and congeners.
using the charcoal will take the bite out of whiskey and mellow it
to an extent. as fore how to use it you are on the right track with
the pipe thingy. just cap one end and install a needle valve to
control the flow. also before filtering it is good to cut to 50% or
so and chill so filtering will do a better job.
hope this helps,