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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:56 pm

Just in the process of doing another mash. :happy-partydance:
Been quietly making malt last couple months... ended up making about 11kg of base malt and 750gms of base malt which i then roasted.
So im working on 10.25kgs of base malt and 750gms of the roasted stuff with 3ltr/kg water. Thought that's all my eski tun would prob handle. Turns out its definitely all it can take... was getting worried for a minute there. Just sitting at 65 degs as we speak. Smells awesome!

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Re: whisky all grain

Postby Georgio » Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:19 pm

Looks the goods mate! Once she's ready are you going to double still through pot or single through bubbler or combination of the two? :-B
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:24 pm

Once through the bubbler should do the trick!
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Sat Oct 06, 2018 8:50 pm

Not sure I will get anymore all grain done before chrissy. Need some rum stock :D
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:30 am

bluc wrote:Not sure I will get anymore all grain done before chrissy. Need some rum stock :D

Yep... this will be my last. Apart from getting too busy with hay and harvest, im thinking it might get a bit on the warm side for making anymore malt ie moulds ect.
So my mash i ended up with 39ltrs and a SG of 1.067. Very happy with that, im putting it down to perhaps milling it a tad finer this time. I did have a bit of fun with the sparge, fitting in the false floor got clogged a few times and my sparge water definately didnt flow through the grain bed as quick this time. All in all a fairly straight forward mash. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluess57 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:13 pm

Another mash done, 30l of wort
4.5kg of voyager atlas malt
4kg bairds
SG 1070
Using fermentis safspirit M-1 yeast this time
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby coffe addict » Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:46 pm

@Dan's.brew what was your grind set at?
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:23 pm

coffe addict wrote:@Dan's.brew what was your grind set at?

Around 1.2- 1.3mm
My homemade mill has the slightest amount of movement in the rollers which isnt ideal, so ive got the gap a bit closer than i really need. I'll prob work on getting a better mill at some stage so i can get more consistent results.
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:20 pm

Having one of my whiskey and I have to say it's the best whiskey I have made. Bubbler cleans it up amazing. Has all the flavour without the free grassy flavour of the pit stilled :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:41 pm

bluc wrote:Having one of my whiskey and I have to say it's the best whiskey I have made. Bubbler cleans it up amazing. Has all the flavour without the free grassy flavour of the pit stilled :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Nice bluc...
How long has it been on oak?
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:49 pm

Not long couple months. Cigar Tabacoo and choc on nose qith slight floral/fruity flavour plenty of "real whiskey flavour". My god it's good....
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:54 pm

:handgestures-thumbupleft:
Im looking forward to seeing what my roasted malt brings to the table.
The ferments are still ticking along. I wouldn't mind trying choc malt next time.
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:57 pm

This didnt have choc malt but it has a distinct choc Nose :-B
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:02 pm

Fair enough... what was the recipe out of interest?
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:13 pm

100% Barrett burston. 22kg 3/1mash thickness sparged to 90 l. Between hearts and tails were about 250ml of spirit with a distinct choc malt taste I included it and sooooo glad I did... :D
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby dans.brew » Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:22 pm

Just gotta wing it sometimes. :-D
Just checked my ferments and would you believe it i think there getting close to done.
Give me a chance to see how reco parrot goes.
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby pat_00 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 2:06 pm

Anybody had experience with Gladfields peated malt?

The bag I have has only the very faintest whiff of smoke to it. Just wondering if I got an old bag...
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby bluc » Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:01 pm

Is it light medium or heavy peat. I didn't notice much smell till it was mashed, it was medium peated.
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby pat_00 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:52 am

As far as I can tell there is only one version from Gladfields (mild @ 8ppm). I don't expect it to be as smelly as the Bairds Heavily Peated I used for my last batch, but was expecting to be able to at least smell some smoke.

I guess time will tell, it's fermenting now.
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Re: whisky all grain

Postby coffe addict » Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:43 pm

8ppm is very low I doubt after distillation it'd be very noticeable at all.
My understanding is that the gladfields malt is more for the beer market.
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