Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

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Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:44 pm

G'day Guy's,
Today I took some of my brandy samples with me and on old friend was at the place we went, so I pulled out the box and said well it time for you to try my brandies. All three the Orange Mulled Brandy, the Apple brandy and a sample of a bottle of chilli vodka where I put put a couple of oak chips in and left it for 5 years. Being only 40% the oak didn't darken the spirit but the taste compared to the straight chilli vodka is polls apart.

Now the discussion got on medieval distilling and basically the peat bogs in Scotland are only this moss compacted over time and it was only local to the area. So what locals down south would do is make some whisky then add some of this moss and let it soak up and macerate for a month. Then they would strain it and run it thru another distillation and the final product would have that earthy peat taste.

This recipe is out the 1700's and I do think it is time to revive this old trick to get a peaty whisky without being in Scotland.

So the plan go to the garden shop and buy some dried moss and macerate it with 3 bottles of my cornflakes whisky, I still have a couple more of the same batch to compare the result. Now if it is a total loss it was on cornflakes whisky and on sampling my all grain on oak there is noway I'm going back to using breakfast cereal to make my hooch.

For distilling this I'll use my minime pot still and do several runs so I can different things in the thumper, like some of the moss in 40% neutral and the moss in some of the macerated product and finally just some 40% neutral.

It will either be an interesting adventure which may prove successful or a total failure, but anyway this first trail is only with cornflakes whisky.

Cheers Bryan
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby Wellsy » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:52 pm

Hello Bryan
Its experiments that we all learn from. Someone had to try corn flakes for the first time and we are all grateful to them sharing the results. Unlike the guy who used rice bubbles for whiskey and was never heard of again lol
Good luck mate
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby MartinCash » Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:54 am

I personally find the character of live Sphagnum moss to be very different from that of peat. YMMV.
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby bluc » Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:59 pm

Pretty sure you can buy real peat on amazon..
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:15 am

Well the fun has started with this project, SWMBO got a block of moss so I cut 5 grams off then boiled it to sterilize it then as I was drying it cut it up with a pair of scissors. Added to a litre of 40% CFW, the one I aged for 12 months and isn't a patch on the one I aged for 18 months.

I'll let it macerate it for a day then strain it and run it thru my minime, one may say I'm just polishing a turd but if you don't have a go you will never know either :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Cheers Bryan
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby bluc » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:26 am

Bryan have you read the peat reek thread?
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Sun Sep 13, 2020 7:32 am

bluc wrote:Bryan have you read the peat reek thread?



got a link mate as the search bring up buggerall :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead: :angry-banghead:
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby Wellsy » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:37 am

http://aussiedistiller.com.au/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4062&start=20#p79070

I found that not sure if it is the one you wanted
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby bluc » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:50 am

Thats the one
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby bluc » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:52 am

No images Dam photobucket :handgestures-thumbdown:
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby Wellsy » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:26 am

Yep, looks like the original recipe is now gone.
Hopefully someone will remember the process
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:45 am

Well I gotta admit I didn't see that peet reek thread before and anyway I do like to experiement and this method was told to me as I said above from the history books. The beaker has taken on a much darker colour aswell so I'm thinking of straining the moss so only the liquid goes into the boiler and steeping the moss in some 40% low TPW wines for the thumper. I'm sure by doing this I can extract the most flavour where it being a good thing or not but we will see.

I'll take a pic of the beaker a bit later after all the farm jobbies are done and as I have a 4 day weekend due to lack of work this arvo I'm decanting some of my single malt AG and trying a blend with the generations. Well one does need a heart starter to all these mundane farm jobbies :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Cheers Bryan
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:26 pm

Ok ran this project after lunch after I found all the bits and took 750ml in cut jars, the boiler had 1 litre and the thumper about 400ml of 50% TPW low wines just enough to cover the moss. The green can burner went wonderful and after 20 minutes and a quick beer run back to the house when I got back within a short time it was running. Now taking a DP :teasing-tease: the taste is different.

Gotta let it air for a day them temper it to 65% and onto French Oak it goes just like the CFW did.

Now to test this project out it is going to Zac heres a shout mate :teasing-neener: or Sam if he down town or another Adelaide member to come and taste the difference as my word alone won't hold an ounce of credit.

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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby RuddyCrazy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 3:02 pm

It's been on French oak for a week now just had to have a sample, first had a dram of the normal CFW then about an hour later had a sample of this project and man what a difference in taste :teasing-tease: :teasing-tease: :teasing-tease: Now for one that never tasted a peated whisky this one sure does have a different flavour and all for the better.

Cheers Bryan
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Re: Sphagnum Moss for that peat Flavour

Postby Wellsy » Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:13 pm

That’s great news Bryan
Nice to have a peat convert to the fold lol.

You won’t feel like a peat one all the time but when you do noth8ng else quick scratches that itch :)
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