Mac's Bourbon Whiskey Knock Off (BWKO) Discussion

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Mac's Bourbon Whiskey Knock Off (BWKO) Discussion

Postby MacStill » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:53 pm

I've been aging this on charred oak for 4 months now, this lot was done with my old trusty pot still.....

Opened the keg up and poured out a few liters just now, this is some of the best gear I've done yet.

I'm a rum drinker and the mrs loves her bourbon, she wouldnt shut up about how good this is so I had to pour me a glass, well....... now I'm on my 5th :mrgreen:

This really is up there with the best I've ever done.

This thread has been started for any one wishing to discuss the making of My Bourbon Whiskey Knock Off (BWKO) .The original Tried and Proven recipe can be found in the Tried and Proven section of the forum or by clicking HERE
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:57 pm

Good stuff, I am on my 4 gen now (I think, I have a memory like a goldfish) I'll be doing a spirit run within a week. Last wash has been sitting for nearly two weeks now so will be ready to run whenI get home :) looking forward to it.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:29 pm

I am running it now, put all the stuff I have stripped in and topped up with 4 gen wash that finished awhile ago, running it through my 1500mm condensor controled still, all packing except 5 scrubbers removed. Checked the ABV 85%, kind of pissed off I wanted say 70 - 75%, so I have pulled condensor right out as far as it'll go, now getting 82%. Not happy - f***king reflux still, I have been waiting for this for ages, anyway smells very, very smooth, nice subtle smell.

So far 8.1 litres and still going.

Kind of annoyed with myself, the still is designed to do what it's doing and that is pull high ABV.

I'll air it and see how much taste it's retained, hopefully it didn't strip to much out.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby MacStill » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:43 pm

I think it will be fine mate, my bubbler takes it at about 90% and retains a lot of flavor.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby Kimbo » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:47 pm

Hi Spud,
Another stupid question from Kimbo, if it turns out that you have taken too much flavour out, can you put your spirit back in the boiler and run it again at a lower ABV?
or doesn't it work that way?
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:58 pm

I suppose I could shut it down, tip it back in and go again.......... I'll see what it turns out like. Getting into the tails now, I'll air it and see how it goes, first time I have tried this.

P.S love the boobs, STAY WITH THE BOOBS :)
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby maheel » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:08 pm

kimbo wrote:Hi Spud,
Another stupid question from Kimbo, if it turns out that you have taken too much flavour out, can you put your spirit back in the boiler and run it again at a lower ABV?
or doesn't it work that way?


never tired this but some washes seem to go real funky smelling the next day after you boil them. not sure how it would go re-boiling?

i would tip it back into the still with the next generation wash so you get max flavour again

and Spud
Spud1700 wrote:So far 8.1 litres and still going.


picsorban.....
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:23 pm

There you go, just posted pics of the new copper boiler to in other sub forum :)
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby MacStill » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:24 pm

maheel wrote:
i would tip it back into the still with the next generation wash so you get max flavour again

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Agreed!

just running again will strip more flavor ;)

Build a pot still spud, or take "all" the packing out and run with as little reflux as possible.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:32 pm

I recon the pot still will be the way to go :)
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:05 pm

It's getting a real smell to it now, smells like whiskey - like real whiskey. Really getting some colour to it to, gave some of the oak a heavy char to add more colour.

I need to make some more or none of it'll make it past the 6 month stage.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby MacStill » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:13 pm

Looking good dude, better pour yourself a glass so you know it's ready, wouldnt want it getting over oaked :lol:
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:21 pm

I am thinking if it does over oak I'll blend it with the next lot :) I want to let it sit for as long as I can, I really want to have a stash that is 12 months old or two years, something to give to the father in law and go "try that" :)
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby MacStill » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:34 pm

Now it's got good color I'd be inclined to remove some of the sticks (it looks like you have a lot in there) if you intend leaving it that long, I reckon you should sample it just so you know how it's going........ too much oak can make it bloody horrible, I learned that with my rum :cry:
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:39 pm

Yeah ok, I'll give it a go and see what it's like, I'll add to it with the next batch to, I need a few bigger demijohns.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby MacStill » Tue Apr 05, 2011 8:47 pm

Spud1700 wrote: I need a few bigger demijohns.


...... you threw away a perfectly good keg :o

:lol:

I'm looking for some cheap kegs just for aging stuff in, might have to take a drive up to Buxton in the near future.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:08 pm

Yeah keg would be a very good idea for aging, good call.
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby Kimbo » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:12 pm

smells like whiskey - like real whiskey.
Hi Spud, is that a bourbon whiskey or a scotch whiskey?
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby reknaw » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:15 pm

Like a bourbon :)
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Re: My whiskey knock off recipe

Postby Kimbo » Tue Apr 05, 2011 9:20 pm

Man, i gotta make me some-a-that!
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