Store bought flavors

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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby copperhead road » Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:28 pm

Woodsy71 wrote:Spot on Dubj :smile: Thanks.

Stillbilly, I've been making "real" rum for years.

I'm simply recalling where it all began.

In particular, I remember how intimidating it can be when you read what the "boys from the forum" are making and the negative slant placed on HBS products.

At the end of the day, we are all chasing a safe, homemade spirit that we can share with friends and family. Be it through traditional methods, or whatever means we have available ;-)
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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby azzman » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:39 am

the thing i dont like other than essence sweetness i dont want is the cost.

at least $3.50 per 1L spirit for essence on top of the already $3 or $4 to per L to make, and that $3-$4 is with grains to make a wash (i dont use TPW, grains are better IMO for vodka). i would assume rum is cheaper again for those who get it for $20 for 20L.

if you filter which i dont then another $1L. so for at least $8 there is a passable drink. BWKO is cheaper in long run IMO :handgestures-thumbupleft:

saying that i am drinking essence atm but thats only cause i didnt make any whisky and had vodka on hand. Use what you have i say, essence or other but i prefer other and wont use essence again for a long while :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby Bones7au » Tue Oct 01, 2019 1:01 pm

Prestige Ouzo's great.

Even has the cloudiness.

Only makes 750mls though.
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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby nudder12 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:54 am

Only been dabbling with flavourings so far - using T500 and trying to make some tasty bourbon.
Tried the Still Spirits Bourbon mix recipe. Also Edwards Tennessee Bourbon essence, and using some gobblers bourbon chips. Also tried combining a couple of those together.
My favourite so far though, is the Willards Big Cat Bourbon essence.
For reference....1/....I am clueless about flavours (peat, smoke etc etc) - I just know what I like :) 2/.....I mix my alcohol with cola 3/ preferred commercial bourbon is Cougar.
Hope this helps someone.
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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby RC Al » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:30 am

So the "tennesee burbon" tastes like a cup of wood to me, are they all similar? dose anything actually taste like a jack daniels for eg?
I mainly do UJ atm and i tried a couple of drops of that essence in with it, waste of UJ :puke-huge:
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Re: Store bought flavors

Postby southern45 » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:24 pm

nudder12 wrote:- I just know what I like

And that's all that matters! :handgestures-thumbupleft:

I've used Big Cat and Wild Duck flavourings before (into a neutral-ish spirit made from WBAB wash). Tend to only use a half dose of what they recommend and it tastes just fine as a mixer with cola or ginger ale.
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