Rum Recipe Discussion

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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby corrymeela » Mon Dec 02, 2019 12:27 pm

i have 50 litres of mac rum recipe in fermenter,
re distilling -original recipe used pot still but changed over the years to recommending 4 plate bubbler.
questions -
is 4 plates still way to go?
how long in reflux before collecting?
any packing in 500mm packed section?

also,is it ok to age in glass storage jar with plastic lid?
i could put foil under the lid?

answer may be in the 113 pages of this thread but i couldnt find using the search feature,
thanks in advance for any insight
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby bluc » Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:05 pm

Dont use packed section with any brown spirit if you want flavour. I use 4 plates on all rum whiskey :handgestures-thumbupleft:

You dont want plastic anywhere near your drinking spirit aluminium apparently not great either..try get a cork or a better ageing vessel
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby corrymeela » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:18 pm

thanks bluc,
does the amount of time in reflux influence how much flavour ends up in the distillate?
having trouble sourcing storage glass with non plastic lids or sealing rings.
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby bluc » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:31 pm

I find it effects abv more than flavour.. but really only run long full reflux when doing neutral..
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby corrymeela » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:34 pm

thanks again,
will go with 20 mins reflux
FWIW fermentation was flat out for 48 hrs-continuous stream of bubbles through airlock,now stopped and no sweetness to wash at all.
alcometer in wash reads negative 5%alcohol so guess same issue as trying to read spec grav with a dense solution.
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby The Stig » Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:39 pm

Can’t use an alcometer in the wash.
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby Lowie » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:43 pm

I run 4 plates, no packing (as Bluc said), reflux for 30 mins. I age in glass containers (I buy the ones with a swing top lid from Cheap as Chips, take the plastic sealing bit out. This allows the lid to close to keep the bugs out but lets the rum breathe. I also use the large Moccona coffee jars, same thing, take the plastic bit off the lid. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby southern45 » Wed Dec 04, 2019 7:27 pm

Four plates, no packed section. I tend to leave it in full reflux for 10-15 mins before slowly reducing RC water flow.

I like to age in 5L demijohns, but sometimes the oak dominoes don't fit down the neck!
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Re: Rum Recipe Discussion

Postby Sam. » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:18 pm

southern45 wrote:Four plates, no packed section. I tend to leave it in full reflux for 10-15 mins before slowly reducing RC water flow.

I like to age in 5L demijohns, but sometimes the oak dominoes don't fit down the neck!


You can always split the dominoes down lengthways to make them thinner without exposing any end grain :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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