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Solar Oven aging

Postby tox » Sat Aug 24, 2019 7:34 pm

Hi guys,

Been doing runs in the background, reading lots but not posting results, I am not getting anything different or crazy than the norm. I don't see much point in posting for the sake of posting, but.......has anyone made a solar oven for rapid ageing?

I have been watching(youtube) and reading more about ageing spirits, whisk(e)y in particular, and it seems that the yearly variation in temperature for the big distilleries, and some of the new age distilleries are playing with vacuum and heat exchange stuff depending on the 'science' stuff with the reaction of the woods. (Cleveland in particular).

I was wondering if anyone has tried solar oven ageing and what were the results?

The reason for this is I walked into my garden shed to get the mower last weekend and it was hot AF. I put down 1.5 lt of TFFV @60abv with 50gm the standard Kentucky Bourbon Chips 6 days ago, left it in the shed as I worked away this week. Proofed some down to 45abv this arvo it is best I have made so far. I did only proof down enough to make up a bottle so I will leave the rest for longer to see how it goes. Caveat, I do not have a temp gauge in the shed yet but when making the oven I will get to compare temps.

I am thinking of converting an old esky (or similar) into a solar oven and leaving it in the longest sun drenched part of my yard so it can get the fluctuations over a week. I shall leave the rest of the TFFV in the shed and compare. Looking forward to seeing how it goes.

Just a side note, thanks so much for everyone on this forum. You guys all make this hobby more interesting.


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Re: Solar Oven aging

Postby Doubleuj » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:26 pm

I’ve had decent results with destress ageing with heat
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Re: Solar Oven aging

Postby Sam. » Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:24 am

Wouldn’t it better to use a metal box instead of an insulated esky?
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Re: Solar Oven aging

Postby tox » Sun Aug 25, 2019 2:42 pm

I reckon a metal box would be a great option, with the esky it would be lined with alfoil, topped with glass to trap the heat and reflect it inwards to the centre. from my limited understanding it would direct heat to the centre, not sure if it would be amplified. I know there are pretty smart guys here so any info would be awesome.

Distress ageing is a great thread, I read that a while ago and tried the microwave oven ageing, it worked ok but the jar I had that fit in the microwave oven had a bubble and I was a little paranoid that it might crack. I was only doing 60seconds on, putting the lid on and letting cool. once the lid got the vacuum thing I would do it again.

Thanks for the replies.
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Re: Solar Oven aging

Postby warramungas » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:48 am

Dunno how got it is over tgere but if using a plastic esky and youre amplifying the heat inside watch it doesnt start to melt.
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