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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    This seems to be a popular starting point for rum.and has some info on dunder and colouring.
    Just read that. Very interesting stuff going on their and also a rabbit hole. Just read up on Dunder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Just read that. Very interesting stuff going on their and also a rabbit hole. Just read up on Dunder!

    Me too, deep rabbit hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    No worries Cole. Out of interest, what store bought rum do you prefer or enjoy?

    I am not fond of a "spiced" rum which reading the recipes posted here is perhaps going to replicate. But will try it nonetheless as these are babysteps and knowledge is crucial to get to some semblance of understanding.
    Just use a light hand on the spices.
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    Scheme a couply of these in the bottle after distilling would infuse the rum with a nice flavour. From 1 to a number of them dependimg on the desired taste strength



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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Just use a light hand on the spices.
    same goes with oak chips, put 3 "pinches" into one of my first batches, ended up looking like coke within a week
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    same goes with oak chips, put 3 "pinches" into one of my first batches, ended up looking like coke within a week
    A few 30 second turns by Chef Mike and it goes like that in a day..

    Edit: that is for the infusion which will be used as a dilution and colour for the distilate batches.
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    Something I picked up in an experiment with the first batch of cider/pineapple wash is that the chips after infusion made the mix foam when had with Coke..made me go hhhhmmm..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Something I picked up in an experiment with the first batch of cider/pineapple wash is that the chips after infusion made the mix foam when had with Coke..made me go hhhhmmm..
    Definately one of those tings that make you go hhmmmmmm........
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    Just never run the oak chips in the still if you are double distilling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Just never run the oak chips in the still if you are double distilling.
    sorry but that made me laugh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
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    Unfortunately our last batch has been consumed so have none to experiment on but I have a 20 and 25L wash which is ready to run through the still tomorrow or Sunday with what will be a 13 day ferment. I made the batches with differing molasses/ sugar ratios to see what difference it makes in taste and yield and also, I have not fermented for this long yet so again anxious to see what's what.

    I now realise I need to get more fermenting buckets as the two week wait is long and I need to build up stock for the sample experiments I have planned. A new batch of dunder infusion must also be made, as The Blonde polished the little bit left over yesterday.

    We are also busy getting the stuff together to build a reflux column for the urn,which if all goes according to plan should be sorted in the next two weeks, just in time for the next batch.
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    Found some brewers yeast yesterday so that will be used for the new batches- up to now I have had access to only bakers yeast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Found some brewers yeast yesterday so that will be used for the new batches- up to now I have had access to only bakers yeast.
    brewmart has proper rum yeast if you looking, I also heard that using "fruit wine" yeast has nice results.
    sounds like you are going to be the resident rum expert
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    Thanks for the info Cole, would love to try the proper yeasts some time.
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    Had to pitch turbo yeast now, the molasses wash was stuck on 1.050
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    So batch one was stripped over the weekend, 4kg molasses and 2kg brown sugar and 20l water. For some reason, which I suspect is heat, this started discolouring three quarters into the run.
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    Which cleared up perfectly on the spirit run. This after an eyeball Mk1 dilution ended up at 57% - no wonder it made my missus's ears warm when she just had to taste
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    Second batch, this one with 2kg molasses and 4kg sugar with 25l water was stripped, came out crystal clear. I still need to do the spirit run on this.
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    Collected some of the backset/ stillage, added a bit of vanilla essence and cinnamon while warm to use as a flavouring experiment.
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