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    ... ended up at 57% ...
    Does it have a rum taste to it ?
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    Used a teaspoon of the uncured flavouring for The Blonde, who had to taste (again) and one without.

    The second batch with more sugar still has to be processed so we can't do taste comparisons yest. I really like this batch though, but tastes differ.

    Next up is molasses only fermentations to try, in true Jamaican style rum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KobusDJ View Post
    Does it have a rum taste to it ?
    Oh yes
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    The column upgrade is hopefully happening in the next week or so as we've had some setbacks with almost everything. It will be interesting to compare rum out of a still with some reflux and one without. Fortunately with the upgrade I can do it both ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Used a teaspoon of the uncured flavouring for The Blonde, who had to taste (again) and one without.

    The second batch with more sugar still has to be processed so we can't do taste comparisons yest. I really like this batch though, but tastes differ.

    Next up is molasses only fermentations to try, in true Jamaican style rum.
    Is that the straight up rum or is that with coke?
    When you say you added uncured flavouring what do you mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    Is that the straight up rum or is that with coke?
    When you say you added uncured flavouring what do you mean?
    With Coke Cole. The flavouring, according to the recipe has to be mixed with rum, left to settle for some time and the clear parts then siphoned off and run through filters. So this is the start of one of the flavouring batches which is still "green" therefore I reckon uncured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    With Coke Cole. The flavouring, according to the recipe has to be mixed with rum, left to settle for some time and the clear parts then siphoned off and run through filters. So this is the start of one of the flavouring batches which is still "green" therefore I reckon uncured.
    Ah, sounds like you giving buckaneer bobs rum a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    The column upgrade is hopefully happening in the next week or so as we've had some setbacks with almost everything. It will be interesting to compare rum out of a still with some reflux and one without. Fortunately with the upgrade I can do it both ways.
    I'll be doing a reflux versus potstill back to back this weekend. I know the reflux will pull around 90% while the potstill will do around 50%. The difference will be flavour and aroma.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    Ah, sounds like you giving buckaneer bobs rum a go.
    Indeed, which will be used as a start in the learning process. I have some other ideas busy formulating, as Dudley says, never stop scheming Boet.
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    So if you REALLY want to get confused as to how the jamaicans do a dark rum, and what they mean when they say "dunder" below is an interesting read....
    https://cocktailwonk.com/2016/03/day...ngredient.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    So if you REALLY want to get confused as to how the jamaicans do a dark rum, and what they mean when they say "dunder" below is an interesting read....
    https://cocktailwonk.com/2016/03/day...ngredient.html
    Indeed. The rum story and history in itself is very interesting.
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    You do know that you can buy “rum essence”

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryFrank View Post
    You do know that you can buy “rum essence”
    Yes but it feels like cheating, but there is a difference between the rum essence you can say buy in the baking section, and the rum essence that is added to a liquor base anyway, and nobody seems to have
    stock of the liquor base ones in SA anyway.
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    All dark rums are created by the addition of dark sugars and spices and aged in oak. Even white rums get an infusion. Buying the alcohol based quick flavourings saves you time and effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Collected some of the backset/ stillage, added a bit of vanilla essence and cinnamon while warm to use as a flavouring experiment.
    So this has been sitting for a week as is with no alcohol in it and man it smells good. I used some yesterday, about a 350ml mix with 350ml undiluted rum, strained it four times through coffee filters and used it for colour in a test bottle. A little goes a long way as about 100ml was used.

    I see there is sediment in the bottle today, so the colouring batch will need to settle and be siphoned to leave the dregs behind.
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    Something I learnt during the week is that traditional Jamaican rums are made with only molasses and yeast, whereas in Barbados sugar is also used.

    So with my molasses container having about 5kg left in it and me wondering how to get everything removed, I decided to add more molasses and used brewers yeast for the first time as it is now available in the shops. I also learnt in the week that bakers yeast is best for rums as the particular strain is cultivated from molasses, so they play nicely together.

    Another rum recipe ( Hook rum) advocates using some if the previous fermented wash in the new batches, this creates extra flavour the creator reckons. It works with bread so why not with rum..

    So one batch I included some and will do this for half the washes from now. The flavours start maturing after four ferments so I am interested to see what's what with this.
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    All my recent washes got the yeast and trub from a 50L beer fermentation. Saves me a lot on fresh dry yeast.
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    Another interesting video about rums
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    I actually went hunting to try find a video about these "live dunder pits" and how to use the "product" and finally
    came across Jesse from Still It's stuff that he had made and how he uses it, I know a lot of the time the guys say throw
    it in with the fermentation (I guess it maximixes the estrification) but personally I am so not brave enough to do that, but
    Jesse tested it out by throwing it in with the actual wash in the boiler which is nowhere near as bad...

    Video below, cant find the actual video where he runs the 3 different experiments and what the outcome is though
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Y9nT6UL1E&t=1s
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    I actually went hunting to try find a video about these "live dunder pits" and how to use the "product" and finally
    came across Jesse from Still It's stuff that he had made and how he uses it, I know a lot of the time the guys say throw
    it in with the fermentation (I guess it maximixes the estrification) but personally I am so not brave enough to do that, but
    Jesse tested it out by throwing it in with the actual wash in the boiler which is nowhere near as bad...

    Video below, cant find the actual video where he runs the 3 different experiments and what the outcome is though
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1Y9nT6UL1E&t=1s
    Cole, I can send you some reading material links if you want to really immerse yourself in the rum story. Be forewarned, a deep and very dimly lit rabbit hole it is, much like a dunder pit actually
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