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Hi from the left coast

Post by CalHiTower » Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:54 am

Hi, first post from a long time brewer and wine maker...and 5 year distiller.

I use a ss combo pot/reflux still brought from a well known manufacturer in the usa. I only do 3-4 runs/year, as I'm getting on in years. (I wear out very easily) . Because of age, etc., I don't drink the hard stuff as much as I used to.

The last run of single malt was 3 years ago and getting better by the week. I still have 3/4 of the run aging in 1/2 gal jugs. Pretty decent stuff, imho.

I run gin more often, as that is my wife's drink of choice. She has chronic pain and says the gin is a real blessing. I infuse a recipe of botanicals that has been fine tuned over the years. My batch starts with 4 pot still TPW runs then refluxed. I have an eight gal boiler.

Keeps me busy..make a lot more beer...easier for me to drink.

That's about it...thanks in advance for info I might need.

Cal

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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Easydrinker » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:24 am

Welcome friend, and I mean that.
You seem to know what you are doing, so I don't think we will be offering too much assistance.
Malt whisky does get MUCH better with age, I agree.
Since I discovered all grain beer making this year, I am like a pig in the proverbial!
Some folk here know a lot, on varied topics, so if you have the need, shout up.
At worst you will get an opinion, at best you may get solid advice! :lol:

Robert.

P.S. I forgot to say that checking in for a chat is also very welcome, some of us don't get out very often, and someone to talk to is pleasant.
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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Mash » Tue Dec 03, 2019 7:15 am

Hi

Good to see you here! We are a chatty crowd - bit like pulling up a stool in the bar.

A few guys here are now mashing from grain. What recipes do you run? Do you have a regular 'house special' beer?
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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by CalHiTower » Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:19 pm

House specials...always have a Bo Pils and a Vienna Lager on tap. I mostly brew German.

What are your favs?

Cal

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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Jennysgin » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:36 pm

Hi Cal :)
Welcome aboard!

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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:08 am

For me a Belgian Blond or Triple, and something like a Hobgoblin,- I haven't nailed that one yet, but even the failures taste pretty good! :lol:

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Post by Mash » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:39 am

I don't try to clone beers exactly. I use them more as a style guide. I also think you can make better beer than the commercial stuff easily, so why would you want to.

I make a 100g cascade ale, which is the house brew. Hoppy, pale, easy and cost effective.

Not a clone, but Similar to Punk IPA but imo fuller and richer flavoured.
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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:46 pm

Tasting the failures is always interesting.
I too have ceased to copy recipes as such, instead adding my own tweaks.

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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by CalHiTower » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:19 pm

Thanks for the welcome, Jennysgin! Is it okay to call you Jenny?

I also do not try to make copies of commercial beers...I've been making the same beers that I like...maybe also tweaking when I want to try an idea that I've recently heard...

Cal

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Re: Hi from the left coast

Post by Jennysgin » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:05 am

Absolutely :+1:

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