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Anyone recommend a good Whisky essence?
Jul 20th, 2017 at 10:44pm
 
Help, I've tried some "Malt Whiskey" essences that came with my (Second hand) air still and they were OK, if a little sweet (I'm assuming from the spelling they were going for the Irish style Malt). I went to a "Top Shelf" Bourbon and...This is NOT to my taste (WAY too much sweetness/vanilla) Can anyone suggest something closer to sn Islay malt whisky? Looking for a Scotch that's not too sweet with some peat and smoke if possible!
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I didn't "Blow it up" I "Modified the way it works" OK?
 
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Reply #1 - Jul 21st, 2017 at 8:58am
 
Another way would be to change your wash, use liquid malt extract and Whisky yeast instead of sugar and nutrients, there are lots of posts out there about it. 

EDIT: Forgot, when distilled age on oak chips
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Reply #2 - Jul 23rd, 2017 at 12:33pm
 
Grin VT I may be  wrong but I thought it didn't matter what you put in the Airstill it will still come out a neutral spirit.??
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Reply #3 - Jul 23rd, 2017 at 2:26pm
 
Richard. it all comes down to the wash and which still you run it through.

An AirStill is a pot still, so with a single run, the flavour of the malt wash is carried forward into the spirit, this would be the preffered method
for a Whisky, a double distill will strip some of the malt flavour, and so on and so on.

A good reflux still strips out all the flavour and delivers a neutral spirit regardless of the wash flavour.

If you make a sugar turbo wash and run it through an AirStill it should come out almost neutral because there was no flavour to start with, do
it double and it will be a purer neutral.

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Reply #4 - Jul 23rd, 2017 at 3:21pm
 
I have found that if you distill failed wines, beers or ciders it takes at least 3 distillations before you get anything near neutral.

But you can get there.  Wink

Edited: With my Airstill anyway.
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Reply #5 - Jul 23rd, 2017 at 6:46pm
 
I have recently bought an airstill and have tried using different types of whiskey essence, but have found that they have not been up to the same standard as shop bought, I guess its because I'm new to distilling as I have seen some good comments regarding the quality of spirits made from an airstill. So, putting the whiskey on hold, I have experimented by throwing wine in also like Delirium Tremens. For example I had some banana wine that I wasn't awfully pleased with it turned out to be a pleasant spirit with a very subtle flavour of banana. Also, did the same with a sugar beet wine that turned out ok
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Reply #6 - Aug 27th, 2017 at 11:13pm
 
vino-tinto wrote on Jul 21st, 2017 at 8:58am:
Another way would be to change your wash, use liquid malt extract and Whisky yeast instead of sugar and nutrients, there are lots of posts out there about it. 

EDIT: Forgot, when distilled age on oak chips


I have thought this would be the ultimate way forward. Commercial Barley Malt extract works out at around 5.5 times the cost of sugar however and I'm not looking for a perfect "Single Malt" result, just something drinkable that's comparable to a brand name blended malt (ie: Teachers, Grants, Whyte and Mackay etc.) at a fraction of the price.
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