Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Smbjk » Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:36 pm

Well done mate fantastic write up and good clear instructions
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Postby P3T3rPan » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:32 am

You have done it again Brendan. Another fantastic write up.
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Peewee » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:25 am

:clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby newbiboozer » Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:34 am

Good write up mate I have been wanting to do an all grain Bourbon and you've made it sound doable.

What is the insulation on ya mash tunn.
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Brendan » Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:35 pm

Thanks very much guys, hope you all find it useful and simplifies the process a bit :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Newbi, it's insulation from Clark Rubber...don't know what it's called. It's similar to the stuff in the states they refer to as 'Reflectix", except that is like silver bubble wrap, whereas this stuff is silver foil lining on a black thin compressed foam. It's about $20/metre from memory.

If you look at the pics, and then walk into Clark Rubber, you'll know it when you see it ;-) I've been through their entire website, and it's not listed on there....
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Konzo » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:01 pm

Brendan wrote:SUMMARY

Due to the vast amount of description and clarification in there, I thought I’d summarise it, to show that it really is simple. Once you’ve read the rest and done the procedure, this is all you will need to look at in the future....

- Boil mashing water (40L good water + 3-4L backset).
- 30L mashing water to mash tun.
- Add corn (milled to flour) slowly and mix well.
- Seal up well insulated, and leave for 6 hours.
- Add 10L more of mashing water, mix well, and bring temp down below 70 deg C.
- At 68 deg C, add wheat malt, mix well.
- Add barley malt and dried enzymes, mix well (temp should be 64/65 deg C).
- Seal up and leave overnight (8 hours).
- Cool to yeast pitching temp (30 deg C or below)
- Pitch yeast, mix well
- Allow to ferment for about 4 days
- Strain
- Distil

Boom, now that's a recipe anyone should be able to follow :handgestures-thumbupleft:

For those guys working Mon-Fri, I would suggest gelatinising the corn on a Saturday arvo (start boil 3pm, mix corn in 4pm), then come back at 10pmish to mix, bring temp down and add in malts. Leave overnight, then Sunday morning, chill it and pitch yeast. Assuming you would have to leave for 5 days and run it on Friday evening at the earliest chance...worst case, maybe even Saturday morning would work, and can put on another mash Saturday afternoon.



A fantastic detailed set of instructions. Well done and Thank You Brendan
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Brendan » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:35 pm

No worries Konzo. I thought with such a thorough walk through with me discussing every little point in too much detail about what I use, that a simple go-to guide would be good ;-)

Now put some Australian 'Bourbon' (well, Whiskey) on the market :D
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby tipsy » Wed Apr 02, 2014 11:50 am

Excellent :clap:

Can't wait to give your method a go.
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Sam. » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:09 pm

Yep another quality product from Brendan :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Thank you for the taking the time to write up your methods in such detail ^:)^
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Postby Konzo » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:32 pm

Oh I'll be working on that Brendan don't you worry ;-)
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby TheMechwarrior » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:37 pm

Love your work Brendan
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby stiplus77 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:45 pm

thanks heaps for all the pictures and details it makes its so much easier when doing this stuff ^:)^ ^:)^ ^:)^ :clap: :clap:
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby BackInBlack » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:52 pm

Excellent write up Brendan.
Gave this a go today.
7.5kg corn ground to a coarse flour
1.9kg malted rye
2kg malted barley (pilsner)
Mashing out in the mash tun at 64.7 deg, will leave overnight.
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Brendan » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:02 pm

Sounds spot on BIB :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Just watch that time you leave it for...I leave mine overnight starting at 10pm. So mashing out at 4pm, you'll be hitting 16hours (double) at 8am :think:
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby BackInBlack » Sun Apr 06, 2014 4:34 pm

Brendan wrote:Sounds spot on BIB :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Just watch that time you leave it for...I leave mine overnight starting at 10pm. So mashing out at 4pm, you'll be hitting 16hours (double) at 8am :think:


Yeah, started a bit too early, I'm used to doing the three stage cooking for the corn :angry-banghead:
Once I close the lid on the mash tun, I don't open it again, so should be o.k :pray:
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby BackInBlack » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:52 pm

o.k, ended up with 41 ltrs, strained a sample off the grains & got an s.g of 1065, don't know how accurate that reading is, as the sample was still a thick liquid.
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Brendan » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:40 pm

BackInBlack wrote:o.k, ended up with 41 ltrs, strained a sample off the grains & got an s.g of 1065, don't know how accurate that reading is, as the sample was still a thick liquid.


Thick liquid? :wtf:

That's a spot on SG reading, but I'm concerned about the accuracy and why you would have 'thick' liquid. After conversion, it should be thin as water...
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby BackInBlack » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:17 pm

Liquid was murky with very fine particles.
Thick was probably the wrong word to use :oops:
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby stretch69 » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:19 am

Brendan wrote:AGEING (Yes it's spelt this way in the UK and Australia ;-) )

Dilute to 62.5%abv with the highest quality water you can get. I buy bottled spring water, and I’m sure rain water would be equally as good. I wouldn’t even consider using filtered tap water to dilute my all grain spirit.
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Just curious, what makes bottled water 'higher quality' than filtered tap water from home?
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Re: Simple All-Grain Bourbon For Anyone

Postby Zak Griffin » Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:47 am

The fact that filtered tap water doesn't taste as good as good bottled spring water...
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