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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Woodsy71 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:13 pm

Mate, sometimes a wash can be done but Co2 is still coming through the airlock. Stick a finger in the wash. Taste it. If it's not sweet, run it. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby benmick6 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:50 pm

Thanks mate. Just tasted it. Still a bit sweet. Will leave it another couple of weeks and see how it goes. It has a good flavour to it. We have had some cool nights here that might of slowed it down a bit. I've got the heater strap around it and have insulated it now so it's about 28 degrees.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby orcy » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:51 pm

Has anyone tried this with other citrus? Tangellos are 60c a kg atm at my local. Wondering if it would be a worthy substitute.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Plumby » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:21 pm

Nothing ventured, nothing gained man. Let us know how you go. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby orcy » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:10 pm

Problem is i dont have a bubbler yet. So i need to make quite a bit to make it worthwhile on the pot. Maybe ill try anyway.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Plumby » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:31 pm

I used my pot still for my my lemon vodka. I hollowed out 3 batches of lemons and froze them. Every time I did a strip run I added the lemon pulp to the yeast bed from the previous run, I did not add backset just reused the trub from the previous wash. When I had low wines from 3 washes I watered down to 30% then did a spirit run. Took nearly 2 litres of nice hearts, the rest went to the feints keg for a neutral run.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby db1979 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:50 pm

How did it taste plumby? I tried this a while ago and ran it through my 2" bubbler with 4 plates but it had very little flavour. It was lovely straight at 40% but with soda water had almost no flavour. Is this how it's supposed to be?
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Lowie » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:08 pm

I've got one of these down atm. The last one I ran through my bubbler stripped the flavour. I'm thinking of running this next lot in pot stil mode to retain the flavour. I'd be interested to hear what others do/think. cheers.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Plumby » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:40 pm

Taste was strong on its own but I tried a few mixers with it. Best I found was, as much ice as you can fit in a glass, a good slug of lemon vodka and top up with ginger beer. Mmm delicious.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Nino » Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:31 pm

Plumby wrote:Taste was strong on its own but I tried a few mixers with it. Best I found was, as much ice as you can fit in a glass, a good slug of lemon vodka and top up with ginger beer. Mmm delicious.


Sounds good Plumby, I will have to try it when the lemon tree has lemons on it. I will get double bang for my buck pulp to make lemon vodka and jest to make more lemoncello :).

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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Plumby » Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:19 pm

I was lucky enough to have 3 lemon trees to raid so that made it good for me. I used lemon zest for Limoncello a few times but I just can't get the taste balance right.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby db1979 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:06 pm

I just put down 20 L. I forgot about the lemon skins as I had zested all my lemons for later to make Limoncello. I'd put them in zip lock bags in the freezer in quantities enough to make 5 lots of 1 L batches so instead I just tipped one bag of zest into the fermenter. It's around about the zest of 8 lemons. I'll see how it goes. Also I couldn't get ec1118 but the bloke at the local hbs sold me a champagne yeast (can't remember what it was and the packet is in the bin now, it has a s, a 9 and an n in its name). I'm going to run it once through my 4" bubbler (4 plates since it's all or none). Looking forward to having some yummy lemon vodka straight on ice :happy-partydance:
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Wobblyboot » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:23 pm

db1979 wrote:I just put down 20 L. I forgot about the lemon skins as I had zested all my lemons for later to make Limoncello. I'd put them in zip lock bags in the freezer in quantities enough to make 5 lots of 1 L batches so instead I just tipped one bag of zest into the fermenter. It's around about the zest of 8 lemons. I'll see how it goes. Also I couldn't get ec1118 but the bloke at the local hbs sold me a champagne yeast (can't remember what it was and the packet is in the bin now, it has a s, a 9 and an n in its name). I'm going to run it once through my 4" bubbler (4 plates since it's all or none). Looking forward to having some yummy lemon vodka straight on ice :happy-partydance:

Sounds like this
https://vintnersharvest.com/collections ... ucts/45588
A wine yeast....should be ok :handgestures-thumbupleft:
There is a lot of flavor in those skins, u need them in there.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby db1979 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:16 pm

Do you think the zest will do?
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby Wobblyboot » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:11 pm

I’m big on the majority of the flavors are in the skins. The pulp gives the sugars.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby vossy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:13 am

Hello Legends,
Can someone assist I cant get hold of and DAP at the moment and have a heap of lemons, what else could I use to get this started.
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby bayshine » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:20 am

You could use a wine or beer yeast nutrient from a HBS , it will be a similar thing :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby vossy » Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:32 am

Ill try and get down their before they close today but our "HBS" doesn't keep much stuff any other alternatives?
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby bluc » Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:42 am

Tomato paste is a good nutrient not sure if it would affect flavour though..
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Re: Mac's Lemon Vodka discusion topic.

Postby woodduck » Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:49 am

Hardware or rural supply joint should have DAP. It’s a fertilizer.
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