zimne_piwo wrote:The rum turned out crappy so I'm back to sugar washes and shine. Well-made shine is good! I'm glad that in my experimentation with rum I found a great way to get a sugar wash to go from boil to dry in two days. With my new work schedule I'll be able to boil up a batch, leave it sit until it's time to distill, run it off, and set a new batch to ferment and settle while I travel. Output should be enough to keep me in $1.50/fifth shine at about 120 proof. More than enough to take care of me, possibly enough to age on oak. We'll see how it works out.
Right now I typically pull nine quarts off a batch. The first half a quart goes into toilet cleaning supplies, disinfectant, and some into the camping alcohol stove. The next quart goes into the Junk jug. Then I get four quarts of quality shine. Then a gallon of swill that goes into the Junk jug. That gives me about five fifths to drink. Once I've got ten gallons of Junk, I do a short batch of sugar wash and add the Junk. Slow and cold, refluxed, I get a nice clean run of six total 140 proof quarts that are very nice and a little crap to toss and start it over.
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