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Old 10-20-2012, 06:57 PM
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Default Spirits Barrels & Kits

http://www.1000oaksbarrel.com/

A friend of ours passed on this company and the info that they have kits to make your own spirits... using vodka for spirits. Hubs has a couple small barrels - each might hold about a fifth - and we're going to give this shot.

It's kind of interesting - and doesn't look too pricey.
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:59 PM
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In my opinion essance kits just aren't the same. For example if I wanted to distill my own fermented spiced cider into a spiced applejack that's something you can't really achieve with essances.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:29 AM
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I had one.. .save your money...

I bought mine to use just to oak age some Virginia Lightning. It's a local corn whisky made legally...

Anyway, I got one that would hold two bottles. After about 4 months, I had about one bottle left in it. The angels took WAY more than their share. I'm sure it's because the staves are so thin. No leaks, it just evaporates fast...

When you aren't using it, you have to keep water or something in it. If you use straight water, it will mold. You can use their storage mix, but there goes more money, and alcohol just evaporates.. If you leave it dry, it will fall apart..

I found I have much better results putting the corn sqeezin's in a mason jar, and dropping in a few slivers of lightly charred oak. and screwing on the lid.. That keeps out them pesky angels..

I don't know about their flavorings. Never had a desire to try. If I want JD or Beam or Soco, then I'll buy it.. I can't imagine vodka with flavor would be anything close..
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:53 PM
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HMM. I'll pass it on to hubs... he hasn't started playing yet. I'm like you Simi! The ABC store is about 1/2 mile away if we run out of something.
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