White Sugar or Raw? Or Dextrose?

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OVER AT the Home Distillers Club in Facebook, one of our members, Peter, asked the question:

“For a straight sugar wash can I substitute raw sugar for white? I am thinking it would be ok as long as I mix it well…

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How to Make Your Own Irish Cream

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IRISH CREAM doesn’t always have the best reputation among whisky drinkers, but that’s somewhat undeserved.

Sure, it hardly resembles actual whisky and is a key ingredient in frivolous cocktails like the Mudslide, but Irish cream — invented in a mere 45 minutes in 1973 — makes a delicious after-dinner drink, and is the perfect single-ingredient addition to coffee when you need more than just caffeine to pick you up. “Irish cream adds a fantastic texture and ultimate creaminess to cocktails,” says Georgina McKevitt, bartender at The Irish Times Pub & Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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BEGINNERS GEMS #13: Carbon Filtering

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IN OUR 13th Beginner's Gems for Home Distillers, we take a look at Carbon Filtering. 

Our previous Beginners’ Gems posts containing helpful hints, tips and techniques for home distillers, include the following:

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Smoke Trail: How Peat Smoke Gets Into Whisky

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MOST WHISKY drinkers can detect the presence of peat within a scotch with a single whiff, but the process of how that scent and flavor got there is much more complex.

We’ve broken down the journey from ground to glass into ten steps.

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PART 2: Zapper’s Global Express Yeast Review – Distilling the Wash

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HERE IS Part Two of John Zapper’s comprehensive review of our Global Flavors’ flaghsip yeast, Global Express, all about distilling his wash.

“Regardless of the type of reflux column still you use (T500 or Pure Distilling) the instructions are reasonably simple: siphon all but the bottom wort into your boiler, add your conditioner and distill as usual.

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Whisky Researchers Make Yeast Discovery

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Yeast trials: Victoria Muir-Taylor leads the team exploring different strains’ impact on whisky flavour

SCIENTISTS EXPLORING yeast’s ability to generate flavour have uncovered strains commonly used for producing beer that ‘possess promising characteristics’ for whisky distilling.

Researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the Port of Leith distillery are exploring how different yeast strains ‘contribute to the complexity of flavours found in Scotch whisky’.

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