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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:19 pm    Post subject: Week 3 Reply with quote
Week 3 report - "all hell breaks loose"

Didn't taste the cask again since day 12 as noted in Week 2.

We decide to decant the preparatory bourbon and rack in the Wasmunds on the weekend and end up doing it on Sunday April 23 - Day 18.

I empty the cask back into the original bottles and am stunned to find that in 18 days I've lost about 300 ml of the original 1,500 ml fill, or about 20%! Unreal. Here's a photo showing the damage from the greedy greedy angels

Nosing the 18 day old Copper Fox Cask "finished" bourbon it's waves of high alcohol and not much else. Initial taste also all alcohol at very high proof. Check the ABV with a hydrometer and it measures 52% but it still drams like >65%. I think I broke it since this was a wonderful bourbon to start with and that we lost tons of water here. More on this botched pre-experiment later.

Given that I lost so much volume in this first 18 days (probably because it was stored in too hot conditions) I decided I needed to fill the cask so I used 2 bottles distilled on 3/9/09 and one bottled distilled on 5/8/09. I vatted them into a larger container and pulled a 60 ml sample of the vatting off along with samples of both bottles for reference. Filling the cask it took exactly the rest of the vatting so the cask capacity was 2,070 ml. Serendipity.

We'll taste weekly and pull 60 ml samples every 2 weeks thru decanting.

Cheers! DrE

ps: still haven't tasted the wasmund's single malt spirit yet since I'm obsessing over the ruined 4 Roses bourbon at the moment. One crisis at a time.

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Location: Spencer, MA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Oh no! I've been slowly tasting my cask and found it aged very quickly and has a nice oak to it already. I'm almost ready to pull it, and now I'm worried there will be much missing. I had mine in my aluminum brewing shed so it gets up over 100* during the day and 60 or so at night. I better check when I get home tonight!

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." ~Frank Sinatra
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Location: Marlborough, MA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I ran a similar "preparatory" solution in mine, but used my "cookin' whiskies" that I wouldn't drink normally (read: a bottle of Knob Creek, a bottle of Glenlivet [a gift from a well-meaning friend], and some odds and ends from the shelf).

Ran them for a lucky 13 days in cool, steady conditions, and actually got a well-oaked "Glen Knobbin'" out the other side.

A taste this weekend of the 4-week aged spirit wasn't particularly surprising... the tasting with Wasmund in-house a few weeks ago leads me to believe that the brash, fiery, super-fruity flavors of this spirit won't go *anywhere* with the barrel, because he still hadn't gotten rid of them.

Desperate times call for desperate measures... time to pull out the heavy weaponry.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:44 pm    Post subject: Re: Week 3 Reply with quote
We'll taste weekly and is great!!!


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