Ok so as a result of reputation of this instructable I assumed I’d add this half that I’ve accomplished this night.
Gold and darkish rum is aged in previous whiskey or bourbon barrels that are charred on the within, typically they use new charred barrels as effectively.
why do they do that? effectively if you put a spirit in a charred barrel it absorbs the flavors and sugars from the oak.
we will do that our selves with no barrel through the use of oak chips / sticks which you should purchase from wine making shops or eBay.
all we have to do is toast the sticks first this can caramelize the sugars within the wooden, now the flavour you get from it depends upon the temp wherein you toast the wooden. take a look on the diagram that I received from http://www.worldcooperage.com
I’ll use this for my spiced rum which wants the vanilla flavors, so I have to toast my sticks at about 400 levels F which is about 204 levels C so I preheat my oven to that temp.
Now whereas that is heating up I wrap up the sticks in foil and as soon as the oven is sizzling sufficient I pop them in the midst of the oven. I checked it after 1 hour and it did not actually appear very toasted however i did get a burst of vanilla once I opened the packet, I left them in for an additional hour after which took them out and so they appeared properly toasted.
Now I do not know what taste goes to be greatest, toasted or charred in order an experiment I weighed and divided the sticks after which utilizing a blow torch on low I charred up half of the sticks, char them don’t burn them, take away the blow torch after a couple of seconds and blow out any flames, after you have charred one aspect flip them over., I put the charred in a single bottle and the toasted within the different bottle with 1L of 60% ABV Rum.
you do not wish to age Rum or every other spirit at the next ABV than that in any other case it may spoil the style, in case your spirit is increased than this then water it down.
I mark up the two bottles with dates as effectively and I’ll go away them for about 1 month which must be sufficient time for them to choose up the flavors, additionally its vital to shake them usually, each day if attainable.
and thats it actually as soon as I’ve the flavour I need I’d simply pressure out the chips and put it via a espresso filter for the small items and its accomplished.