Thursday, 18 May 2006
carrot whisky recipe
This recipe is taken from C J J Berry's 'First Steps in Winemaking'. Of course, it isn't really whisky (because that would be illegal), but whatever happened produced *very* strong alcohol indeed, with a whisky taste. On a reassuring note, it doesn't actually taste of carrots - I was a bit frightened by the whole concept of root-vegetable alchol to start with, but this is fine.
Remember that all measurements are UK weights and measures rather than US.
Sugar 4lb (I think I may have added more than this in increments as it fermented out, but it was four years ago and I can't really remember)
White concentrate 4oz
Yeast and nutrient
Water to one gallon
Wash the carrots, but don't peel them. Chuck them in a big pan and bring to the boil, simmering until tender. Strain off the liquid and make up to one gallon. Bung the sugar and sliced citrus fruit in to a bucket and chuck in the hot liquid, stirring until sugar dissolves. Add the concentrate and the wheat, stir and leave to cool a bit. When it's only luke-warm, add the yeast and nutrient and then cover the bucket. Stir twice a day for fifteen days and then skim it (yeuch!), strain out any bits and transfer to a demijohn. Leave until clear. I think I topped up with two-ounce-per-gallon increments of sugar during this process, until it wouldn't take any more. It's turned out nice and dry though.
Allegedly drinkable a year after the start of the process - but I would say that's optimistic, it was two before I was able to face it. When we tried a bottle six months after it had finished fermenting, B's father says that it lowered his inhibitions sufficiently that on the short walk home he stopped and waved at three different security cameras.
We made five gallons at once, because the carrot-picking machine got bogged down in the mud in the field opposite Ma's gate and they had to abandon half the field. Apparently people were coming from miles away with empty sacks.
Oh, and then we made soup out of the boiled carrots. It was rather unpleasant.
Let me know how you get on.
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Posted by Ally at 17:55