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Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby halfbaked » Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:31 am

Beerswimmer wrote:In the past I made a rum using only brown sugar(plus some dead yeast for nutes and backset from previous batches) and the yeast was a hefeweizen yeast. It smelled like Juicy Fruit gum and tasted superb. Almost like a Wray and Nephew overproof rum. I'm now making heavier rum and it's not as fruity as I'd like. So I'm going to switch to some WLP300 I just bought. The banana smell and flavor from WLP300 has made some "banana bomb" hefe beers for me before that were great.

Has anyone done this? Will it give me the results I'm looking for, or did I just get lucky in the past?


Hay beer, That sounds great! Which hefeweizen was it. I know of 3. If I had my choice of bananas or Juicy Fruit im pickin the gum. Can you go into exactly what you did? Id love to hear about it. Sounds wonderful.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Beerswimmer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:41 pm

It was the yeast that the local brewery used in their hefeweizen. I'm positive it was from Weihenstephan, WLP300.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby halfbaked » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:44 pm

http://www.winning-homebrew.com/yeast.html is a really good explanation of yeasts. 300,320,380 they all say bannanas and cloves.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby vickrockafeller » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:34 pm

Beerswimmer wrote:I guess after my first ferment, 30 gallons to be started next week, I'll split it. 25 gallons will be stripped and then have a spirit run, and 5 gallons will go through a slow pot run. Then I'll do the Pepsi challenge and see what has the most flavor. If it's not what I was hoping for then I might try to change to a Belgian yeast. If it's close, then I might tweak the recipe, or add some wash to the spirit run or etc. I really want to get the most fruit flavor, not heavy flavors. I'll post up on progress and what my mash bill is.

Also might age some of the dunder to see how it smells after a few months. Rum lets you be so creative, there's no limit to what you can or can't do!



@beerswimmer, interested in do the the same thing but with a Belgian yeast. I prefer the "bubble gum" to the "banana" esters. Did you reach a verdict on if you preferred the the Strip and spirit run or the slow pot distill. Did you ever end up trying a Belgian yeast?
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Mud » Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:43 pm

Heavy navy style? VB has a thread with the word "Penultimate Navy Rum" or something in the title. A 100% molasses wash is the ticket to start.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Mud » Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:23 pm

Yeah. :/ Had.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby vickrockafeller » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:40 pm

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Shine0n » Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:17 pm

I've been on an experiment to have a bold flavorful rum I've been tinkering with infected dunder to use with low wines in a spirit run.
My first was with cut dirty potatoes in the dunder, it smelled of high hell then went fruity and sweet. I mixed at 75% Low wines and 25% infected dunder at 30%
When I did the spirit run nice and steady at a pencil lead sized stream I had hearts for days, sweet, fruity, bold molasses flavors.
Best to date by far!
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Pikey » Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:30 pm

What abv did that come over at Shine0n ? - mixing for the spirit run, in the boiler like that - a bit similar to a thumper charge methinks.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Shine0n » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:04 pm

I stripped with a thumper because I had enough wash to do so and needed my fermenter free for another wash.
I did 2 separate stripping runs which ended up as 7 gallons, I don't remember the abv of the low wines before dilution but it took 3 gallons of water to get to 35%
Then I had 10 gal of low wines and to that I added 2.5 gal of infected dunder (the one with potatoes)

Total now was 12.5 gal, I didn't need the thumper for the spirit run as I have a 15.5 gal pot, with unions I can run with or without the thumper so with this experiment I figured if it turn's out horrible I'd rather do 12.5 and not 25 gal.
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Re: Trying for fruity rum again with Hefeweizen yeast

Postby Shine0n » Tue Aug 08, 2017 4:07 pm

Damn Pikey, I forgot to answer your question.
My low wines were 35%, when I added the dunder it was 30ish.
When I did the spirit run it came off at 160p 80%
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