I love grape nuts and the little local store I shop at had all there cereals for $1 a box (10 for $10) so I bought corn flakes and grape nuts (store brand of course). As I was eating some grape nuts I started reading the side of the box to see what they were made of (I always thought they castrated grapes, but I was wrong
It seems they are mostly wheat and barley malt then the light bulb came on
. I had remembered reading on homedistiller.org (the mothers milk I was brought up on) that you could flavor sugar wash by adding corn flakes and I had already been making deathwish's WG recipe so I thought I'd use what I had.
No real method went into how much cereal to use. I knew that deathwish's WG worked well with 10lbs of sugar and that sounded like a good start. I try to keep my mashes to 1.5 lbs of sugar to a gallon of water so I was in the ballpark. Not knowing how much flavor to expect I thought I'd start with a big box of each and then adjust from there. Really in the back of my mind I thought that if it didn't work I'd just make Vodka out of it and add that to my experience list. I have been very pleasantly surprised at the results and the cost is right too. $2 for the cereal, a bit or citric acid (could have been lemon or orange juice), bakers yeast and a few pounds of sugar. The beauty of this is in the economy. After the first mash you don't need yeast or citric acid again and the flavor just gets better.
I can't begin to tell you guys how much I've learned from all of you. Harry taught me how to make a good whiskey over on the yahoo board, pint has taught me economy in the process (and how to make a great power controller) and the rest of you guys have taught me to try anything once, take notes and reproduce what works ---- now that's a great community.