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The spirit run

spirit run

This is the good stuff. It takes days to get here, and the final hours can drag on for nearly half a day as the spirit slowly trickles from the still.

The spirit run takes time, and it takes patience. It takes a little choreography and then it takes waiting for time to do its thing. You don’t always know what you’re going to get, but you can have an idea from the taste of the beer before it’s reborn in the heat of a separate stripping run.

It’s an amazing ancient craft full of deep archetypal processes for those mesmerized by the alchemy of it all. Like most ancient crafts that capture the imaginations of the passionate, there are some basic steps decorated with secrets, some shared in fellowship and some unlocked and seared into memory through necessary failure. Every drop is a chapter. Every bottle is a story.

Fermenting chili peppers in oak whiskey barrels

January 1st, 2012 No comments

I have a completely new appreciation for Tabasco sauce after stumbling across this episode of How It’s Made. Around the 1:12 minute mark, there it is.

Maybe you knew this all along, but this nearly 150 year old product is a chili pepper and salt mash fermented in oak whiskey barrels for three years!