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Neutral grain spirits for making digestifs

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Neutral grain spirits for making digestifs

Mosaica | Dec 15, 2008 08:58 AM

I'd like to make a few of the digestifs from the projects here on chowhound, but I've had some trouble finding Everclear in my state, and I need to start soon. I do have the option of buying an NGS called Graves Grain Alcohol, but it's 190 proof whereas Everclear 151 is, well, 151 proof.

I've scoured the net, and the boards here, and I did see some advice pertaining to making limoncello, suggesting that the infusion time be lessened, for instance from 4 weeks to 1 week.

With the digestifs recipes, which call for around 6 days using Everclear, should I try, say, 3 days with the higher proof Graves?

Also, with the digestifs recipes, the infused Everclear is diluted with a certain amount of simple syrup --would I increase the amount of simple syrup to get a "proper-ish" final proof for the digestif, or will that make it too sweet? Are there other things to dilute it with?

Clearly a newbie to liqueur making here!

Also, I'm wondering if anyone has used Graves or other neutral grain spirits near the 190-proof mark --I may have to try finding the highest-proof vodka instead.

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