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Old 04-05-2008, 06:09 PM   #41
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Get a bottle of Svedka.. Its a great Vodka for half the price of Grey goose.

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Old 04-05-2008, 06:11 PM   #42
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Get a bottle of Svedka.. Its a great Vodka for half the price of Grey goose.
Great choice.

Course I like Smirnoff blue.
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Old 04-06-2008, 12:48 AM   #43
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Okay, found my recipe:

Mine yields roughly 5 750 mL bottles @ about 40 proof, (same as store bought).

Ingredients and recipe are for either using instant coffee, or fresh ground.

6 cups sugar
9 cups water
1 cup instant, or 3 1/2 cups whole bean, ground, (wrapped in a few tied bundles of cheesecloth), coffee
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbls vanilla extract
750 ml grain alcohol, (I use Everclear, 190 proof)

Boil 6 1/2 cups of water, add coffee, cover and let steep. Stir occasionally, "fluffing" the coffee bundles as well. If you are using instant coffee, disregard the next 2 steps.

1 - Let stand until cool, line a colander with coffee filters, remove coffee bundles, and strain through colander into large pot.
2 - Warm slightly

In separate pot, make syrup of remaining water, (2 1/2 cups), and the 6 cups of sugar, boiling 1 minute.
Add sugar syrup to the coffee mix. Stir well, add salt. If your sugar crystallizes, warm the pot, stirring regularly until the sugar dissolves again. (This is a big pain in the ass trying to do this without it crystallizing, expect it to happen if your coffee is too cool.)

Allow to cool for about two hours if warmed, add vanilla and grain, stir well, and bottle. Store unrefrigerated in dark bottles for a minimum of 30 days before drinking. Ages incredibly well. I've had some 2 1/2 years old, and it was excellent.

DO NOT, no matter what, decide to taste the stuff if it is slightly warm and the grain has been added. I did so once and I thought I was going to die. Warm grain alcohol is deadly. Once cooled it is a bit more safe, but still tastes like **** until it has sat for a month.

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Old 04-06-2008, 02:24 AM   #44
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For something along the same lines, how about coffee infused vodka? I've read about infused vodkas before, and it seems that you can use nearly anything to flavor the stuff. This link describes a no-heat method using cracked coffee beans. I'd add some vanilla and perhaps a little extra sugar.

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Old 04-06-2008, 03:10 PM   #45
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DO NOT, no matter what, decide to taste the stuff if it is slightly warm and the grain has been added. I did so once and I thought I was going to die. Warm grain alcohol is deadly. Once cooled it is a bit more safe, but still tastes like **** until it has sat for a month.
That doesn't make any sense.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:37 PM   #46
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What doesn't make sense? My recipe uses 190 proof grain alcohol. Drinking it warm, even diluted with sugar, water, coffee, and vanilla, is HORRIBLE. Burns everything on the way down, makes the eyes water, etc.

As far as sitting for a month before drinking, it's rather simple. Fresh, it seems thin, and flavors are not well blended. It even seems a bit astringent, if I recall correctly. After it ages, it thickens, flavors blend, and it becomes much more like real Kahlua.

Does that clarify things a bit better, or is there something else that you want to know that I'm not seeing?

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It sounded like you were saying warm ethyl alcohol is poisonous. I use the same stuff while the Kahlua is still warm, and mixed with milk over ice it's perfect. I get nothing from letting it age. It's better than real Kahlua straight off the stove.

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Old 04-07-2008, 12:58 AM   #48
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Just had some, compared it to some Kahlua I had at the house, not the same but pretty dang close and taste great. Next time I am gonna up the coffee amount.

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Old 04-08-2008, 07:30 AM   #49
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Just did a side by side tonight. And well I have to say the homemade stuff kicks the real stuffs butt. Now the bottle of Kahlua I have is pretty old. But, the homemade stuff is awesome.

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I've got a batch of infused vodka going right now. I used medium roast Arabica beans (whole, not cracked), about 1 tsp vanilla extract, 3 oz simple syrup, and UV Vodka. I'll let you know how it turns out in a week or so. This picture was taken after 24 hours:

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