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39551Re: problems with a simple sugar mash

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  • Harry
    Jun 3, 2007

      --- -- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "sourkrout8165" <orange_baron65@...> wrote:

      > I'm new to distilling but i have done my research i have made a couple
      > runs already and getting some good stuff but I'm having problems with
      > my mash. I'm using 13 gallons of water and 25 lbs of sugar according
      > to my math and the calcs. on home dist. of alc. i should be getting
      > close to two gallons of alcohol when i cook it off to 90% when i mean
      > close its a gallon and some change. i think its my water I'm using
      > spring water thats high in calcium but on 2 of my mashes i boiled the
      > water to settle the calcium and didn't add hardly any of the calcium
      > and still got the same result my mash takes 4 to 5 weeks to ferment
      > and when i run it i only get a half gallon of good product and i get
      > another half gallon of the tails. i am using k-1 yeast, yeast
      > nutrients and i have added baking soda on the last two mashes to
      > neutralize the acid and seems to be getting the same result. any help
      > would be greatly appreciated!!!!!


      Boiled water = reduced oxygen
      reduced oxygen = poor yeast performance
      poor yeast performance = less alcohol

      More research is required.


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