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48874Re: [Distillers] Re: Gravity readings

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  • henry sangret
    Jan 29, 2013
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      I use 2 # of corn meal per gal of water, I like the meal because you don't need to simmer it for hours to release the starches. When buying corn meal try to get both white and yellow meal, the yellow is where most of the flavors are (outside of the kernel) and the white is where most starched are residing. You can use just yellow but you need to up the ratio to 2 1/3 # per gal.   For starch conversions I am using both Alpha and Gluco-Amylase Enzymes and a yeast nutrient.
      I generally cook up 5 gal of water and when it boils hard I dump it into a 20 gal fermenter and than mix the corn. While that is working I make a second batch and mix the water in, stirring thoroughly, (I love that paint stirer)  and than add the corn mix and put the chiller in and let both batches set up for an hour before I start chilling to 60C.
      From: tgfoitwoods <zymurgybob@...>
      To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 2:46 PM
      Subject: [Distillers] Re: Gravity readings
      Henry, What ratio of corn to water do you use? Corn mash can get awfully thick during some of the intermediate processes, at least for me. Oh, and what enzymes are you using? I alos gave up on barley malt and went to bottles enzymes, but I'm still not really happy. Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller Making Fine Spirits --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, henry sangret wrote: > > I use corn alot to make a neutral spirit for topping my barrels off, I ferment and I distill on the grain. >   > I have been using a mix of yellow and white corn meal, they come in 25 lb. bags and I have been paying $12 per bag. Easy to use, just bring the necessary water to a rolling boil put put it into a suitable large fermenter add corn meal and mix thoroughly (hint : I use a propeller bladed paint mixer on a cordless electric drill) . I would suggest you put your chiller in immediately if you have one because it quickly gelatinizes. After the mash temp drops to 60 C  I add my enzyme cocktail and thoroughly mix again, it thins quickly. When ready I distill in a water bath jacketed boiler so it doesn't scorch the grain, I have found that certain spirits taste better when distilled in such a way. > >
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