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  • GhostWolf
    Actually it has been sealed with an air-lock since the start and is bubbling pretty good so I think it must be fermenting ok.
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2000
      Actually it has been sealed with an air-lock since the start and is bubbling
      pretty good so I think it must be fermenting ok.


      David Rowlands wrote:

      > From: David Rowlands <davidr@...>
      >
      > Is the fermenter air tight? If not, this could be the reason for having a
      > zero alcohol yield. It is my humble understanding that alcohol is the
      > by-product of the anaerobic consumption of sugars by yeast. If they have a
      > plentiful supply of oxygen, the yeast cells will reproduce in vast quanties
      > producing C02 and more yeast cells but little ethanol. It's only when they
      > are starved of O2 do they produce ethanol in large quantities.
      >
      > -----Original Message-----
      > From: GhostWolf [mailto:hamlett@...]
      > Sent: Friday, March 03, 2000 6:06 PM
      > To: distillers@onelist.com
      > Subject: [Fwd: [Fwd: [Distillers] mash/wash]]
      >
      > From: GhostWolf <hamlett@...>
      >
      > Thanks again Ray,
      > one more question, I have a reflux still, a Desti actually. Is it possible
      > to
      > distill grain alchohol in it or is that reserved for pot stills only? I'd
      > like to
      > do a 100% corn like they used to do.
      >
      > Ray Toms wrote:
      >
      > > From: Ray Toms <ray@...>
      > >
      > > Dan
      > > If it has bubbled then you will have alcohol being produced, if it is a
      > standard
      > > Turbo (6kg of sugar) it will be very close to finishing which normaly
      > happens in
      > > about 3 days however it pays to leave it for at least a further 48 hours
      > once it
      > > stops bubbling before you distil.
      > > Ray
      > >
      > > GhostWolf wrote:
      > >
      > > > From: GhostWolf <hamlett@...>
      > > >
      > > > Ray,
      > > > That makes sense now, so it is possible it's working because it has
      > been
      > > > bubbling like mad and is is smelling very sour like alchohol. I do have
      > the
      > > > type of hydrometer you mentioned. Perhaps I will wait a couple of days
      > and
      > > > run it through.
      > > > Thanks for the help!
      > > > Dan
      > > >
      > > > Ray Toms wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > From: Ray Toms <ray@...>
      > > > >
      > > > > Dan
      > > > > What method are you using to calculate that you have 0 alcohol ?
      > > > > If you are using an alcohol hydrometer that is only for measuring the
      > > > > strength of the alcohol once you have distilled it, it will not give
      > you a
      > > > > reading on the alcohol strength of your mash. The only easy way to
      > measure
      > > > > the strength of your mash is to take the starting specific gravity
      > with a
      > > > > beer/wine hydrometer and the finishing specific gravity and divide the
      > > > > difference by 7.36
      > > > > Ray
      > > > >
      > > > > GhostWolf wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > > From: GhostWolf <hamlett@...>
      > > > > >
      > > > > > Hi,
      > > > > > I'm new to the group and am currently in the process of fermenting
      > my
      > > > > > first mash. I'm going with a water/sugar/turbo wash and it is on
      > the
      > > > > > third day. It has been bubbling pretty good but when I went to
      > check it
      > > > > > with the hydrometer today, it's reading 0 alchohol so far. Does
      > anyone
      > > > > > have a sure-fire recipe for about 20 litres of this wash , that
      > seems to
      > > > > > be a common still size and no book or site I have comes out and
      > gives
      > > > > > exact figures for a "recipe", they are all pretty vague.
      > > > > > Thanks,
      > > > > > Dan
      > > > > >
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