- Apr 24, 2013Claude,
No mud dragging, guaranteed.
A bit of simple calculation gives me this: 5 gallons of sugar and 5 gallons of water = 1 pound per gallon, which should give you a specific gravity of ~1.045 and a potential alcohol of ~5.9%, maximum.
That means that the very best you could expect is 5.9% of 5 gallons of ethanol, or .354 gallons, which equals 45 fluid ounces of ethanol. Diluting all that ethanol (without making cuts) to 80% gives you a total of 56 ounces at 80% ABV (160 proof).
Since those are absolute maximum possible numbers, 40 ounces isn't too bad.
What did all that grain get you? Absolutely nothing except for a bit of yeast nutrient, and maybe a bit of flavor. Remember that grain is essentially all starch, and yeast can only eat sugar, so unless you do a proper grain mash with enzymes from malt or a bottle, and the correct times and temperature, to convert that grain starch to sugar, the grain is worthless to the yeast.
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller Making Fine Spirits
--- In email@example.com, "cnapier@..." wrote:
> Ok.....need help.
> I've run multiple sessions of shine.
> I like very much the flavor of my shine.
> 4 inches of all grain...corn, barley, maple mix.
> 5 pounds white sugar.
> 5 gallons distilled water.
> 2 teaspoons dady brewers yeast.
> Water temp 70 degrees
> All in glass carboy
> Wait til yeast is finished.
> Distilled in pot still.
> Double barreled condenser.
> Done on hot plate.....plenty of heat.
> Lucky to get 40 oz on stripping run.
> Run again....less than a quart of 160 proof.
> Feel free to drag me thru the mud.
> Sent from my HTC EVO 4G LTE exclusively from Sprint
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