## 43746Re: [new_distillers] Re: Confuzzled

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• Apr 24, 2013
Bob......

I always enjoy your posts......and I'm amazed at the knowledge you possess.

So......The grain is basically a waste of time?

I'm getting some flavor at the expense of potential alcohol?

Claude

From: tgfoitwoods <zymurgybob@...>
To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wed, April 24, 2013 3:11:30 AM
Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Confuzzled

Claude,

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 unleess 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 new_distillers@yahoogroups.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.
>
> Claude
>
> Sent from my HTC EVO 4G LTE exclusively from Sprint
>

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