Stripping and questions
- Well, the thermometer has been installed, and the parrot beak set up,
and a stripping run was done the other day with Uncle Jesse's recipe
(thanks, Harry for the direction). I am running 4 gallons wash at a
time and getting just under 1 1/4 gallons stripped at 55-60% abv. in
my little five gallon copper pot.
Question One: To get final quantity result of 7 gallons (cask
strength) after three distillations starting with stripped strength
of average 55%, would I need a little less than 14 gallons of
stripped material? Goal is to cask five gallons and age. I also want
to have 2 gallons to quick age with oak chips and enjoy while waiting
years for the cask to do its job (and run more along the way of
Can someone confirm that I should use an uncharred oak cask and cut
product to 80% abv to set for time? Is there anything I should add to
the product for aging? Flavoring, chemicals, etc.???
Question Two: When dilluting to approx. 40% for second distillation,
instead of using water, can I (or would I want to) use what has been
left over in the pot after shutting down from previous batches? I
have been saving it in a locked carboy.
Question Three: I have two carboys with airlocked mash that did not
ferment (see some of my previous posts). Can this be used to add with
backset or in lieu of backset when I continue subsequent
fermentations per Uncle Jesse's recipe?
The recipe calls for removing spent corn from the fermenter and
replacing with new. Does this added corn need to be cooked?
Could I use that mash material for cutting at time of second and
third distillations? It has no added sugar but does have yeast, but
Well, this has been quite a mouthful of chatter and questions...I
apologize if this post has been a little long winded; but there are
some good points for discussion I think.
Thanks to y'all who have helped along the way.