Re:MY FIRST TIME FERMENTING A WASH FOR DISTILLATION
- --- In email@example.com, RICK DOUGLAS <moparacer48@...>
>i dont type and it takes too long for me to put caps where they belong
> this is the "new distillers group", right? i apologize for the caps.
so youll have to accept all lowercase. ok with you mason? i appreciate
your advice to split my batch. ill give you a little more detailed
information about what i actually have. i set this wash up the eve of
the 26th.as i stated, my goal was to have 18 0/0 when finished.
however my wash that im dicking around with had a starting sg= 1.950
with a potential alcohol content= 13 0/0 abv with sugar concentration
of 23 0/0. now i just tested again at noon. sg=1.750 potential alcohol
dropped to 10 0/0. at that rate it should be done in about 7 more
days, maybe. im not really in any hurry. do you think i should split
it into 2 carboys?so is the effervessence of the wash with no foam
head normal in this type of wash? is the yeast a bottom feeder like a
lagar yeast? since your an advanced distiller what economical wash
> would you personally use for a neutral spirit or vodka that wouldyield a fairly high alcohol content in a relatively short amount of
time? i only want to set up my still, run off what i need to do and
break it back down in the least amount of time possible because my
space is limited and i just cant leave it set up. by the way, i posted
a couple crappy pics of my still taken with my phone. combined with my
description and looking at the pics, do you think its an adequate
design for a small scale newbie? any suggestions on any improvements
without bagging it and starting over?
As Trid Stated your SG readings are way off. If your not in a hurry
let it ride. Another infection is possible though. As for the lack
of a foaming "cap", this is a sign of a slow ferment. You should be
able to hear it from a couple of feet like a fresh poured soft drink.
Mind you it wont build a cap like a grain or fruit mash.
As for economy, you chose the wrong hobby. If it dont get ya here it
will make ya pay there. Just saying. Over all I think I spend more
on booze now than I did when I just bought it from the local ABC.
The Booze itself is cheaper but the equipment is the money taker. I
am sure others have had the same experience. For a inexpensive was
though it doesnt get any easier or Cheaper than the MUM recipe. Riku
and I developed this back in June in an attempt to make a fast
fermenting wash made from 4 ingredients that could be found almost
Miracle grow plant food (Yeast nutrient)
I have tried it at 2 lbs/sugar per gallon of water and it ferments out
in 5 days. BUT it makes a cleaner smelling wash and a cleaner tasting
finished product at 7 lbs/5 gallon total volume as do most washes.
Grain, fruit, or sugar. There is a reason why commercial distilleries
keep their mash gravities under 1.060.
I respect your need to do a quick run but you wont be hanging around
this hobby for long taking that route in the beginning. You could
easily ferment 3 MUM washes monday through friday and start stripping
saturday morning. How many gallons does that still boiler hold?
Three of those washes at 7 lbs each will give you 3 gallon of low
wines for spirit runs on sunday. You really need to run it 3 even
four time through to get even close to neutral in a pot still. I
looked at your pics. Its adequate and will do the job, with
patience. Vodka at the hobby level is easiest with a reflux still.
Here is what you would need to do.
Strip everything to 208-212F(anymore I go to 212F)
second run discard everything that come out before 172F, then collect
3rd run discard everything that come out before 172F and collect to 186F
4th run discard everything that come out before 172F and collect to
181F you will wind up with just over a gallon of 90% booze. Diluted
to 45% abv thats over 2 gallons of near hangover proof booze and your
taking your still down late sunday afternoon.
Damn, that even reads easy.