Fw: Re: Give Your Sluggish Washes an Energy Drink...
Hi Kacj and Duane,
Yes, Red Bull works very well but I've had even better results with Energy Drinks higher in the B vitamins and contain phosphorus, potassium and other nutrients. Also I dont know what some of the other ingredients such as taurine, ginkgo biloba leaf extract or the other exotic additions might do to help speed up the fermentations. See http://www.energyfiend.com/energy-drink-ingredients for some of them.
As for a recipe Kacj, check out Mason's MUM wash.pdf in Geoff's file at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/new_distillers/files/Geoff/
I basically started off following this one but also have dropped the vitamin tablets and epsom salts (since it contains sulpher and Miracle-Gro contains enough magnesium, zinc, copper and iron in trace amounts). Instead of tomato paste, I get the acid from inverting each pound of sugar with 2 tsp. of lemon juice and a cup of water and letting simmer for 20 minutes or so (do not boil).
So basically since this summer, with just about 2 tablespoons of Miracle-Gro and the added Energy Drink, I've found this seems to really make a sugar wash cook...
It would be fun to try out some of the different brands and compare results.
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Waldo.
(Be fun to give those Turbo yeasts a run for their money!)
> --- On Mon, 1/4/10, blfxplk blfxplk@... wrote:
> Could you give the recipe you prefer using the energy drinks?
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jamesonbeam1" jamesonbeam1@ wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > Recently been experimenting with speeding up fermentations by adding
> > some of those energy drinks around. These are chock full of B vitamins
> > and other nutrients that the yeasts seem to really enjoy... Try adding
> > a can to a 3 - 5 gallon wash.
> > I've been getting close to Turbo yeast performance with washes up to 14%
> > ABV finishing and starting to clear in 48 hours or less.. Some of the
> > brands I've tried are Rock Star Roasted light Vanilla:
> > Rockstar Roasted Light Vanilla