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, "fred081646" <fred081646@...> wrote:
> I haven't cooked a thing yet or even made a wash. I am still working on my still. I have fittings ordered and while I am waiting for them to arrive I thought I would start a sugar wash. I believe I read that the wash can sit for some time after it is done fermenting.
> My problem is my water. I have well water. It is very hard with a PH of 7.8. Would it be ok to lower the PH using lemon juice? I tried a couple drops in a glass of water and it dropped dramatically.
I began my interest in distilling by getting the "The Good Booze Recipe and Cookbook" by James C Krohn available from Paladin Press at the time.
Mr Krohn recommends adding 3/4 cup of Calgon (laundry detergent aid that softens water) for every 26 gallons of mash.
He states that it greatly improves the sugar to alchol conversion and adds no taste to the final product.
I recommend this book for anyone just starting.