Re: [new_distillers] Re: First Wash Questions
- Hello pleasinsqueezin,
the too vigorous frothing over of your wash results from massive release of
CO2, that sits dissolved in the wash, and comes from the sugar-alcohol
conversion. Stirring the wash acts to release that unseen CO2 - so, the
answer to your question is that "yes, it's good" although messy.
You will get the same instantaneous foaming if you were to pour some extra
sugar into the wash. That sugar will act as fine nucleating points for the
CO2 to stick onto, and then come out of solution - just as described by ian.
> Deceptive how active that yeast is - I have had it erupt on me as
> well. I now let it ferment actively in a primary fermentor(with lots
> of head space and tight fitting lid) - but no air lock. When I give
> a good stir it bubbles violently. After about 3 days I transfer the
> wash to a carboy with air lock and just "rock" the carboy to release
> the CO2. On one occasion I tested my luck by adding more sugar.
> When I stirred it - boy did I get a reaction - so jammed the air lock
> back in. It blew up and bounced off the ceiling and needless to say
> I had my precious wash blowing out the top of the carboy. We live
> and learn.
> -- In new_distillers@y..., "pleasinsqueezin" <pleasinsqueezin@y...>
> > Hi all,
> > I an a newbie and just started my first wash. I'm going for 20%
> > Alltech Superstart Yeast
> > Everything looked OK when I started. I aerated the wash well and
> > started my teast for ~1hour. Fermenting at 22C.
> > After 16 hours I had not seen any activity in the airlock. I
> > the lid and little small bubbles were breaking the surface - but no
> > foam. I started stirring the wash to put the yeast in suspension
> > the whole thing foamed over the top of my bucket in less than 5
> > seconds.
> > Is this good even though there is no visible activity in the
> > Is this normal for a proper wash?
> > I appreciate any help and feedback you guys can give.
> > Best regards,
> > Pleasinsqueezin
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