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Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

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Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby Mcshiner » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:17 pm

Triac controlled, shotgun condenser.

10 gal wash:
5lbs yellow cornmeal
5 lbs sugar
3 pkts bakers yeast

Failed to take initial SG. After 4 days, SG is at 1.0'ish and still at a slow bubble. Spare room where wash is sitting is at a temperature of 77-80*F/ 23-26*C.

Any critism is welcome as this is as stated, my first wash.
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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby mlb68 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:49 pm

Don't expect too much of a return in yeild. You did not add enough sugar to get a good ABV from your wash. The corn with out mashing it will only add flavor and no starch to convert into sugar. It's your first run so no big problem just do a strip, save your backset and use it with a few more pounds of sugar, top your tank off with water for your next run. Check out ujsm and follow it you will do well.

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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby mort4 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:52 pm

True it will be low alcohol, will be fine as a sacrificial.
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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby Mcshiner » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:07 pm

Boiled 3gal of water, added cornmeal and sugar, stirred for 10-15 min then separated into 2 5gal pickle buckets. Added yeast at ~110-115*, stirred, put under sealed lids with airlock bubblers.

Today it smells like sourdough. Hint of sweet taste, has a bit of an alcohol odor.

My thoughts are it could be put into the still tomorrow. But I don't want to rush it if you think otherwise.

There's so much reading and so many different opinions based on so many different experiences. The farther I go in the process, the more it 'clicks in.'
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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby mort4 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:33 pm

Give 'er another couple days, if it still tastes a bit sweet.
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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby Mcshiner » Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:17 pm

Rechecked SG tonight, but this time without stirring the wash. Forgot about the suspended solids affecting the true reading.

0.990 - 0.992

No sweetness, still smells a bit like sourdough. We'll see tomorrow when I dump it into the cooker.

For the rest of tonight...homework. Reading, reading, and maybe some more reading on how to make cuts.
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Re: Electric 15.5gl still? First sacrificial wash bubbling.

Postby AfricanHijinx » Tue Apr 02, 2013 1:17 pm

what did you use to make a seal from the keg to the bowl?
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