So I have read all 1003 posts on this thread (most of them a couple times) and I’ve also read nearly every thread in the new/novice distillers area. I’m new to this hobby. This is my first wash however, I have brewed Kombucha for a few years and learned a lot about fermentation, sanitization, bottleing, etc. I usually run 5 gallon batches so this wash seemed right up my alley. I’m totally new to PH and SG though. I’ve wanted to get into this for a few years and thought I’d start with this. I just came into a custom setup from a local brewer with a 3” reflux still on a stainless 10gal keg. Officially, I want to distill for essential oils, haha. But figured this would be a good “cleaning/practice run” to learn my new gear. The motto I live by is “Go big or go home.” And it is true in this hobby too.
I planned on running a double batch and ended up with 6gal, 5gal and 2gal Carboys with a little headroom. I followed the directions to the tee for a double 6 gal wash. Using Dady brewing yeast. I used filtered water from the local fill station assuming it would be better then my tap water. The SG was really low so I had to add about 3-4 Lbs sugar to get it up over 1.07. It started off like a freight train. I didn’t check PH to start. It went totally dormant and stuck at 1.01 on day 11 and I tried to revive it with a Tsp of DAP and more yeast and waited 48hrs. It did nothing. So I ordered Calcium Carbonate and a PH tester. PH was at 2.65 on all batches. I added nearly 1.25 Tbsp per gallon to get it up to 4.65. Still dormant. Temp is now steady at 82f using a heating wrap and temp control. Still at 1.01.
I think maybe my hydrometer is off. I put it into tap water it reads 1.01. I put it in the filtered bottled water 1.01. It is the same reading as my wash right now. Is my hydrometer off by .01? That would make my wash finished at 1.0 or a little below.
Wash smells good and fermented. Not sour. Tastes like alcohol not sweet. Color yellowish. And it was clearing up nicely until I added the calcium carbonate.
Is my hydrometer off? Should I just rack it, let it clear and run it? What’s the worst that could happen if it isn’t done? Just a low yield?
Remember this is intended to be a practice run anyways to learn how to use my gear.
Here’s my wash info:
Day 1 - Start 1.07, 91deg -1.074 adjusted.
Day 2 - 1.06, 84deg
Day 3 - 1.048, 72.7deg, airlock bubble 2sec
Day 4 - 1.040, 70.9deg
Day 5 - 1.031, 75.6deg
Day 6 -
Day 7 - 1.023, 76.4deg, 1/23/19, 3 sec burp
Day 11 - 1.010, 1/27 looks done. Starting to clear. No burping
Day 16 - added yeast and DAP, shook, nothing
Day 18 - added Cal Carbonate, shook vigorously, burp every 1sec
Day 19 - dormant
Day 20 - dormant, nothing. Still 1.01
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