Waiting on my third batch of this recipe. First 2 were 1 gallon batches and the third I scaled to 4 gallons. I pretty much went by the recipe on the 1st page. Trying to read this whole thread..... currently on page 47. The first 2 batches worked great, and fermented and cleared within a week. I didn't boil the cereal for the first 2 but tried it on the third. I also reduced the amount of yeast in the 4 gallon since I'm in no rush and if I'm correct the amount is just to speed up fermentation. I only used 3 packets. It's been bubbling for 2 weeks now and only has a gravity of 1.024. The S.G. was 1.058(think I messed up the sugar/water ratio). Seems to be really slow but I am in no hurry. What has me a bit concerned is when I checked the gravity yesterday it kinda had the consistency of snot. I'm kinda hoping this is just the gooey cereal slop I poured into the wash being suspended by the fermenting yeast. Otherwise the look, smell and taste seem fine. So just a few questions.
1. Is a slimy consistency normal mid-fermentation?
2. Is it ok for it to take 3 weeks to ferment?
3. Could the cereal have lowered my S.G. since I boiled it or did I just most likely mess up the ratio?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Rad for this simple and tasty recipe(that I somehow messed up lol). So much for idiot-proof....
I pot stilled the 1st 2 batches stripping and spirit runs. Tasted great with a touch of wheat flavor.