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Really hot ferment!

Post by TedL » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:38 pm

So I went away for a week, before I left I made a 25 gallon sugar wash with corn and rye 10%ABV and I used EC-1118 yeast because it works good when it's cold and I find that it's a pretty clean yeast. It's winter here so I put my little heater on my fermenter barrel and told my girlfriend to not let the temperature get over 80 degrees F. I have a thermometer in my fermenter that you can pull out and check the temp. So anyway when I came home I checked the temp and it was 120 degrees! It was done fermenting but hot as hell! My girlfriend said she forgot to check the temp, even when I called to remind her. What are the consequences of fermenting a sugar wash at 100+ degrees? A shit load of heads and barely any hearts? I was going to strip it first. I have a column/flute still, would refluxing while stripping it clean it up?
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by rad14701 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:49 pm

That sucks... You'll just have to run it and hope for the best... Make sure you collect in many small jars, just in case...

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Post by Still Life » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:03 pm

Those yeasts were sweating like a workout.
Gives new meaning to aerobic phase.
Run it like Rad says.

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Post by greggn » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:42 pm

You'll probably have some off flavors. Next time, buy a temperature controller and relax in the knowledge that technology is helping manage the process ...

http://www.ink-bird.com/products-temper ... tc308.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by still_stirrin » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:56 pm

TedL wrote:I went away for a week...so I put my little heater on my fermenter barrel and told my girlfriend to not let the temperature get over 80 degrees F....when I came home I checked the temp and it was 120 degrees! It was...hot as hell! My girlfriend said she forgot to check the temp, even when I called to remind her...Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!
It sounds like you're due for an "upgrade"....in girlfriends, that is. :esurprised: It seems you don't fully have her attention any more.
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by FreeMountainHermit » Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:11 pm

greggn wrote: Next time, buy a temperature controller and relax in the knowledge that technology is helping manage the process ...

http://www.ink-bird.com/products-temper ... tc308.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
Got one. plug n play. I love it. Currently plugged into my pepper seeds germination bed. :thumbup:
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by TedL » Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:18 pm

still_stirrin wrote:
TedL wrote:I went away for a week...so I put my little heater on my fermenter barrel and told my girlfriend to not let the temperature get over 80 degrees F....when I came home I checked the temp and it was 120 degrees! It was...hot as hell! My girlfriend said she forgot to check the temp, even when I called to remind her...Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!
It sounds like you're due for an "upgrade"....in girlfriends, that is. :esurprised: It seems you don't fully have her attention any more.
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by TedL » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:12 pm

rad14701 wrote:That sucks... You'll just have to run it and hope for the best... Make sure you collect in many small jars, just in case...
I'll try collecting in small jars and hope for the best. What if it comes out to be complete shit? I guess a waste of 25+ pounds of sugar
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by TedL » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:22 pm

greggn wrote:You'll probably have some off flavors. Next time, buy a temperature controller and relax in the knowledge that technology is helping manage the process ...

http://www.ink-bird.com/products-temper ... tc308.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow
I thought about getting a temperature controller but I'm not sure what to hook it up to.
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by squeezins » Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:23 pm

I use an aquarium heater to help with winter temps. Cheap and fairly reliable.
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by FreeMountainHermit » Sat Feb 18, 2017 11:19 pm

TedL wrote: http://www.ink-bird.com/products-temper ... tc308.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

I thought about getting a temperature controller but I'm not sure what to hook it up to.
TedL wrote: It's winter here so I put my little heater on my fermenter barrel and told my girlfriend to not let the temperature get over 80 degrees F. I have a thermometer in my fermenter that you can pull out and check the temp. So anyway when I came home I checked the temp and it was 120 degrees!
Use your existing little heater plugged into the controller and tape the sensor from the controller to the side of your fermenter with something over that to act as an insulator (old sock,tee shirt, etc.) and you're golden.

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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by jb-texshine » Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:03 am

TedL wrote:
still_stirrin wrote:
TedL wrote:I went away for a week...so I put my little heater on my fermenter barrel and told my girlfriend to not let the temperature get over 80 degrees F....when I came home I checked the temp and it was 120 degrees! It was...hot as hell! My girlfriend said she forgot to check the temp, even when I called to remind her...Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated!
It sounds like you're due for an "upgrade"....in girlfriends, that is. :esurprised: It seems you don't fully have her attention any more.
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Re: Really hot ferment!

Post by bilgriss » Sun Feb 19, 2017 4:51 am

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