How long can a mash stay good

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How long can a mash stay good

Postby Tutu » Sat Oct 06, 2012 3:19 am

I made 2 mashes back in December I've never distilled them still got them I smelt them today neither has any trace of vinegar in the smell the cornflake mash smells like whiskey but I used a fair bit of sugar and dap I expected 15% ish.

I've never used my still so need to do a cleaning run one of my mashes is turbo yeast I got free with still I was going to use this for the cleaning run and the other one to make something I might drink.

Do you think they will still be ok to distill.
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby dakotasnake » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:54 am

why not? if it smells and looks good run with it and see how it comes out. just wondering why ya left it so long? this hobby takes a little time, if you dont have time maybe you should consider another hobby, im not being a smart ass im just saying jump in with both feet or dont jump at all. good luck.
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby Tutu » Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:07 am

dakotasnake wrote:why not? if it smells and looks good run with it and see how it comes out. just wondering why ya left it so long? this hobby takes a little time, if you dont have time maybe you should consider another hobby, im not being a smart ass im just saying jump in with both feet or dont jump at all. good luck.


I stopped drinking for 9 months after 9 months sober I realised I need booze lol.

I bought a mile hi still back in november I thought I might as well give it a go, I have lots of hobbies that take time this is relatively short for me.
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby suburban hillbilly » Sat Oct 06, 2012 10:25 am

Hi tutu
I have a similar thread (will my wash keep) and i have just stilled a rum that had been in the fermenter for just under two years and it smells great.
So i think your nose should be the judge of your mash as long as its sealed properly with airlocks bungs etc there is no reason it shouldn't be ok unless of course it does start to stink.
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby freespirited » Sun Oct 07, 2012 9:59 pm

Ive had some last and some stank. Use it for a cleaning run. Only takes a week to make another and from the sounds of it you havent been in too big of a hurry so far.
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby Reddog » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:16 pm

If it dont have huge amounts of vegetables growing on or in it and it dont stink..

its good to go..
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby maheel » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:48 pm

i let TPW sit around for ages sometimes up to 3 months

it's fine over winter and OK over summer but the heat may be more and issue
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby whiskeytripping » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:53 am

Best thing to do next time is run it, put it on oak, then it would age for 9 months :lol: (it wouldn't be a great motivator to STOP drinking huh?) But yes it's good and run it already :thumbup:
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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby BEAUCO » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:40 am

I'll be watching this post for an update! I'd like to hear how it turns out for you. I had a run of sobriety over the summer and jumped off the wagon. My thoughts are if you don't handle it, IT WILL HANDLE YOU. Just keeping mine in check. Hobbies, not habits, right! Good luck with that.

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Re: How long can a mash stay good

Postby Tutu » Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:36 am

I've still not done it couldn't get any gas for the burner this weekend I left it too late but hopefully next weekend.

The main reason it was never distilled earlier in the year was I had a hot plate and it was totally crap and I just gave up. I've got a decent propane burner now.
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