tracker0945 wrote:You don't mention if this is your first attempt at a mash or not, I suspect that it could be.
Can I suggest that this mashing can be a tricky business if you are just beginning and that you may be better off starting with a very simple sugar wash to get a bit of experience first rather than jumping in at the deep end with cooking and malting etc. That way you will gain practice at sterilizing, handling yeast and the whole fermenting process.
Not trying to put you off, just that crawling comes before walking or running and what you are trying at the moment is a rather brisk walk.
Yes this is my first attempt, and I jumped in with both feet!!!
I knew there would be problems and was really expecting a ton of them >
wasnt really expecting to drink anything for awhile....I am keeping a journal of my projects .
I am truly amazed at how the old timers made theirs without sugar and yeast and would love to be a traditionalist
If there is such a thing. in the back of the mind anyone who gets into somethin always wants their first time doing it to be killer
And to be honest with you all, I wanted to see what would happen !
I used an 8 gallon keg , was wiped out and not sterile! I malted 5lbs of corn around four days in a sheet on a glass picnic table I sprayed it down once daily until it started to sprout It actually didnt have sprouts it had roots!
They were pretty sweet though!
and then I cracked 10 lbs of corn with a ball bat for awhile then switched to a blender set to chop and then I mixed it all together in my wiped out not sterile 8 gallon keg and added water covered it with a sheet and pulled a bungee tight around it
On the second day I took the cover off it was starting to work I could hear it and on the third day it was really bubbling it still smelled sweet as well so I took the cover off to see it and it looked ok then on the forth day I took the cover off to have a look and it was covered with a small layer of dry white powdery mold and it started to smell very sour!!!
Now I have UJSMM and will start my walk here!
By the way, this place is truly a blessing to us all !!