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by bigbuck
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

everything seemed to be ok with mash
by bigbuck
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mold question please help
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: Mold question please help

thanks fiddle, im assuming it will be good, just never had anything like that happen before, I will be inspecting grains from here on out
by bigbuck
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mold question please help
Replies: 6
Views: 837

Re: Mold question please help

I posted about a mold issue in safety and I dont think it got looked at but by a few, so im gonna give it a go here just to put my mind at ease! I made a mash the other day of sugar and corn the same way I had done many other times, 55 gallon, 90lb sugar dissolved in 140 to 150 degree water, after I...
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

thanks expat, I sure hope this works out, mash smells right no signs of mold smells in it
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

so mash seems to be doing fine, will it help if I just strip it off when it finishes and add it to feints and run it a second time? I could not re heat (boiler is not big enough)
thanks
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:08 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

yep it was in the bottom of a corn bag, looks like the bag may have been setting on a wet floor
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

well damn the luck, it seems to be moving along good so far, just want to make sure its safe to consume if I distill it twice, got me a lil nervous, I went ahead and pitched extra yeast
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:00 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

Re: moldy corn mistake

so will spirits be ok if it gets distilled a few times?
by bigbuck
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:05 am
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: moldy corn mistake
Replies: 11
Views: 1575

moldy corn mistake

so I was in the process of putting together a rather large corn mash, got my water up to 150 degrees to melt sugar in fermenter, dumped in 90lb of sugar and wanted to add corn while sugar water was still really hot so I cut bag open and began to pour, low and behold when I tipped bag all the way ups...
by bigbuck
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

may try just a touch more sugar to see if there is any change
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:35 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

gonna do a reset tomorrow and try again with different water, and same process as before to see if results differ from previous
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

well I feel a lil bit better then, I just felt like I was wasting sugar
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

for some reason I was thinking yield should be around 7 gallons according to calc I used on parent site for a 55 gallon wash
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 26, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

well still not quite what I had hoped for, ended up collecting 4.25 gallons at 83%, ran it as slow as I possibly could, I was collecting 1 gallon in roughly 3 1/2 hours
:thumbdown:
any suggestions?
by bigbuck
Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

wash slowed way down today, measured sg and it is at 0.990 pretty sure shes done, how long should I let it clear?
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 20, 2018 6:46 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

wash took off like a rocket, checked ph today and it fell to 3.6 in 12 hours, slowly bringing it back to about 4.5
I also went ahead and boiled 1 1/2 cups of yeast and added to wash for nutrients
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:20 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

so here is progress so far..... 55 gallon wash (used well water this time) 85-90lb of sugar dash of Epsom salt 9 cups tomato paste starting ph was 6.8 after sugar,salt,paste was added 5 1/2 tabelspoons citric acid brought ph to 4.53 (added 1 tablespoon at a time dissolved in water) temp is at 91 deg...
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

shadyland mentioned boiling some yeast for nutrients and adding to wash will this have a benefit to birdwatchers recipe along with 9 cups of tomato paste?
by bigbuck
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

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by bigbuck
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

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by bigbuck
Tue Dec 18, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

just tested ph of my city water and ph is 8.5
by bigbuck
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

how well do yall think this should perform in a 4"flute with 8 plates and a 30 gallon boiler? as long as mash is done and finished out correctly? I know that's a really vague question just wanting someone else's 2 cents, only other one I have left besides 4" flute is a 2" boka that runs good clean s...
by bigbuck
Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:47 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

should have all supplies soon for wash, I am assuming I should adjust ph in water before anything else is added?
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

sounds like a plan, I got materials on the way and going to use well water from a buddy and see if that fixes the problem, so this is the thought process in my head :wtf: 50 to 55 gallons well water 80 lb sugar 9 cups tomato paste citric acid and pickling lime for ph adjustment (if needed) dash of E...
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

I got a friend that has a really good spring fed well, Im gonna try his water and see if it makes a difference
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

water quality I think is a big part of the problem too, our tap water sucks around here smells like pool water sometimes
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

does anyone have a digital ph meter that they would recommend for an application such as this?
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 8:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

thanks for all the input fellas,i am going to round up some supplies and start another wash and keep better notes, going after some spring water and ph meter, as soon as I get it put together I will take starting SG and get ph levels where they need to be and see if this will correct problem on yields
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

its going to be birdwatchers I had a brain fart when I posted this topic I was looking at both recipes
by bigbuck
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:22 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: winos sugar wash yield
Replies: 45
Views: 2504

Re: winos sugar wash yield

SS do you think I need to add DAP to wash also? as far as the pickling lime goes on a wash of that size how much would you suggest adding at a time if necessary