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by Walshie
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Jack
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Re: Apple Jack

Congratz on your first ferment, but you should recheck the math. If this is just a cider with no added sugar, it can't be close to 16 ABV. Given your SG 1.05 or 12.4 BRIX it should go up to something like 7ABV maximum. Yep, rechecked on this site and you are correct. 7% https://www.northernbrewer.c...
by Walshie
Mon Dec 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Spirit Run
Replies: 13
Views: 442

Re: Spirit Run

Congratulations on your first spirit run! Now get to work making more. Too cold. But I assure you, as soon as temp is reasonable in the spring the corn is going back in the bucket. Don't wait for good weather to start. Ferment now, and store the wash in buckets for fair weather days when you can ru...
by Walshie
Mon Dec 14, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Spirit Run
Replies: 13
Views: 442

Re: Spirit Run

tombombadil wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 7:09 pm
Congratulations on your first spirit run!
Now get to work making more.
Too cold. But I assure you, as soon as temp is reasonable in the spring the corn is going back in the bucket.
by Walshie
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Spirit Run
Replies: 13
Views: 442

Re: Spirit Run

SassyFrass wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 10:02 am
You let that likker rest for a few months and taste again. You might be suprised at the difference.
Tough to do but I've set 3 qts aside for a while.
by Walshie
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Full charge spirit run
Replies: 13
Views: 366

Re: Full charge spirit run

I know exactly what the Plains Drifter speaks of for a mind blowing experience watching the proof on a spirit run. My first ever was in November, the proof by quart jars was 148, 155, 156, 156, 156, 156, 152, 148, 142, 134, 120, 102, 90.
by Walshie
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Spirit Run
Replies: 13
Views: 442

Spirit Run

Over the summer I ran UJSM and ended up with 5 gallons of low wines through stripping runs only. On sample, some were OK in flavour, some were horrible. In mid November, I did a second distill through my new parrot (wow is copper expensive these days) and ended with 13 quarts front to back. Proof ra...
by Walshie
Sun Dec 13, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Apple Jack
Replies: 7
Views: 363

Apple Jack

One week in: 15 litres of Presidents Choice apple cider + 1 heaping tbsp of DDAY; og Brix 12.4, SG 1.05. Its been bubbling hard all week and seems to have slowed down yesterday. I checked the science today - Brix reading 1.04 which converts to a SG 0.996 and ABV around 16%. Its still bubbling a litt...
by Walshie
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:18 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First...and last Peach Wash
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: My First...and last Peach Wash

What a waste. I crushed 2 bushels of ripe and bruised Niagara peaches on August 7 to get 8 gallons of mush. I added 5 gallons of water and a further 2 gallons of hot water to get 15 gallons of mash at 94 degrees, SG 1.01. Immediately added 2 kg white sugar to bring SG to 1.03. No pits and very litt...
by Walshie
Sat Aug 22, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First...and last Peach Wash
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: My First...and last Peach Wash

You should strip all the ferments till total ABV of low wines is about 30% then combine low-wines (output of your strip strip runs) and do a spirit run collecting spirit run output into about 25 equal'ish fractions. Then air for 24h (covered with cloth or coffee filters) and test/blend your cuts to...
by Walshie
Wed Aug 19, 2020 12:12 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First...and last Peach Wash
Replies: 8
Views: 374

Re: My First...and last Peach Wash

jonnys_spirit wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:52 am
Did you do a strip run and a spirit run?

I would have put the skins in as well.

Cheers,
jonny
No, just the strip.
by Walshie
Wed Aug 19, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First...and last Peach Wash
Replies: 8
Views: 374

My First...and last Peach Wash

What a waste. I crushed 2 bushels of ripe and bruised Niagara peaches on August 7 to get 8 gallons of mush. I added 5 gallons of water and a further 2 gallons of hot water to get 15 gallons of mash at 94 degrees, SG 1.01. Immediately added 2 kg white sugar to bring SG to 1.03. No pits and very littl...
by Walshie
Sat Aug 15, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Something Wrong???
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Re: Something Wrong???

Update - My last two runs of UJSSM have been without a thumper; distillate is coming out crystal clear with a great flavour.
by Walshie
Thu Jul 30, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Something Wrong???
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Re: Something Wrong???

I'm reading that you're using about 30% backset which is pretty high and after some generations can contribute to low pH issues and stalled ferments without pH control. I'm a big fan of KISS so I'd specifically like to ask why you're using a thumper? Good luck! -jonny Jonny UJSSM says anywhere from...
by Walshie
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:39 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Something Wrong???
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Re: Something Wrong???

You're all a riot. I'll let my buddy know about his phalanges. Flowers are fake. I've run at temp until the dripping stops. Its usually around 38% or so. My cook temp is correct then as the output sputters between a pencil lead and very fast drips. Boiler lid and washers under the flex tubing nuts a...
by Walshie
Wed Jul 29, 2020 1:54 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Something Wrong???
Replies: 12
Views: 636

Something Wrong???

My first mash was 13 gallons of UJ in a 20 gallons food grade garbage can with 18 lbs cracked corn and 18 lbs white sugar. Unknown original SG, final was 1.00. Note all distillate is being collected for a stripping run. I will be combining all collected so far to do a second distillation so errors a...
by Walshie
Wed Jul 22, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

From my new Brix refractometer that just arrived SG is 1.02 ABV 5.0. I was expecting more alcohol. That 5% is about right.. 18 lbs sugar in 13 gal of water give a 1.38 lbs per gal which I estimate to give about the 5 you are getting as the corn provide nothing sugar wise.. To get a high abv sugar w...
by Walshie
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

I mentioned in a prior post that a refractometer will not read correctly on a fermenting / fermented wash, this is why a regular hydrometer is useful. Unless you knew your exact starting gravity with the refractometer you can not now determine the final gravity with it. Calculations are required to...
by Walshie
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

From my new Brix refractometer that just arrived SG is 1.02 ABV 5.0. I was expecting more alcohol.

I don't know original SG.
by Walshie
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:34 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

Check out a Uncle Jesse's Simple Sour Mash recipe here in the Tried and True recipe section. I followed your link and the site hurt my head and I left before really finding the recipe. There is lots of crap out there on the Wild Wild Web, try a few well regarded recipes here and you will be a bette...
by Walshie
Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:32 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

You are doing a sugar wash, even thorough you have added some corn.. the corn will only provide some flavor and a bit of nutrients for the yeast.. I would be very suspect that the Ph is way off.. have you checked the Ph of the wash.. sugar wash, even with some grains added, are known for a acid dro...
by Walshie
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

HomerD wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:57 am
Get you a specific gravity hydrometer and a proof & trall alcohol hydrometer. You will need both hydrometers.

Homer
I have a proof and tralles; this arrives tomorrow.
by Walshie
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

BTW, thanks all for advice
by Walshie
Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Re: Mash slowing down?

I found the recipe here: https://moonshinerecipe.org/corn-mash-moonshine Its 7 lbs cracked corn, 7 lbs sugar, 5 gallons water and 10 grams DADY. I used a cracked corn I bought at TSC, and put that through a grain mill to make it a little finer and get some flour out of it. In reviewing what I copied...
by Walshie
Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:35 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Mash slowing down?
Replies: 22
Views: 574

Mash slowing down?

The facts: My first ever mash; Now is hour 60 since DADY added to a 18 lb each cracked and milled corn and sugar 13 gall water mash. The mix seems to be slowing down in its CO2 production but the smell is good. Temp is dropping from 88 yesterday to 80 right now. I was giving it a stir once in a whil...
by Walshie
Tue Jul 21, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Brute Trash Can Fermenter
Replies: 35
Views: 1434

Re: Brute Trash Can Fermenter

I have a 20 gall NSF2 (food storage grade) Huskee barrel with lid but I wrapped the body with ratchet tie downs. I poured the hot water in directly and had no problems with plastic deformation. Temp is holding at 89 degrees in Southern Ontario after 3 days (my very first mash). The 20 gall would onl...
by Walshie
Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:05 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper going empty
Replies: 17
Views: 1877

Re: Thumper going empty

Newbie here; When I gave my 8 gall distiller its first run on old cherry wine, I used the wine in the one gallon thumper as well and mine ran dry. I assumed it just evaporated in the heat of the moment as I'm sure I released the thumper before the keg. So if read correctly you can't get the temperat...
by Walshie
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Niagara Rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Re: Niagara Rocks

Cheers boys. Schedule is tight so first mash in is July 18 - 15 gallons, cook the Saturday after. Perusing the site I've already learned a couple of things. I think I'll do a stripping run first.
by Walshie
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:13 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Niagara Rocks
Replies: 3
Views: 234

Niagara Rocks

Hello from St. Catharines! I'm a 53 yo father who's kids have moved on in life and I'm sick of mowing the lawn. I've watched Moonshiners and want to try it so for my last birthday the family got me an 8 gallon ss still with 1 gallon thumper and condenser off Amazon. Surprisingly the kit doesn't seem...