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by Reaverman
Wed May 05, 2021 1:57 am
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: UK - Looking for Blackstrap Molasses?
Replies: 48
Views: 13485

Re: UK - Looking for Blackstrap Molasses?

Aitch1969 wrote:
Sun Feb 28, 2021 1:54 am
The gold label looks like a popular choice, even sold on amazon with rum yeast



What kind of results have people been getting
That's for horses and cattle, won't there be presevatives and other additives in there?
by Reaverman
Tue May 04, 2021 1:33 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Bed
Replies: 5
Views: 390

Re: Yeast Bed

Made a similar post, out of 5 generations I have about 2/3 rds of a litres of yeast. So I think you have confirmed my hunch!
by Reaverman
Tue May 04, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Yeast Harvesting
Replies: 3
Views: 209

Yeast Harvesting

Hello all! Recently I ran five generations of UJSSM, using Still Spirits Distillers Whisky yeast. I've frozen all the backset for a future project, and decided to harvest the the yeast to two jars (2ltr clasps). Making sure I have mixed bottled water with each jar, and then cold crashing them in my ...
by Reaverman
Sat Apr 03, 2021 1:12 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Getting Mashed
Replies: 3
Views: 176

Getting Mashed

Ok, just as a mental exercise before I leap fully into creating my first mash. I have a converted watercooler with a ball valve tap. It holds 25L of liquid as my mash tun. My grain bill is: 5.5 Kg of flaked corn 0.5 Kg of rolled oats 0.5 Kg of Dark munich malt 3.0 Kg of Pilsner Malt My strike water ...
by Reaverman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

This link is theoretically dissolved during mashing by the enzyme limit dextrinase which is in the malt but is deactivated at lower temperature than the typical mashing temperatures. I correct myself, limit dextrinase is still showing 60% activity at 65 °C kept for an hour. Which means that unless ...
by Reaverman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:57 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

@Reaverman For some reason, I cannot see the Amazon link, I only see an Amazon logo. Try putting the ASIN number. Yes glucoamylase is way better than alpha amylase for distillers. Alpha-amylase dissolves the 1-4 link but it is not able to dissolve the 1-6 link of Amylopectin which is one of the con...
by Reaverman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:46 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

Daft question, but surely something like this would suffice?

by Reaverman
Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:33 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

Is the Alcotec Whisky strain like the Still Spirits Whisky Yeast? I have no idea, but Alcotec Single Strain Whisky Yeast contains glucoamylase which is very good in obtaining 100% conversion of the starches in the mash. Still Spirit doesn't make any mention of their strain containing glucoamylase, ...
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 31, 2021 9:39 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

You might have better fortune looking for yeast Alcotec Single Strain Whisky Yeast, maybe that is available in the UK. That contains glucoamylase which, for distillers' purposes, is better than alpha-amylase. Spoke to Lovebrewing, and they said there is a shortage but should be seeing stock in the ...
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:39 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Re: Alpha-amylase UK

I bought some from a Polish site. https://destylacja.com/enzym-gorzelniczy-uplynniajacy-50ml.html Got a bottle of alfa amalyse and a bottle of gluco amalyse (and some other little accessories to take me over their minimum order amount). Was delivered to France in about a week I think. Not tried it ...
by Reaverman
Fri Mar 26, 2021 6:29 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Alpha-amylase UK
Replies: 20
Views: 821

Alpha-amylase UK

Anyone having issues sourcing Alpha-amylase in the UK?
by Reaverman
Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Consolidating faints
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: Consolidating faints

'All Feins Day', should be a national holiday right after we get out of Lockdown :clap:
by Reaverman
Mon Mar 15, 2021 3:10 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Consolidating faints
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Re: Consolidating faints

IMHO, an all feints run should be done with a reflux rig with the goal being neutral alcohol. I put it all together and just run it when I get to a full boiler charge (diluted to not more than 40% ABV). My experience is that there will be a bigger heads cut but with enough hearts to make it worthwh...
by Reaverman
Sun Mar 14, 2021 10:16 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Consolidating faints
Replies: 10
Views: 342

Consolidating faints

Hi,

I'm right in thinking that with regards to storing faints. I can put whisky/Vodka/Rum faints in one jar, and my Gin faints in another jar? I just think storing the entire lot in one jar, would create one hell of a bizarre run later!
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 10, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 469
Views: 103607

Re: Rye bread whiskey

I have done that. After a couple gen's you gotta remove some of the bread trub, as it's eating into valuable liquid volume space! The hot backset kills the yeast, but they get gobbled up by the new stuff you add when it cools... I've not done this as a vodka, but mostly because I love rye whiskey (...
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Rye bread whiskey
Replies: 469
Views: 103607

Re: Rye bread whiskey

Regarding the Rye vodka recipe.
I've done two gens of the whisky, switched to Vodka (where you just top up with water and sugar). Can I repeat this process, with the old bed/yeast and add backset?
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:57 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4416
Views: 808219

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

MartinCash wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:28 am
Possibly, but the ingredients are so cheap why don't you freeze backset instead? The yeast may not survive freezing.
Yeah, fair enough. I will do that, cheers!
by Reaverman
Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:15 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4416
Views: 808219

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

At the end of Nth generation run, I assume I can bag and freeze the corn/backset (including yeast) and then then use if for another time?
by Reaverman
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:13 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

:D
bluedog wrote:
Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:58 pm
Congrats, you made it so strong you don't even have to distill it. :D
by Reaverman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 11:53 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: A question about cleaning
Replies: 10
Views: 372

Re: A question about cleaning

Cheers for the replies guys!
by Reaverman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:33 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: A question about cleaning
Replies: 10
Views: 372

A question about cleaning

Hi,

I am looking at cleaning my still every 4th or 5th run with a vinegar solution (as well as 551 on the column and copper packing). Will I have to do a sacrificial run each clean cycle, or will steam suffice?
by Reaverman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

twistylisty wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:29 pm
Reaverman

What did you use for your sacrificial run? I've purchased the same condenser for my Grainfather and have realised I should probably do one also.
Is a basic turbo wash sufficient for this?
Just used the Turbo yeast pack, as it fermented out quickly
by Reaverman
Sun Jan 31, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First batch done
Replies: 0
Views: 551

First batch done

So processed my first consumable batch, using inverted sugars and turbo yeast on my T500. Wash fermented dry to 990, and an ABV14.44% Final yeld was about 3L at 90% ABV, the smell is divine. The wash had a slightly sour aftertast, and no character. The neutral spirit odour, is something akin to pudd...
by Reaverman
Fri Jan 29, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

Great question MartinCash! Have you tasted the wash? Does it taste sweet? Looks like the yeast have munched all the sugar, you can taste the booze with a tiny sour after taste (and very little character). Looks like the yeast have also fallen out of suspension, and are now at the bottom of the buck...
by Reaverman
Thu Jan 28, 2021 12:24 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

I might have errd, but when you look at the Hydrometer. Its in the end of the red part, north of 1.0. if it is, that would make more sense. IF your hydrometer looks like mine then it's an easy mistake to make. They mark "1.0" and then "90" which would logically be 0.900 but is in fact 0.990. If you...
by Reaverman
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:55 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

HmBrwr Whsky Drnkr wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 7:02 pm
Great question MartinCash! Have you tasted the wash? Does it taste sweet?
There was a strong boozy smell, will taste the wash before I run the sill on Saturday!
by Reaverman
Wed Jan 27, 2021 11:54 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

MartinCash wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:55 pm
FG of 0.900 seems wrong. Are you reading the hydrometer right? Should be ~0.990.
I might have errd, but when you look at the Hydrometer. Its in the end of the red part, north of 1.0. if it is, that would make more sense.
by Reaverman
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Re: Have I just made rocket fuel?

LWTCS wrote:
Wed Jan 27, 2021 3:19 pm
Run it. Save it. Then compare to a good recipe down the road.

What kinda still do you got?
T500 Copper head reflux column
by Reaverman
Wed Jan 27, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Have I just made rocket fuel?
Replies: 25
Views: 1242

Have I just made rocket fuel?

Hi, a few days ago after doing my sacrificial run. I decided to use up the other 'Turbo Classic' sachet, and make a generic whisky that came with the T500 I bought. Rather than following the instructions (yeah, I know my bad). I inverted the 6Kg's of sugar, added some nutrient to help reduce the str...
by Reaverman
Mon Jan 04, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Foreshot Storage
Replies: 13
Views: 550

Foreshot Storage

Is HDPE containers ok to store the foreshots? I want to use them for either my camping stove or as cleaner!