Converting starch

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Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:51 pm

Hi Folks,
Here's the thing I don't get, If we are trying to convert starch out of the grains and adding emzimes to extract the sugar, why aren't we just using sugar in the first instance? why mess around with sprouting, malting etc

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Post by Prairiepiss » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:04 pm

Because its not the same.

And by the way you extract starches from the grains. Then convert the starches to sugar with the enzymes.
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Re: Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:09 pm

Not the same as in different type of sugar?

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Re: Converting starch

Post by MitchyBourbon » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:20 pm

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You certainly may do just that. There's no shame in making sugar heads. May get a little boring after a while. When it does you may want something that tastes different. Not all sugars are equal. You can't make whisky from table sugar.
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Re: Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:26 pm

Yep, I get what your saying, I have been on a journey to make the perfect Vodka/Neautral I possibly could from sugar wash's when they say the best Vodka is made from wheat, rye, barley, corn, or potatoes

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Re: Converting starch

Post by frunobulax » Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:12 am

Table sugar= Sucrose - Sugar from fruit/corn= Fructose -Sugar from grains = Maltose. They all have different flavors (Table sugar being least) and yeast will ferment each one differently.
Also the flavor from the fruit/grains carry over from the mash>>> the boiler>>>> Finished product.

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Re: Converting starch

Post by shadylane » Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:50 am

Sugar head is easier than an all grain mash.
That's a good enough reason for me to learn how to malt and mash.
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Post by DAD300 » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:18 am

Ntd...if you're using cane sugar, it's technically rum, no matter how you distill it!

Like MB said, no shame! But your making white rum.
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Re: Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:19 pm

I'm very keen to have a crack ,Where do I learn how to sprout malt and do what with corn on this site?

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Re: Converting starch

Post by woodshed » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:56 pm

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Re: Converting starch

Post by Prairiepiss » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:33 pm

Starting with malted barley. Would be an easier way. And more consistent.

And there isn't a specific section on malting and mashing. You will just have to search for AG threads. Or malting threads. Both the HD search and HD Google search tools work good. For finding things you are wanting to know.
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Re: Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:21 pm

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Re: Converting starch

Post by New to distilling » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:01 pm

I have just read about malting barley, is there a simple recipe using malted barley in the tried and true receipes ?
Prairiepiss wrote:Starting with malted barley. Would be an easier way. And more consistent.

And there isn't a specific section on malting and mashing. You will just have to search for AG threads. Or malting threads. Both the HD search and HD Google search tools work good. For finding things you are wanting to know.

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Re: Converting starch

Post by shadylane » Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:50 am

Jimbo's Single Malt AG Recipe

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