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Corn Mash

Post by Uncle Jesse » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:44 am

A few photos of our first full size corn mash. Very first mash so there's no backset yet.

Me handing cracked corn to my partner.

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Corn mash being agitated by the mash tun rakes during the boil.

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300 gallons of corn mash fermenting.

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That's a lot of grain.
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Post by HookLine » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:55 am

Must be nice to finally get under way, after all that freaking paperwork and inspections.
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well

Post by Uncle Jesse » Wed Mar 19, 2008 10:58 am

As Zappa put it, "The Torture Never Stops." There's always more and more paperwork but we're certainly glad to be producing legal alcohol at last.
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Post by Tater » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:00 am

Your gonna have to hold on to a few gallons of that when its made to sample with members when we come for a tour.
I use a pot still.Sometimes with a thumper

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Post by punkin » Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:29 am

Well done UJ, looks a beauty.


BTW, you look younger with a shave :lol:

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Post by junkyard dawg » Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:42 pm

I'm green with envy. Congratulations on getting it all rolling. It looks like fun!

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Post by RadicalEd1 » Wed Mar 19, 2008 6:59 pm

I think your setup matches the definition of "bells and whistles." Needless to say, from either a beer or distilling vantage, I'm very jealous. Good luck with your enterprise!

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Post by wineo » Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:02 pm

Nice to see you getting things going.If you were closer,I would stop by and work for the day for free.If I ever make it to wine country,you will be one of my stops.

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Post by GingerBreadMan » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:30 am

Congrats on the first full size mash!

If that were me, I'd be nervous with excitement and anticipation no matter how many times I did it before. :D
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Post by Usge » Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:48 am

Wow Jessie! Congrats!

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Post by Old_Blue » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:18 pm

Congrats UJ.

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cylinders

Post by Uncle Jesse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:56 am

those are pneumatic valves which control where we can pump/drain the wort etc.
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Post by Dnderhead » Fri Mar 21, 2008 5:44 am

Uncal jesse did not you say you used pumps to agitate ferments ?
thanking of something four "sticky" wash as wheat, oats ,potatoes ,etc
( small scale) maybe small boiler circulator pump ? do not
know if to go with pump or motor-paddle setup

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rakes

Post by Uncle Jesse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:45 am

The mash is agitated by rakes inside the mash tun. There's also one along the bottom which is slanted and about 3" high which rotates. What you see in the mash tun is a thin wort I ran over the grains since I couldn't ferment on the grains this time as I normally do.

At the top of the photo you'll see a round ring. It's got holes drilled along the bottom at various angles and this is what is used if the wort is sparged.

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Post by Dnderhead » Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:10 pm

thanks Jesse I have geared motor I could do that with it . it ran one of those " mandrels ?" that is used to iron close

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Re: rakes

Post by Aidas » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:24 pm

Uncle Jesse wrote: since I couldn't ferment on the grains this time as I normally do.
Why not?

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Re: rakes

Post by Uncle Jesse » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:24 am

Aidas wrote:
Uncle Jesse wrote: since I couldn't ferment on the grains this time as I normally do.
Why not?

Aidas
the easy answer is that I need to give the grains to a farmer and I have no way to dry them out...not sure they'd want drunk cattle :)
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Re: rakes

Post by Aidas » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:37 am

Uncle Jesse wrote:
the easy answer is that I need to give the grains to a farmer and I have no way to dry them out...not sure they'd want drunk cattle :)
Most corporate-farmed cows should have cirhossis from the fermented silage (I think I've read that somewhere...)

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Post by BW Redneck » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:31 pm

Well, maybe not most of them, although I'm not doubting the fact that a few might. Most feedlots use corn because a batch of spoiled silage can kill an entire herd. (Listeria mold will tend to do that)

Anyway, I'm glad that you've actually gotten off the ground and are in the process of making real spirits. Stupid government regulations making businesses so hard to start. :roll: :lol:
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