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I put my first ever rum wash together being mollasses with 20% sugar. It started at 1.070 and fermented with real energy as i have not seen in a beer ferment. I used nutrient and a Lalvin wine yeast. At 1.020 the ferment went to hardli a bubble and slowed to fermenting out two points in 24 hours. I have wracked into carboys and will wait rather than pushing the panic button and stimulate with additinal nutrient and yeast. This website is beyond excellent and I am oh so glad to have this resource. I have put a twenty litre stock pot with a ten litre stock pot doubler and worm together in a well ventilated out building. I am using propane and a long Lyne arm. Any comments please.
The mash has been on for six days now. I have put the two 23L carboys on an electric warm pad and wrapped them in warm wrap. the gravity has gone down to .010 and so I think things are going OK.. I am ever thankful for this resource and I am new to distilling and foruming. My heartfelt apologies for any awkwardness on my part.
I will try ale yeast but so far I am maybe needing a Canadian brand name otherwise would a usual Coopers yeast be an equivalent? So far the initial fermentation of the Mollasses was very quick. I will mind the unfermentables in Mollasses and expect to end a little higher than.000. I have lots of time so I want the mash to settle.
Rum mashes are working fine my basement temperature where I am fermenting was a too low for fermenting the mollasses tho' not for brewing beer. I am using Coopers yeast on the last two 20L batches and I must say it starts faster than the bakers yeast I had been using. I will wait several days after all bubbling has stopped before distilling. This will be my ninth run thru' a 20L stock pot and 8L doubler with a worm. So far the results have been more than encouraging and improvements to the still are planned and ongoing with a Sankey keg still being completed by myself and a friend. I love scrap yards and this site.