Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by NZChris » Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:08 am

Royco wrote:
Mon Jul 27, 2020 1:02 am
Yes Chris I read a lot and some posters recommend just running it anyway.
Some posters are wrong. That is poor advice.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by HDTV » Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:04 am

Started this wash today, 2.5 hours in it's bubbling nicely. Not ferociously, just a nice steady purr.

I used a champagne yeast instead of baker's yeast, because I can't easily keep my temperature above 30 this time of year.

I might try baker's yeast next time though. I see that some say 20-30C, and I can hit the bottom of that if the weather stays nice, or come in just under that if it gets cold again. I've done a fair bit of fermenting at or just below recommended temps, and the slow ferments have only helped the flavors. Oh, and I don't really mind waiting.

What do you think? Will baker's yeast ferment, slowly, at ~18C? I start around 30C.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by CoogeeBoy » Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:01 pm

HDTV wrote:
Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:04 am

What do you think? Will baker's yeast ferment, slowly, at ~18C? I start around 30C.
Too slowly, I was going around 22C and it took way too long.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by HDTV » Sat Aug 22, 2020 3:04 pm

CoogeeBoy wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 10:01 pm
Too slowly, I was going around 22C and it took way too long.
Makes sense. My Turbo washes take 2 weeks, I guess I don't really wanna know how long it will take with bakers yeast. I guess it's champagne yeast until the weather warms up.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Squirrel_Ess_Gen » Wed Aug 26, 2020 8:11 am

I'm in day 16 of my 1st two attempts at Birdeatchers. Checked my gravity a few mins ago and thankfully it will be done tommrow. It's fairly close to 1.000. SG was 1.090 ( I know a bit high)

I used 2 separate 5g buckets: one with Fleishmans the other with Red Star.

Fleishemans seems to be further ahead and cleaner looking.

Checked my temp and I'm at 76F. So I will probably be going out today to buy a light or a small heater.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Tasgrasshopper » Thu Sep 03, 2020 1:30 am

Started my first birdwatchers today ended up 26 Litres SG at 1.073, ferment heater set at 25 C, Rain water and bakers yeast, used the recipe from the first post and it's rolling along at a steady pace 5 hours in.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Tasgrasshopper » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:11 pm

Day 4 SG at 1.010 PH at 4.5 after addition of 2 teaspoons of calcium carbonate on day 2, I would have used oyster shells as i live by the coast but i have a 25kg bag of calcium carbonate to use up.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Squirrel_Ess_Gen » Sat Sep 19, 2020 4:41 pm

Ran my 1st Birdwatchers a few days ago with my new controller from Stilldragon.

I initially came here and pulled the trigger because of George, so naturally I had a PID. I've read all the the threads and took heed to what everyone says.

Anywho.

Man...the speed at which my still was pumping out product was great ( Stripping run)

I dont know exactly how long it took my ferment to finish because it was in an air conditioned environment, my guess is 2.5 werks. Since then I have found a better place.

Got rid of 300ml forshots and starting practicing on my cuts. I know this is a strip but I touched/smelled/tasted alot.

What I'm sure is the hearts had a blackberry/blueberry character and an abv of 140. From a 5 gallon ferment at 1.090 I ended up keeping a little over a half gallon. I know i left alot of alcohol still in there . I have 2 more finished ferments to strip so I can do s spirit run.

The taste of the heats were Very Very Very neutral.

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Squirrel_Ess_Gen » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:52 am

Did my 2nd strip run. Looks like I have about about 1.5gallons of low wines. Getting to impatient to wait for another stripping run on a new bsch ( I know, patient mans game)

I plan on refluxing it.

My question is should I let the low wines air out for a few days before spirit3eun? Or eff it and let her RIP?

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Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Post by Saltbush Bill » Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:58 am

Let it rip. :thumbup:
No benifit in airing low wines that im aware of.

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