Question about my first wash

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Easydrinker » Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:30 pm

Just my opinion.
Don't ditch it, play with it.
You are waiting for the next wash to be ready, you have time on your hands.
continue with all the strips.
Combine all the spirit runs.
Dilute to sub 30%.
Go again with a spirit run or two.
Somewhere in there is ethanol worth drinking.
Keep doing this until you capture it.

And don't go anywhere near any carbon filter until your product is close to good.


Members here will quite often re-distill failed spirits.
The only real failure is giving up.

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Jennysgin » Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:06 am

Will give it a go!
Thanks folks :D

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Curmudgeon » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:57 am

Don't ditch it (yet).

Keep it for comparison to how much you are learning and improving and to give to people who annoy you :lol:

It will improve with redistilling and time etc but will probably always be awful compared to what you make in future. I only dumped my first attempt several months later.

I repeat the cooking analogy. Edible is one thing, years of experience and learning what you like is quite another.

You will also read about angels share which is code for letting your runs breathe and the worst of the funk evaporate. Different stuff evaporates sooner than other depending on chemical rules that you can read up on if so inclined.
Slowly slowly, catchy funky

Don't stress the yeast

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Mash » Mon Jun 03, 2019 6:55 am

Jennysgin wrote:
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:57 pm
... but is it worth rerunning the first one a few times? If it's that bad, can an airstill fix it? It may just be worth rerunning a few times for practice making cuts!
I've also not used the filter yet , although I know it's not up to much. I take it that the carbon only polishes rather than fixes?
Is not worth using the carbon.

The airstill is just a still like any other, its only a good as what you put in it. Worth using it to play with.

Do a brew with just 4kg. It will be exponentially quicker and get you going. If you have a HBS get a vodka star.

Please don't check it. Put an air lock on it and seal it up tight. Leave it alone until the airlock slows right down. The harsh truth is every time you open/interfere with a wash you rush introducing an infection.

Any brew is at the most risk of infection when it's almost done. Yeast fermentation is a cleansing process. Lactobacillus works on alcohol not sugar and the yeast is dying at this point.

For something to fiddle with.. Get an airstone and try that too.

There is an old adage "a good winemaker is a busy winemaker. "... Leave it alone :D :D :D
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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by EchoSevenNine » Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:46 am

Ahh, bad luck there, Jen.

Keep the lid on... i learned the same way.

If you need your fermentation fix, just stick your ear up to the bucket and listen to the wee boyo's fizzing away and doing their thing.
Something... something inspiring and Signature related.

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Jennysgin » Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:37 pm

Live and learn, albeit slowly! :oops:
The angels have had about 3 days share so far with a coffee filter over the top of the mason jars and it has softened it slightly. Had to cover it a bit as the cats were getting interested!
It still stinks so I'll continue to play while I wait.
Thank you gentlemen :D

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Mash » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:19 pm

The airstone might help the stink of you think there is alcohol under it.
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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Easydrinker » Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:35 pm

We KNOW that there is alcohol in there.
Getting it out is the challenge, before a new strip is ready.

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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Mash » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:32 am

Hmm. We don't !! if it has acetobacter infection - a new set of wee beasties are converting the alcohol to vinegar :o :shock:
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Re: Question about my first wash

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Jun 05, 2019 1:02 am

The World, well my chips anyway, need vinegar!
I am really only being facetous because tonight I discovered that one of my beers may have a similar problem.
Inside, I am weeping.
Tomorrow I will see what can be done.

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