Making a molasses wash

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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Srb57 » Tue May 28, 2019 4:54 pm

Been shopping, well as I was delivering a parcel to the vet store bought a 5lt of molasses. This is 44% sugar (sucrose) and found a tin of black treacle in the cupboard so will add that. Aiming to get a SG of 1080 and am sure I need to add some extra sugar, does that sound about right. Would I be right in thinking apart from yeast I don't need anything else.

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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Mash » Tue May 28, 2019 7:15 pm

Use 50/50 with white sugar. Molasses is too much @100%. Leave the treacle where it is.. In the tin. You don't need it. Any yeast will go off like a rocket so be careful. Leave plenty of head space in the fermenter.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by gaza the instructor » Tue May 28, 2019 8:01 pm

Out of preference I use Demerara (spelling?) sugar for taste alone.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Srb57 » Thu May 30, 2019 12:59 pm

Made my wash on Tuesday. Used 4 litres molasses (horse feed at 44%) and 2 kilos white sugar (it was what I had) this gave me the 1080 SG. Left plenty of head space and tossed in 50gm bakers yeast. Just checked an it is down to 1030 already. Might top up with the other 1 litre molasses just to use it all up.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by gaza the instructor » Thu May 30, 2019 2:54 pm

I would save the molasses, distil what you have and buy another 5ltrs.
Then 3ltrs per fermenter, go to Liddl buy 6kg of Demerara sugar and
make another two.
If or when you age add 3or4 coffee beans,a stip of orange zest or
some Corriander to give it some depth.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Mash » Thu May 30, 2019 5:56 pm

Don't put any more in, you will be surprised how strong it is in the finished product. It you want to top up use white sugar.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Easydrinker » Thu May 30, 2019 9:49 pm

There is Rum, and there is Rum!
Too cloying and it needs cutting down.
But cutting is always an option, and not difficult. So go ahead and make some blow your socks off product.
Get it out of your system, you can change it later if you don't like it.

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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Curmudgeon » Thu May 30, 2019 10:30 pm

Keep an eye out for holland and barrett having buy one, get one half price on molasses and as mash said, 50/50 with sugar should give lots of flavour.

One of my perhaps weird old ideas was to put some guinness in after strip run. Lots of yummy flavours there.
Slowly slowly, catchy funky

Don't stress the yeast

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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Srb57 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 4:57 pm

The Molasses spirit run has been sitting for a few weeks now, half left as is and the other half was put in kilner jar with 6 coffee beans, coriander and 2 ears of star anise. Have to say that they are both very drinkable even at this point of time. Will have to try to leave to mature a while before quaffing the lot.
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Re: Making a molasses wash

Post by Mash » Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:37 pm

Good work. Are you pleased with your efforts... What will you change for next time?
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