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Old 11-01-2008, 12:38 PM   #11
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Ya, I've got one of those stirring things you use with an electric drill, I don't use it much though; it all depends on what I'm making. I like to areate the must in the blender. Granted, I have to mix it up a couple quarts at a time, but it seems to work well for me & it's pretty easy; I can even puree fruit at the same time. I think it's the next best thing to pure O2. If I need to continue areation after fermentation has started, then I'd use the stirring thing, or a long handled spoon. Most of the time I don't go for such a high ABV, I usually try to stay between 10 & 16%, but I do have some 18.75% ABV cyser aging; it might be drinkable in another year or two. I've never used liquid yeast, I'm not against them, I'm just happy with the results i've gotten with the dry & at 75 cents a packet, it's barely even an expense. Regards, GF.
I guess my first batch I was just lucky. I emptied about 1/2 each jug out and shook the jug for aeration. And I didn't add anything else, yeast nutrient or sulphite.

I did the same thing with my current batch and so far am seeing no fermentation. But as I said before the room was too cold I have it sitting in a small room with a space heater now at a steady 70 degrees. I plan on using the yeast nutrient next time. I don't plan on using any metabisulphite stuff. Also you convinced me I'm going to get the dry yeast seems silly to spend over 1000% more for almost an identical product.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:40 PM   #12
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Other than "Because I can", I don't see why you would want that much alcohol in something that is supposed to be pleasant to drink. I have done Fuel mixtures at this ABV before and let me tell you it is not worth trying to drink unless you want to let it age for 5 or 6 years and carbon filter several time. Unless you are making fuel this is not worth trying.
what did you make at that ABV and did you let it sit that long?
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:06 PM   #13
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Old 11-01-2008, 07:35 PM   #14
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what did you make at that ABV and did you let it sit that long?
I have a permit to make fuel. I did not let it sit that long becasue its not for drinking.
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I have a permit to make fuel. I did not let it sit that long becasue its not for drinking.
In a few labs I worked at we had pure 100% Ethyl alcohol. We used it to mount slides and cell staining process. You needed a permit for it. I didn't know you needed a permit to make high % at home!!

Too cool!! so you have a car that runs on ethyl? or what?
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I have a Taurus that runs on E85 or ethanol.

However, because of respect to this forum I will not discuss the principles that convert the sugar wash to fuel here.

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I have a Taurus that runs on E85 or ethanol.

However, because of respect to this forum I will not discuss the principles that convert the sugar wash to fuel here.
It's all good.
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