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Old 06-14-2012, 03:35 PM   #1
Jan 2012
reno, nv
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hi guys

following a recipie from basic brewing vids

making some here atm, and following this recipie:

2lbs sugar
1 cup water
3 tsp of diammonium phosphate/ammonium sulphate (youngs yeast nutrient)

goto 290 oF
add another cup
bring back to 290
and a thrid cup of water
bring to 240.

anyways, going ok. the smell is not what i expected. it smells sweet, but the initial smell as its boiling is more acid/sulphuric. I'm a little concerned about this. kind of smell will give me a headache soon!




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Old 06-14-2012, 04:04 PM   #2
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How can you get water to 290deg F when it boils at 212ish?

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Old 06-14-2012, 04:14 PM   #3
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2 lbs of sugar in water is not just water!

I have never smelled what you are smelling when making convert sugar but your recipe looks similar to tbe one I use. I say continue, taste it when you are done and make your assesment from there.
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Old 06-14-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
Jan 2012
reno, nv
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thanks! was worried about the amount of diamonnium phosphate/ammonium sulphate in there!

smell and taste got pretty amazing- went for too long though-290 and went from a beautiful deep red plum, raisin, coffee, rum taste/colour to a darker bitter and tart. good to know for next time. good fun!

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Old 06-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #5
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You can use a little lemon juice or lactic acid instead of the yeast nutrient.

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Old 06-14-2012, 07:27 PM   #6
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The less water the quicker it'll get up to temp I've found out. Do yourself a favor and sprinkle with confectioners sugar too when cool. Mine just all stuck together in the container when it cooled. Worked fine but I just threw a whole pound in my boil kettle at once. I was afraid it would scorch on the bottom.

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