I thought my corn mash was lost but it has been fermintating for 4 days I just got my oeschlemeter today so I checked it and it is reading dead on 0. I looked on the convertion chart and this should be 1.000 SG. I dont know what it started at as I did not have it when I started the mash. how do you know if its ready to run. (7 gal water, 13 lbs suger, 2 lbs corn meal. 4 packets of bakers yeast.) does it matter if the yeast is dead before you run it or not? how do you know? It does have a strong alcohal smell and it not sweet any more. Also the suger wash is at 40 that should be 1.040 SG . it still has a real sweet tast and dosent smell like alcohal but it is working on the bananas so I think it still in good shape.