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Thread: Cornmeal vs Cracked corn

  1. #1
    johndfarmer
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    Cornmeal vs Cracked corn

    Some help please...

    Did my first mash with 10 lbs of cornmeal and 2 lbs of malted barley.
    Conversion was great producing 8.5 % ABV.
    Ran and collected 3 quarts of 50%.

    I want to run 7 more times to collect and ample qty for the spirit run.

    Problem
    Cornmeal is difficult to strain, harder to settle. It left light circular burns marks on the inside, bottom of my boiler (PSII) from the settled corn meal. How can I clean this?

    Want to use cracked corn fom the feed store...but the cracked corn has quite a bit of uncracked corn in it. Is this a problem? If so, will a kitchen blender break it up?

    Thanks for any help.

  2. #2
    popapina
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    Corn Meal

    Cracked corn is what to use, none of that straining, finishes clean and ready.

    popapina

  3. #3
    johndfarmer
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    Well I decided to run it through my blender...it breaks it up pretty good

  4. #4
    mtnwalker2
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    Quote Originally Posted by johndfarmer View Post
    Well I decided to run it through my blender...it breaks it up pretty good

    I was afraid to comment about the mixer as I thought it would make a powder. Something a lot of people don't realize. Some of the real flavors involve the oils of the grain. Corn meal and flaked corn doesn't have any. A lack of some of the real taste. To capture those reQUIRES very slow distillation tehniques. other grains as well. the oils give greater flavor.

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    johndfarmer
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnwalker2 View Post
    I was afraid to comment about the mixer as I thought it would make a powder. Something a lot of people don't realize. Some of the real flavors involve the oils of the grain. Corn meal and flaked corn doesn't have any. A lack of some of the real taste. To capture those reQUIRES very slow distillation tehniques. other grains as well. the oils give greater flavor.


    There was some powder, abeit rough. So I back odd od the blending duration.

    Below is a hand full of the cracked corn out of the bag. Whole cernals are separated. From this sample, would you say this is goos to mash?

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    mtnwalker2
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    Wow, those are damn small grains for a feed corn. Looks more like the corn raised for game chickens (fighting stock) or deer feed. Much harder and smaller.
    If thats what I had, I would ignore the whole kernals and perhaps add an extra half pound to compensate. May make racking easier.

    Make life easy on yourself. Nothing has to be perfect as long as you can enjoy it.

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    johndfarmer
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    Holy cow! Look at my typos!!

    Thanks for the advice Mtnwalker...I've been told I stress over the small stuff too much

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