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    I'm new to this and tried a cornmeal and sugar mash recipe twice with fairly decent results. Then I just tried a new recipe that called for

    7lbs sugar
    2lbs cornmeal
    16oz honey
    5gal water
    1&1/2 packets highly active yeast

    Put everything in my fermenter with 2&1/2 gallons boiling water, then added 2&1/2gal cool water before pitching in the yeast. Everything looks good and has been bubbling for 7 days now. I didn't have a hydrometer when I started, so I didn't take a starting specific gravity. I just got one and took the SG and got a reading of 1.050. My question is, if anybody can help, when do you think it will be done? How much longer should I wait, or at what reading should I stop at?

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    I always stop when the SG is 1.000 if possible. I've run one with your reading before but I had problems of it scorched. Don't know if it was because sugar was still in the wash, but I won't do that again. I'd wait more. Is the bubbling stopped? If so, put it somewhere cold and let it settle out.

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    +1 okie

    Erik, 1.050 is not nearly finished. Let it get down to 1.000 or lower if possible.

    Any suspended solids from the cornmeal may affect your SG measurements ... so you'll have to take that into consideration. But you can always take a small taste once your SG is in the neighborhood of 1.000. If it still has sweet notes, give it a little more time.

    This time of year can be tough on many of us ... especially when our drinking stock is waning. The cold temps tend to slow things down quite a bit. This morning one of my washes that I started on Jan 2 is still not finished. Another wash I started last week was barely moving at all. The room I use for fermenting is in an unheated section of my basement. It's usually not a problem, but it has been a lot colder than normal so things are just slow for the time being.

    Keep in mind that slow isn't bad ... it's just slow. If the wait is making you too itchy, try moving your fermenting bucket to a slightly warmer place, but don't to over do it with the heat.

    Regards,
    --JB

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    Ok, thanks! It is still bubbling, a lot of small bubbles. I checked the temp and it's right at 70'. Guess I will keep checking on it. Thanks again! I'll post the progress.

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    Barleycorn, do you ever use a brew belt? The heating belt for a fermenter? I thought about getting one but they always seem to be out of stock.

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    Hey, do you think I might need to add a nutrient for the yeast? I keep hearing about tomato paste. Yes/No? Any thoughts?

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    Yeast nutrients can never hurt, if ya got em use em...you prolly wont need the paste but a little cant hurt either. The paste idea is really for a neutral likker but if you use it sparingly it can only help with the yeast fuel.
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    do you ever use a brew belt?
    I never used a brew belt ... but they sure look convenient. I used to use an aquarium heater ... it worked very nicely. It was accurate and kept the temps in a nice narrow range. You just have to keep them well sanitized. But anymore, I avoid warm fermentation like the plague. Personally, once it gets near 24 C (75 F) I'm looking for a cooler place for my buckets.

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    do you think I might need to add a nutrient for the yeast?
    A little DAP and some epsom salt never hurts. Yoiu should check the label on your honey. I checked the jar of honey my wife has sitting in the cupboard. Other than the iron content, it looks like another one of Mother Nature's very own nutrient packs ... lots of the B-vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, etc ... it reads like a yeast energizer. I didn't do the math, but honey sure looks like it has some potential. I'm not sure if it needs to be pasturized.
    Last edited by John Barleycorn; 01-28-2013 at 06:09 PM. Reason: correct spelling

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    OK, I will check that out. Someone also mentioned maybe a few raisins?

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