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Offline animarex  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:12:33 PM(UTC)

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Hey guys,

To jump into things, this is what I started with.

4 gallons water
5lbs cane sugar
24oz molasses
1 packet fleischmann's yeast

Started the fermentation on 5/9/18 with an original gravity of 1.060. There wasn't much activity in the airlock 36 hours after sitting, so I decided to open her up and pitch another packet of yeast. When I opened it, you can see some gases rising in the mixture (tiny bubbles, like bugs on a lake). I blame the lack of activity in the airlock in a possible small leak near the spout, because I have seen a drop or two of mash on the towel I use to prop it up.

Today, 5/15/18, I took a sample of the mash to measure alcohol content. Using a refractometer, I measured 35% v/v, and I assumed that was way off and plan on calibrating that later. Instead, I took my hydrometer and measured a gravity of 1.040.

I know it has only been 6 days, and really only around 4 if the first pitch of yeast didn't take. But still, isn't 2.63% ABV fairly low?

I'm worried to let it sit for another week without any activity in the airlock before I throw it in the air still. Thoughts?


Edited by user Tuesday, May 15, 2018 10:13:15 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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