Long ferment time question

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Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 9:42 am

So I’m running my very first wash. It’s been bubbling for bang on 4 weeks now and still going. It’s bubbling about every minute.
I read the forums before hand but still made a few mistakes.
The wash is dextrose and I think still spirits vodka yeast
It’s been sitting between 20-24 degrees
One mistake I made was adding the yeast directly to the wash - the second I did it I remembered I should have pitched it in Luke warm water first for 30 min or so.
Would that be the reason it’s still bubbling away?
So here are my questions.
Do I need to fix it or just wait it out?
If I do need to fix it what should I do? Just add some more yeast but pitch it properly this time?
If I just leave it should it still work out?
For my next run I’m going to try a FFV then a TPW
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby The Stig » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:05 am

The SS Vodka Yeast is a slow yeast.
Leave it and itll be fine but 6 or 8 weeks wouldnt be out of the question
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:07 am

ah! that's a relief. I thought I might have screwed it up.

Thanks for the reply.
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:35 am

So this finished bubbling about 1 week ago. Total ferment time was about 20 weeks.

I originally put in the liquid carbon.

Since it stopped I put in the turbo clear part A then about 50mins later Part B

I’ve waited a week and it still won’t clear. I went and bought a hydrometer and the wash is sitting at 1050.

I’m not sure what to do next. Is this wash a fail? Do I need to start again? I can smell alcohol, and it smells really strong. Do I just keep waiting? Should I filter the wash into the kettle? I’m a bit lost with what to do.
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby bluc » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:06 am

Try adding some lowans bakers yeast or the one andrew sells may jump start start it and finish it off.
Or heating it up and giving it a good stir :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby RC Al » Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:22 am

Wondering if the clearing products may have affected the gravity readings?
If you used a normal amount of sugar you shouldnt be getting stong alc smell at 1050
how big was the ferment vs your boiler?
Run a small batch and see what the outcome is?
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:28 pm

Thanks for the reply and tips guys.

The wash was 25 lt

I was concerned that the clearing products might affect any further fermenting.

How much of the lowans yeast should I use? Would I mix it in a bowl first and then pitch it?

Is 20 weeks way too long?
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:30 pm

Another question, would I use the clearing agents again or just let it settle? It was all settled before I degassed it.
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby bluc » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:51 pm

I just sprinkle it on top. Couple tablespoons would be ample . Just let it settle. Could also be a ph issue if you have a ph meter or strips check it also.
Only time I have had washs go longer then 14 days is when they are stuck(normally ph issue) but my experience with fancy yeasts is limited.
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Re: Long ferment time question

Postby evo_2020 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:55 pm

Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll give that a go and see what happens.
The wash smells a bit sweet but also I can smell / feel the alcohol vapors coming of the was when I open it.
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