How long can a wash sit before distilling ?

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How long can a wash sit before distilling ?

Postby ledgenko » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:11 pm

I made a wash before school holidays !!! Not had a chance to run it thru the still as yet (3 weeks) ... Is it still ok ??? Sat arvo looks like the soonest I can get a chance to do it ,, am I going to poison myself ? Should I start again ?

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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby MacStill » Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:13 pm

It'll be fine mate if no air can get to it, as long as it's sealed it'll last months :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby bigwheel » Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:45 am

McStill wrote:It'll be fine mate if no air can get to it, as long as it's sealed it'll last months :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Dittos on that good info. Have let some sit 90 days and come out just fine.
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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby squid » Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:35 pm

The only thing to worry about is keeping the airlock full.
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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby Fryerstown » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:20 pm

Hi Mcstill. Once the wash has finished fermenting do you still need to have an airlock. What I'm trying to say is if you fermented in a 50lt beer keg and after it is done fermenting could you put the valve stem back in and seal it or does it still need to breathe. Cheers. Haven't been here long but its a great site.
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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby SBB » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:55 pm

Sealed would be best if you intend keeping the wash for a longish period of time, having said that you'd have to be sure it was fully fermented first if its in a beer keg, it could build a bit of pressure otherwise.
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How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby BackyardBrewer » Tue Dec 11, 2012 6:57 pm

Yeah I'd keep the airlock, you'll have an undisturbed layer of co2 that keeps out any oxygen eating microbes.

I've left washes for nearly 2 months with no molds or fungus or ill effects.
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Re: How long can wash stay was before distilling ?

Postby MacStill » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:05 pm

Yeah just keep oxygen out and it will be fine, as long as your air lock dont dry out there's not a lot to worry about :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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