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A commercial distillers license is very expensive- you would only get one if you were opening a distillery. Look into a fuel alcohol permit.
Click here for the permit
You won’t lose alcohol by letting it sit. I usually let my mash sit for a few days after fermentation is done- this lets the yeast settle towards the bottom. I then use an auto-siphon to transfer it into my still- leaving behind all the grain and yeast.
Nice! I’m all about the electric!
running one 5500 watt element?
Have any pictures?
If you took a reading at the beginning and it was 1.040 and it fermented down to 1.000- you are looking at 5.16% ABV. This is a pretty low ABV which would explain the low starting proof. I like to start between 8-11% ABV to start- some like to go higher but I have found the best flavor comes though around 8-11%.
I’d just up the sugar to around 80 pounds and add enough water to top it off- it should take around 40 or so with the rye.
What kind of still and size are you running?
The barley is not going to give you any sugar- just flavor.
50 pounds of sugar and 45 gallons of water will yield around 1.044 or so.
It sounds like your starting gravity is about right.
I would just wait another day or two and take another reading. It is very possible with the amount of yeas that you pitched that it is already down to 1.000.
were you expecting a higher starting gravity? I am not sure what the issue is?
Is the rye grain malted or unmalted?
what is your process? Do you just add all the ingredients to a 55 gallon drum and then add the water?
Are you using malted rye? or flaked rye?
How much are you using?
How much water?
How much sugar?
You should take a gravity reading before you pitch the yeast- it should not hurt anything as you took it right after you pitched it, but it is best to take a reading before you pitch it.
What yeast did you pitch? Some yeast will ferment below 1.000 – I’ve use whiskey yeast with added nutrients and it went below 1.000. It it is still bubbling let it continue to ferment- take another reading tomorrow, and one the day after that. If the gravity does not change 3 days in a row it is finished. Can you take a picture of the hydrometer in the test jar?
Can you explain your current process?
what is the recipe you are making?
how did you make it?
How are you using the hydrometer?
Give us some more information and we can help you
Do you have a picture of your setup?
Have you tried the plastic carboys?
I plan on picking on of these up.
Great point on using a glass hydrometer jar! Plastic will fail–quickly- I started with plastic as that is what I had- ooops. Get a glass jar or better yet use a parrot.
Do you know what your first recipe is going to be?
Let us know your first recipe and what your process is going to be. We can give you some pointers-
I would boil the corn for an hour or so with about 10 gallons of water
add cold water to cool it down to around 155
once it is at 155 add Amylase Enzyme
stir the emzyme into the mash- let it sit for an hour or so
after you let it mash for an hour or so
add the rest the water needed
once the mash is around 80 degrees add the yeast
that sounds like a plan
I like to run my tails until they are at the same alcohol percentage of the wash I started with.
The honey wash I make is normally around 10% so I run my tails down to 10% or 20 proof. I save my tails and will add them back into my next honey wash.