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Did you activate your yeast before adding to the mash?
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Davids60 is right about temps usually 175-180F. Did you clean the copper first. Use 1/4 of vinegar and 3/4 water in your still on the first run. Other than that the only thing that comes to mind is burping which means it's to high of temp and your ingredients is boiling into your worm, instead of vapor only, which doesn't sound like your problem but could be a possibility.
First of all, I would just like to point out that if you engage in the art of using any vessel (i.e. still) for the purpose of making a product (i.e. liquor) into a more concentrated form you are NOT breaking a federal law. I reside about 60 miles from where the late hero Marvin "Popcorn" Sutton lived, there are about 4-5 articles every year in the newspaper and on the news starting in about April or May and ending in late September or early October. You are only committing a MISDEMEANOR when you distill spirits not a FELONY. while you can quote any federal or state statue there is available on the subject, and tell me word for word what the law says, I have never in my life known anyone to go to a FEDERAL PENITENTARY for violating a law that results in committing a MISDEMEANOR. Now with that being said, would it be a legal headache ? Check. Would it have every local law enforcement agency within it's legal jurisdiction sniffing around your place, and threatening you with anything they can imagine including the death penalty ? Check. The Federal authorities MIGHT involve themselves, but it is still rather highly unlikely. If you do have a 3,000 gal still then they will more than likely involve themselves, but with even a 50 gallon still it is highly unlikely, because they know they still face an uphill batlle convicting you of violating tax and alcohol laws Because in convicting someone of a crime in this great country, they will have to prove that without any REASONABLE DOUBT, that you were planning to profit tax free dollars off of the finished product. In other words maybe you were going to use it for "personal reasons", or simply give it away. Now on to the facts. If you are caught transporting the liquor. FEDERAL CRIME. If you are caught selling the liquor. FEDERAL CRIME. Just ask yourself how many times have I ever heard of anyone in my life of going to a federal prison for possessing moonshine. My point exactly. Use your head and do not have a large operation with 300-400 gallons sitting around, and you are going to be fined and placed on 11/29 probation, we come back to REASONABLE DOUBT, because you were not conspiring to defraud the United States government, you were simply thirsty. Use your heads for more than a hat rack, quit watching, listening, reading, and subscribing to every scare tactic non-sense piece of fiction you can get your hands on, and do something that makes them squirm and cringe.......think for youself.
Also if you are using a "thumper" or "thump keg" pour your grape juice into it, instead of using it in your mash recipe. You do not get a lot of flavors from the mash itself. Sure you can detect a little here and a little there. I assure you though if you do add them to thumper, you will be very pleased with your end flavor.
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