Sour mash is a process used in the distilling industry that uses material from an older batch of mash to start the fermentation of a new batch, analogous to the making of sourdough bread with a starter.
Despite a common misconception, sour mash does not refer to the flavor of the Bourbon.
How much moonshine do you get from a gallon of mash?
A 1 gallon run will yield 3-6 cups of alcohol. A 5 gallon run will yield 1-2 gallons of alcohol. A 8 gallon run will yield 1.5-3 gallons of alcohol.
Can you reuse mash for moonshine?
Reusing Mash for Moonshine. In order to reuse your mash this is how it works. You will use your old corn and yeast already present from the previous run, which should also still contain a good lot of beer still left behind.
How do you ferment moonshine mash?
Part 2 Fermenting the Mash
- Cover the mash and place it in a cool, dark place. You can leave the mash in the pot and place a lid on it or lay a cloth over it.
- Allow it to ferment for 4-5 days. Moonshine mash made with Turbo yeast will ferment within 4-5 days.
- Check the mash for large bubbles on the surface.
Is Jack Daniels a sour mash?
Jack Daniel was known to be a man of refined taste. From his penchant for tailor-made suits, to the way he made his whiskey, the details mattered. Using a bit of starter is why Jack Daniel’s is called a sour mash.
What’s the difference between bourbon and sour mash?
Bourbon may be double-distilled and aged at least two years in charred oak barrels. Sour mash whiskey uses the bourbon recipe but starts the mash with leftovers from a previous batch, much like the starter in sourdough bread. The sour mash process gives a sweeter, deeper flavor to the final product.
Can you put too much yeast in moonshine mash?
There’s too much sugar for the yeast strain you’re using. So it’s easy to assume that more sugar = more alcohol. However, too much sugar in your mash can actually hinder your yeast’s ability to make alcohol, and most people want to get as high an alcohol content as possible when making moonshine.
What temperature does moonshine distill at?
We get a lot of questions about distillation and temperature. If you’ve read anything about distilling you might have come across information stating that the boiling temperature of ethanol is 174 degrees Fahrenheit.
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