Making A Corn Mash Used Flaked Corn 6 Row Barley And Corn Sugar

Making  A Corn Mash Used Flaked Corn 6 Row Barley And Corn Sugar


Hey welcome back to healthy natural food blog. we're going to do another quick tutorial today and this was going to be on doing a corn mash. I've had a lot of requests for this and I thought man this is great. I always wanted to do this one we're gonna do a corn mash right here.  

I'm going to show you how we do it. Remember there are hundreds of techniques. So don't take this as gospel, this is just a technique that works there are many others. So you know if you get into that well you know he said this and then, I always did it that way what by golly it's out the way you do it works continue doing it this is just a good opportunity for me to explain some specifics about what's going on.

The Guidance Technique Book How to Make Corn Mash 


You can use any technique you like um I recommend a couple of books for you, I mean one really good one is called home distilling by Rick Morris it's a really good book it covers a lot of great information there's another one called moonshine and moonshine is written by a guy named Matthew Rowley. The really good easy read it does clarify a lot of stuff for you it'll give you a really good basis of history of moonshine. The advent of the more popular tills and how things go up and then there's John Palmer's uh how to brew this is a really good book. It's written for of beer brewing but a lot of the aspects of distilling and preparing a mash, or the same as brewing beer, so it gets into a lot of explanation.

About enzymes, you know the alpha-amylase and beta-amylase. It gets into a lot of explanations in the real scientific area of distilling and extracting sugars for mineral sugars. Things like that so it's a really handy read. But it of course none of these are necessary you can do without. But I recommend if you've got a got nothing else to do, just go ahead and read today what we're going to do.  

Step By Step And Tips For Making Corn Mash Used Flaked Corn Sugar And 6 Barley


I've got about three little over three gallons of water here. I'm using the pick a new way pick titanium hot plate. it's a magnetic induction cooktop. I love the thing because I can set it in five-degree increments. I want to get this at 155 degrees which is right. Where I'm at now so I'm gonna leave it at 155 degrees. The reason before that is, the action that I want to take place within my flaked corn happens at 155 degrees, so I've got 4 pounds of flaked corn and then I've got 2 pounds of 6 row in the six-row barley. This is a malted barley the six-row barley um best way to explain. It's got a hunt, 68 dye aesthetic power and don't let that be a weird term to you. What that means is that on the scale it's 160 the one of the highest ones. That we have is a 6th-grade six-row. It only takes 35 to convert itself it's own starches to fermentable sugars. 

Everything leftover will convert anything you add to it. You know any adjunct corn flake corn and soar some other types of adjuncts that you want to add to it so you've got this way you don't have to use alpha-amylase, without this we would be required to introduce some alpha-amylase but it's already resident here inside the grains. We're going to take advantage of that so it's not as much for flavor as, it is for converting starches, then deform edible sugars.

I'm going to place all of that inside one of these nylon bags and it should be careful. This new wave if you put it on seer which I'm going to do right now as a matter of fact, because I want to heat it to about 160. Because once I drop the grains in, of course it's going to drop the temperature, and I wanted to start happening right away. So I'll put it on sear. I'll let that thing heat up a little bit more. and then I'm going to add the corn and the barley together and then we're going to put it inside here. We're going to let it set and steep at 155 for about an hour and then what we'll do is we'll stop. So when I come back to you, it's a it'll be been about an hour and then we're going to test it. I'll show you how to test it to find out whether your starches have converted to fermentable sugars. But that's really about all there is to it now one addition that I always make now this is totally up to you and again a lot of this is personality-driven, so I add 10 pounds of corn sugar this is one bag of 5 pounds I always add 10 pounds or so of corn sugar to my mash.

Corn Mash For Distilling


When I make a five gallon batch and the reason. I'm trying to increase the alcohol by volume in the mash. Let me explain, that if I and my goal is about 20% as close to 20 s I get it 20% of 5 gallons is 1 gallon. so I've got all the flavors from the corn and anything else. I use in the mash and if I increase the alcohol volume with that flavor, I can anticipate distilling about one gallon of a five gallon batch 20% with that, I've got a quality product and my quantity is going to be almost a gallon it'll run will be short now, if I only have a 10% alcohol by volume, of course, my outcome is only going to be about 1/2 a gallon. It may just kind of make sense there's a correlation it just kind of makes sense. I'd rather put all the effort and hard work into two distilling. distilling process it a little long little lengthy and wind up with a gallon as opposed to a half a gallon, but then again it's totally up to you now. 

This kind of begs the question what if I want one gallon and I don't want to use corn sugar. Well John Palmer's book will explain that in great detail about how to go through the mashing process with an extremely high amount of grains, because you can get the same results without adding any sugar, but we can do this by just adding sugar to it. So we're going to we're going to spite the fermentable sugars with coarse sugar. That's it except for table sugar work. Absolutely table sugar works is about 15% on fermentable sugars. But that's okay because, it's just a little tiny residual sweetness left over and again. Table sugars a little bit cheaper can you use molasses absolutely what about honey. Oh what about brown sugar all of those are fermentable sugars so yes you can. The amounts that you use and the combinations are totally up to you. 

You're only limited to your imagination a lot of it is going to be trial and error. There are some rules of thumb but the trial and error is going to get you through the day. My rule of thumb when it comes to sugar is about 10 to 12 pounds per five gallons. Everything else is flavoring so we'll be back with you you in probably about 60 minutes. I'm going to put this together in a bag. I'm going to tie a string to it. I'm gonna tied to the side of the pot. It kind of stays up and it doesn't melt on the bottom. You don't want that to happen because it defeats the purpose of having the bag. The reason for the bag, in my opinion that I can remove the corn and I can remove all the grain. Because I've gotten everything I want out of it and then, when I go into my fermenter which I'll use the fast fermenter when I do that all I'm putting in. There is fermentable sugars in a wash base and I'm not there's no grain in there because I've got to filter it anyway. I've got to get all of that out. I'd rather take it out from the very beginning than to introduce anything like that into my steel which could scorch and once you scorch it you're not going to get that flavor out. You just got to redistill it. But I mean now can you do this without a bag just remember once you've finished. You know once you finish fermenting or before you go into the fermenter at some point before you distilled. You're gonna have to remove all of those grains and remove all of that corn or else. Stand a good chance of scorching everything inside that pot.

Okay welcome back it's been a little bit over 60 minutes now. I know this is all stopped that's all happened convert all those starches and fermentable sugars. I'm confident that I've done that now I asked you, I know I asked you to trust me. but now I'm going to give you some proof, then this is a way you can test it you can find out whether your process. whatever you've done has converted those starches into fermentable sugars then we're going to use iodine to do that now. Before we get to that, I just wanna let you know that cornmeal works too. 

This is a pound of cornmeal, it cost me like a dollar for cents. No, this is 2 pounds of cornmeal, and you can do the same thing or you can use. We're going to do one later we're going to do another mash later with just cornmeal and amylase enzyme. I'm approved to you now, that the amylase does convert those starches into fermentable sugars. 

First Test With Potato Iodine


The way I'm going to do that is I'm going to use first of all my test is a potato. Everybody knows that a potato is full of starch then I have a little bit of this mash that I collected at the very beginning. I saved it, I set it aside and I've got the mash that's completed now. I just dipped out of there. I'm just going to add a little bit of iodine to all three of those, Then I'm going to show you what happens. This is pretty amazing and it's a really simple test. You don't have to do this every time. You do it once and then you're convinced and then after that. You'll have to worry about trying to use iodine anymore. it also a good way to do prove to your kids want to do a science project or your friends.  

Now watch this we know that a potato is full of starch. when we add some iodine to it, you'll see how it starts to turn black you'll notice the blackness in that see how quickly it turns black and if you allow that to sit for a while, it'll turn a very very dark black. 

you'll see how it's doing that now and that's only because of the iodine interacting with the starch molecules that's inside this potato. Same thing would happen if you have starch inside your mash now watch this this is interesting. I'm gonna put a couple of drops in this and look how dark that has become that's become black. That's because you've got a lot of starch molecules in there now once you've used the amylase out of the six row with your corn and you've allowed it to steep for 60 minutes all that action takes place now watch this and you put in a couple of drops and you just you'll notice the color of the iodine

when you shake it up just to look at it's gone. Means that there's no starch left as opposed to this one when you shake it up it stays black. way that you can prove your hypothesis or your theory about converting starches into fermentable sugars. an amazing process like I said you don't have to do it. Every time but it works, I mean this is iodine a tincture iodine tincture I got this at the Walgreens for like three bucks you get it just most any store. that's got a little small pharmacy so but use iodine. iodine will always give you an idea of or not you've converted starches into fermentable sugars.

In just a moment here I'm going to go ahead and remove all of these greens and what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna use I will use my strainer and I'll dip these out. Until I get the bag smaller up to where, when I remove the bag it doesn't go everywhere and then we're going to continue with the next step, which is to add our sugars and more water and it would put it the fast firm in. I might add my yeast and my yeast nutrient and then. I'm just going to put it down and let it burn. just to make the bag smaller so it's a little bit easier to maneuver with. I was doing that you know I rinse them out a little bit now. Remember I've got 155 degrees I got to get it down to fermenting temperatur, to get it down to fermenting temperature. I'm going to add some cold water to it and I'll take advantage of the cold water. I'll use that too and that's what I've been doing just to rinse, whatever I've got in there which is going to be all the fermentable sugars stuck inside those grains. Wrapped all around it so that's all over a bag that we leave up. I threw the ice in their kind of cool. A little bit add a little bit more water oh we're down to right at 70 degrees. That's the perfect temperature for me what I've done is I put in a little bit extra water a little bit over 5 gallons. because when I remove the ball on the bottom of my fast ferment to dump the yeast I'm going to sacrifice a little bit of this mash. so I just want to make sure I have enough in here so when I put it into my 5-gallon. still that I'm at five gallons. I've already checked the gravity it's one point one to zero. 

I'm looking at about probably about 17 percent maybe 18 percent ABV of potential. I could probably get a little bit more out of it if I add more sugar. but I'm looking like I'm really happy with that. I'm a leave it as. I've added the yeast nutrient two ounces of that. Short look if you don't have yeast nutrient and I've read I haven't tried it yet but I've read that tomato paste a little 8 ounce can of tomato paste does the same thing or something very similar. and I've also added the yeast and the yeast the way I did that you know I keep my yeast. this is daddy the still has active dry yeast I get it out of its floral bag. I put it in a plastic bag keeping a refrigerator I just uh my exact measurements for this for a five-gallon. Batch is just one big heaping teaspoon or tablespoon and then, a half so I use it one and a half tablespoons other than that's all. 

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