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When would you get a zero alcohol read in your mash tank but still be producing a

high proof(180) spirit coming out of the still? Messed up Hydrometer? Mash temp issue?


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What method are you using to determine that your mash is at zero ABV?


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Are you checking with a proof hydro or a beer hydro?

You can't get a mash temp that far off.


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Are you checking with a proof hydro or a beer hydro?

You can't get a mash temp that far off.


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What method are you using to determine that your mash is at zero ABV?


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At the risk of being too straightforward, it sounds like you need some basic education on fermentation test equipment.

No hydrometer normally found in a brewery or distillery will show a direct readout of alchohol in a mash. They do make instruments for that, but there's no need. The beer/wine hydro is made to show POTENTIAL alcohol, not a direct readout of final alcohol in a mash. And a proof hydro doesn't have a scale low enough to read 5-10% accurately.

When you make a mash, measure it with a beer hydro to get the potential alchohol, which is only accurate if you get a complete fermentation of the sugars. Ferment it out, take another reading at the end. The difference between the two readings is the alchohol in the mash. Temp correct if you want, won't make that much difference in the overall scheme of things if the beginning and the final are taken at same temp.

As a rule of thumb, 1lb of fermentables in 1gal of water yields approx. 5% alch. I know it's not exact, but for second checking a recipe in your head it works well.

Beer/Wine making 101.


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At the risk of being too straightforward, it sounds like you need some basic education on fermentation test equipment.

No hydrometer normally found in a brewery or distillery will show a direct readout of alchohol in a mash. They do make instruments for that, but there's no need. The beer/wine hydro is made to show POTENTIAL alcohol, not a direct readout of final alcohol in a mash. And a proof hydro doesn't have a scale low enough to read 5-10% accurately.

When you make a mash, measure it with a beer hydro to get the potential alchohol, which is only accurate if you get a complete fermentation of the sugars. Ferment it out, take another reading at the end. The difference between the two readings is the alchohol in the mash. Temp correct if you want, won't make that much difference in the overall scheme of things if the beginning and the final are taken at same temp.

As a rule of thumb, 1lb of fermentables in 1gal of water yields approx. 5% alch. I know it's not exact, but for second checking a recipe in your head it works well.

Beer/Wine making 101.


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Good stuff Porter, thank ya! And no worries on being straightforward, I prefer it that way, learn quicker.


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Ryan, I suggest you have a read of some home brew web sites. In particular look for "potential alcohol" as Porter has suggested.

Hydrometers and refractometers are only good for measuring water mixed with ONE other compound, so a hydrometer is quite accurate for distilled spirits.

When trying to measure wash or beer they don't work at all well because there are all sorts of other chemicals including unfermented sugars as well as the alcohol.