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Liquid Activated Carbon – Distilling the Wash


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Drunk bird

The bird put about 2 gallons of the wash that had the activated liquid carbon and yeast dropped out , in the still and went to work distilling the wash . Running it very slow to get out as much alcohol as possible with as little of the sweet flavor as possible. Ran it until it was about 80 proof.
Ended up with about a pint of hooch that had a lot of corn flavor and was not overly sweet. It actually was not too bad considering it had about 1/4 of it being tails.

The bird then decided since the flavor was pretty good for what it was that he would try and ferment it out. He poured the rest into a bucket and added water to double the volume.

To this he added a little 24 hour turbo yeast. The yeast took a lot longer than 24 hours to do its job as it had to deal with whatever stopped the fermentation the first time. I say that was the molasses. They do not list any preservatives in it but you know it has them.

Fermentation started about 12 hours later. A small heater was put by it to raise the temp up. It never really kicked in hard as you normally would get from a turbo but then the sugar content had been cut in half also. Just a thin white foam swirling around on top.

After a few days he distilled it off. I snapped this rare photo of the bird at his still. He is wearing a disguise so as to not be identified.

Hooch Bird had let this sit in the fridge for a day to drop down most of the yeast and crap. Then ran off about 2 gallons or so as a test. It was ran fairly quickly as a strip run. It produced about 1 3/4 quarts of drinkable but not real tasty hooch. This also had the tails in it down to about 30 proof.

He then ran the rest at a fast flow down to 50 proof. This was all mixed together to make almost 1 gallon and allowed to sit another day.

The gallon was mixed with 1 gallon of water and put back in the still for a second distillation. He ran this very slow to make sure all the bad flavor stayed out .

Fusels were small. Only had to toss out a  hundred milliliters. The resulting spirits were basically neutral as you would expect and were about 3/4 gallon. Just enough flavor to make it have a taste. This he put in the aging jar and added in some charred white oak.

Another batch of shine saved from the drain by the infamous Hooch bird.



One Last Word on Charcoal

I see little use for liquid carbon or clearing agent. In my opinion it is just money spent on something you do not need. This I see as just another product brought out by the brew industry to make money after convincing people they really need it.
Unless you are using some special type of yeast that might require it due to all the extra added whatever in it , I would not use it. How ever some people swear by it and it may very well do a good job.

So to end this , I say don’t use it. You do not need it. Just let your beer settle in the cold and rack. Then distill it if your making whiskey.
If after distillation you think it has any off flavors simply pour it through a tube filled with activated charcoal. A cheap one can be made easy out of a fluorescent bulb cover and some granular activated charcoal. See Charcoal Filter for instructions.

As a side note on the charcoal, add in some crushed up sugar maple charcoal. Sugar Maple buy it by the pound. There is a link at bottom of page. Adds in a nice flavor and is what is used to make fine rye whiskey and others.  I will be writing about this later. Also about turbo yeast.

The off flavors in your beer are most likely from :

  • Fermenting at too high of a temp for the yeast used
  • Using turbo yeast
  • Mashing or sparging at too high of a temp
  • Perhaps going too far with the mash efficiency could pull out some tannins. ( I have a extremely efficient home made mash tun design False Bottom filter and it will do this if not done properly) at least that is what I think it does.



Liquid Activated Carbon – Remove Off Flavors in Fermentation

The Bird and the Alcohol

Liquid Activated Carbon in Fermentation Experiment


Distilling alcohol is of course illegal if you do not have a license to do it. It does not matter if you use a whiskey still or any other method to concentrate the alcohol. As ridiculous as it is for a law to have so much power written into it, you can have every single thing you own confiscated simply for owning a unregistered homemade pot still or any other still. If you have hooch in your car they can confiscate your car.
This is why I only brew beer but I do know a little bird that has a still. You can get a real nice one. Just hop on over here for a great selection of copper moonshine stills . They are Quite useful for other things also like distilling water and essential oils from plants.

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Now on to that liquid activated carbon the Hooch Bird decided to toss in his fermentation to remove off flavors. This was for a batch of his world famous sweet feed whiskey. He wanted to test out the stuff and see if it was actually a useful product or just a money maker for the manufacturer.

Any words on distillation are second hand told to me by the bird. The bird never shuts up and I think he samples his own wares.

Drunk bird


Activated Carbon (a birds perspective)

Okay I am going to start this blog off with a few words on using Liquor Quik Liquid Activated Carbon / Charcoal in with your fermentation of whatever it is you ferment.  This should equally apply to a wash or wort.  I am guessing you know what I mean by wash or wort. Just in case,  I call the liquid from the mash that is going to made into whiskey “wash” or “beer” and the liquid from a mash to make beer “wort” . They are of course both the same thing until fermented and finished up unless your using a sugar wash… But what the heck do I know I get my info from a drunk bird!

This is the opinion of the bird after using the charcoal one time so you may have a different experience in this matter.


What is Liquid Carbon

The activated carbon or charcoal is meant to absorb all the nasty off flavors that your yeast are making during the fermentation process.  You add it in the fermenter after the yeast and leave it in until fermentation is done.
Just stir it in real good. It turns your wash black. Does not look so tasty any more. It will absorb off flavors and should in theory make a much better tasting alcohol. This I would assume would apply more to a sugar wash and turbo yeast than any other thing.

After the fermentation is done you need to get rid of this stuff. The instructions say to then add in some clearing agent to drop out the carbon along with the yeast and other crap. The liquid carbon must be dropped out or the flavors will simply come back when you distill the wash.

Getting Rid of Liquid Activated Charcoal

According to the manufacturers directions you now need to add a clearing or ” fining” agent.  You need to store this clearing agent at room temp not in ice box. It don’t work so well if you do that. This clearing agent is a two part liquid. First you add part A and gently stir it in. You only want this floating on top so do not stir it all the way in just disperse it across the top. Then wait an hour and add part B and stir it in real good.
This is something the bird decided not to do. He had a theory that simply putting the wash somewhere good and cold would drop everything to the bottom just as he did normally. He figured why waste money on a fining agent when cold air is free in the winter.

I put my beer outside in the freezing cold all night to drop the crap out. It works quite well for yeast. Then I rack and allow to set again and rack again. Gives me nice clean beer

The bird was then going to rack it and let it set again one night. This should have cleared it up.
NOT! This beer was black and it stayed black. The charcoal did not drop.

So now the bird has ice cold wort and charcoal mixture to deal with. He could try a filter but this would likely leave too much carbon in the wash.

Okay then the bird said he decided to add the clearing agent. The beer was still cold but now in a warm room. Should not be a problem as it should warm up quick enough. Maybe.
The bird bought a pack of Still Spirits Turbo Clear and put it in the wash. Available at Adventures in Homebrewing for $3.99 and from Amazon for $10.99 .

What Will Happen 

I will write more about what happened later on. As for now I am off to do some writing on my other blog at Employee No More – Quit Your Day Job . Yep , I did it. I just endorsed my other blog. You can send me a hate filled email at marcus@employeenomore.net or marcus@employee-no-more.com . Just do not post it here or I will have to send that Hooch Bird over to kick your behind and drink your booze.

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