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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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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