Clearing the wash

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Mash » Fri May 17, 2019 7:48 am

That's a good point, Myles. There is a world of difference between cloudy and lumpy.

I have run some right old shite in the past, and been amazed by the output. The saving grace with the AS is, it is very slow!
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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Easydrinker » Fri May 17, 2019 11:19 pm

My approach to most things might be considered "Gung Ho".
I don't agonise about stuff, I try it, and try to learn from my mistakes.
If I was running this wash through an airstll, I would have started last week.
And taken it from there.

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Srb57 » Sat May 18, 2019 2:36 pm

Agree as the AS is very forgiving with a cloudy wash. I have run many before the instructions said I should.

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by phantom » Sat May 18, 2019 5:35 pm

When I started back whenever, I just followed the guide/instructions i.e. ferment with the carbon (cane sugar wash), then use the clearing agents that came with the yeast/carbon (the now defunct local HBS would do a reasonable price for the yeast pack, carbon and finings).

In 24 hours, it would have dropped all the sediment. Though it would never end up "gin clear", more like a slightly dirty hand washing water colour.

It was meddling and trying different yeasts etc, where I found that it was just as easy to use Vodka Star, but not bother with the carbon and as I try not to be in a rush with this, by leaving the ferment alone for a fortnight (always finished in 7 days at room temps), it dropped enough of the sediment naturally that I could just scoop the wash out in airstill sized measures and run it as a strip.

The strip would always come out gin clear, ready to be let down with RO water and re-run.

As far as I can tell, this latter method seems to work fine for me. I can't detect any off flavours, but I also routinely carbon filter my neutral (at least once through, often twice)..........

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Easydrinker » Sun May 19, 2019 12:27 am

I have already remarked upon Carbon filtering tonight, and so will let this one slide by. :D

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Mash » Tue May 21, 2019 7:30 am

I gave up on carbon filtering. I don't think it added anything for the time and faff.

I prefer an airstone to give a bit of polish.
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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by piglets » Wed May 29, 2019 8:49 pm

Mash wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 7:30 am
I gave up on carbon filtering. I don't think it added anything for the time and faff.

I prefer an airstone to give a bit of polish.
After fermenting aswell? Sort of trying to de-esterize (is that even a word?) the product? Before or after distillation?

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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by Mash » Thu May 30, 2019 7:41 am

I use a balloon whisk for the start of the fermentation after rehydrating the yeast.

My airstone only gets used once I have cut the product to 40%. 30 minutes seems to smooth it out, takes off the harsh edges.
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Re: Clearing the wash

Post by piglets » Thu May 30, 2019 10:31 am

Perfect, I will keep that in mind

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