Distilling beer in the airstill

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Distilling beer in the airstill

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Hi. New to the whole air still thing but have got around 6 stripping runs under my belt. As I also brew beer and wine I want to ask if any has distilled beer thru the air still? I know you can make whisky from malt extract and whisky yeast and I thought it could be cool to make a “whisky” of some kind with my beer leftovers.

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Welcome aboard and what a god question

Oooh yes. This a favorite pastime of out members.

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Make the beer as normal, single mash for Alcohol, not flavour 68c ish. No hops. 15 min boil (till hot break) Boiling saves a lot of mess in the still as it drops out the proteins that foam up. Chill. Ferment. Still.

Cut the spirit into separate small jars, this way you get to understand where/what the heads & tails are, and then can blend back to taste.

If you have't already get a spirit refractometer.

Search 'Freezer stripping' to... might save you some time.
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For a long time, home distillers have said don't ferment hopped beer.
The current American craze is for micro breweries to offer the beer, AND the distilled beer to customers.
Go figure. :)

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I thought it was beer spirit cut with hopped ale.

Have I missed the point? It was on my list to bench test?
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I may be wrong :shock:
But understood they are distilling the hopped beer.

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I was expecting a fresh hoppy white whiskey? Could be quite nice done well.
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:D White lightning (not a nasty apple free cider)
Slowly slowly, catchy funky

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Thanks for the reply’s. So many think to try. The reason for asking is that until recent I brewed a lot of beer but now it’s just sitting on my shelf as I have moved on to wine and distilling instead. More rewarding I think. But I think it’s a ways of I don’t get to drink it all and thought. Hey maybe it’s distillable. I only have an air still but I think it’s fun an as I have read, you can actually make good spirits in this if you firstly make a stripping run and then a spirit run.

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You can indeed do a lot with an airstill.
For some it is a stepping stone.
For some the only distilling tool that they ever need.
And any alcohol that you don't like can be recycled.
Win,win!

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You'll have great success with this, but you'll probably want to buy oak chips or similar (jd perhaps) as most people who like strongly flavoured drinks prefer them aged and with colour in them.

Assuming your beer is good and I'm sure it is, your whiskies and brandies will be great after time and your problem will be recreating them now you've stopped brewing.
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😀 maybe I’ll just keep brewing some beer and then distille the beer I don’t drink. I really like good whisky and I plan to make a good whisky wash and then double distille it.

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Beer for whiskey does not need hopping.
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I know, was meant to be a different kind of distillate to be produced of my beer leftovers. I have found a couple of whisky recipe I would like to try but I’m open to air still specific recipes, if any has one.

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IMO you will make a better and cheaper whisky from an un-hopped brew.
That does not mean that beer fails are not worth distilling.
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I host a neighbourhood beer festival in my back garden each year and usually end up with 10-20 bottles of mixed "retail" beers that didn't go down too well. It never occurred to me i could put them through the airstill. I'm guessing it would be a case of thrashing it 'til it's flat before running it, but what kind of spirit do you end up with from there?

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I redistill all manner of ullage. Whatever it is. Locally know as junkahol.
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Fierymac wrote:
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:20 pm
I host a neighbourhood beer festival in my back garden each year and usually end up with 10-20 bottles of mixed "retail" beers that didn't go down too well. It never occurred to me i could put them through the airstill. I'm guessing it would be a case of thrashing it 'til it's flat before running it, but what kind of spirit do you end up with from there?
Yes, mate I would give it some de-gassing. Maybe just open and leave a while?
What you get is going to be interesting.
It may even need diluting and running again.
I usually get something worth drinking from such re-runs, and some high proof spirit that has other uses.
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