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Postby gonzo7310 » Friday Jul 27, 2007 9:19 am

can u make spirts in a fermenter..
me and a mate had a little disagrent i said it would taste like arse but i might work and he said it will work and taste better...

can some one plz help me out

and if you can what would you make??
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Postby gregb » Friday Jul 27, 2007 9:33 am

No. Best you can hope for in a fermenter is around 12~15% alc. Although I've heard claims of some specialty yeasts going to around 25%.

To make spirits you really need to distill the alcohol from the fermented liquid.
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Postby Kevnlis » Friday Jul 27, 2007 9:44 am

12% is about the max I have ever gotten, but I have tasted 18% (falling over juice) but that was made by adding insane amounts of sugar to a beer :shock:

18% was not very drinkable, tasted a bit like metho to be honest. VERY dry and mostly tasteless!
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Postby gonzo7310 » Friday Jul 27, 2007 10:16 am

it doesnt really bother me the alc content aslong as it make say 10 %

but can i still make it lol
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Postby James L » Friday Jul 27, 2007 10:26 am

I've read of specialty yeast getting up to 20%... but the quality and flavour of the alcohol is not too good (as it manages to do this in about 2-3days at 24C), hence the need to distill off the ethanol....
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Postby Chris » Friday Aug 03, 2007 8:25 am

You'd have to really jack the heat up, use lots of dextrose, and give the yeast a lot of help with additives to keep them alive.

You could do it, but you wouldn't want to drink it. You'd maybe use it to kill snails.
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Postby hbg » Saturday Aug 25, 2007 6:43 pm

Try 90% Plus

Filtration optional
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Postby sherrinator » Saturday Sep 15, 2007 1:11 pm

i got a mash alc % of about 28 when i used a fermentor, so its like a spirit i guess? In reality its just a beer though.

I used bread yeast, corn flour and unground malt with 2 kg of white sugar. Very crude, but very potent.
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Postby rwh » Monday Sep 17, 2007 12:04 pm

A friend of mine did a brew like that, called it "alcohol water" and always told this story: someone smashed a bottle of it in his garage, and he couldn't go near it for two weeks to clean up the glass because every time he tried the smell nearly made him puke! :shock:
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