I am new myself but I will tell you what I have done and my friends didn't
know it was homemade. I buy some hickory and oak chips made for grilling and
bake them in the oven (tightly wraped in foil) I know to use foil as I had a
fire in the oven once before. Then put the baked chips in a glass jar not sure
on exact count but I'd say maybe 3 or 4 tablespoons to a quart. Warm it then
chill it. They say every time you warm it and chill it is like 1 year aging.
Anyway after that filter it a few times. I use a countertop water filter that
has an activated carbon filter it does 1/2 gallon in about 1/2 an hour and I do
it about 3 or 4 times. Gives it color and flavor. I put some in a Jim Beam
bottle and my friends didn't know the difference.
This is just my opinion.
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