RE: [Distillers] Re aeration
- To Don and Scott, dont worry, whilst it is LEGAL to distill here in New
Zealand, there is still some resistance by our local CONSTABULARY,in the
form of "Press Releases" regarding the POISONOUS alcohol being peddaled
around town. A few months ago some unscrupulous bastard was selling home
made alcohol to local teenagers. These kids were getting absolutely shit
faced, and wandering (if they could walk) around town causing a problem for
the boys in blue.This resulted in a press release stating that our children
were drinking over proof liquor, that possibly contained toxins, poisons
etc. I rang the policeman who made these statements( i happened to know
him)and he came down to talk to me. I asked him the question, that if some
wanker was imoral enough to sell home made spirits to kids, then wouldn't
that person also be imoral enough to sell these kids watered down stuff,the
policeman agreed. That took care of the over proof spirit bit. I then
explained to the policeman how our Distilling Systems worked, and how ,
because we are making small batches, and taking extra special care to
produce the best quality spirit we can. We also go the extra distance to
ensure that virtually no impurities are present in the final product.I also
showed him a Gas Chromatograph read out showing that our home made stuff,
was in facrt "Cleaner" than the store bought stuff.That policeman is now a
"Spirit making client" and fully realises the error of his ways, and enjoys
the product he is now making.
Just a little story for your enjoyment
regards Pete from Brewers Barn
From: MRX nighthawk_f9 [mailto:mrx-nighthawk_f9@...]
Sent: Thursday, 7 December 2000 07:32
To: Distillers@egroups.com; yldog@...
Subject: Re: [Distillers] Re aeration
>>assuming this does work then does anybody know why?Scott, et.al.
Specific to this question..... it works because you have vaporized a
quantity of the alcohol (which is a molecular complex) and could achieve the
same "short term" effect by diluting it.
The aging process allows "trace amounts" of oxygen to react with certain
esters and eldihydes "over time" (which are harsh to the nose and taste)
which causes these elements to change into acids, which are much more
pleasing to the nose and taste. This is a very slow process which cannot be
sped up in any fashion that I've ever discovered.
The use of charcoal and filtering will remove most of these elements and
make your spirit more palatable, however, it cannot replace the acids formed
during long-term aging, which adds considerably to the finished product.
When you pump oxygen into a liquid, it will only hold a set amount of it in
suspension, the rest escapes, so there is no point trying to add more. A few
minutes with a good air-stone will add all the oxygen to the alcohol mix
that it can hold. At this point, if you bottle it and put it away in a cool,
dark place for 5 to 10 years, nature will do the rest. Few of us have that
kind of patience.....
You could set aside one or two bottles out of every batch and make more
frequent batches..... it's amazing how fast time flies when your having
fun..... Before you know it, you'll be wishing you'd set aside a lot more!
For the short-term however, if your "shine" is too harsh to enjoy, use the
"polishing" techniques set out in the FAQ section to strip away most of
these elements, then add your favorite flavoring. It is, after all, better
Only as a matter of possible interest, the question of "blindness and
death" from homemade spirits uppermost in the minds of the unenlightened is
due, in large part, to the campaign waged by the U.S. Gov't during
It was an unwritten practice at the time for the "Revenuers" to leave in
operation certain illegal stills that were known to be producing harmful
product, while blowing-up the ones producing top-quality shine.
Then, whenever anyone was discovered to have suffered or died from
ingesting this "illegal substance", they went to great effort to make sure
it got as much press as possible, to serve as a deterrent.
I picked this tid-bit up in an old book on the history of moonshine in
the U.S., written by a former agent. The Gov't has steadfastly denied this
was ever the practice........
So much for my 2 cents and 15 minutes on the soap-box.
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