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Can I distill contaminated wine?

15 days ago I started a batch of wine from a Wine Kit. I went to measure the SG to begin the next step when I found the wine had a film layer at the top. (Yeast has not been added at this point). ...
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Boiling off the methanol for freeze distillation

I would like to freeze distill some hard cider I've brewed to up the gravity. However, it is well known that freeze distillation concentrates the methanol present in the booze. My question is, since ...
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Table sugar + fruitjuice + yeast not fermenting

After several years of beer brewing, I started experimenting with moonshine. I figured since Im distilling I dont have to deal with all the exacting procedures of beer making and I just needed basic ...
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Moonshine from freeze distillation?

Just wondering is it possible to turn fermented sugar water with an abv of around 15% into moonshine by freeze distilling it. Also wondering if i would have to worry about methanol when using this ...
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Advice needed (Absinth distillation) [closed]

I have decided to buy Chemistry Distillation Apparatus as in this image: Vacuum Distillation Unit I am using it to make absinth by following old recipes found on net. You need pure ethanol (97%) ...
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Distillation Yield in Litres and ABV

I am looking to distill 4 liters of 6.5% cider, would i end up with an amount of 90% plus, of what would essentially be flavored ethanol. Or would i end up with around 2 liters of around 13% apple ...
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Baker's Yeast and distillation?

I have made a wine a few days ago. I used apples and grapes but that is not what is important. For my yeast I used baker's yeast. YES!!! I do know that I should have used wine yeast to get better ...
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Do I need an anti-microbial additive in my plum brandy mash?

Basically I pitted and smashed 10 lbs. of very ripe plums; heated the pulp, skins and juice to like 120°F and added 3 gals. of distilled water and 5 lbs. of sugar. Waited for it to cool below 90°F ...
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Why were we able to make alcohol with little cleanliness and no sanitizer? [closed]

When I was younger I lived in Missouri for a bit and I met a guy who ended up having me help him make "shine" (that's what he called it) in the woods fairly often - I guess you could say that I was ...
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Would Yeast survive the temperatures of distillation and properly carbonate?

Theoretically: If one were to distill a beer at 172.3-211.9*F with the intention of throwing away the distillate, in order to produce non-(or low-)alcoholic beer, would the remaining beer contain ...
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How do I use freeze distillation to turn cider into applejack?

In my country obtaining a bottle of applejack is about impossible, while cider slowly gains some foothold. I have managed to obtain a few liters of apple cider for reasonable price and happen to have ...
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What do you get if you distill mead?

This is just out of curiosity... I mean if you distill beer, you get whiskey... if you distill wine, you get cognac/brandy... if you distill fermented molasses, you get rum... if you distill ...
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Is whisky distilled from beer? [closed]

Legal issues aside, how is whisky made? Do you make a beer (presumably without hops), ferment it with regular beer yeast and then distill?