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Hey everybody, first time posting on the forum. I've just decided to step up from janky homemade moonshine stills and buy a proper one. Now I want to refine my product and have some real fun (I work in wine industry professionally, so I play a lot). My current issue though is I am looking for recommendations on where/what product to buy for filtration (specifically removing scent). The reviews I see online are mixing, some say they work great some say they made the spirit black despite saying pre-washed etc. Any tips in filtering also greatly appreciated!
For those of you making vodka, what filtering steps are you taking? Are you using a filter like this? https://www.dudadiesel.com/choose_item.php?id=cfv32 Using coconut carbon? Charcoal? Are you letting the carbon sit in the spirit for a lengthy time or are you just running it through a filter like this? Finally, are you proofing to get the ABV down before filtering or are you filtering at a high proof? Learning a lot from everyone as we plan our business. Thank you for everything friends!
So right off the bat, I'm talking vodka. When I make vodka, I filter it with intent of making it more neutral coming out than it was going in, with the explicit goal of making it as neutral as possible. I use a bed of activated charcoal in a fiberglass housing. Using a pneumatic pump, I push chilled vodka through the charcoal bottom-up, then collect it, and repeat until I'm happy with the outcome. The system is self designed using a mix of parts from our local water care provider and McMaster-Carr. This system works well enough to produce vodka that's won us some awards, but we're facing a couple issues that I'm tired of dealing with. Specifically, the volume this system can filter is limited, and the variability in time it takes to filter different batches to a point of neutrality we are happy with has become annoying. So I'm looking for options or alternatives to our current setup, and was curious to what others have implemented and found successful. Anyone have filter manufacturers, suppliers, or setup tricks that they'd like to share? Anyone using a plate filter imbedded with carbon that they are happy with? Anyone aware of any suppliers that will allow you to test the system before paying for it (like a test drive)? I'm pretty sure everyone deals with filtration in one form or the other, I'm eager to know what the field has to input. Thanks in advance for sharing you experience. -Scott