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Old 01-15-2008, 03:52 PM   #21
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^ I think I saw that on MythBusters once...

Uh, water here. But I have used iodopher a few times, just cause I had some mixed up still when racking. Never had a problem in ten plus years of brewing. (knock on wood)

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Old 01-15-2008, 04:01 PM   #22
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Well, this is kinda off topic, but atleast i didn't start it. As for running it through a filter, i believe the mythbusters busted that one.

I did it once my Sophomore year of college, from what I remember (and i'm not making a pun at being crazy drunk) it still tasted like shyt, but alot of the harshness was gone, so it didn't sting nearly as much.

Also if you decide to filter cheap whiskey, it comes out clear, because cheap whiskey is not really whiskey, just a bunch of other liquors blended to taste like whiskey then died whiskey color.

Oh and beware and DO NOT smell the filter when you are done....i got a 20 min headache worse then any hangover i ever had, it was terrible...

On-Topic: Water...

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Old 01-15-2008, 04:22 PM   #23
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Well, this is kinda off topic, but atleast i didn't start it. As for running it through a filter, i believe the mythbusters busted that one.

I did it once my Sophomore year of college, from what I remember (and i'm not making a pun at being crazy drunk) it still tasted like shyt, but alot of the harshness was gone, so it didn't sting nearly as much.

Also if you decide to filter cheap whiskey, it comes out clear, because cheap whiskey is not really whiskey, just a bunch of other liquors blended to taste like whiskey then died whiskey color.

Oh and beware and DO NOT smell the filter when you are done....i got a 20 min headache worse then any hangover i ever had, it was terrible...

On-Topic: Water...
http://www.ehow.com/how_2041159_impr....html?ref=fuel

http://www.elephantstaircase.com/wik...aFilteredVodka

Mythbusters concluded that it did improve the flavor. They questioned the economics. Which if you used it one time for 1 bottle of liquor then it's not economical. But that would be like filtering 1 pitcher of water and throwing the pitcher and filter away.

These guys also thought it improved the smell and taste.

http://www.bulletinboardforum.com/m/vodka.php

Just like wine snobs think expensive wine is better so to do buyers of expensive liquor.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7187577.stm

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=4131348&page=1
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:38 PM   #24
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Sometimes vodka, sometimes starsan. Really just depends which one is closer. I don't typically use cheap vodka though. I don't drink vodka, but I have a couple of friends who do. Every now and again they will bring a little bottle of vodka over, have a drink or two out of it, and then leave without it. Since I don't drink the stuff, well...my airlocks typically get Absolute, Grey Goose, or Skyy.

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:11 PM   #25
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I'll trade you, cubbies. You take my 3-year-old bottle of Barton's and I'll finish off all your friends' extra Absolut or Grey Goose etc.

Vodka here. I'm too old to drink Barton's any more. When I run out, I'll find a new plan. I'm sure I picked this up from EdWort.

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:16 PM   #26
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+1 for cheap vodka...

It's EdWort's fault...

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:25 PM   #27
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+1 for cheap vodka... Our bottle was given to us by a family member that doesn't drink it.

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:30 PM   #28
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Cheap Rum

I love the smell coming from the brew shop.
I like the darker color...makes it much easier to see airlock activity from further away.
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Yup I'm on the Vodka train....It's cheap enough so why not?

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:49 PM   #30
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Iodophor solution. My equipment, including my airlock and stopper, is already floating in it at the end of any brew session, so why not use it? I don't drink hard liquor, so I never have any vodka, cheap or otherwise, around the house.

Before I switched to Iodophor, I used water and a thimble's worth of 99% isopropyl rubbing alcohol.

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