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Old 08-11-2009, 04:19 AM   #1
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I was talking to an Irishman the other day, (I knew he was Irish because he walked into the restaurant I work in his first words were "how bout a shot 'o jameson lad?') anyway we were talkin about alcohol and I told him i brewed and so did he. lol he says "made a beer tis about 50 proof, filtered it through a sock, we call it 'squishy' " I didn't ask about the name, the man clearly knows what he's doing. anyway i'm sure some of you will pick this apart, i just had a great time talking with this man, good fun. I can't get that accent out of my head now.

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Old 08-11-2009, 04:45 AM   #2
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Getting a beer above 20% ABV just by fermentation is pretty tough. He probably used fractional freezing to remove water and thereby concentrate the alcohol in the beer - not sure of the legality of that in the U.S. states (it probably varies).

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Old 08-11-2009, 10:07 AM   #3
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My understanding is any form of distilling is illegal without a license and proper permits. I'm not a lawyer but I try to follow the law and have not even really looked into it. From other threads here freezing is kind of a pain and not worth the bother without a centrifuge to help the separation.
I am kind of surprised that you could even understand him, you get some Irish and Scott's with couple of beers in them I can't understand a word they are saying until I have had a few myself.
Then somehow I can track them.

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Freezing is considered concentration and not distillation by the TTB and is legal (James Spencer at BBR contacted them to confirm).

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Liquor is distilled from a 'beer'. A mash that is first fermented than distilled.

I don't think he was talking about that being a 'beer' as we use the term.

Filtering through a sock sounds a lot like charcoal filtering with a cheap and easy charcoal container, and he WAS drinking jameson.

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Yeah, I don't think he was brewing Beer

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he says "made a beer tis about 50 proof, filtered it through a sock, we call it 'squishy' " I didn't ask about the name, the man clearly knows what he's doing.
Dude, he was just pulling your leg ;D
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yeah obviously, like i said i thought it was hilarious. but who am I to question a professional alcoholic?

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Liquor is distilled from a 'beer'. A mash that is first fermented than distilled.

I don't think he was talking about that being a 'beer' as we use the term.

Filtering through a sock sounds a lot like charcoal filtering with a cheap and easy charcoal container, and he WAS drinking jameson.
Aye, tis true...once we Irishmen get a few brews in us the devil starts coming out...I doubt it was beer he brewed...
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