Originally Posted by beala
Suppose all of the above were true. Suppose he was a 14 year old just looking to make hooch. Is that good reason to dislike/hate him or even ridicule him? The only possibly sound reason is that he may be deceiving his parents, which might be good reason to dislike him, but even that is tenuous. It rests upon many unprovable assumptions. (1) Only kids make hooch (2) He lives in an area with a drinking age (3) His parents are in fact being deceived (I started homebrewing at 19. My parents knew, and didn't care). Reading the previous posts, I don't think any of those points can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. The evidence is circumstantial at best.
Second, I find it questionable that even the previous argument is sound. Does deceiving parents necessarily justify hate? Let me create an analogy to illustrate this better. Suppose there's a nation, let's call it the Nation of Beala, where it's illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to make cookies. Further suppose that there's an enterprising young man, age 14, who really really likes cookies. One day, a friend of his excitidely approaches him and exclaims that he's gotten a hold of an illegal cookie recipe. If he were to go behind his parents' back, and produce these contraband cookies, would that be seriously immoral? Further suppose that the cookies are of low quality, because he couldn't get his hands on better cookie ingredients. Would he deserve ridicule and hate for it (or even just dislike)? My intuitions say no.
The only objection I can think of to this analogy is that the idea of a cookie law is ridiculous, and that it's not at all like a drinking age, but I challenge anyone to try to make a distinction between the two. They're both arbitrary restrictions on what sorts of (mostly) harmless substances you can put into your own body.
Other clearly unsound arguments would be: (1) Making hooch somehow demeans the art of homebrewing. (2) It's off topic, because this forum doesn't deal with this subject, and therefore he deserves to be ridiculed. These, to me, are clearly unsound, and I won't even bother to address them.
For the record i'm 27. But you make good points. I don't understand the ridicule either. I mean why does a beverage become "cheap hooch" just because it has twice the alcohol content as beer? (even some wine has 20% Abv)
There are a whole lot of unjust laws and the drinking age is one of them in my opinion. It has nothing to do with public health. (Because why are cigarettes legal? They kill 450,000 per year in america alone) And why should we be allowed to kill in wars and own guns at 18, but not drink until we're 21? A 20 year old war vet can't even have a drink? And I'm sure everyone in this forum patiently waited until they were 21 to have a drink
But i'm getting off-topic...
Originally Posted by Denny's Evil Concoctions
Knowledge is not illegal. What you do with that knowledge may be.
For what I know, the reason for prewetting the carbon filter is so you don't end up with fine particles of carbon powder in your final product. You run water though the filter till the black crap stops coming out, then ou filter. I guess you could let it drip dry somewhat then filter your .. beverage.
If you are doing the 5 gallon turbo yeast thing then I'd get a household carbon filter and run it through that, they are pretty cheap.
I'd also go for the liqueur flavorings. There is even a whisky flavoring. At least then it would taste better than watered down vodka.
But those instructions went beyond pre-wetting the carbon. It said that the carbon cannot come into contact with air while filtering, so you have to flush the carbon with water immediately before you filter. It would be hard to tell when the water stops flowing and you liquor starts flowing. I'll definitely get some of those essences. I'm not a fan of the taste of whiskey, in fact i prefer vodka. But that coconut rum flavor sounds pretty good.
Btw, That wikipedia article on distillation that someone posted said mash is normally fermented in a steel fermenter. So are people sure my mr. beer keg will work?
Also about the yeast, i've gathered it's important to keep the package airtight after using once, but why is it important to shake it? does this prevent it from becoming dormant?
I'll definitely keep people updated on the results and maybe post some pictures.