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Old 08-28-2006, 11:21 PM   #1
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Essentially, if I put as much sugar as i could get into a one gallon batch of water- and ferment it out, would that make vodka or something of the such, eh?
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:29 PM   #2
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No, unless you drink 48 proof vodka. The very best distiller's yeasts can get up to 24%, but it is a tricky process controlling the temperature and the results are not drinkable without distillation.
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:31 PM   #3
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No. You would have some relatively low percentage alcohol mixed with water and yeast. In order to obtain a spirit that contains a higher percentage of ethanol and water you would have to distill it, which is illegal in the U.S.

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Old 08-28-2006, 11:32 PM   #4
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Um, nope. Water has no nutrients in it on its own, so you'd get very sweet water that would poop out at the yeast's alcohol tolerance. For example, champagne yeast will ferment to about 18% max. Once you've reached that, the yeast will die out of alcohol poisoning. So whatever sugar is left will be left alone and not fermented. So, you'd get 18% alcohol sugar water. Or if you used grape juice- you'd get super sweet grape wine with 18% alcohol.
In order to get a pure alcohol, you'd have to distill it. Think "moonshine" with a still.

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Old 08-28-2006, 11:33 PM   #5
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Uh, how old are you? That's the kind of question usually posed by kidlings... just sayin'...

To answer, most beer yeasts will die out once the alcohol reaches 9% - 10% or so, give or take a few percent. Very high ABV brews will often call for a secondary fermentation using champagne yeast, which doesn't die until quite a bit higher. Vodka and other spirits are made by distilling - highly illegal in the States. The highest naturally fermented (not distilled) "spirit" that I know of is Sam Adams' Utipia, which is "only" 50 proof.

In any case, you would end up with some nasty-ass sugar water that was probably 6% - 8% or so, not anything remotely resembling a spirit or anything I would ever think about consuming.
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You can do it with honey and make a mead. That is about as easy as it gets but it will still only be around 12% using wine yeast. Honey has flavor to it so whatever does not get fermented adds flavor to the final product.
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The resulting liquid would be quite sweet and have a percentage of alcohol to the tollerance of the yeast, which has already been stated.
You can get turbo yeast which ferments out in 24-48 hours to 24%. You put a specific ammount of sugar in the fermentor, not as much as will disolve.
You can filter the mixture after it ferments and add flavorings or distill it, which is not illegal, as long as yo don't produce more than 10 gallons (I believe) a year.
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I've never heard the 10-gallon a year limit; I always thought it was illegal, period.

BTW, I apologize for my earlier crack at your age, this is just the kind of question that always rings the alarm bells in my head.
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I've never heard the 10-gallon a year limit; I always thought it was illegal, period.

BTW, I apologize for my earlier crack at your age, this is just the kind of question that always rings the alarm bells in my head.


The crack was understandable, i am underage,- most of you know and its been discussed and brought up many times- it was just a question, now that i understand the process more clearly im just asking questions. Im pretty afraid of going blind so theres no need to worry about me trying i was just wondering. Also another way that i think this would work is to freeze basically whatever alcohol you have made solid- flip it over and let it drip out until you have a ball of white ice in the center then you have removed most of the water and made the abv higher.


I know i will be flamed for being young.


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