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Old 08-09-2010, 07:46 PM   #1
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Hey guys.. first time poster. Nice forum ya'll got here.


I've been reading a bit on applejack here, and noticed that pretty much everyone here freezes their cider, then does the "upend the bottle over another bottle" method for draining off the liquid that isn't frozen. I dug up a little forum post somewhere and think i have a pretty great alternative to that, but wanted some input.

After freezing in my freezer, i chop up the frozen cider into a slush, and then stick it in a salad spinner. (after lining spinner w/ cheesecloth) I then spin, and am left with pure white ice. Bowl underneath spinner has all the liquid left over.

It's been working pretty well for me, haven't measured the alcohol % yet, but it has a pronounced alcohol kick to it.


maybe you already know about this.. but i'd love some comments/critiques!

Reason: mispelled..duh!

 
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:53 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:58 PM   #3
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doh! fixed...

 
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:05 AM   #4
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Theoretically it works well from what I have heard, but it is illegal in the U.S. and I have never done it.
I'm a conservative and thus I don't care what you do in your own home, but you really do not want to talk about it in any public forum. And this board really takes that seriously.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:23 AM   #5
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I think you're mixed up Kauai! Freeze 'purification' is not illegal in US but distillation using heat to concentrate the alcohol is.

Also andye, have you attempted to re-freeze the liquid? Just curious because I have a salad spinner sitting around doing nothing!

 
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:01 AM   #6
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Theoretically it works well from what I have heard, but it is illegal in the U.S. and I have never done it.
I'm a conservative and thus I don't care what you do in your own home, but you really do not want to talk about it in any public forum. And this board really takes that seriously.
Lets not spread misinformation. Freeze concentration is not illegal. Basic Brewing Radio did a podcast about it a while ago talking about the legal aspects. Until then, just about everyone assumed it was illegal.

 
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Old 08-10-2010, 05:27 PM   #7
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Whoa whoa there kahuna. I understand the legality of what i'm writing here and have made my peace with it. If your uncomfortable with it then I suggest you don't resrespond to this thread!


I frozen the cider, spun the liquid out from the ice and then repeated once more. I'd say I reduced it from 14 cups to about 5.

Just sharing the knowledge....

 
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:08 AM   #8
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OK, I always was told it was illegal, thank you for the correction.

In that case I am think about a basic salad spinner with a paint bag as a strainer?
Oh the mind becomes boggled at the possibilities.
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Old 08-11-2010, 10:38 AM   #9
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:03 AM   #10
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freeze purification legal or not.....you still get "bad for the brain" alcohols, fusels and methyls. right?

 
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