drinking airlock vodka - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > drinking airlock vodka

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-30-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
beninan
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Maine
Posts: 998
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts



just out of curiosity, has anyone else ever tasted the vodka after it has sat in the air lock for 2+ months? or is it just me?

I wanted to know if maybe the vodka had absorbed some of the fermentation tastes or if it still tasted like vodka. But, I found out that it actually tasted and had the same mouthfeel of that similar to sugar water. no alcoholic bite to it at all.

Now that has me wondering. Has all the alcohol evaporated and the impurities in my cheep vodka were left behind? Does it still have the same sanitation properties after sitting for so long? should it replaced every (insert timeframe here)? I have tasted it on multiple occasions with different fermenting beers and the vodka always seems to have the same taste. Just curious if I should switch to using starsan in my airlocks instead.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 06:04 AM   #2
Cheapspkrs111
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
Minooka
Posts: 36

How interesting! I really want to know the answer to this if anyone has some input.
__________________
I love me some Home Brew!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
plaidpaint
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 94
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I would imagine that most of the alcohol has evaporated out after 2 months. That's why we leave the caps on liquor bottles I would also imagine that the sanitation properties evaporated with the alcohol. Starsan breaks down with time as well, so may not be any better off using it.

Maybe just change it before you do anything that's likely to suck the liquid back into the fermenter. Otherwise it should be fine as a barrier, even if it's not antiseptic.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 06:27 AM   #4
billtzk
Recipes 
 
Apr 2007
Dallas
Posts: 1,624
Liked 23 Times on 21 Posts


I just use distilled water in my airlocks. It has always worked fine for me.
__________________
Reality is a crutch for people who can't cope with drugs. -Lily Tomlin

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 06:46 AM   #5
ChshreCat
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,533
Liked 543 Times on 435 Posts


Alcohol is a volatile substance. It'll evaporate faster than the water.

I use starsan and refresh it every week or so.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 01:16 PM   #6
kanzimonson
Recipes 
 
Aug 2009
Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 2,174
Liked 44 Times on 40 Posts


I don't know about drinking the liquor post-fermentation, but I always make sure to take a swig BEFORE fermentation "for the gods."

I was using super cheap, super nasty scotch for a long time, so it was more like a rite of passage than an enjoyable drink.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 01:32 PM   #7
beninan
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Maine
Posts: 998
Liked 17 Times on 16 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by ChshreCat View Post
Alcohol is a volatile substance. It'll evaporate faster than the water.

I use starsan and refresh it every week or so.
I'll probably start using starsan now, it's cheaper than vodka. I'm not sure if I would bother to refresh it though and have more of a chance for me to screw something up by messing with it.


Quote:
Originally Posted by kanzimonson
I don't know about drinking the liquor post-fermentation, but I always make sure to take a swig BEFORE fermentation "for the gods."

I was using super cheap, super nasty scotch for a long time, so it was more like a rite of passage than an enjoyable drink.
Well of course! Every shot in the airlock= 2 down the gullet!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 01:42 PM   #8
Jaysus
Recipes 
 
Jul 2008
H'burg, PA
Posts: 950
Liked 24 Times on 22 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by billtzk View Post
I just use distilled water in my airlocks. It has always worked fine for me.
I just use tap water with similar results.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 01:54 PM   #9
Brewmiser
BrewMiser
Recipes 
 
Jul 2010
Knoxville, TN
Posts: 181
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


I always use cheap vodka & I can't seem to let it go to waste so of course I drink it! Still taste like cheap vodka even after 1 month...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2010, 06:27 PM   #10
ChshreCat
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2008
Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,533
Liked 543 Times on 435 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by beninan View Post
I'll probably start using starsan now, it's cheaper than vodka. I'm not sure if I would bother to refresh it though and have more of a chance for me to screw something up by messing with it.
I keep starsan in a spray bottle to make sanitation easy. to refresh my airlocks, I just pop the cap off, add a few sprays to replace what evaporates and put the cap back on. Don't even have to take the airlock off the fermenter.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Drinking alone? DtownRiot General Beer Discussion 41 06-23-2009 09:37 PM
Michigan Brewery (MBC) Now Has Vodka And Gin HenryHill General Beer Discussion 1 01-02-2009 06:30 PM
do barley wines always have a vodka taste squeekysheep General Beer Discussion 5 07-23-2008 01:31 PM
Accidently spilled some vodka in my fermenter MMMIPA General Beer Discussion 12 12-12-2007 12:34 AM
Who's drinking???? Right now pa-in-utah General Beer Discussion 17 04-11-2007 03:15 AM


Forum Jump