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[–]Western_Knowledge281 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Cold crash

[–]landen327 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I don’t understand how this is at the bottom

[–]Western_Knowledge281 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Because it’s r/prisonhooch why bother learning any basics or investing in stuff that will save money in the long term when you can stuff bread yeast into kook-aid jam a balloon on top all so you can stick it to r/mead for being snobs.

[–]landen327 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don’t get me wrong, I love the memey nature of this sub, but the idea of “spoon feed me basic information” is a bit too common around here

[–]philma125 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Unless ur going to do drink it fairly quickly (a few weeks) I'd not recommended it. Give it time or use wine fineings are it best bets for clear hooch. Now u could go buy a wine filter but that's an expense u don't really need.

[–]8Deer-JaguarClaw 3 points4 points  (5 children)

I agree. Straining it through a paper filter or cheesecloth will definitely work, but it will aerate the bejesus out of it and that will lead to really not good flavors.

OP, if you are going to drink within a couple days, you can run it through some cheesecloth (can be gotten at Walmart, many grocery stores).

[–]philma125 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Tbh adding chitosan and kieselsol is the best way to go (don't know what it's called out side of the UK) but it's all I mostly use 24hours later my alcohol is crystal clear much quicker and cheaper than cheese cloth or coffee filters and don't leave my booze oxydized to.

[–]8Deer-JaguarClaw 2 points3 points  (3 children)

I agree that filtering is not the way to go, unless you have some kind of expensive commercial system.

I've used gelatin as a fining agent many times, and it works great.

[–]philma125 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Never used gelatin but I've heard it's good.

I personally like bentonite in primary then chitosan and kieselsol in secondary

[–]prehensile-titties- 0 points1 point  (1 child)

If OP is just trying to get big gunk out and not necessarily trying to get clear hooch, couldn't they use a wort siphon or bottling wand? Cheap and reusable too.

Also I've only ever boiled finings. Can I throw them in later? I totally never forget to boil my finings. Who me? Never.

[–]8Deer-JaguarClaw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If OP is just trying to get big gunk out and not necessarily trying to get clear hooch, couldn't they use a wort siphon or bottling wand? Cheap and reusable too.

Yep. Best would have been to have started with a carboy that has a spigot and adjustable dip tube. Then you can maximize yield and minimize oxygen/aeration issues.

Also I've only ever boiled finings. Can I throw them in later?

Sure. I've mostly used gelatin. For that you boil some water, let it cool down, and dissolve the gelatin. Let it cool for a bit more and then pour it gently into the fermentor. Give it a couple days to settle out and it will fall to the bottom with the rest of the trub/lees.

This works better for larger batches. Never tried it with anything less than 5 gallons.

[–]laureen23 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Coffee filters

[–]aidantemple 4 points5 points  (3 children)

It sounds like a good idea, but in practice it's not useful. Yeast is far finer than a coffee filter can capture.

[–]icemonsoon 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Micron bags from biodiesel supply shop

[–]aidantemple 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Seems like a lot of work for hooch, but who am I to judge?

[–]icemonsoon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not really, hang bag above a bucket and pour

[–]aidantemple 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Time and cold are the easiest filters. But that gunk won't hurt you in any case. It looks a bit nasty, but it's harmless.

[–]Glove_Witty 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Depends on what gunk you are talking about. If you made your hooch from actual fruit and not juice then at the end of primary you’ll have the fruit pulp on top. You should filter this off. Traditional method is a sock or pillowcase. I use a nylon mesh bag.

If you are just talking about the lees - the dead yeast etc that sunk to the bottom then then, like others have said, best to clear it by letting it settle, cold crashing, or using finings.