Alcotec 24

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Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 13:28

Just put on my first one of these. I hope the end product turns out nice, because at the moment it looks like a big bucket of dirty mop water.

EDIT- This is not a how to by any means!

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby Frogfurlong » Fri Apr 18, 2014 13:33

Sounds right, the high alc wash tend to look like crapwater until you use the active charcoal finings.
It should come out nice and bright after that.

I made the Prohibition "Peach Shnapps" kit a fair few years ago. It turned out alright but had an odd back taste, I dunno if that was the sugar wash or the flavouring *shrug*

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Fri Apr 18, 2014 14:05

Thanks Frog-glad to know thats normal. Goes off like a train don't it?

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Sun Apr 20, 2014 10:24

UPDATE:- few days in & still looks as foul as when it started.Have popped an airlock on it now & its still going,just much more slowly than before.

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:46

UPDATE 2:-After a thorough degassing in went the Alcotec 24 hour finings.TBH they dropped out about an inch of sediment in under a minute & I am left with a magnolia coloured,opaque liquid.Again-not appealing looking.

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby Frogfurlong » Mon Apr 21, 2014 17:33

I remember mine wasn't crystal clear either. A slight yellowish tinge rather than magnolia, give it time to clear then crash chill it, that might help too. :thumb:

..and yes it goes off like a train on a downhill section with polished tracks :lol:

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Sun May 04, 2014 18:58

UPDATE 3- 2 weeks in-first rack-will take a pic in the morning when its settled a bit.

24 hour yeast? Like all things timing-hopelessly optimistic-was still going over 10 days after. So it may be a bit unkind to the finings to say they haven't done the best job. Now appears like lemon squash in bulk-a lot clearer. In a glass has that strange opaque quality of soluble pain relief tablets,looks kind of like a glass of flat Alka Seltzer.The smell is fading & mixed with tonic its not hideous to drink. Thinking about a dose of gelatine to clear things up. Not sure I really want to lash out on the activated carbon if I am not planning on making another batch.

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby mark1964 » Sun May 04, 2014 20:57

I always thought the alcotec yeasts were a waste of time. Never tried them so cant really comment on how they turn out. I was warned off them by someone a couple of years ago :nono:
Hope it turns out ok though Jim

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby godfrey » Sun May 04, 2014 23:04

you would probably get better results with a nutral
made with a good quality yeast
and tomato paste for nutrients

from what I have read these yeast were developed to make fule
not for consumption

hence the need to clean them with carbon
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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Fri May 09, 2014 13:51

UPDATE 4- Pleasantly surprised. Took 48 hours after racking to clear & a second dose of finings,but hey. Another rack will be done in due course.

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The outside of the bottle is a little grubby,so not a perfect pic.

Its not the worst thing I have ever tasted-fairly neutral & the odd flavour & smell are fading

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby Scalli » Mon May 12, 2014 22:06

We made one a few years ago and couldn't find anything that flavoured it well until we bought a bottle of cheap bianco from Asda and mixed it 50/50, it tasted just like the strong Thunderbird we used to drink years ago :thumb:
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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 00:48

UPDATE 5
Thought about pouring this down the sink a few times & have done with it (the last time I tried it there was a strong mushroom like flavour) ,but have left it alone for a month or two. Its not as grim as it was the last time I tasted it-maybe the rule for a weeks maturing for every gravity point comes into play.

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby falafael » Mon Jul 14, 2014 00:01

hows it doing now?
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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Tue Jul 15, 2014 23:15

Still not really convinced. If you like the taste of watered down vodka with a hint of mushroom this will be the drink you have been waiting for.

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby BIGJIM72 » Sat Aug 09, 2014 19:52

Went down the sink today-interesting to make but the end product wasn't to my taste

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Re: Alcotec 24

Postby johnsaunders » Sat Aug 09, 2014 19:59

BIGJIM72 wrote:Went down the sink today-interesting to make but the end product wasn't to my taste


Yes. An interesting experiment but it sounds like it tasted rank. :vomit:

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