First off, I’m putting this in Café Society ‘cause it’s a thing of freakin’ beauty.
The experiment (based on a tangent in a previous thread):
1 new bottle Evan Williams Bourbon. Not exactly top shelf, but not rotgut.
1 brand new Brita water filter-pitcher.
Reserving a tumbler of unaltered booze, I passed the bourbon through the filter 4 times.
I am blown away by the incredible increase in quality. First off, it lost any faint smell of alcohol, you know, the slightly “rubbing alcohol” smell? It now smells like nice pipe tobacco. Taste-wise, it lost all harshness and is as smooth as any bourbon I’ve ever had.
My wife and a buddy, non bourbon drinkers, could immediately smell and taste a major difference in blind taste test (using the “control” unaltered booze), and unless our eyes are deceiving us, the filtered hooch is several shades darker (though I have no idea how or why). At the risk of over selling it, it was better than ten SuperBowls.
I repeated the experiment (after rinsing the filter several time with water) with Bacardi Light Rum. Again, the “alcohol” smell and harshness were gone. I’m no rum drinker, but the differences were notable and the filtered product was superior.
Please, anybody, repeat the experiment, and report your results. Cheap vodka would probably work spectacularly!
Following that logic, I could walk into every computer related thread and say, “I’m happy for you, but I’m not sure why you thought that I (a non-IT wonk) needed to know so badly.” If it was a joke, that’s cool. But I detected a little snarkiness in your tone. If the thread’s about alcohol, and you don’t drink, exactly what can you contribute?
By the way sleeepy2, I am buying a Brita filter tonight and experimenting. Thank you for hacking through so we can see the light. (I just hope the light isn’t there when I wake up tomorrow with a hangover. )
Is it possible that you are just filtering out the alcohol somehow? That would smoothe out the flavour, and of course get rid of the “alcohol smell”. To eliminate this as a possibility, try the following experiment: Chugalug an eight ounce glass of filtered bourbon and report back to us.
After a night of celebrating my success at filtering booze, I would surmise that the alcohol content is the same. Of course I have no way of knowing if the proof is exactly the same (there’s laundry drying on my gas chromograph) but it’s pretty close.
IIRC, one of the websites where they tried it with vodka, the brave experimenters got drunk on filtered rotgut and experienced far fewer ill effects than the unfiltered swill.
The Brita filter is just a little canister of actvated charcoal, and couldn’t hold back liquid alcohol, I’m guessing.
If he was filtering out the alcohol, the alcohol would have to remain in the filter media. He would then end up with about 40% less volume in the drinkable portion after filtering. So I think that we can rule this out.
Have none of you ever heard of Jack Daniels? Charcoal “mellowed”? Part of the process is to drip the whiskey over charcoal to smooth it out. Just like the charcoal in your Brita filter.
It occurs to me that a less expensive method of doing this would be to buy a box of activated charcoal (available anywhere aquarium supplies are sold) and a package of coffee filters. Rinse the dust off the charcoal, place it in the coffee filter, and run your booze through it. Those Britta filters are too pricey for being just a little cannister of activated charcoal.
Rinse out the brita, pour the booze in. When it has run through, pour it from the brita pitcher to another pitcher or container. Re-pour the booze into the brita pitcher. Rinse, lather, and repeat. I did it four times. Salud!
I have noticed that after filtering about 10 liters of booze, I now need to filter the alcohol 8 times to get the same eefect I used to get filtering it 4 times, so the britta filter does lose filtration ability afre a while.
Is it possible to get activated charcole cheaply of sufficuent purity to filter water for human consumption? How is such charcole marketed?
Has anyone attempted to saw a britta filter open and replace the charcoal?