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Hi Steve, my assumption has always been that they put something in the alcohol that isn’t well filtered. I’m not 100% sure why it’s the case, but the filtered grain alcohol was definitely smoother than the unfiltered. That’s one of the most night-and-day findings from any of my experiments. Give it a try for yourself and see.
If you diluted the alcohol with water before putting the sugar in, how would you get the sugar in there? You have to boil it, which would allow some of your alcohol to evaporate, throwing off your dilution.Reply
I have a question: why filter if you’re using neutral grain alcohol? To the best of my knowledge, Everclear is clear distilled grain alcohol diluted to either 75 or 80 % alcohol, and diluted with deionized water. I understand multiple filtrations of cheaper vodkas.
Also, wouldn’t it be easier to dilute the initial grain alcohol with deionized water to achieve the correct alcohol percentage by volume, rather than playing with the simple syrup as the dilution agent?Reply