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Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby djc » Sun Mar 07, 2010 2:33 pm

Has any tried Sugar maple charcoal filtering their whiskey, like Jack Daniels?
I've carbon filtered vodka before.
So I was thinking of making charcoal out of 1" blocks of sugar maple, and filtering my whiskey thru it before putting in a charred barrel.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby blanikdog » Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:05 pm

Found this using the search function. viewtopic.php?p=6822213#p6822213 It should answer your question.

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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Barney Fife » Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:23 pm

I age about half my whiskey and half my rum on maple charcoal now. Mmmm! I don't filter it in maple, but instead age it in maple. I make my own charcoal, but deeply charred maple will do as well, maybe.
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Postby scarecrow » Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:25 pm

If only we could get sugar maple in OZ. :(

My poor substitute is to add a smidge more maple syrup. Piss poor way of doin' it, but .....

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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby djc » Mon Mar 08, 2010 8:49 am

Barney, what's your process for making sugar maple charcoal?

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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Dnderhead » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:16 am

I like to take a old pot,(can with mettle lid will work) remove the handle off the top (for vent) fill with wood chunks ,set on a fire out side (it will stink up your house)
then "cook"until no fumes are escaping. (caution the fumes will burn!)
once cooled, rinse off charcoal,and dry

this is dry or destructive distilling, you can capture the smoke/fumes and have "liquid smoke" as used for flavoring
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Barney Fife » Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:57 pm

Do a google search for "make your own charcoal"; you'll get a lot of ideas.

But here's how I do it. Got to an automotive paint shop, and buy a couple 1 gallon paint cans. Make sure to specify uncoated paint cans! Most paint cans have a plastic lining, so go to an automotive paint shop. And get li8ds for them. Fill a can about 1/3 full with maple blocks, none larger than 2" square or so, and plenty fo small ones. Put the largest chunks on the bottom. Put the lid on tight, and punch a dozen or so holes in the top. Not big, no more than 1/8". Now, either toss the can in a fire, or put it on a hot plate or propane burner. Outdoors! Lotsa smoke gonna happen here. Once it starts to smoke, back off on the burner some, and let it go until the smoke is almost non-existent. Shake the can once in a while; if it's in a fire, just kicks it around some. You'll see new smoke again, but soon you'll not have any real smoke once more. Take it off the heat, pop the lid off(careful, the damn thing's hot now!) and pour cold water into the can. The cold water will make the charcoal snap and crack into millions of little fissures where your drink will find its way into the goodness.

Once cool enough to hand with bare hands, you can add it to your spirits. Do it right away if you want the smokey flavor, or leave it air dry a few days or longer if you want less smoke. Once dry, store it in a paper bag or anything that breaths a bit.

Oh, why more than one can? Because you will want to try other woods, and you only want to use the same wood in that can, becauszxe it will get very oily and smoky in there and will throw the flavor of the other woods.

enjoy! It's great for grilling, too ;)
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby djc » Mon Mar 08, 2010 4:51 pm

Thanks, I appreciate the info!
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby eworthin » Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:01 am

As far as sourcing maple is concerned, I think some people get confused by the name 'sugar maple,' which is the same species (acer saccharum) as what is known in the woodworking community as hard white maple, white maple, country maple, etc. You should be able to find samples or pieces at any lumber yard or in a friends garage. Or, if you're desperate, order samples from an online lumber supply. If you're in the US places like woodworkerssource.com sell samples for like $3-5.
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby white_likker1 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:21 pm

found planks at this site. Four, 7 in. L x 6 in. for 9.99
http://www.grillshowroom.com/4-piece-mi ... erm=132627
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Barney Fife » Mon Mar 12, 2012 6:52 am

That's awful expensive for wood. Plain maple boards can be had at most any lumber yard for way, way less than that.
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby white_likker1 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:40 am

Barney Fife wrote:That's awful expensive for wood. Plain maple boards can be had at most any lumber yard for way, way less than that.

but do theu have any chemicals in them?
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Barney Fife » Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:49 am

Oh for chrisakes.... No.
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby white_likker1 » Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:42 am

Why the attitude? I was just askin??????
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby Barney Fife » Sat Mar 17, 2012 6:23 am

Sorry about that; we went through a long pissin' match a few years ago, here, on the subject of wood and chemicals.
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Re: Sugar maple charcoal filtering

Postby BareKnuckles » Thu Aug 23, 2012 11:05 am

scarecrow wrote:If only we could get sugar maple in OZ. :(

My poor substitute is to add a smidge more maple syrup. Piss poor way of doin' it, but .....

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Got them and hickory all over my yard. I'll ship ya some. I imagine it would be super expensive to ship a load of wood to OZ!!!!!
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