Step 3: Cut the Coffee Filter

Now you must cut a circle of coffee filter that is small enough to fit inside of the cap, but big enough to rest on the lip that you left earlier... You left a lip, right?

The closer you cut the filter to the actual size of the inside of the cap, the better. When you place the filter inside of the cap and then screw the cap down onto the bottle, the filter gets compressed between the two. This keeps the filter in place, and only gives the liquid one path to exit the bottle.

To get the closest size filter, take the cap off the bottle and put it upside down on a piece of filter. Trace with a pen or pencil and then cut out. Make sure to cut on the inside of the line as so no ink or graphite makes its way into the moonshine.

Next, take the circle that you just cut out and see if it fits into the cap. If it does... congratulations. If it's too big... trim it. If it is too small.. start over.

I cut two sheets at a time, and place both in the cap. Like a double filter.
Please people, DO NOT USE AQUARIUM FILTERS.go to a home brew shop and buy the good stuff. Read anywhere else they say do not use this filters or the charcoal inside.
the plastic on your set up is fine because it has no contact with the alcohol you built a very long flexible libeg ( not sure exactly how its spelled) and very cool BTW id love to know how you built it parts etc. but if anyone is worried use food grade silicon hose its pretty cheap and nonreactive to alcohol up to 500 degrees.
Your water-jacket cooler looks nifty. Mind describing what you used?
I just went to Lowe's (like the home depot) and bought some 1/4 inch bendable copper tubing, and then a bunch of vinyl tubing (i should make an instructable on this huh). Then some pvc couplers. Your goal is to make a water tight connection between the copper tubing and the pvc. I juts drilled a hole in some end caps that the copper went through. The end caps fit on one side of two T-shaped pvc couplers (one for each end of the coil) then the other two holes of the coupler attach to the vinyl tubing that surrounds the copper, and the water pump that fills the tube.
<p>thats a pretty sweet idea, but in theory couldnt you start the vinyl jacket higher on the copper tube and eliminate the aluminum and coil all together? </p>
<p>you'll have to rinse the carbon pellets first, otherwise the carbon dust that!s on them gets in your moonshine. paper filter or not.</p>
if you drill a hole in the bottom of your water container, put a tube attached to a water tap in the hole and seal it. then drill an over flow hole near the top with a tube leading to the sink, turn the tap on slow and you will have constant cool water at all levels of your cooler.
can't keep it cool!!!!!
What're those fittings (plastic) you've got there? It looks like you've used them to jacket the copper coil in regular polyvinyl tubing.
Is that an aluminium pressure cooker? those white partials would be Aluminium Oxides, probably best to use a carbon filter
Yes the pressure cooker is aluminum. Do you think that it is leaving traces of itself in the moonshine? I used activated carbon the first couple filtrations, but the white particulate showed up a day later. I knew it was not alive since it was floating around in 90% alcohol, so I wasn't worried. Filtering it through the coffee the day after took care of whatever was floating around.
I would say it's Aluminium and I also think the copper tubing combined with the aluminium pot makes it worse. You're not meant to have different metals together especially reactive ones like Aluminium and copper. Having said that, you should be able to get all of it out with activated carbon. <br/><br/>Have a look around <a rel="nofollow" href="http://homedistiller.org/">http://homedistiller.org/</a> if you haven't already been there <br/><br/>
&quot;Have a look around <a rel="nofollow" href="http://homedistiller.org/">http://homedistiller.org/</a> if you haven't already been there &quot;<br/><br/>But they don't like talk of using plastic in the distilling process.<br/>
what? the plastic is just used for the filter.
I'm just saying that they get real twitchy at the mention of plastic. You don't mention however if you are filtering before or after you cut your spirits.
im filtering the moonshine after it has been distilled and cooled. i don't think that the plastic has that big of an effect. why do they not like it?
Plastic tends to add undesired flavors, especially when used with alcohol. Example, compare the taste of Coca-Cola in a can to Coca-Cola in a 20 oz. bottle.
Why not combine your filter with activated carbon, You'd be able to clean out much smaller particles, volatile organic compounds and residual nasty flavours better than a coffee filter on it's own.
Did you read the whole instructable?
I may have missed some parts because these eggs were obstructing my view :)
Yeah. That is why I am happy with the filter. It easily got rid of the particles with one filtration.
you don't worry with temp or frac distillation?
Drill the hole - several or one small one!!
iv nocked a stil up my self now cant get enough of the taste.. beats any vodka iv tasted .... have put the colling tube in to a plastic storage container very strange feeling when i put my hand in the water after the thing has been on a while hot at the top and cold water at the bottom
what are the pieces of foin for dose this aid in cooling
ghetto heat sinks. yeah, they pull heat from the copper tube that they are wrapped around.

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