Distilling Beer

Hello,

We have a lead on beer from a brewery that is already kegged. We were thinking of distilling this. Does anyone have any experience distilling beer that has already been kegged and pre-carbonated?

I suspect we need to get rid as much of the carbonation as we can before we distill.

Any other suggestions or ideas?

Thanks,
PghDistiller

Comments

  • Yep you'll need to degas first. Also need to clean your kit really well after as we hop oils will contaminate the inside. you might need to pull everything apart - depending on how you are setup.

    I have done this in the past. Wasn't keen on the resulting spirit. As well as concentrating the alcohol, distillation also concentrated the hop bitterness

  • If you were to decant into an open vessel with agitator and run the agitator for a day ?? I wonder how beneficial this would be in degassing the beer ??

  • Turning the still on de-gasses it nicely :)
    Just add some antifoam

  • edited April 4

    Don't waste your time with low alcohol session/light beers (sub 5%), use caution with big IPAs, and keep in mind old Lagers can be skunky (high sulfur) as hell too.

  • @grim said: Don't waste your time with low alcohol session/light beers (sub 5%), use caution with big IPAs, and keep in mind old Lagers can be skunky (high sulfur) as hell too.

    agreed... I did 2000 cans of 5% beer.. unless you have a continuous, not close to being worth it...

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