stickman is absolutely correct. It's a matter of taste. I made a batch and fined half of it and the other half didn't. The half I didn't fine did have a little more flavor, however, the half I did fine was still great but crystal clear.Keep in mind you may loose flavor if the fining removes the citrus oil suspension that's causing the haze.
Yes, I have also done that with excellent results. Patience is required. LOLI run the limoncello base (no sugar) through basket coffee filters before sweetening. Comes out crystal clear.
This method takes a couple of hours to do a 3.5 liter batch -- I have 2 small funnels and run them simultaneously. I typically use 10 to 20 filters, as the filter clog up after 2 or 3 iterations.
My method is to carefully pour the lemon base through filters, stirring up as little of the particles as possible. When I get to the end of the batch, the filters clog faster so I use up more filters.
I use 12oz bottles just like that. A small investment to get them up front, but totally reusable, as you stated. I got mine at The Container Store.My batch was run through coffee filters twice, bottles are around 8 ounce. They are not cheap, but they are reusable.
I drop my lemons in boiling water ( one at a time ) for a second or two ( no more ) and the wax come right off and floats to the top. I then remove it and wipe it clean. I tried other methods but this worked the best for me.Another thing to note is that if you're not using organic lemons, the lemons have a waxy coating that contributes to a haze.
That was kind of my point also, citrus essential oils that provide aroma and flavor are extracted by the alcohol, but these oils are not soluble in water, so what you have is a dispersion of small droplets of oil creating the haze. The haze is more pronounced if the droplets are of larger size.
Ahh, the Ouzo effect! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouzo_effect Good call, Stick!I've found that when I'm making it, the extract itself is crystal clear (if I pour it off the zest carefully). The simple syrup is also crystal clear. But the solution clouds up as soon as I mix it up.