36265RE: [Distillers] Re: Flame colour
- Jun 30, 2006I got a bottle of country-made Calvados in France last month for 7 Euros. I
haven't had the timidity to try it yet since I would like to have seen the
Frenchman demonstrate his trust - but I never met him. Tonight, as the cork
had raised itself 1/4" above the neck, I thought I thought I'd give it the
flame test in a teaspoon. It seemed to take a little time to get going but
really there was a flame and it burned almost invisibly. There was a
slightly pink tinge at the top, and the flame seemed gradually to extinguish
itself. Yes, I did take a sip! It seemed much above 40%ABV. I'd appreciate
any of the members views as I still remain cautious - even to the extent of
redistilling it when I get my plant working.
From: Distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Distillers@yahoogroups.com]On
Behalf Of donald holcombe
Sent: 30 June 2006 00:04
Subject: Re: [Distillers] Re: Flame colour
I get red flames till the Methanol is gone. I know theres no lead in my
Harry <gnikomson2000@...> wrote: --- In
Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Ackland" <Tony.Ackland@...>
> An off-line email has sparked the following question - do many of
> try burning your spirits & checking the flame colour ? Does achange
> in colour indicate anything, or does it just happen randomly.eg:
> I am aware of different additives that can be used to force this,
> but what if nothing has been added ?
Flame testing was used in the old days to determine moonshine
purity. This from Wikipedia...
"A common quality test for moonshine was to pour a small quantity of
it into a metal spoon and set it alight. Safe distillate burns with
a blue flame, but tainted distillate burns with a yellow flame. If a
radiator coil had been used as a condenser there would be lead in
the alcohol, which would give a reddish flame. This led to the
phrase: "Lead burns red and makes you dead." Of course, these tests
should not be solely relied upon to test the purity of moonshine or
any distilled alcohol."
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