- happy new year to all out there!
i got a question. i have a fine 39" reflux column with a 15 US gallon
beer keg as a boiler. the piece that couples the 2 is a stainless
kitchen mixing bowl with holes drilled in the bottom and an adapter
that the column slides into. i use cork as gaskets and there are no
all the stuff that i have fermented so far (5 batches (rye, malt,
rum))has smelled delightful, but the spirit i get is real NASTY
stuff! last friday i got 3 liters of 80% out of 25 liters of mash.
that is before i gave up in disgust and tossed the whole lot.
is it possible that there is a cockup in the ferment? i sanitize
everything properly and have a bubbly thing in the lid of the food
grade fermenting bucket that stops trash coming back, but no matter
what i do, i get nothing usable. to try and describe the mouth feel
of the spirit - it doesn't taste anything like booze, but feels like
it evaporates instantly on the tongue and leaves a hot feeling in the
mouth. the wife says it smells like mail polish remover! and that is
acetone. i don't know if there is a chemical connection between
acetic acid and acetone, but is it possible that the brew goes bad
before i distill? how would i be able to tell?
i also know that the adapter that joins the column and the bowl on
the boiler isn't stainless steel. i think it is galvenized. could
that make a difference?
any pointers will be MOST appreciated!
- --- In email@example.com, "Lindsay Williams" <linw@x>
Having had problems with two recent fermentations myself, I very much
appreciate your reasoned reponse to John's problem Thanks.