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  • cheechz
    did some reading and found out that too much yeast and nutrients is bad.. so apparently i made some ammonia and therefore contaminated my drink. its slightly
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 3, 2005
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      did some reading and found out that too much yeast and nutrients is
      bad.. so apparently i made some ammonia and therefore contaminated
      my
      drink. its slightly cloudy, but not noticeably blue and smells a bit
      ammonia-like. i havent seen a lot of discussions on repairing the
      distillate in these cases. anyone ever try to fix this by re-
      distilling? would carbon help? or is there anything else to take
      out
      the off tastes? harmful to drink? i'd rather not just dump it if at
      all possible..

      thanks
    • Robert N
      As found by a search of the archives at http://archive.nnytech.net/ Yours in Spirit Robert ... Date: 2002-09-09 ... much nutrient. It won t make the yeast work
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 4, 2005
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        As found by a search of the archives at http://archive.nnytech.net/

        Yours in Spirit

        Robert

        >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        Date: 2002-09-09


        <<<<<SNIP>>>>


        > from http://homedistiller.org/ferment.htm ..."Also, don't use too


        much nutrient. It won't make the yeast work any faster, once you've


        supplied its needs. What can happen instead is that the excess


        Ammonium disulphate can react with (eg corrode) the copper in the


        condenser during distilling to produce ammonia and copper sulphate,


        which will turn the alcohol blue, and smell of ammonia. If this


        happens, make sure you strip down your tower, and clean it well. The


        blue alcohol can be cleaned up by adding some citric acid (50g per


        5L) (which will react with the ammonia to produce ammonium citrate


        which will precipitate out along with the copper leaving hydrogen


        sulphyte and or sulphide), and then filtering it through some coffee


        filters to collect the flocculant; the alcohol will then be ok to


        redistil."


        >


        > Tony





        cheechz wrote:-

        did some reading and found out that too much yeast and nutrients is
        bad.. so apparently i made some ammonia and therefore contaminated
        my
        drink. its slightly cloudy, but not noticeably blue and smells a bit
        ammonia-like. i havent seen a lot of discussions on repairing the
        distillate in these cases. anyone ever try to fix this by re-
        distilling? would carbon help? or is there anything else to take
        out
        the off tastes? harmful to drink? i'd rather not just dump it if at
        all possible..

        thanks

        New Distillers group archives are at http://archive.nnytech.net/
        FAQ and other information available at http://homedistiller.org





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