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, "kirtgk" <kirtgk@...> wrote:
> im no pro but i had this blue spirit and used to use lemon
> also. ive switched to citric acid that is available at the brew
> by me and is much more cost efficient.
This is what I will eventually do.
> i had the same troubles on my reflux still. i made the wash the same
> way i always do and then proceeded to run it through and out came
> blue. i changed nothing in my procedures of wash ma king and stillin
> or the time that the wash fermented. im gonna guess that your using
> well water in your ferments, correct? the only conclusion i came to
> that the well waters ph varies and this caused my problem.
No I use tap water from Montreal and beside the chlore the water is
> as a preventive i always add the citric acid into the boiler and
> pour in the wash. this mixes it up and makes sure that i will never
> see that blue crap again.
Great idea to do it and since it happened to me, I will always add
> as for a remedy to this problem of the distillate, id run the
> disstilate through carbon and then dillute by half with water. add
> some citric acid or lemon juice concentrate to it and rerun through
> the still in a stripping run. then do a spirit run if the stripping
> run products are fine and if not then either repeat this process or
> just call your losses and pitch it.
I had put a piece of towel in the bottom of a big funnel filled with
carbon. I do not say it was a good filter but the stuff was still
smelling as bad. I got rid of the carbon since I feel it was
contamitated with copper. I will also add a good amount of water but
what was worrying me was the smell. I got rid of most of it by
letting the lid of my container open for two days. I know I lost some
alcohol but I was worry the smell would go through the distilling
process as it did before.
> as for your 3rd wash. add the lemon juice concentrate to it that you
> think is enough and then add some more. or test the ph to get it
Yes you can be sure that it will add of it enough to be acidic.
> again i use the citric acid from the brew shop. its less money and
> wont add lemon flavor to your potstill product.
> keep us posted on your results please
I am already doing so and next weekend I should post my final result.