Re: Blue Tint
- Hmm... I do seem to remember yeast nutrient being added to the must, I'm thinking that's cause. If other people are drinking it, doesn't sound to harmful!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...> wrote:
> Hi Mich,
> Blue coloring or a blue tint means you might have too much nitrogen
> (ammonia based) nutrients in a wash that is not acidic enough. Read
> this from http://homedistiller.org/dtw.htm#blue
> "Blue Spirit
> Sometimes the spirit may get a slight blue tinge to it. This is usually
> a sign that you've used too much nutrient in the wash. Mike explains ...
> I [previously] replied, saying it was probably due to copper salts
> coming from acid wash. I WAS WRONG!!!!
> In fact, I've learned that it is just the opposite! Acid washes do not
> corrode the condenser (unless, perhaps, they've been allowed to sit far
> to long and have gone acetic), but neutral to alkaline ones DO. Heating
> an ALKALINE wash, particularly one with lots of nitrogen-containing
> compounds that have been put in as nutrients, liberates ammonia, which
> corrodes the heck out of reflux coils and dyes the distillate a distinct
> greenish blue.
> The Upshot: if the WASH is turning blue, it's probably due to acid wash
> corroding a copper sheathed element or a copper boiler, but if the
> collected DISTILLATE is blue, (and probably ammoniacal, but not always),
> the wash should be acidified!
> Turbos contain a lot of nitrogen-containing compounds, and at neutral to
> high pH, these can liberate free ammonia. At low pH, they are bound up
> with the acid as salts, and do not liberate ammonia. So, by adding
> nutrients to an already nutrient rich turbo, you can inadvertently push
> the mix over the line and get ammonia with your distillate."
> Vino es Vertias,
> Jim aka Waldo
> --- In email@example.com, Michael Sisco <siscoweb@>
> > I get that all the time I didn't think anything about it and I have
> been drinking it I wonder now if I have a problim I would like to hear
> if others have this happen