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Re: Blue Tint

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  • flat_black32
    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!
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 21, 2010
      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 new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "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
      > <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 new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, Michael Sisco <siscoweb@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > 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
      > >
      >
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