Had to try this myself ... shook up some of my distillate (diluted to 50%
for polishing) to see what happens. All the bubbles disappeared as soon as
the shaking stopped. The one or two that remained were half-up and
half-down. But its all very drinkable .... I think this is one of those
shady bits of fokelore that may not be too helpfull. Its a lot more
reassuring just to use a hydrometer to measure the %.
from the dbd: Distilled Beverage Digest V1 #97 .....
>Next he selects a half-gallon jar of heart-stopping white lightning, as
>clear as vodka. Shaking it, he points to the "bead," or head. Bubbles that
>thick, beery bead indicate toxic contamination from sleazy stills that
>use old car radiators to condense the vapors from cooking and
> But this bead is wafer-thin. "Look," he says. "No lead."
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> Subject: [new_distillers] Holding a bead !
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Hey! Dean. Holding a bead is when you shake your moonshine and it
bubbles up on top and the bubbles stay floating around the edge on top
half above and half below the surface of the moonshine. If it doesn't
hold a bead some say it's not very high proof and ain't worth drinking.
do you know anything about it?