RE: [new_distillers] Holding a bead !
- 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, asform a
>clear as vodka. Shaking it, he points to the "bead," or head. Bubbles that
>thick, beery bead indicate toxic contamination from sleazy stills thatfermentation.
>use old car radiators to condense the vapors from cooking and
> But this bead is wafer-thin. "Look," he says. "No lead."Hey! Dean. Holding a bead is when you shake your moonshine and it
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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?