Why does my moonshine smell? During fermentation yeasts produce alcohol, CO2, and hundreds of other byproducts which have different smells. Some pleasant, others not so pleasant – like rotten egg or sulphur smell. This will not taint your distilled spirit and will disappear after distillation.
- 1 Should moonshine smell like rubbing alcohol?
- 1.1 Why does my moonshine smell like ammonia?
- 1.2 Why does my moonshine smell like eggs?
- 1.3 How do I get rid of ammonia smell?
- 2 Can you get sick from bad moonshine?
- 3 How do you get rid of boozy smell?
- 4 How do you mask the taste of moonshine?
How do you get the smell out of moonshine?
Most newcomers face a problem of a bad smelling moonshine. Craftsmen have come up with a few simple methods which allow solving this problem in a quick and effective way without wasting too much time and efforts. These are the most effective tested methods. Six methods of getting rid of the unpleasant smell:
Pour 2-3 grams of potassium permanganate powder per 3 liters of the finished product. Wait for the precipitate to settle. To speed up the process, just close the jar, shake it several times, and put it for 10-15 minutes in a heated bath at a temperature of 50-70°C. Add 8-10 grams of baking soda per 1 liter of moonshine, stir, and infuse for 20-30 minutes. Then stir again and leave for 10-12 hours. After this, drain the top liquid layer and remove the sediment at the bottom. Soda is good for getting rid of fusel oils that cause an unpleasant smell. Infuse your moonshine with orris root for 12 days (100 grams of ground root per 3 liters of moonshine). This old recipe is of little use to urban dwellers, since finding orris violets in stores is nearly impossible. However, this method is very effective. Freeze the moonshine in a metallic keg or glass container, Water will freeze near the edges of the container along with harmful substances. After the water turns into ice, pour the liquid moonshine into another container. If necessary, repeat the process several times. This method is simple and cheap, as the only thing you need is a refrigerator. Re-distillation. Dilute the moonshine with water to 15-20% and run another distillation, separating the finished product into fractions. This method is laborious and time-consuming. These blemishes notwithstanding, it’s also the most effective. Clearing with activated carbon, For this method, you’ll need birch charcoal (BAU-A and BAU-LV). Technology: grind the charcoal and roll it in several layers of cheesecloth. Filter the moonshine through the obtained filter.
Clearing with Carbon Still, activated carbon remains the most simple and environmentally-friendly method of clearing moonshine. It removes unpleasant smells and harmful substances. Let’s find out how you can clear your moonshine with carbon at home. Thanks to its pores, carbon absorbs molecules of a certain size, so it’s very important to choose the right type of coal.
For example, animal bone coal consists of micropores and can only absorb small molecules. Fusel oils and other harmful substances are composed of large molecules—that’s why this type of coal is not suitable in our case. Note: In order to clear the moonshine you’ll need activated carbon obtained by wood pyrolysis (decomposition brought about by high temperatures).
Most activated carbon tablets sold in pharmacies are made from animal bones with the use of binding additives (starch). Its ability to absorb harmful impurities is extremely low. Alternatively, there is a commercial product that I now use for clearing most of my Moonshine, which is the Still Spirits – EZ Filter System,
This is the simplest method of clearing Moonshine, the kit comes with everything you need, including purpose-built filtering containers, all you need to purchase ongoing is purpose-made carbon cartridges & washers, both of which are very cost-effective and save a lot of time in filtering your Moonshine.
Where to get Charcoal for Moonshine It can be purhcased from homebrewing shops. The most suitable are BAU-A and BAU-LV activated birch charcoal, and also KAU-A activated coconut coal, designed specifically for the liquor industry. Due to the presence of impurities, coal found in gas masks and other industrial devices should NOT be used! You can find carbon with large pores in many water filters. Birch charcoal is the best one Clearing Moonshine with carbon It’s pretty straightforward from here on: crush the carbon in a saucepan, then add to the moonshine (40-55%), 50 grams per liter. After this, infuse the mixture for a week in a sealed container.
How do you remove sulfur from moonshine?
Copper: The Best Column Packing Material – An added advantage of using copper scrubbers as column packing material is that they remove sulfides from the distillate. Sulfides are found in some fruits and are also a natural byproduct of the fermentation process.
- They tend to get concentrated when products are distilled.
- This will show up as off flavors and smells in the final product.
- The best way to get rid of it is to add as much copper to the still as possible.
- Sulfur compounds react with copper, and are precipitated out of liquid and vapor during the distillation process.
If you’re a commercial distiller who wants to make top shelf spirits, sulphur absolutely needs to be removed during distillation. For example, Downslope Distilling in Denver, Colorado uses a 240 gallon, 100% copper still with two large diamond shaped chambers in a column formation made by Col.
Vaughn Wilson of Arkansas. The chambers contain trays that are loaded with copper mesh. Downslope’s head distiller insists that this is one of the reasons that their whiskey is so good (and they have the medals to prove it). So, even if a commercial distiller isn’t using a column still, it’s not a bad idea to add as much copper to it as possible.
Accordingly, we believe that using copper mesh or copper scrubbers is the best way to pack a column. Here’s how to pack the column on Clawhammer’s Copper Stills :
Add 1-2 scrubbers to column of a 1 gallon still. Add 4-8 scrubbers to the column of a 5 gallon still. Add 5-10 scrubbers to the column of an 8 gallon still. Add 7-13 scrubbers to the column of a 10 gallon still.
Note: A distiller MUST make sure that packing material is 99.9% copper – which can be hard to find. To make it easy we’ve sourced pure copper scrubbers and have them available here for purchase. DO NOT buy copper mesh or scrubbers if the product does not explicitly state, or if it cannot be verified, that they are pure copper.
Should moonshine smell like rubbing alcohol?
How to Remove Methanol from Moonshine – One way a commercial distiller would determine the presence of methanol is to monitor still temperature, If anything is produced by the still before wash temperature reaches 174 degrees, it’s methanol. A commercial distiller will discard it.
Again, methanol boils at a lower temperature than ethanol and will concentrate at the beginning of distillation runs. Additionally, commercial distillers have determined that simply discarding a standard amount per batch, based on batch size, is enough to keep things safe. The rule of thumb is to discard 1/3 of a pint jar for every 5 gallons of wash being distilled.
How much initial product to discard:
1 gallon batch – discard the first 2/3 of a shot glass 5 gallon batch – discard the first 1/3 of a pint jar 10 gallon batch – discard the first 3/4 of a pint jar
Regardless of still temp, it’s a good idea to always follow this rule of thumb. Methanol or not, the first stuff to come off the still tastes and smells like rubbing alcohol. It’s by far the worst stuff in the entire production run and it isn’t going to impress anyone. Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn’t brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.
Why does my moonshine smell like ammonia?
Ammonia in Spirits – This is a subject that I have never heard anyone talk about and I just can’t imagine that I am the only one in the world that this has ever happened to. I am posting this just in case someone else may have this question about ammonia being present in their spirits or to possibly be corrected by someone who has been around a lot longer if my research has turned up some bad info.
The first summer that I got into this, this happened to me and here are the specs and chain of events: copper reflux still w/6mm ceramic rings and a sugar wash made w/Turbo yeast, summertime warm weather, no heat control in fermenter, made the runs and everything went great! Moving into winter and getting cold, exact same procedures only the next 2 times I start getting a blue spirit toward the end of the middle run that smells very strongly of ammonia.
After several weeks of research I finally came up with an answer to my dilema and this is what I found: Colder temps with un-controled heat in fermenter takes longer to ferment, maybe possibly never completing, neutrients left in wash react with the copper and produce ammonia typically turning the spirits blue.
- Since this occurence, I added heaters to my fermenters and I have never run into this again.
- I should also point out that this was my first year and that I didn’t have testing equipment at the time to confirm things.
- I would love to hear of anyone else’s experiences concerning ammonia because I still wonder to this day if my conclusions were right, I assume that they are at least close because this has never been repeated.
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Does making moonshine stink?
Home Distiller Simple pot still distillation and construction with or without a thumper. Moderator: Novice Posts: Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:17 pm Location: The Hills of Appalachia by » Thu May 23, 2013 11:46 am Hello friends! I have a question regarding distillation.
- I am currently in the process of designing my first still, based off a simple 5 gallon SS stock pot.
- My question is regarding the smell of the distillation process.
- Is there an overbearing smell being produced from the still during a run? Thanks in advance for all your help.
- Novice Posts: Joined: Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:05 pm Location: Tauranga New Zealand by » Thu May 23, 2013 11:53 am No, unless my nose is blocked Master of Distillation Posts: Joined: Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:46 am Location: Southern U.S.
by » Thu May 23, 2013 12:38 pm If you’re worried about bad smells in your house, there is only one. Let a ferment vessel go sour/bad after by not cleaning it and you’ll swear someone crapped in your hallway. If you’re worried about the neighbors getting on to your new hobby, fear not.
In the amounts we do as a hobby there are no real strong odors to give you away. My ferments mostly smell of baking bread, the first odor off the still may smell of apples for a few minutes. All good to me. Novice Posts: Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:17 pm Location: The Hills of Appalachia by » Thu May 23, 2013 12:43 pm Ah, okay.
I was mostly concerned with the smells offending some neighbors. Baked bread and apples, yum. Two smells I associate with my grandmother’s house from when she would bake her own bread and make apple butter. I could get used to those smells for sure! Thank you all for the help! Bootlegger Posts: Joined: Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:09 pm by » Tue May 28, 2013 10:24 am Rums are going to have smells.
- And whiskey.
- Not so much.
- Ferments over 10gal are going to make your house/apartment have a brewery oder.
- Smells good to me but 15gal+ is going to be noticable without ventilation.
- Actual distilling causes very pleasant smells.
- Just my experience.
- Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward.
Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both. Lamb Of God KCSO- keep calm, shine on retired Posts: Joined: Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:42 am Location: Somewhere in the Ozarks by » Tue May 28, 2013 10:49 am Contrary to what many say. The whole process gives off very distinctive smells.
- Although most of us like those smells.
- Others may not.
- And may be more prone to smelling it.
- Coming into the situation fresh. Example.
- My wife knows when I’m running the still in the basement.
- When she gets on the front porch.
- Since she was away and came in while I was running.
- She was not use to the smell as I was being right in it.
Same goes for fermenting. Usually the second day of fermentation in my larger fermenters. You can smell it at the front porch. All it would take is one nosey neighbor ringing the doorbell. And I mite get a visit. But most of them know I make beer and wine.
I tried to make sure of that. So it would be less of a question on their minds. Just saying not everyone responds to the smells the same. And yes there could be a potential problem. So keep all the bases covered. Rumrunner Posts: Joined: Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:16 pm Location: over yonder by » Tue May 28, 2013 11:16 am shady849 wrote: Ah, okay.
I was mostly concerned with the smells offending some neighbors. Baked bread and apples, yum. Two smells I associate with my grandmother’s house from when she would bake her own bread and make apple butter. I could get used to those smells for sure! Thank you all for the help! Sounds like we are going over the mountains and through the woods because off to our grandmothers house we shall go.
- Here all those years I thought grandma was baking.
- It’s all starting to come together why she was always smiling and happywith a glass in her hand.
- My Grandpa used to say.
- Don’t argue with an idiot, because he will just drag you down to his level then beat you with experience.
- He also used to say.
- I didn’t say it was your fault.
I just said that I was blaming you. DD Angel’s Share Posts: Joined: Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:49 pm by » Tue May 28, 2013 6:55 pm I’ve got a 12 yr old grandson that can smell a rabbit fart when he is hunting, He is here every other day and figured out what ‘Pappy’ is starting to do, He’s absorbed all of Moonshiners on tv and informed Nona that when I started doing that EVERYBODY would know because of the smell that would fill the whole holler, he’d seed it to happen on the tv so it had to be true,
Picked him up off the school bus one evening and asked him if he smelled anything, “No”. Got to the house and asked the same question, Same answer, Took him to the basement and asked, Same, same, Lifted the lid on a 30 gallon ferment and then he could smell it at the barrel, I have a passive vent in an unused chimney that vents odors,
Positive ventilation through same when I have burner running for co, No odors in my house or the community, If you ain’t the lead dog in the team, the scenery never changes, Ga Flatwoods made my avatar and I want to thank him for that, Don’t drink water, fish fornicate in it,
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- By » Tue May 28, 2013 8:14 pm There’s some smell from fermentation, not bad.
- Not really anything from distllation, all vapors are condensed back into liquid.
- But afterwards, a steaming pot of backset DEFINITELY fills a room with some funk.
Novice Posts: Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:17 pm Location: The Hills of Appalachia by » Tue May 28, 2013 8:43 pm Interesting. It seems like I don’t have much to worry about as long as I keep everything out of sight and smell. I’ve had some experience making wine and beer, so the smell of fermentation is nothing new to me. Posts: Joined: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:43 pm Location: N.C. Blue Ridge Mtns. by » Wed May 29, 2013 5:42 pm Fermenting a grain mash in my open top oak barrel you can defently smell, and when i cook it off i can smell the sweetness when it gets up to boiling not real strong but its there trust me and once smelled you know it. Site Donor Posts: Joined: Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:59 am Location: Victoria, Australia.Usually the shed. Sometimes the cellar. by » Thu May 30, 2013 5:07 am I use a poly pipe hose that attaches to my fermenter air lock and plumbs the smell outside. Most sugar heads don’t stink too much, but all grain is noticable and plum brandy is way strong.
- Its a delcious smell, but would create suspicion.
- Plum brandy is one of the most delicious smelling things to run, fills the distilling room with wonderful aroma’s, but its unique smell could be a give away.
- And turbo yeasts stink real bad.
- You design it, I make it.
- Copper and Stainless.
- Down under. PM me.
Master of Distillation Posts: Joined: Sat Oct 27, 2007 11:54 pm Location: Hiding In the Boiler room of the Insane asylum by » Thu May 30, 2013 1:28 pm Fermentation smells like yeast. Distillation, especially during stripping runs stink. I’m editing this post.
- The spent mash that is drained from the pot stinks.
- The smell gets in your clothes and hangs around for a couple of days.
- My 50-80 yr old friends can smell it.
- Novice Posts: Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:17 pm Location: The Hills of Appalachia by » Thu May 30, 2013 6:27 pm It seems like there are quite a few variables when it comes to the smell of the distillation process.
From what I have gathered from this post is that the smell of the distillation depends a lot on the specific type of mash you are charging into the boiler, proper ventilation is a must, and try to avoid unwanted company while you are practicing the hobby. Posts: Joined: Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:07 pm Location: up north by » Thu May 30, 2013 7:13 pm ” try to avoid unwanted company while you are practicing the hobby.” unwanted company? id say any company.Id say this is something you should be doing by yourself,for your self,keeping it to yourself.especially to day, seems some are “looking”.
retired Posts: Joined: Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:46 pm Location: New York, USA by » Fri May 31, 2013 8:53 am Dnderhead wrote: ” try to avoid unwanted company while you are practicing the hobby.” unwanted company? id say any company.Id say this is something you should be doing by yourself,for your self,keeping it to yourself.especially to day, seems some are “looking”.
I’m not big on company to begin with, let alone unexpected company. I had my first unexpected visitor last weekend. I saw the truck stop and went out to see who it was. I wasn’t doing anything still related but even so I managed to keep the visitors, who are only casual acquaintances and related to the former owner, away from the doors and windows.
- Our conversation took place in the middle of the yard with me positioned between them and the house.
- I’m just a very private person that way and had no intentions of inviting them inside.
- If I am stilling I would be in lock down, out of sight, and would not answer the door.
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by » Fri May 31, 2013 12:27 pm I think a dilemma many of us have to deal with isint necessarily the unwelcomed type of company. Unless you drink in secret and never tip a homemade with your friends, there are folk out there who know your dirty little secret.
And they told 2 friends and they told 2 friends and so on. I had a drink with a friend who said he was gonna bring another friend over whos coming in from Nashville and a big whiskey fan. I yelled at him, before I caught my tongue, “this isint fucking Jim Beam with distillery tours for christs sake”. Corene mentioned in another thread on here she had to tell her friends she sold her still and lay low for a month cause they were all showing up and sponging a drop.
Its a tricky one, not quite sure how to deal with it except include only a select few and hold them to secrecy. And for everyone else, pour my bourbon in a Makers Mark bottle and keep my trap shut otherwise. “mmmm. this makers mark is tasting better than I remember” Distiller Posts: Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:25 am Location: Planet Erf.near the bottom.
- By » Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:38 am Our local crime prevenion depends on informers, so they give a list of suspicious signals to be snitched annonomusly.Unusual smells, vents running constantly, and water running constantly.
- These three (out of many others) are symtoms of illegal activities that snitchers may confuse with stillin.
Take care. cornflakes.stripped and refluxed Bootlegger Posts: Joined: Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:21 pm Location: Old England UK by » Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:00 am The smell of backset from a sugar and tomato paste wash is really vile and recomend pouring it out in an outside drain rather than the kitchen sink.
- The smell lingers for quite a while.
- A man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over a man who cannot read.
- Swill Maker Posts: Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:49 pm Location: PAC NW by » Sun Jun 09, 2013 5:04 pm The smell of backset from a sugar and tomato paste wash is really vile and recomend pouring it out in an outside drain rather than the kitchen sink.
The smell lingers for quite a while. I do mostly tomato paste sugar washes.and you are right.it is acrid. But, I think he is worried about the neighbors so I would suggest you bite-the-bullet and dump it in your sink. I think it smells worse because the stuff looks like someone just ate 30 bowls of tomato soup and a vomited it up in your sink.warm and all lol. Posts: Joined: Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:13 pm Location: Central Alabama, Heart of Dixie! by » Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:01 pm Pyewacket wrote: I have done Rads Gerber recipe several times.and it is better.like 80lbs of warm baby vomit! Any with kids knows what that is like! “yeah? yeah? the maple flavored kind?” A dog on you tube.
- Novice Posts: Joined: Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:17 pm Location: The Hills of Appalachia by » Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:38 pm Right now I have two 5 gallon Birdwatcher’s washes prepared and ready to go.
- I have some land around where I live that I can easily dump the backset afterwards, but I’ve been worried about stinking up my garage or basement to the point where it would be noticeable.
And to be clear, I don’t plan on having anybody around while I’m distilling. I don’t trust anyone enough around me to know what I’m up to! Swill Maker Posts: Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:09 pm Location: Palmetto State by » Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:47 am I made a 15 gal.
cereal ferment a while back in my temperature controlled cabinet in my garage. had to go out of town for a few day’s for work, when I returned and opened the shop door the CO2 smell was very very strong. after that I vented the blow off tubes outside. point is I think your senses get acustomed to smells and you dont really notice them.
kinda why most peeps don’t think their poop stinks But let the dear wife stroll into the bathroom after you fumigated it and you sure hear about it. Three can keep a secret.If two are dead! Novice Posts: Joined: Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:15 am by » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:48 am Rather than start a new thread I’m resurrecting this one.
- I’m city based, so many close neighbours.
- I brew already, pro by trade but also at home, this is legal, so fermentation smells aren’t a concern.
- I would be well hidden from sight and using extractor fan, between buildings.
- I would be concerned about some of my neighbours minding my business instead of their own, will the smells be enough to alert them? Distiller Posts: Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:06 pm by » Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:02 pm Not unless they are very familiar with the smell already.
I can smell a whiskey mash vs a beer fermentation vs a running still. If I try. Not sure I’d notice and recognize the smell from a hobby sized still anywhere I didnt expect it. Too many other stimuli, and its not like Im gonna be walking by your house/apartment and be navigating by smell.
- But if I came over, asked what you were doing, and you looked guilty and acted wierd then I could probably tell.
- Bob and Sally Jones might het a wiff of something but have no idea what it was.
- Bob and Sally probably have no idea that beer isnt distilled or that distillation is illegal for that matter.
Hide it visually and you’ll be safe olfactorily. Site Donor Posts: Joined: Sun Oct 16, 2016 3:29 pm Location: At the edge of the Wild Wood by » Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:48 pm I don’t smell a thing – unless I have a vapour leak and that is teh first thing I notice – so off goes the pot until it is fixed. However I just asked the missus – “When I’m doing a run and you stick your head through the garage door – can you smell it ? ” “yes she says – smells a bit – like booze ” So apparently you can ! Swill Maker Posts: Joined: Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:56 pm by » Sun Feb 11, 2018 3:57 pm My opinion: I run 2-3 25L Fermenters at a time, i can usually smell them outside my door or in the hallway, and definitely once i step in the door.
The aroma depends on the ferment for nuance, but generally smells like yeast, baking bread, brewing beer etc. I don’t think 99% of people could pick out a wash for distilling vs a beer wash. So, that smell can easily be explained as brewing beer. That’s definitely my go to excuse for anyone asking questions.
As the still is running, i don’t usually detect much of a strong odor. While i’m standing next to it, maybe a small whiff of alcohol off the collection jar, but certainly nothing significant or anything to worry about. LOL. i did notice, that when i was airing my last spirit run, 27 pint jars of rum, when i walked in the door from outside i was hit by a strong liquor smell.
Like someone smashed a bottle of booze in the house. Backset, is BY FAR the strongest smelling part of the whole operation. Usually neutral, WPOSW, BW, etc, the backset smells terrible. Like vomit. Rum from Molly has a very strong aroma, not always pleasant. Panella rum has a slightly less pungent aroma, i actually love the smell and taste of panella wash and backset.
Like sweet and sour. UJSM/Corn/Grain backset has a strong aroma, but fairly pleasant. So, i’ve run into the dilemma. dump the ‘Set down the bathtub. or in the street. I opted for the tub ONCE. probably won’t do that again. Dumping it gets the small aromatized up into the air, and it makes it even more prevalent.
Even after flushing with extra water the smell lingers. So, i prefer to just dump the set into a 22qt Cambro (Plastic Bucket), very carefully run it out to the street, and dump it in a sewer grate. I’d rather take a chance for 3 minutes, then have them smell linger for hours. Once it’s outside, it will be carried away by the wind, and it’s in the street or a sewer anyways, less likely to draw any attention.
If anyone asked, i’d say it was a batch of beer that went awry. However, i thought someone brought up a very very good point. I showed a picture of my pot still to a friend, and with the hosing, reservoir, etc, her reaction was “Wow, very methy”. most people don’t know anything about distilling, and don’t know anything about cooking meth(not that i do either).
So, most of us have seen breaking bad, or seen a meth lab bust on the (sensationalized) news. I guess my point is, that some nosy neighbor could mistake the funny smells and strange looking equipment, or loading in of materials for some sort of drug manufacture. So, just my 2 cents, that a nosy neighbor may not dime you out for stilling, but may mistake your gear for a different type of manufacture and bring some heat on.
Be safe, don’t SELL, don’t tell. Enjoy, have fun, and most of all. be SMART!!!! Novice Posts: Joined: Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:33 pm by » Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:14 pm The smell can get pretty loud when running sour mash but unless someone knows what it smells like they’ll just wonder what it is.
- Just hope they arent overly curious or nosey.
- Gaztops is correct about backset, it gets FUNKY.
- If you have good ventilation you can greatly reduce smells by not allowing it to build in concentration and considering the explosive nature of alcohol vapor ventilation is pretty much required when the still is in operation.
: Home Distiller
Why does my moonshine smell like rotten eggs?
During fermentation yeasts produce alcohol, CO2, and hundreds of other byproducts which have different smells. Some pleasant, others not so pleasant – like rotten egg or sulphur smell. This will not taint your distilled spirit and will disappear after distillation.
Why does my moonshine smell like eggs?
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is the rotten egg odor you smell, and it usually forms at the end of fermentation. Most home winemakers won’t notice a smelly problem until the first racking. If you do smell rotten eggs, the quicker you can act, the better your chances of saving the wine.
Why does my mash smell like sulfur?
Sulfur or Rotten Egg-Aromas in Beer – A sulfur or rotten-egg aroma is common for fermenting beer with many yeast strains, particularly lagers. The most significant source of rotten egg smells is hydrogen sulfide gas which is often produced during active fermentation as a byproduct of the yeast processing sulfur.
- Sulfur itself comes from several sources including kilned malts, as some sulfur is produced when the malts are kilned or roasted.
- Hops also often contains some sulfur compounds and aromatics, and certain water profiles are high in sulfur.
- Yeast itself may also contain some sulfur, and certain yeast strains such as many lagers produce higher levels of sulfur gas during fermentation.
Unfortunately humans are extremely sensitive to sulfur compounds like hydrogen sulfide gas. Because sulfur compounds plan an active role in many decay processes like stagnant water and rotting foods, humans have developed a very high sensitivity to them.
- Some sulfur based compounds can be detected at a parts per trillion threshold.
- The two most common sulfur compounds found in beer are sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide.
- Sulfur dioxide has the aroma of a early burning match or gunpowder, while hydrogen sulfide has the strong rotten egg or volcanic gas aroma to it.
Fortunately these gases are also very volatile so they will evaporate out of the beer in a fairly short time period. It is very common to smell both of these during active fermentation and as I mentioned they are more frequently associated with certain yeast strains including many lagers.
What is the white stuff floating in my moonshine?
Waxes, esters, oils – So what exactly are the white flakes? They’re basically the core units of flavor extracted from the many botanicals. In lay terms, you can think of them as things like waxes, esters and essential oils, though their actual chemical identities are a bit more complicated than that.
- In any event, because you’re seeing the organic compounds themselves, and not, say, a bit of errant orange peel from the botanical bundle, the flakes have this more uniform white look.
- O’Neil says such compounds might not be visible in the alcohol for months, so gin makers are unlikely to see them and they won’t be apparent until long after they’ve sat in a consumer’s liquor cabinet.
By then, enough time will have passed for the compounds to find each other and tangle up into what O’Neil calls “really big hairballs of molecules.” So, the flakes are just bundles of potential flavor compounds; could that be a good thing? Could that mean a more flavorful product? Not necessarily, says O’Neil.
If the flavors settle into flakes on the bottom of the bottle, you won’t get them in your glass. If you do shake it up, whether you get any extra flavor would be entirely dependent on exactly what compound it was. And, when it comes to the compounds that can be extracted from botanicals, O’Neil offers these numbers for perspective: Each botanical ingredient might have hundreds of different flavor compounds, but only a dozen or so are abundant enough for us to taste.
Now that we’ve settled that, how about a Fallen Angel Cocktail ? Key ingredient: gin. It’s be-gin-ing to look a lot like, excess organic compounds
How do I get rid of ammonia smell?
Vinegar for Ammonia Odor Removal – If you’ve cleaned your house thoroughly but still have cat urine odors, then we recommend white vinegar. White vinegar will get rid of the smell as well as any ammonia odor left behind. Besides ammonia, vinegar can remove various odors from many surfaces as it contains acetic acid.
Can you get sick from bad moonshine?
Other Side Effects Of Moonshine – Methanol vaporizes faster and can become concentrated in toxic amounts. With the right equipment, it can easily be separated and tossed out. But, without it, the methanol is difficult to discard. The dangerous part happens when the body converts methanol to formaldehyde, which is an ingredient in embalming fluid.
What happens if you drink bad moonshine?
Side Effects From Drinking Moonshine – Moonshine alcohol percentage usually contains alcohol by volume (ABV) of 40% but can range up to 80%. Moonshine does go bad, and you can determine this by taking a small sip which will have a foul taste or taste worse than you expected. Drinking moonshine that is old or contaminated can result in adverse effects. Here are some moonshine effects:
Seizures Vomiting Nerve damage Pale and cold skin Irregular breathing Low body temperature Permanent brain damage
Consumption of 10 ml or more of methanol is lethal, meaning that drinking just 10 milliliters of methanol-containing moonshine is fatal. Overdosing on any type of alcohol, especially methanol moonshine poisoning, can cause alcohol poisoning. Immediate professional medical attention is needed to treat methanol poisoning.
What neutralizes the smell of alcohol?
5. Chew Gum – Chewing gum can help stimulate saliva production, which can help wash away the alcohol in your mouth and reduce the odor of alcohol on your breath. Look for sugar-free gum, as sugar can contribute to bad breath.
What cancels out the smell of alcohol?
Eat peanut butter – According to folks on Reddit and other forums, peanut butter works like a charm for masking the smell of booze after a night of imbibing. It makes sense since peanut butter has a strong and distinct aroma and is thick, which can leave a peanut-y film in your mouth and throat, at least for a little while.
How do you get rid of boozy smell?
How to Get Rid of Alcohol Breath –
Dentists are used to the saying: Floss, Brush, and Irrigate (FBI). The most important part at this point is the irrigation. Let’s assume you flossed and brushed your teeth; you will need to irrigate. You can use a mouthwash from reputable brands like Colgate or Listerine.
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth with toothpaste can help reduce the smell of alcohol. At the same time, just like with mouthwash, it disturbs all the bad bacteria and flushes it out. Make sure to brush your teeth before going to bed after a full night to avoid waking up with an unpleasant taste on your tongue.
Take a Shower or a Bath
Alcohol is absorbed into your lungs which is why you produce an odor from your breath. Your pores also produce an alcoholic scent that can make your body stink. If your body reeks of alcohol, taking a nice bath or shower will help clean your pores of alcohol and the sweat you build up while drinking.
Gum can only override the smell of alcohol for a short while. While the flavor of gum quickly diminishes it does kill some bacteria, and chewing gum helps produce saliva which does clean and wet the mouth.
Breath mints are a quick and easy fix when you’re pressed for time. You can easily keep a packet of gum or a tin of breath mints in your pocket in case of immediate emergency.
Onion and Garlic
Both onion and garlic produce a powerful smell that radiates from your pores and mouth. You may not want to kiss someone afterwards, but because these smells are also excreted through your pores they combat one strong odor with another. If you are comfortable with the smell of garlic and onion, you might want to use raw garlic or onion as a remedy.
The extreme smell from coffee can override the smell of alcohol. Drinking black coffee with no sugar or milk gives you the best results within seconds. It is recommended to swish the coffee around your mouth before swallowing.
If you enjoy sweet and creamy peanut butter, then you can use peanut butter to mask the smell that is generated from alcohol. The peanut oil produces a pleasant and stronger smell that overshadows the smell of alcohol.
Lemon is yet another useful organic remedy you can use to mask alcoholic odors. It contains citrus compounds. These compounds help to reduce the accumulated toxins and the smell of alcohol. The acidity will help cleanse your mouth of germs and flush out your system.
Aromatic herbs like parsley can be used to get rid of alcohol breath. Parsley has antibacterial and deodorizing properties that help eliminate the stench of spirits from your mouth and stomach. An easy method is to simply eat straight parsley or coriander leaves, or you could cook them up in a dish such as a stir fry or chop it up fresh to garnish a dish with.
The yellow mustard found in your fridge, or a bar, or a restaurant is a perfect remedy to stave off alcohol breath. This spicy condiment has a sharp smell, which can mask the smell of alcohol.
Tomato juice is known for its ability to mask the smell of skunk spray. Since it can help eliminate such a vile and overpowering stink, you can be assured that the juice is highly effective at masking alcohol’s odor.
Drink a Lot of Water
This piece of advice never gets old. We all know how important it is to drink enough water. Drinking alcohol leads to dehydration and once the mouth is dry, it begins to harbor more bacteria, which intensifies bad odors. Sipping water when drinking alcohol will help you stay hydrated.
Cinnamon sticks are yet another effective natural remedy for bad breath. Cinnamon contains essential oils with antibiotic effects which can help reduce bacteria in the mouth. Cinnamon also has a lovely scent that can cover bad breath that results from alcohol. Cinnamon is great brewed in tea.
Use Perfume, Cologne or Deodorants
You can use cologne or perfume on a specific body part to mask the smell of alcohol. While it doesn’t fix the scent of your breath, perfumes and colognes can mask an unpleasant smell. Whatever your reason for needing to cover up your alcohol breath, the tips and tricks listed above can be used anytime and anywhere to help you mask the smell.
How do you mask the taste of moonshine?
WHAT ARE THE BEST THINGS TO MIX WITH MOONSHINE? – Invented during Prohibition, Tennessee moonshine has gone through many transformations over the past 100 years. This historic drink is made with corn, barley, and wheat, creating a powerful spirit similar to whiskey.
So, what’s the best way to serve moonshine? While you’re welcome to drink it straight, there are plenty of great mixers to add. In fact, people have been drinking mixed moonshine drinks since the 1920s. Cocktails have existed as far back as the 1860s, born from bartenders’ ingenuity and fondness for flair.
During Prohibition, mixers were often used to mask the taste of bootleg liquor, as illegal spirits weren’t made with flavor in mind. Today, cocktails and mixers are a way to enhance alcohol, and there are many fun recipes. If you want to try a Tennessee moonshine mixed drink, here are our top mixer suggestions.
- Grapefruit juice is a popular choice for cocktails, and moonshine drinks are no exception.
- This unique citrus has just the right amount of bitterness to complement this Tennessee liquor and enough brightness to cut through.
- What’s better on a hot day than a glass of iced tea? If you’re interested in delicious summer sips with just a hint of burn, you can add a shot or two of moonshine to your favorite iced tea.
Just keep in mind that with something this tasty, it’s easy to drink more than you intend, so try to keep the ratio to one part liquor, three parts tea. Folks who love Manhattens are sure to enjoy adding sweet vermouth to their moonshine. You can try a 50/50 ratio if you want a less sweet drink or stick to the traditional two parts moonshine to one-part sweet vermouth for a rich beverage.
- If you love a good tart lemonade but want more of a kick, then you need to try moonshine lemonade.
- Like iced tea, it makes a great summer drink but balances sweetness with sourness.
- This mix makes a fantastic beverage for a casual get-together on a hot day.
- Are you a big fan of beer but want something a little stronger from time to time? Moonshine is the perfect addition to any light ale.
All you need is one shot to pump up the intensity of your favorite brew. If you like sweet citrus, orange juice is an excellent substitute for grapefruit. When added to moonshine, you get a bright, more vibrant beverage perfect for brunch. Whiskey and coke is a classic, and since moonshine has many of the same elements as whiskey, it’s a great substitute.