first run smells like puke?

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first run smells like puke?

Postby tobaccoman123 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:02 am

Hello, I'm worried about my first run. It smells like puke. I've distilled it 1.5 times so far. I will distill if 3 times. will this smell go away? The moonshine that I've tasted at the liquor store didn't smell like puke. I hope I didn't do something wrong. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby Tater » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:41 am

Not giving much info to help ya out with .why don't ya go over your process?
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby beelah » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:45 am

Not sure what you did, but how do you distill 1.5 times? It is either all or nothing. For us to give you some advice we need to know what it was you were starting with for a wash. Was it a sugar wash, UJSM, all grain, partial grain, molasses or a bran flake wash?

Also what kind of rig are you running? Pot still, reflux, homemade, purchased? Did you clean it before you ran it?

Lots of variablles here for us to know.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby Bayou-Ruler » Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:46 am

tobaccoman123 wrote:Hello, I'm worried about my first run. It smells like puke. I've distilled it 1.5 times so far. I will distill if 3 times. will this smell go away? The moonshine that I've tasted at the liquor store didn't smell like puke. I hope I didn't do something wrong. Any help is appreciated.


I doubt you tasted "moonshine" at the liquor store.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby cornbred » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:42 am

If you mean your first run as in "stripping run", I think that is normal. My stripping run ( 35-40% abv) does not smell good. I think that its like stinky water. My spirit run or "final run" smells completely different. I think you will be fine once you distill again.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby cornbred » Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:43 am

Bayou-Ruler wrote:
tobaccoman123 wrote:Hello, I'm worried about my first run. It smells like puke. I've distilled it 1.5 times so far. I will distill if 3 times. will this smell go away? The moonshine that I've tasted at the liquor store didn't smell like puke. I hope I didn't do something wrong. Any help is appreciated.


I doubt you tasted "moonshine" at the liquor store.


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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby blind drunk » Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:50 pm

By puke, do you mean like real puke of do you mean it just smells bad? If it smells like real puke, then it could be an infected wash that you ran.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby clodev » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:28 pm

why does infected wash sound really bad. You are referring to mold on the wash, help out a newbie as i'm still a ignorant:) What would make it infected?
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby Prairiepiss » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:08 pm

clodev wrote:why does infected wash sound really bad. You are referring to mold on the wash, help out a newbie as i'm still a ignorant:) What would make it infected?

There are many types of infections. Basically anything that comes in and messes up the fermentation process.
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Re: first run smells like puke?

Postby Coaster » Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:25 pm

@ tobaccoman123,

Unfortunately you haven’t provided ANY information on the mash/wash you are attempting to distill.

Suggest visiting the Tried and True Recipes for known proven recipes that won’t produce a sprit product that smells like ‘Puke’.

Also suggest reviewing the “Cleaning a new still” thread located in the MUST READ New distiller reading Lounge Forum. Also when visiting the New distiller reading Lounge Forum suggest reviewing the other informative postings in that Forum.

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