Checking for Fusels

Jack recommends a simple (no chemicals needed) test to check for the presence of fusels :
    I came across this "test" to see if spirits contain a large amount of heads/tails. It requires no chemicals (mention permanganate salts in California and everyone thinks your running a drug lab or something), and no skill. Heres how:
    • Take a glass that you would normally drink out of and rinse it heavily with water- there should be no soap residue. Then dry the cup with a clean towel (to prevent mineral salts from being left behind after the water evaporates).
    • Pour in a little of the spirit you are testing, and swirl the glass around until the spirit has totally coated the inside of the glass.
    • Once there is a thin "film" of alcohol covering the inside of the glass- pour out the excess alcohol (drink it), and leave the glass somewhere where it won't be broken.
    • The next morning, smell the glass -
      • If there is a nice perfumed aroma (for aged or other flavored spirits) or absolutely nothing (for vodka), congratulations- you've made good booze.
      • If there is any brackish, sour, solvent-like, or wet cardboard flavors- shame on you- you got greedy and ended up with heads or tails in your spirit.
    That's all there is to it. Suprisingly effective test, considering how easy it is.     This page last modified Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:51:05 -0800