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:
That's all there is to it.
Suprisingly effective test, considering how easy it is.
- 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
- 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.