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My thermometer seems to give strange readings

Make sure that the thermometer is inserted into the bung so that the red bulb of alcohol at the bottom of the thermometer is positioned at the point where the steam is coming up and changes direction to go into the main condensing chamber.

  • If the thermometer goes in too far then a higher reading will result.
  • If it is not in far enough a lower reading may result.

Don’t rely 100% on the thermometer as we are not providing laboratory quality instruments. The temperature is a guide only.

If there are no steam leaks and the correct amount of sugar was added and fermented, then collecting the right quantity is the safest method of determining when to stop collecting. If the spirit is then at the desired strength then you can assume that all is well.