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Mar 4, 2010 08:37 AM

should I be worried about my orange-tinted limoncello?

I've had organic peels in vodka and Everclear for 60 days. The liquid isn't the bright yellow I anticipated -- it has a definite orange tint. I'm doing this in glass jars that don't have screw-on tops, and now I'm worried that was a bad idea.

What do you think? Just fine, or funked?

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  1. I'm relatively certain that nothing can grow in 190 proof ethanol; it seems unlikely that you have a bacterial problem or anything else that can cause you bodily harm if you ingest a sample. I think you need to smell and taste and let all of your senses decide whether you've produced orange drain cleaner or an interestingly-colored lemoncello.

    1. Per what davis_sq_pro said below absolutely nothing could grow in that jar. Likely you are just seeing the natural pigments of the lemons change color slightly in the alcohol. Commercially made limoncello, even if all natural probably uses some special lemon-derived color, citric acid as a preservative, or oil to get that nice color.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        Thanks for the reassurance. Last year's batch was a cheater's version -- much less time -- and the color was pure sunshine. I figured it was hard to mess this up. Smells good, tastes good so far. Thank you!

        1. re: MamaCooks

          Be sure and post back about the differences when it's all said and done.

          I assume you'll get more lemon flavor, but maybe the longer process will mellow out some of the sharpness? Merely a wild guess though...

          1. re: Fuller

            Months later, a belated reply -- it turned out well enough! The color was odd enough that I kept it for ourselves, and didn't give any away. Which was just fine!