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Lead in pre-ban Absinthe?

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mattm3 (Mattm3)
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 12:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mmmmm lead. Some lead for sweetness, copper sulfate for color and terpentine for louche.
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TheFoy (Thefoy)
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 12:27 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You mean wall candy?
ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Posted on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 8:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

adn nohw i'nm weewee shmaht!
Where once I was lost, I now come back to pee.
Crosby (Crosby)
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 7:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

LL's yearning for the paint chips he loved to munch as a child.
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ENORMUS DICK (Louched_liver)
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 6:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Aaah, lead, softest of sweet metals!
Where once I was lost, I now come back to pee.
Bob (I_b_puffin)
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 8:13 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Maybe that is why vintage absinthe is the best. The sweet, sweet taste of lead.
MC Pee Pants (Fluffy_g)
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 12:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ahh... Lead. Sweetest of the soft metals.
balzdeep (Swarez)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 9:11 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Doubtful they would have found it unless they were performing a spec for it specifically. Not likely, as every spec reading is going to be specific for what they were looking for, and if they were just trying to recreate the drink, not likely they cared a shit about lead in it, as it wasn't goin' in their version. Did notice as a child chewing on lead pipes that I had to play with that my dreams were very intense...
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Quidam (Artemis)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 1:43 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

"Its certain that this is not a novel observation,"

Certainly not a novel concept (remember the bodies of the 19th Century Britsh seamen exhumed near the Arctic Circle some years back? - most of them died from lead poisoning, from the solder in the cans of food they consumed).

However, I've never seen it mentioned in the context of absinthe distillation.

"Has anyone done a GC on early samples"

Some people have.

"and detected lead in any proportion?"

That I don't know. Would they have detected lead if they weren't LOOKING for lead?
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Captain Kangaroo (Mr_green_jeans)
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2003 - 11:24 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Looking at pictures of the giant pot stills used in the Pernod facilities and others of the era it occured to me that many of those stills may have been put together with lead-based solders. With the prominent use of lead plumbing pipes (at least in America) until some time into this century, I wonder if any were used in the plants for feed lines, such as from the eau de vie storage tanks.

It is my understanding that lead salts may be somewhat soluable in a high-proof ethanol solution. The process of Absinthe manufacture does seem rather distiguishable from other spirits due to the strength of the solution introduced to the boiler. Its certain that this is not a novel observation, and I am curious whether the more erudite amoung you may have comments. Has anyone done a GC on early samples and detected lead in any proportion?

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