I have re-designed my condenser and am ready to distill with a modified
version of Harry's X flow.
My distilling experience to date has been with sugar washes and the column
packed with stainless steel scrubbers. However, I have 75 litres of rum
wash to run and want to run the column unpacked. Various threads on using
the still as a pot still suggest that a first stripping run can be run at
full power. I'm a bit confused by what this means. I have a 3000 watt and
a 1500 watt heating elements. I use both to heat up and then the 1500 watt
with a variac when in reflux mode. Can I use both elements for a stripping
run and just let it rip. BTW I then plan a second run of the results of
the stripping run to do precise cuts. That one I have no particular
SECOND QUESTION: I am building an activated carbon filter (funnel and pipe
thing). The funnel will connect to the pipe using a sink trap. What do
folks use to seal between the sink trap and the funnel. I obviously want
to use something that is non reactive with alcohol and there's something
about plumbers putty that just doesn't seem right.
"sitting in Victoria and contemplating sipping his first batch of dark rum"