Ain't it a shame when a distiller feels the necessity to sell you some
heads with the good spirit just to help the profit margin? I find this
especially disturbing when the distiller is (if i got that right) a
small local distiller, who should have no selling points aside from
I make a lot of fruit brandies, and I leave many of the best of them
clear, to get that great light fruity flavor. I've always believed that
a new white dog ages over a few days (I think I could believe 60) due to
unstable chemistry in the new brandy. The upleasant flavors appear to
decay in a 1/t function, so the difference is greatest at first, and the
rate of "bad stuff" loss decreases with time. In addition, there is the
evaporative "angel's share" cleansing of heads that occurs in an open
container. a phenomenon you obviously know.
All of the above is the reason I advocate making the cuts the day after
distillation, or even later.
If I can get on my soap-box, knowing all this is the reason that you
can, and in fact should, produce spirits to make that local distiller
look like a prohibition-era Sterno-squeezer. Go for it!
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "clearweather714" <doug@...> wrote:
> Recently I went to a local distillery to try one of their products. I
was not impressed. As I tasted it I wanted very much to shake it up and
see if I could blow off some of the not so pleasant volatiles. I was
told that the had a new "moonshine" coming up that would go into the
still and be bottled and available for sale in 3 days. This was a mixed
> This brings up my questions:
> Does clear brandy (distilled wine) need a different aging protocol
than say a sugar wash or grain wash?
> Running a pot still (slight bit of reflux) I find that some of the
unwanted early alcohols come into the distillation no matter how tight
the cuts are but that some of the flavors do not seem to be in solution
but come out over time.A lot of them seem to come out in the 1st day but
there seems to be a fair amount that come out in the next 30-60 days. I
keep hearing that white or clear distillates do not need aging. I get a
sense that this is wrong. I feel that clear distillates do not need the
years of aging but defiantly do need some. What are the opinions of
people out there that have been experimenting far more than me?