- Apr 5, 2007--- Robert Hubble <zymurgybob@...> wrote:
> >The up-side: Liebigs are very easy to clean.Sounds like a nice, long, stiff-bristled brush at about 3000rpm might be in
> MY downside: Should I ever need to clean it, it would not be a pull-through.
Which brings me back to a previously visited topic of cleaning. I mostly
poststill and of course, that entails lots of "flavorful" residue on the vapor
side of my condenser tubes...especially when doing a batch of Absinthe. I
can't even imagine trying to get all that stuff out of a worm if one were to do
a batch of something else, say rum or whisky, lest it contaminate the flavor at
the very least.
I use a modular setup where my components are either slide-together (sealed
with silicone tape or plastic wrap if even necessary) or assembled with unions.
My cleanliness/flavor-contamination paranoia drove me to make everything
detachable, and with no more than a single 90 degree bend. So, as you would
deduce, I have a bucket full of elbows (both 45 and 90) all with unions on each
end. Then, if I need more cooling than one condenser can handle, I just put
another one on...if space is limited, I can put a couple elbows between them
and make a 180 degree bend and tweak the angles to fit. Since I graduated to
the shotgun condenser, I haven't encountered a need for additional cooling
capacity, so my modular rig has condensed (no pun intended) to where I only
need to direct the distillate spout towards the collection vessel. It's all
disassembleable so I can get a soapy brush to just about every surface that
will contact the vapors and get as much remaining residue off from the previous
batch as possible.
Concerning a number of prior posts questioning their cloudy spirit, often the
suggested culprit is tails left over from the previous batch. If this is the
case, then wouldn't this dictate discombobulating the head/condenser between
each and every spirit run such that tails don't contaminate the subsequent
batches? However, it doesn't quite add up...would this also necessitate
commercial pot still setups to thoroughly clean their stills between all runs?
I just can't imagine that allowing any kind of efficient business. Are tails
really such a contamination potential? Do sufficient heads rinse the tails
gunk out maybe? Perhaps it's too much of the tails-y heads in the middle?
...or am I just being neurotic? :)
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