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  • peter_vcb
    Mar 12, 2003
      some more advantages.
      1. you can save up many batches and dedicate a whole day to run the
      whole lot properly in a reflux still.
      if you collect 4x25 litre batches you will only have to collect a bit
      more heads and tails than if you ran just a single 25litre wash. but
      you collect much more of the middle "drinkable" cut. also if you save
      up the batches you probably wont need to dilute it back down to
      prevent elment burn out.
      2. you dont need much care and attention when doing stripping runs. i
      leave the still running and check it every 15mins or so. i collect
      3. if you dont have time for a reflux run you can strip a wash. this
      is useful if you dont want an uncleared wash hanging about for a
      month or so waiting to be contaminated.
      4. you dont have to worry about foaming or nasty smells getting into
      your prized reflux column. since the stripped wash is relatively pure
      you wont have to clean the column as often/carefully. i leave my
      stripped wash sitting on carbon.
      5. for me, electricity is cheaper than finings


      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Mike Nixon" <mike@s...> wrote:
      > K & J wrote:
      > Subject: Re: [Distillers] Cut question
      > Mike,
      > I have read on this site others doing stripping runs can you please
      > what the benefits are and the procedure and do you think it is
      worth while.
      > cheers Ken Mc
      > ================================
      > Ken,
      > Three advantages:
      > a) Rapidly boiling the wash and condensing everything that is
      > without bothering to separate the heads and tails, is an easy way of
      > reducing the volume of liquid you will subsequently process with
      > saving a lot of time overall
      > b) The reduced volume of liquid you get from a stripping run is
      clear of all
      > solids, salts and dissolved gases.
      > c) The liquid you get has a very much higher concentration of
      > enabling far better separation in the subsequent rectification run
      as you
      > start out in the middle of the equilibrium chart (the one that
      plots the
      > concentration of volatiles in the vapor against their concentration
      in the
      > liquid the vapor came from ... the one that looks like a fat cigar
      > at 45 degrees)
      > In essence, it is much easier to clean a muddy kid after a football
      game if
      > you first give the brat a quick hose-down to get rid of most of the
      mud, and
      > then then shove him in a clean, hot bath with a cake of soap with
      > instructions to wash behind his ears, than it is to try and do it
      all in a
      > bath full of muddy water. Whiskey distillers, who have to tackle
      > difficult job of dealing with a mash full of solids, first
      concentrate on
      > separating the low wines from the mash in a big still, where the
      > problem is to prevent burning, and then move on to a smaller still
      > they concentrate on getting the right cut from the clean low wines.
      > Experience has taught them that this is a very effective and
      > procedure that results in a much better product than if they tried
      to do the
      > whole job in one go. It is definitely well worthwhile.
      > Mike N
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