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RE: [Distillers] reflux v. pot stills

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  • Tony & Elle Ackland
    Sybille, A reflux still will strip all the flavour out, and just leave you with a very plain vodka. This is fine if you want a neutral spirit to then flavour
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 14, 2000
      Sybille,

      A reflux still will strip all the flavour out, and just leave you with a
      very plain vodka. This is fine if you want a neutral spirit to then
      flavour up using concentrates, or fruits or wood shavings etc. Because
      its going to strip out all the flavour, this is why you only use what-ever
      is cheapest as the wash - generally plain sugar, rather than going to the
      expense of grains or fruits

      But its not what you want if you're after retaining some of the flavour of
      the wash - eg for rums or schnapps. For both of these you want a pot
      still. A pot still does a lesser job of refining the alcohol, with the
      advantage/disadvantage (depending on what you want) that some of the
      flavour is kept.

      Tony
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