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Re: Continuing the Carbon Thread

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  • aussiroo
    Hello again Matt, In my previous response, because you mentioned 90+%, I assumed you have a fractioning column still with reflux control valve. If this is not
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 19, 2003
      Hello again Matt,
      In my previous response, because you mentioned 90+%,
      I assumed you have a fractioning column still with reflux control valve.

      If this is not the case then you may need to dilute your spirit
      further before redistilling because the higher the % you start with
      the greater will be the vapor production rate and with some types of
      still there is potential for dangerous problems if they don't have
      extra latent capacity.

      If you are not aware of this potential or you need some more advise
      please discuss it further before redistilling at % over normal
      starting wash %.

      If you are an experienced hand this may seem innapropriate, just had a
      flash back to my beginnings and felt it best to be sure.


      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "aussiroo" <aussiroo@y...> wrote:
      > Hi Matt, I'm no expert however from recent experience it seems that
      > the spirit will respond more successfully to carbon when diluted.
      > Perhaps you can try it at 60%. If the spirit is tainted with stuff
      > that will respond at this level it may work and I would suggest you
      > will see some benifit anyway. I have tried carbon treating at 90+, it
      > does make a mark but if you are after "as good as it gets" then
      > dilute. You will need to filter it after the carbon soak also. A cheap
      > and effective inline filter is available at most brew shops together
      > with filter medium.
      > I am currently trying the carbon which is sold packed for the
      > vertiflow filter. It is a small pressed pellet with very little fines
      > involved but to early yet to advise result of soaking.
      > If you have not used carbon before I suggest you wash it well before
      > use. Some suggest boiling and continue rinsing untill the fines are
      > removed, they can be very messy. There is also suggestions that it
      > should be soaked in water for 24Hrs to improve effectiveness.
      > Gert Strands web site has an informative download available.
      > Try here, http://www.partyman.se/free_ebook.html
      > If you were to dilute it to 60-80% and redistill it carefully, I think
      > you would have a 90%+ product that would require little if any any
      > further attention.
      > If it is quite badly tainted It may be better to dilute to 50% before
      > redistilling to provide a greater volumn of water to hold on to the
      > bad stuff and go slow with the run. Cut early especially if it is old
      > tails.
      > Untill recently I was re distilling after initial stripping run.
      > This has always produced excellent product. I have never used carbon
      > before now, but curiousity is overcoming laziness and complacency,
      > If I cannot perfect my current efforts to achieve same results with
      > continous operation modifications, I will revert to double
      > distillation method albeit more time and energy consuming, it is a
      > proven performer.
      > Good Luck
      > Aussiroo
      > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "dark_taet" <Distillers@t...> wrote:
      > > Guys, after much reading and pondering.... And must admit some
      > > lazyness, otherwise i'd just try it ;-)
      > >
      > > I have collected about 10L of 90+ of tainted ethanol over time..
      > > each bach gives me about a Litre.
      > >
      > > If i was to water that down to 40% and carbon treat, would that
      > > clean it up..?
      > >
      > > Second question, i like my booze around 55% - 60% so its gives you a
      > > bit of a kick.. If i add that back to the still with water its
      > > going to come out pure again right..? What i am asking is does the
      > > act of distilling convert some of the ethanol into other bad things?
      > >
      > > Matt
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