Re: new to group
- Mark wrote:
I am a new member...Mark
I am interested in stilling (no kidding...that's why I'm here!)
I have found some good info about reflux still construction, but am looking
for some good info regarding the construction of a good pot system for
making whiskey since I have read the reflux will not do it properly.
I would appreciate any help.
(you get two welcomes as I inadvertently replied to the
SCA Distillers List instead of Des's List - thanks for
catching me on that one Ray!)
Any help I can give you in your endeavours I'd be more
than happy to share a few tips. I'm also sure that
Friend Ray would also be delighted to sell you one
of his magnificent Moonshine rigs, woudntya Ray! Of course,
on the reasonable assumption that your interest is purely
theoretical if the Laws of your Land frown on the manufacture
or even possession of such devices that can distil, I shall try to
make any description as graphic as possible as it will all be
in the realms of Theory and Interest in How Things Work - which
knowledge is free and legal for all to pursue.
First point to note is that many 'reflux' stills described out
there are not really reflux stills at all, but pot stills with
the means of doing several distillations in one go - by several
I mean 3, 4 or even 5. As these redistillations are accomplished
by reflux, or return of the condensate, they can be said in true
George Washington manner to be 'reflux' stills. However, a full
reflux rig is quite a different animal, accomplishing hundreds or
thousands of redistillations in the one process to result in pure,
unadulterated 95% ethanol. A question of definition really, and
not worth bothering about until it leads to confusion.
Whisky (whiskey is Irish) depends for its flavour on a rich mix
of flavouring compounds that derive fromthe water it was made from,
the barley it was brewed from, the manner in that barley was treated
and the results distilled (different stills produce different results),
the manner in which it is aged to let all the compounds interact
and change with time (true whisky must, by law, be aged a minimum
of 3 years), and the way different whiskys are then blended and
further matured to 'marry'.
It's an incredibly complicated art, and any amateur would be very
hard pressed to come even near getting a product anything like the
'real' thing. But, having said that, the fun is in trying!
Knowing my limitations (I modestly admit to perhaps one, or maybe two
- stop sniggering Ray!!!) I prefer to go the full reflux route and
start with absolutely pure ethanol, then add bits and pieces to
achieve the results I want.
I just feel more in command of my destiny that way. Purely a personal
preference. Others like the challenge of following the traditional
route and use a pot still that gives a product containing around 80%
or so of ethanol and a bunch of other goodies that make poteen so
popular amongst the Irish. The end result either way is satisfactory
to the maker, that person being defined as the one most interested
in finding the product of their labours the best stuff ever made!!!
I'm sure Ray will be able to pass on a wealth of practical information
on producing a satisfactory product using the 'traditional' methods,
and I'm more than happy to help should you want to follow the boring
way I do it. Either way, you should browse through the wide range of
flavouring aids etc that Ray has to offer on his web site at
or my good friend Des Zein at http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~topkiwi
or for a wealth of info from Tony Ackland on his site at
For the full reflux route, try Dr John Stone on his site at
http://www.gin-vodka.com/ .... soon to be transferred to my site
as we have joined forces :-)
Four excellent sites to start off with, with links to a wealth of
others that should keep you happy for hours!
Happy browsing - and call me direct if you have any specific
queries you think I can help with
- my site has helped a few beginners out
I'm recently new as well
but this should provide you lots of links and you will find what you need
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2000 10:09 AM
Subject: [Distillers] new to group
> From: jaclamar@...
> It may be of good manners to introduce myself...
> I am a new member...Mark
> I am interested in stilling (no kidding...that's why I'm here!)
> I have found some good info about reflux still construction, but am
> for some good info regarding the construction of a good pot system for
> making whiskey since I have read the reflux will not do it properly.
> I would appreciate any help.
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