RE: [Distillers] Re: still evaluation
- As far as developement on stills go, YA-BLOODY-HOO i've just done a wee mod
to my older model Spirits Unlimited 60 litre still. Instead of having the
upper portion of my tower (100mmx500mm),wrapped with plastic hose for
cooling,i have now wrapped it with soft drawn copper pipe.I will be able to
further modify it later, but at the moment i am able to hold the temp in the
head of the tower at 80c.Ihavnt finished the run yet, so i'll post the
From: Kev [mailto:hurne@...]
Sent: Wednesday, 4 April 2001 13:01
Subject: [Distillers] Re: still evaluation
It sounds like you've got yourself a good (fictional) set up there.
For info on gin, there was recently a very good discussion on
new_distillers (the sister group to this one). I'd recommend you read
that thread for recipies and other recommendations. I'm now using the
recipe from there, and it's absolutely great!
If you're getting 190+ proof (85+ percent ABV) then you're not doing
too badly. With your setup, have you got a way of returning condensed
liquid back into the column, or do you collect everything you get?
If I read your description of your (fictional) still correctly, you
could increase the reflux ratio by increasing the water flow into
your cooling coil. This would increase the purity of your collected
product, but by far the best way is to put all the distillate back
into the column and have it cycling around for a few hours to
properly fractionate. Then you can draw off, slowly, the various
constituent parts once things have had time to settle.
Hope that help, and more power to your fictitious elbow!
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