## Re: [Distillers] 5 Litre pot still

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• Julia-Jan04, I would think that the 100mL corresponds to the total amount of the 25L batch. In this case dividing it in batches makes only 20mL per each
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Julia-Jan04, I would think that the 100mL corresponds to the total amount of the 25L batch. In this case dividing it in batches makes only 20mL per each five-liter run. Also, I don't think you would end up with methanol in general using plain sugar -- fore-shots are just foul smelling but not deadly.

julia99roberts <jan04@...> wrote: I am a newbie, so probably asking a very basic question. I have made up 25 litres of wash (water,sugar,yeast). When distilling with a 5 litre pot still, I have been told to remove the first 100ml (methanol) and disgard. Do I continue to do this for each 5 litres batch of the 25 litre wash I distill? I read somewhere that the first 100ml
methanol removed can be added to the next 5 litre batch and distilled - and repeated for each batch. Therefore only disgarding the last 100ml of the final batch, instead of a total of 500ml for 5 batches of 5
litres (25 litres). Help would be most appreciated

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• re 5 L pot still Don t know what your apparatus looks like or how easily it could be adapted but I was looking at pictures and description of the Continuous
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re 5 L pot still

Don't know what your apparatus looks like or how easily it could be adapted but I was looking at pictures and description of the "Continuous Still" that are on the site. Seems like a great way do to use a small capacity still to distil large amounts of liquid.
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From: PhilipWilson
To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2006 10:10 AM
Subject: [Distillers] Re: 5 Litre pot still

There isn't appreciable methanol in normal sugar washes, so 100ml is over-conservative.
Having said that, your heads will also contain ethyl acetate, and 100ml will probably not
be sufficient to clear it.

If I were you, I'd do stripping runs first. Don't discard heads or tails; keep collecting till
distillate is 15% ABV or so. Combine the results and redistill. If your fermentation went at
all well, your stripping results will exceed 5 litres, so you'll have to do two more runs. I'd
treat those as stripping runs too, combine the results, and do one careful run removing
heads and tails by smell. When you can't smell ethyl acetate anymore, any methanol's
long gone.

Since this is all going to take a while, you might consider treating the intermediate results
with activated carbon; it makes a big difference in the tails.

Cheers!

--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "julia99roberts" <jan04@...> wrote:
>
> I am a newbie, so probably asking a very basic question. I have made
> up 25 litres of wash (water,sugar,yeast). When distilling with a 5
> litre pot still, I have been told to remove the first 100ml (methanol)
> and disgard. Do I continue to do this for each 5 litres batch of the
> 25 litre wash I distill? I read somewhere that the first 100ml
> methanol removed can be added to the next 5 litre batch and distilled -
> and repeated for each batch. Therefore only disgarding the last 100ml
> of the final batch, instead of a total of 500ml for 5 batches of 5
> litres (25 litres).
> Help would be most appreciated
>

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