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Re: [Distillers] Bicarb mystery

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  • Robert Thomas
    If you have a stainless pot, Trid, then don t worry let it cool after stilling (enough to handle or over night) the dump and rinse well. I ve had no probs
    Message 1 of 8 , Aug 29, 2006
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      If you have a stainless pot, Trid,
      then don't worry" let it cool after stilling (enough to handle or over
      night) the dump and rinse well. I've had no probs with my stainless
      (yet).
      cheers
      rob.


      --- Trid <triddlywinks@...> wrote:

      > --- Robert Thomas <whosbrewing@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Trid,
      > > It sounds to me like the bicarb has mostly dissolved. this would be
      > due
      > > to unusually large amounts of water in the mix (from a distillate
      > > perspective - though not if you are adding half bottles of wine
      > etc).
      >
      > It's the distillate of the half bottles, plus other runs that didn't
      > "work"...it's about 85% abv presently. I'm figuring that a good
      > portion of it
      > is a reaction to the pigments and/or some of the esters from the
      > portions that
      > were raw stripping runs.
      >
      > > The colour change and general murkiness is caused by the
      > now-saturated
      > > bicarb solution being unable to dissolve the various coloured
      > > impurities as well as before.
      >
      > Given its strength, I'm planning on cutting it with water. I half
      > expect to
      > see some preciptate when I do.
      >
      > > I would just go ahead and distil it. But do bear in mind that once
      > this
      > > is boiling it will be converted from a saturated bicarb solution to
      > a
      > > strong carbonate (washing soda) solution, which is pretty caustic.
      > So
      > > watch the retention times on copper vesssels (and hands).
      >
      > Hopefully cutting it prior to distillation will reduce the severity
      > of this,
      > but thanks much for the heads up. The boiler is stainless, so it
      > should hold
      > up for the few small batches, though I'll be mindful to minimize the
      > time the
      > spent wash remains in the boiler.
      >
      > Thanks again for the input,
      > Trid
      > -if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the preciptate
      >


      Cheers,
      Rob.

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