Re: [Distillers] Bicarb mystery
- 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
--- Trid <triddlywinks@...> wrote:
> --- Robert Thomas <whosbrewing@...> wrote:Cheers,
> > Trid,
> > It sounds to me like the bicarb has mostly dissolved. this would be
> > to unusually large amounts of water in the mix (from a distillate
> > perspective - though not if you are adding half bottles of wine
> 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
> > 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
> > is boiling it will be converted from a saturated bicarb solution to
> > strong carbonate (washing soda) solution, which is pretty caustic.
> > 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,
> -if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the preciptate
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