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Re: The Analogy of the Snake

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  • waljaco
    The traditional pot still has a serpentine (serpent = snake) cooling coil. The vernacular term worm does not sound as dramatic! wal
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 22, 2008
      The traditional pot still has a serpentine (serpent = snake) cooling
      coil. The vernacular term 'worm' does not sound as dramatic!
      wal
      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "nbrady67" <nbrady67@...> wrote:
      >
      > The Analogy of the Snake
      > When I try to explain how I am different then the big distillers like
      > JD
      > I usually respond by saying "They throw the whole snake into the
      > bottle – I just take the heart of the spirit- or the heart of the
      > snake"
      > I don't know where I read or heard it – but the analogy of how to
      > make cuts - that I learned -goes something like this.
      > Imagine the spirit run coming out of the coil like a snake coming out
      > of the coil head first.
      > The first thing to come out is the teeth (methanol and acetone) these
      > are pulled from the snake and discarded. This is the part of the
      > snake that can hurt you.
      > Next comes the head of the snake – without the teeth not very tasty
      > but not very dangerous. Cut off and save for later batches (you use
      > your nose and taste to determine the head from the body).
      > For anyone who has butchered a real snake – the good meat is the long
      > extension of meat (flaky like fish – a bit firmer – a cross between
      > fish and chicken – dependent on how you cook it) between the head and
      > the tail or the "heart of the spirit" for our purposes. The "ethanol
      > run" that we are here for.
      > The ass end of the snake comes next - brackish and rich with
      > propanol, butanol, fusels and a wet cardboard smell. The nose first -
      > then tongue will identify the tail of the snake. Miniature oil slicks
      > on the top of my 1 gallon collection jars show me the heavier
      > alcohols. The tail is also kept for later batches (and contributes to
      > the flavors of some spirits).
      > Can anyone point me to this "snake analogy reference? I don't think I
      > dreamed it up myself. It must have been out of a book or "Modern
      > Marvels" episode.
      >
      > Thanks
      > Nate
      > Still173.com
      >
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