Had a nice Holiday in Taupo, I called in to see the boys at "Moonshine", best thing I ever did, they gave much valuable information re spirit ageing & reflux column packaging.
On arriving home, armed with this info’ I packed the column of my 20lt "Still Spirits" unit with SS lathe shavings at the top followed by a pile of SS pot scrubbers till the 350*75mm column was full.
Observations:- I collected 90% --- 10% more than normal --- I was delighted.
The distillate was not as odorous, the temp’ remained at 78C with just a trickle going through the reflux coil.
Wanting to make it even more efficient, I got a friend of mine to silver solder an extra length of tubing, making the total length to 815mm. At this point I added an extra 8 SS pot scrubbers.
Results:- No increase in distillate %. I had to regulate water flow through the reflux coil, as the temp wood clime to 82.5C.
Rather disappointing, can anybody PLEASE tell me where I have gone wrong?Regards,
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