first run...is it edible????
- OK...i did it!!!!
i think that i may have messed up. i brought the still up to
temp(170F) which seems to warm but there you have it and that
is where i left it sit in total reflux for about 45min. then (this is
where i may have punted the puppy) i cracked the take off valve
and i think that i drew off a bit fast (no measurements) but for
good measure i drew off 250ml frm a 11.5L wash (about 3gal).
the temp then settled down and ran for a good while at 172F
then when i wasn't looking jumped to 180 and only ran there for
a short while before approching 200 when i quit.
i got 8 small bottles total of about 1.75L (i think my was was
bottle 1 --bad 250 ml
bottle 2 --172
bottle 3 --172
bottle 4 --172
bottle 5 --172-174
bottle 7 --180-195+
is any of this good? did i contaminate it all when i opened the
valve to fast? did i fix it by drawing off extra?
--this is fun
> left it sit in total reflux for about 45min. then (this isTry and do this first portion really slowly - just a slow drip, one or two
> where i may have punted the puppy) i cracked the take off valve
> and i think that i drew off a bit fast
per second. That way you'l get a nice tight seperation of the nasty
foreshots from the rest of the run.
> .. ran for a good while at 172FThat jump will always catch you out for the first couple of runs ! Nice to
> then when i wasn't looking jumped to 180 and only ran there for
> a short while before approching 200 when i quit.
hear that it held its temperature steady for so long as it did - the column
must be working well. Lesser columns will be slowly inc in temperature
during the course of the whole run.
Once you get that jump happening, it may pay to start collecting into
smaller containers, so that you can then nose and judge exactly when to
stop. Once you've done this for a couple of runs, you're ok to collect
into larger containers again, and just go for your target mark.
Keep good notes on the first couple of runs - times, quantities, volumes
etc, so that you can compare them, and start to anticipate the changes
before they happen. Soon you'l be doing it without the notes, just
listening to the burble of the still, with an hand on the column, and a sly
grin on your face (and a good check on your watch).