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  • sonum norbu
    Jan 1, 2006
      Thanks Harry. A few more questions. Can I add more less than succesfull
      product into the feints jar for the second distillation? And, would the
      constant adding of heads tend to concentrate the nasties...Blanikdog.

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Harry
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [new_distillers] Re: double distillation
      Date: Sun, 01 Jan 2006 13:51:53 -0000

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@h...>
      wrote:
      >
      > What is the advantage in reducing the low-wines to 40%abv for
      > redistillation?
      > wal




      There are a few advantages to it. The first & most obvious is
      safety. It lessens the risk of explosion should something go
      wrong. Underproof spirit is harder to burn than proof or overproof
      spirit. U.P. will still burn, if heated up, but it's more
      difficult, therefore it is easier to quickly control in a fire
      situation.

      Another advantage, again for safety, pertains exclusively to
      internally heated electric stills. The extra water virtually
      guarantees the elements will remain covered with liquid once the
      distillation has finished.

      A third, and most important advantage in potstilling, is that there
      are not as many water/ethanol hydrogen bonds to break, making the
      separation quicker and easier, and also lessening the risk
      of 'scorching' (still possible, even in spirit runs). This has the
      added bonus of making the cuts much more distinct, therefore a
      better product is the result.

      This is all relevant to double potstilling, but if you run a reflux
      still in the same manner (strip and then spirit run) the benefits
      will apply there also. Try it sometime. You may be surprised at
      the results.


      Slainte!
      regards Harry






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