- Aug 13, 2010Yes,
Please send us a picture of your still.. Really sounds like your
getting lots of internal reflux due to either the boiler design or lyne
arm design. As mentioned before, my horizontal lyne arm caused some
additional reflux since the vapors would just sit and condense there and
cause much higher ABV during the distillation.
Normal calculations on a 14% or so distillation should only produce
about a 115 to 120 proof distillate on the first run. Then, if you
re-distill this and dilute down to 30 percent or so, it should give you
the 160 proof or there abouts level that we shoot for when making
flavored brown stuff. (like bourbons, brandies or rum) Our buddies
with those reflux stills making netural stuff in the 90 to 95.6 percent
range are in a different category.
In a pot still, at 50 to 60% ABV, you should still have a ways to go
before you reach the tails with the off-tastes and cardboard smell.
Lowering the heat during this point also helps.
--- In email@example.com, Royce Thigpen <fireside58@...>
>to a 50 - 60%
> I have read about others that can distill a wash at certain proofs
> (percentages).Â With my still, it starts off high and when it gets
> range, it may have some off taste in it, or if I run the still hardenough to
> distill at a set range, it has what I would consider wash carry overin it with
> an off taste.Â I think I may need to work on my column.Â I maytake a picture of
> the boiler and let you folks make suggestions.
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