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Re: Adding water to mash to distill

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  • Pete Lipps
    heh heh! damn Harry you are as mean as me. Pete ... here ... distilling
    Message 1 of 3 , May 10, 2004
      heh heh! damn Harry you are as mean as me.

      Pete

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Harry" <gnikomson2000@y...>
      wrote:
      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "stillfritzed"
      > <jimmyjoebob@t...> wrote:
      > > Hi folks,
      > >
      > > Got a question which I probably should know the answer... but
      here
      > I
      > > am anyhow.
      > >
      > > I've a reflux still with 50L beer keg boiler with internal
      > electric
      > > elements. It takes about 8L just to cover the elements, and I
      > > realize the chances of BOOM are significant if they're exposed
      > during
      > > heating.
      > >
      > > My question. Assume I had 10L of mash at 10% abv, and
      distilling
      > > yields 1L of alcohol. If I added 5L of water to the mix (just
      > prior
      > > to distilling) to ensure the elements remained covered, would I
      > still
      > > expect to yield 1L of alcohol at comparable proof? I'm just not
      > sure
      > > if adding the water somehow mixes with the available alcohol and
      > > dillutes it.
      > >
      > > Your experience is appreciated.
      >
      > The extra water does dilute the alcohol. It does not destroy it.
      > The available alcohol is still 1 litre. To use an analogy, if you
      > put a bucket of sand and a penny into a big container, then add a
      > cupfull more sand, will you only get half a penny back when you
      > separate the mix?
      >
      > HTH
      > Slainte!
      > regards Harry
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