- i've got myself a 4" colum offst head still.
i'm running it with 1500w.
basically, while running it, i'm taking the distalate off as fast as
i can, without letting the tepmerature rise above ~82 degrees.
(i.e. i babysit it, when it starts to climb above 78-79 i turn up
the reflux, and stop collecting untill the the column normalizes a
bit, then go at it a little slower than before.) i've gotten good at
watching it and knowing when to turn it down to keep the temp down.
i typically throw out the first 200-300 of distalate, to be certain
of not getting an off taste or menthonol. (well, i re-add all but
the first 50-100 to the nbext batch)
on my last batch, i took 50ml of distalate and 400ml of water so i
can taste the distalate, and not as much just the alcohol. it had a
little bit of a cardboard taste.
this is with sugar wash, still-sprits turbo yeast, and a still
that's 50% stainless, 45% copper, and 5% iron for the materials it's