Re: Tails? Thanks Grayson!
- Very nice explaination that I could understand, Thanks
--- In email@example.com, "grayson_stewart66"
> <clash_o_thunder@y...> wrote:the
> > Hey folks, I think I might be missing something here. I don't
> quite understand why it is that a person would want to be saving
> To get what usable alcohol is left in those tails out in the
> next distillation.
> > All I hear is it's just something to dump into the next batch.
> Where does this maddness end? When you have a boiler full of tails?
> Say for example you have reached the tails phase of a
> distillation. Now assume that if you continued to collect all the
> tails until reaching 100 degrees C. As you collected these tails
> you numbered the containers 1,2, 3, 4 and so on. Container #1
> have a greater percentage of usable alcohol in those tails thandown
> container #2. This decreasing amount of alcohol would continue
> to the last container where it would be almost negligible.some
> Just as with most everything else in life you have a personal
> choice to make here. How much energy and time do you want to exert
> to get to try and wring every last drop of alcohol out of that
> particular distillation. Personally, it just wouldn't be worth it
> to me and I would only collect one or two containers of high proof
> tails to add back to the next batch.
> I understand if making Whiskeys and the like that one might use
> > for flavor. But, when looking to achive a pure spirit I justcan't
> > see it. Also when temps begin to rise, is it so that one can takeachiving
> > this product slower from the still and safely bite into these
> tails a
> > bit and still preserve purity, smell and such?
> Temperatures begin to rise because there is a decreasing
> concentration of alcohol in the mixture. Since you mention
> a pure spirit, I'll assume a reflux column is used. By goingslower
> once the temperature begins to rise, the amount of reflux is
> increased and the percentage of alcohol at the top of the column is
> increased. So the answer is "yeah, kinda". As long as a person
> didn't collect beyond a particular temperature they could be
> resonably sure there were no tails in that collection.