to reply to Cary and Articstiller...(with thanx!)
my column is pure copper pipe and fittings. i also use 2 copper pot
scrubbers in the column, so it isn't a copper issue. i have tried all
the different copper scrubbers i can find, too. some cheap and some
expensive. have also burned them over a flame to make SURE they are
metal and also soaked them in vinegar to see if they are copper. they
turn the vinegar blue, so i assume they are copper!
i could pack the column with more scrubbers, but that will also scrub
out the taste of the rum and whisky i want to make. have tried no
scrubbers and get 55% and with 5 scrubbers i get 93%, but it ALL
smells and tasted dreadful!
i heat up the boiler on a propane turkey fryer, and use minimum heat
so as not to burn the wash. with the scrubbers in the column, the
head temp is between 73 and 77C and without any scrubbers it runs at
90C. temp makes NO difference to the taste, which is bad from start
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "Cary Rhodes" <rhodeseng@y...>
> couple of questions.
> what are you firing it with?? its easy to use way too much heat
> a propane setup.
> Along the same line. Have you got a digital thermo in the top of
> With only 80 percent product, you are getting other stuff, like
> water, over into your catch jug.
> cary r
> --- In email@example.com, "jcmca" <jcmca@s...> wrote:
> > happy new year to all out there!
> > i got a question. i have a fine 39" reflux column with a 15 US
> > beer keg as a boiler. the piece that couples the 2 is a stainless
> > kitchen mixing bowl with holes drilled in the bottom and an
> > that the column slides into. i use cork as gaskets and there are
> > leaks anywhere.
> > all the stuff that i have fermented so far (5 batches (rye, malt,
> > rum))has smelled delightful, but the spirit i get is real NASTY
> > stuff! last friday i got 3 liters of 80% out of 25 liters of
> > that is before i gave up in disgust and tossed the whole lot.
> > is it possible that there is a cockup in the ferment? i sanitize
> > everything properly and have a bubbly thing in the lid of the
> > grade fermenting bucket that stops trash coming back, but no
> > what i do, i get nothing usable. to try and describe the mouth
> > of the spirit - it doesn't taste anything like booze, but feels
> > it evaporates instantly on the tongue and leaves a hot feeling in
> > mouth. the wife says it smells like mail polish remover! and that
> > acetone. i don't know if there is a chemical connection between
> > acetic acid and acetone, but is it possible that the brew goes
> > before i distill? how would i be able to tell?
> > i also know that the adapter that joins the column and the bowl
> > the boiler isn't stainless steel. i think it is galvenized. could
> > that make a difference?
> > any pointers will be MOST appreciated!
> > best!
> > John