Re: Distilling Temperature
- Hi Brian, and welcome!
One bit of info to add to the previous excellent answers.
A Pot-still operates at 80 - 85 C, and a good cut-off temp. is 92 C.
Maybe that's where the conflicting info. comes from?
Enjoy your 1st run!
--- In email@example.com, "morganfield1"
> Hi Brian,
> Congratulations on your new firewater machine and welcome to the
> circus. If your talking about pot temp, don't worry to much about
> although it would help to know what you plan to use as a heatsource.
> Unless your really putting alot of heat to it, the percentage ofat
> alc. in the mix will determine pot temp, ie. a 15% wash will boil
> 90.7 degrees. The pot will get that hot, and remain there untilsome
> of the alchohol boils off, then the temp will rise abit, yada yadaIf
> yada. The head temp, on the other hand, is what yu want to watch.
> you already knew that, disregard the former. Now we get to brassusing
> tacks (or copper tacks, if you perfer copper), in a nut shell,
> a good reflux still, it is "generally" accepted to toss the first50
> to 100 mls as foreshots (methanol), then collect the take up to 80to
> 82 degrees. VC (vapor control) stills, like a column with coolingyou
> tubes going through it, generally go to 82. LC ( liquid control)
> stills, like a valved reflux, can stop at 80. Your nose can tell
> more about your still, there all different. Now to the tails!nasty
> Most "experienced" distillers collect and save all there sugar wash
> tails seperately, because sugar wash ferments make some pretty
> tails. When they collect a few liters of them, they run themthrough
> seperately to get the good product out. It's the whiskey and rumat
> makers ( like me) who add the tails to the next batch. Grain and
> malasses washes (type that 3 times fast) have more cogeners in the
> tails that give flavors to the distillate.
> Hope that helps, sorry for the long post.
> Tip one, Morgan
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "brianhwtn" <brianhwtn@y...>
> > Hi
> > Hope someone out there could help me out. Just brought my first
> > still, a Still Spirits 25L super reflux still and am a couple of
> > away from distilling my first sugar wash. I am a little confused
> > visiting a few web sites as to what temperature to keep the still
> > during distilling, instructions from the local home brew guytells
> > to keep it between 80 to 85 degrees C,and to stop when it reaches
> > 92C.Whereas some sites say keep it at 78C and don't go beyond
> > info would be greatly appreciated.
> > Brian