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  • Snowblind Moose
    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
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      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!


      -Tony

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "morganfield1"
      <morganfield1@y...> wrote:
      >
      > 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
      it,
      > although it would help to know what you plan to use as a heat
      source.
      > Unless your really putting alot of heat to it, the percentage of
      > alc. in the mix will determine pot temp, ie. a 15% wash will boil
      at
      > 90.7 degrees. The pot will get that hot, and remain there until
      some
      > of the alchohol boils off, then the temp will rise abit, yada yada
      > yada. The head temp, on the other hand, is what yu want to watch.
      If
      > you already knew that, disregard the former. Now we get to brass
      > tacks (or copper tacks, if you perfer copper), in a nut shell,
      using
      > a good reflux still, it is "generally" accepted to toss the first
      50
      > to 100 mls as foreshots (methanol), then collect the take up to 80
      to
      > 82 degrees. VC (vapor control) stills, like a column with cooling
      > tubes going through it, generally go to 82. LC ( liquid control)
      > stills, like a valved reflux, can stop at 80. Your nose can tell
      you
      > more about your still, there all different. Now to the tails!
      > Most "experienced" distillers collect and save all there sugar wash
      > tails seperately, because sugar wash ferments make some pretty
      nasty
      > tails. When they collect a few liters of them, they run them
      through
      > seperately to get the good product out. It's the whiskey and rum
      > 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 new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "brianhwtn" <brianhwtn@y...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > 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
      > days
      > > away from distilling my first sugar wash. I am a little confused
      > after
      > > visiting a few web sites as to what temperature to keep the still
      at
      > > during distilling, instructions from the local home brew guy
      tells
      > me
      > > 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
      80C.
      > Any
      > > info would be greatly appreciated.
      > >
      > > Brian
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