Re: Salt in the wash
- Many thanks Aunty, you have educated this poor novice once again!
You shine in your knowledge! : )
--- In new_distillers@y..., AuntyEthyl <auntyethyl@y...> wrote:
> And some greetings and salutations to you too.
> Sorry about the delay ;)
> From Tony's wonderful distilling site
> Under Distilling Salt lies the following text...
> Maurice advises ..
> ..put a teaspoonful of ordinary table salt into the
> wash ..the spirit comes over much better..
> Salts are sometimes used during extractive
> distillation (eg when trying to distill past the 95.6%
> azeotrope) so as to depress the volatility of the
> water (eg effectively increase its boiling point, so
> you get a greater % of ethanol off compared to
> normal). Because the salt is non-volitile, it will
> always remain in the pot, and not turn up in the
> The Household Cyclopedia recommends ...
> Table-salt thrown into the still, in the proportion of
> 6 oz. (180 g) to 10 galls. (38 L) of any liquid to be
> distilled, will greatly improve the flavor, taste, and
> strength of the spirit. The viscid matter will be
> fixed by the salt, whilst the volatile matter ascends
> in a state of great purity.
> David cautions though ..
> make sure you use ordinary non-iodised salt not
> iodised. Virtually all salt sold in NZ in containers
> for domestic consumption is iodised. Also be aware
> that salt is sodium chloride and that chlorides attack
> stainless steel and can bad pit it. It can also and
> will generally shorten your element life.
> Ken recommends using Sodium Carbonate to reduce the
> amount of fusel oils present ..
> .. try sodium carbonate @ 4.5 grams/ litre, add it
> when the wash temperatire is at 35-40 degrees C, add
> slowly then continue with your distillation in the
> normal manner. Sodium Carbonate is used in the
> production of soap and it combines with the oils to
> form a compound that does not evaporate at the normal
> distillation temperatures that we are using. Voila,
> cleaner spirit, less carbon treatment needed and more
> happy faces.
> I have never tried this and cannot vouch for its
> usefulness. But look forward to any comments. Salt can
> cause unwanted pitting/corosion in SS.
> --- rudenoise@e... wrote:
> > Greetings and salutations; I recently read
> > somewhere's ( I was in a
> > hurry) that putting salt in the wash tends to
> > improve it. Could
> > someone please run that by me again. I have
> > searched hi and lo but
> > have not been able to find my source document in
> > concern.
> > Thank you.
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