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Re: Salt in the wash

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  • rudenoise@earthlink.net
    Many thanks Aunty, you have educated this poor novice once again! You shine in your knowledge! : ) ... $8.95/month.
    Message 1 of 3 , Nov 27, 2001
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      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
      > www.homedistiller.org
      > Under Distilling Salt lies the following text...
      >
      > Salt
      > 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
      > distillate.
      >
      > 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.
      >
      > Enjoy
      > AuntyEthyl
      >
      > --- 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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