Re: Is it OK to distill a wash that is still bubbling after a week?
- Hi All,
Thanks everyone for all the advice. Once I tested the wash I found
the SG was 993, so things weren't as bad as I thought. I found that
filtering through coffee filters hardly made any difference to the
clarity of the wash. So after waiting for ages for a litre or 2 to be
filtered, decided to just rack half out of the fermenter into the
boiler & give it a go as there was very little visible sediment on
the filter paper.
After removing the heads, I decided to try a bit of a reflux run &
see what the output was like before deciding to do a stripping &
final reflux run or just a reflux run. So once the column got going
it was really interseting to observe the relationship between column
temp & rate of output. If I pulled output off too quickly, the column
temp rose, but by backing off the rate of output I could keep the
column temp constant & obtain a steady output. After collecting about
400 - 500ml, I filled a tube with about 100ml of spirit at 25 degrees
C which tested to be 94 - 95%!! (I'm not exactly sure as the still
spirits alcometer temp correction chart doesn't extend past 90%.)
That made me very happy as that was what I'd designed for.
Robert T you were right, the cooled spirit had a sweet scent & once
watered down to 40% was surprisingly good!!! Well that did it, the
whole wash was run through a full reflux run with a final result
being 3.4litres of 94-95%!! This was all diluted to 40% and several
bottles of rum, bourbon & scotch were produced. After aging for a
day, I convinced my wife to try some. She was most surprised & even
went back for more!
Special thanks here must go to Tony Ackland, Bokakob & these forums
for the great info and support which helped immensely.
Now to put another wash down, & get on with this party!! The next
wash I'll let ferment right out and carbon treat the output as I want
to make some liqueurs for christmas.
Cheers to all.