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> It really depends on the still. Reflux stills can cut the boiling
> points more sharply then pot stills. The lower boiling points in a
> distillation are:
> Acetone 56.5C (134F)
> Methanol (wood alcohol) 64C (147F)
> Ethyl acetate 77.1C (171F)
> Ethanol 78C (172F)
> However, given a mixture of these in a solution, their boiling points
> will be higher as a sum total. See Raoult's Law and Ideal Mixtures of
> Liquids - http://www.chemguide.co.uk/physical/phaseeqia/idealpd.html
> Its in the Info base. Also the Methanol and Ethanol, since they are so
> close in boiling points will be distilled throughout the whole process
> (thanks Sherman :).
> Your best bet is to go by smell. When it stops smelling like paint
> remover, thinner or nail polish then its a safe bet. But usually the
> first 100ml to 200 ml of a distillate are a good idea to throw out or
> use as lighter fluid...
> Vino es Veritas,
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> > I read that you remove 50ml for a 25L wash. If I have a small pot
> > using at the time, it usually takes 3 runs to use up my 25L do I just
> > remove 16ml of forshots before collecting or should I still remove 50
> > each time.
> > Also My first 25L run I got 500ml of 90%. It smells kinda like a rum
> > with a off smell. If I add this 500ml to my next new fermenting
> > before I distill it will it effect the tast?
> > I"m using a reflux still.
> > Thanks
> > Gus
Even for reflux I pull 100ml of foreshots just to be safe and then a
couple hundred for heads. I would not recommend splitting up into
16ml cuts for foreshots. 50ml each run at the least. Also your 500ml
of 90% that smelled like rum was probably Heads. They usually smell a
little fruity. You could add some to your middle run for a little
flavor or run with the next run or save up a few liters and run them
by themselves. There are about 20 or so choices you have. I dont
like to run them with the next strip run. I prefer using them in a
spirit run for whiskey or my next reflux run. It sounds to me like
you may not be practicing the practice of beer stripping?