- --- In email@example.com, "Harry" <gnikomson2000@...>
> Your description is unclear. Is your 2nd still a potstill or reflux
> regards Harry
Both of my stills are pot stills. I have an 8 gallon SS pot still that
I can put a full 25 liters in and I use my second pot still 2.5 gallon
SS to collect in.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "daddyman00126"
> --- In email@example.com, "Harry" <gnikomson2000@>
> > Your description is unclear. Is your 2nd still a potstill or
> > still?that
> > Slainte!
> > regards Harry
> Both of my stills are pot stills. I have an 8 gallon SS pot still
> I can put a full 25 liters in and I use my second pot still 2.5gallon
> SS to collect in.Then that is partly the problem. No reflux. The riser section
(column) of your second still (a potstill) is nowhere near big enough
to give meaningful reflux.
The huge 20 foot tall Scotch potstills get reflux due to the vast
amount of surface area (riser or column) ABOVE the pot.
Without some method of metering product output (a valve, as in reflux
still designs) to allow total and/or partial refluxing in small
stills, there is little or no reflux. Therein lies the fundamental
difference between reflux stills & potstills for the hobbyist (small-
scale) producer. If you want/need cleaner product, you need a better
separator (still), or a better (few contaminants) starting
wash/mash/fermentation in the first place.
Purpose of reflux: To get better separation of ethanol from
contaminants. No reflux = most contaminants stay in the booze.
Purpose of copper mesh: twofold (depending on still design).
1) In potstills, to remove sulfides from the process fluids;
2) In REFLUX column, 1 above, AND to provide more surface area to
perform process fluids contact (vapors & liquids).
There is much to learn & consider when practicing spirits
manufacture. But it's like riding a bike; it becomes automatic after
a while. And it has pleasant rewards. :))
- Hi ddman
In the mean time (while you get a bigger column for a bigger/better
reflux) you may want to use some baking soda to get rid of the
nasties (esters) that are giving you a hard time. A few tbs per
stripped gallon is a begginning. Shake it well and let it be for a
day or two, then do your spirits run as usual.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "daddyman00126"
> Hello folks
> I have been doing this hobby for a while now. I have a few sugar
> corn runs under my belt. Since I started distilling I have saved mythe
> heads and tails from all my batches. During my spirit runs I have
> been adding my heads from previous runs back into the batch and
> distilling normally, taking care of pulling my foreshots, heads
> before I start to collecting the heart. After the heart I collect
> tails and set them aside.previous
> On my last sugar run I did the strip run that went normal like the
> rest I have done in the past. I collect the low wines in my second
> still and added water and about 400ml to 600ml of heads from
> The first time I did my strip run I had a cold. I was unable to
> or taste my product during the run. So after a few days I got ridof
> my cold and was able to taste my product. My god it tasted likecrap.
> FOOT in big bold black letters was all I could think of.the
> I must have messed up during my strip run and got some tails into
> batch so I just set it aside and waited until I had time to do thea
> spirit run again.
> This weekend I did the spirit run again and this time I do not have
> cold. I was able to get my still head up to about 177F where it setcopper
> for about 4 hours. My drip into my collection jar was about 4 to 6
> drops per second. The column I have is a 2in by 2ft SS. I used
> scrubbers packed into the column to get a bit of reflux.tasting
> During the run I collected about 300ml of heads because I had added
> about 400ml of heads to this run before I started. At about 183F I
> had collected about 1.75L of 180 ABV. The next 300ml started
> like FOOT again so I started testing every 200ml so I could pindown
> where my tails were comming in on my distillate.smelled
> I pull about 600ml at 70 ABV that was not bad tasting but could be
> carbon filtered and be ok for mixed beverage. The next 400ml
> like the big FOOT again, I checked my temp and I am setting at 187F.
> I decided to pull until I hit 190F. Within 5 minutes I had achieved
> this and I shut down my still.
> Now for the questions.
> Why did I get the big bad FOOT so early in my distillate? Is it
> because I have reran and reran my heads thru so many spirit runs?
> Any answers will be welcome.
> The best for last
I want to thank everyone for their suggestions on what to do with the
tails. I might try to age a pint or two on heavy oak just to see what
it will do but most of it will go to killing the ant piles that persist
in my back yard.
Understanding that heads and tails are used to bring corn hooch to that
certain flavor before aging I now have a real taste of what tails can
do in moderation. I can now see that their is a place for heads and
tails in my future batches of corn whiskey that I will want to age on
some good oak.
I think that having some tails around left over from previous corn
batches and doing a taste test of the tails before I start my blending
process will give me a better idea of what I want out of the final
batch after oaking. Now I can see why master blenders are worth their
weight in gold.
I am cerious though, is there a set amount of tails that go into
finished spirit runs that the major distillers do. Like for every 25
gallons of corn hooch they would put in 1 gallon of tails???
What a good learning experence.
The best for last
- I cut heads and tails when I rerun tails . It Depends on the taste for me.Douglas French
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From: "dfboss1@... [new_distillers]" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:48 PM
Subject: [new_distillers] Tails
Just to be 100% sure. there is no need to "cut" or throw out anything when running a batch of just the tails from previous runs, Right?
- Is it really worth the effort? I save my tails and add them to the next wash I plan to distill, works fine. Unless you are using a very small apparatus, it would take a long time to get enough to distill on its own.