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  • allibugger
    I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the
    Message 1 of 11 , May 13, 2013
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      I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli
    • fatbloke
      Never heard that. I just let my spirit down to 40% or less before redistilling.allibugger wrote:I read in either Making Fine Spirits or
      Message 2 of 11 , May 13, 2013
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        Never heard that. I just let my spirit down to 40% or less before redistilling.

        allibugger <allibugger@...> wrote:
         

        I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli

      • Ken Martin
        I have heard 50 percent ABV or higher in your boiler can cause an explosion. I never re-distill at higher the 80 proof in the can for safety. Ken
        Message 3 of 11 , May 13, 2013
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          I have heard 50 percent ABV or higher in your boiler can cause an explosion. I never re-distill at higher the 80 proof in the can for safety. Ken

          On May 13, 2013, at 9:21 AM, fatbloke <fatbloke@...> wrote:

           

          Never heard that. I just let my spirit down to 40% or less before redistilling.

          allibugger <allibugger@...> wrote:
           

          I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli

        • fatbloke
          My first still was a little 4 litre air still. I had some cloudy spirit that was 80% ABV. What I didnt know at the time was about using boiling stones or even
          Message 4 of 11 , May 14, 2013
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            My first still was a little 4 litre air still. I had some cloudy spirit that was 80% ABV.

            What I didnt know at the time was about using boiling stones or even broken glass to break up any larger bubbles.

            I saw that there was liquid on the kitchen surface and as I leaned over to kill the power, the still "burped" again.

            Thank god for the pbysical properties of alcohol, losing heat rapidly as it flys through the air. So only a "sunburn scald".

            Not the best way to learn about boiling stones/boil enhancers.......

            Luckily no harm done except the school of hard knocks......

            Ken Martin <ken2145@...> wrote:
             

            I have heard 50 percent ABV or higher in your boiler can cause an explosion. I never re-distill at higher the 80 proof in the can for safety. Ken

            On May 13, 2013, at 9:21 AM, fatbloke <fatbloke@...> wrote:

             

            Never heard that. I just let my spirit down to 40% or less before redistilling.

            allibugger <allibugger@...> wrote:
             

            I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli

          • tgfoitwoods
            Alli, The reason many (or most) potstillers try for a wash ABV of 27-29%, is so that still output begins at ABV close to where you would collect hearts. This
            Message 5 of 11 , May 14, 2013
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              Alli,

              The reason many (or most) potstillers try for a wash ABV of 27-29%, is
              so that still output begins at ABV close to where you would collect
              hearts. This means more flavor in the distillate.

              ZBob on the road

              --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "allibugger" wrote:
              >
              > I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that
              when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for
              a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why
              not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli
              >
            • local yokel
              there is a relationship between the starting abv and the collected abv. it varies from distiller to distiller due to still design and cuts made and kept in
              Message 6 of 11 , May 15, 2013
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                there is a relationship between the starting abv and the collected abv. it varies from distiller to distiller due to still design and cuts made and kept in your final collection. when running corn whiskey I try to have the abv of my second wash so that when I make my cuts and normal collection, it will be at about the abv I wish to age at or drink at. adding water to proof just dilutes flavor, IMO.
                ,
                --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "allibugger" <allibugger@...> wrote:
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                > I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli
                >
              • tgfoitwoods
                Thanks for picking this one up, yokel, and you re right, of course. Sometimes I can t get to my computer for a while. ZBob on the road in San Jose ... abv. it
                Message 7 of 11 , May 15, 2013
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                  Thanks for picking this one up, yokel, and you're right, of course.

                  Sometimes I can't get to my computer for a while.

                  ZBob on the road in San Jose
                  --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "local yokel" wrote:
                  >
                  > there is a relationship between the starting abv and the collected
                  abv. it varies from distiller to distiller due to still design and cuts
                  made and kept in your final collection. when running corn whiskey I try
                  to have the abv of my second wash so that when I make my cuts and normal
                  collection, it will be at about the abv I wish to age at or drink at.
                  adding water to proof just dilutes flavor, IMO.
                  > ,
                  > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "allibugger" allibugger@ wrote:
                  > >
                  > > I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that
                  when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for
                  a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why
                  not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli
                  > >
                  >
                • John Schaerer
                  This gave me a good explination of what you were talking about.   I nearly had heart failure at the thought of my wholr rig exploding into nothing when I
                  Message 8 of 11 , May 20, 2013
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                    This gave me a good explination of what you were talking about.
                     
                    I nearly had heart failure at the thought of my wholr rig exploding into nothing when I refined my high wine

                     

                    How to Use Boiling Stones for Evaporation

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                    How to Use Boiling Stones for Evaporation thumbnail Learn about the use of boiling stones when bringing liquids to boil.
                    Many chemical reactions require evaporation upon completion for the recovery of the reaction products. One drawback to evaporating solvents is the chance of supercritical heating of the solvent causing the liquid to bump. Bumping occurs when the solution is ready to boil but is unable due to the lack of seed bubbles. Seed bubbles are very small air bubbles that grow in size until they are able to break free and rise to the surface. Boiling stones, also known as boiling chips or boiling points, provide sites for the formation of seed bubbles to allow for the smooth boiling of solvents.

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                    ----- Forwarded Message -----
                    From: fatbloke <fatbloke@...>
                    To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                    Sent: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 10:08 PM
                    Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re-Distilling
                     
                    My first still was a little 4 litre air still. I had some cloudy spirit that was 80% ABV.

                    What I didnt know at the time was about using boiling stones or even broken glass to break up any larger bubbles.

                    I saw that there was liquid on the kitchen surface and as I leaned over to kill the power, the still "burped" again.

                    Thank god for the pbysical properties of alcohol, losing heat rapidly as it flys through the air. So only a "sunburn scald".

                    Not the best way to learn about boiling stones/boil enhancers.......

                    Luckily no harm done except the school of hard knocks......
                    Ken Martin <ken2145@...> wrote: 
                    I have heard 50 percent ABV or higher in your boiler can cause an explosion. I never re-distill at higher the 80 proof in the can for safety. Ken
                    On May 13, 2013, at 9:21 AM, fatbloke <fatbloke@...> wrote:
                     
                    Never heard that. I just let my spirit down to 40% or less before redistilling.
                    allibugger <allibugger@...> wrote: 
                    I read in either Making Fine Spirits or The Compleat Distiller that when doing a spirit run or re-distilling a spirit run one should aim for a 29% ABV in the boiler. I am wondering where the 29% comes from? Why not 40% or some other percent of ABV? Thanks Alli

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