Re: [new_distillers] RE: Heat control
- 30% is 30% and relates to ABV 30% is 60 proof. Its always good to stay at or under 45% in a boiler. You can test by using a small spoon full (away from flammables) and seeing if it will light on fire.
From: Brian McGill <bmcgill930@...>
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Subject: Re: [new_distillers] RE: Heat control
I like the idea about water over the element...when you talk about 30% is that abv or proof? Thanks...
Brian J. McGill
On Sep 3, 2013, at 9:02, <johnsmith24668@...> wrote:Brian -- the general advice I've seen is to keep it 40% or below for safety with internal elements. I've seen where some will go higher, but they're usually using an external heat source and have a long lyne arm so that any product (and vapor!) is well away from the heat source.
The other thing is that you have to keep the elements covered, or they'll burn out. So you need to make sure that you'll still have enough liquid left at the *end* of the run to keep 'em covered. Again, I've done this very few times, and when I have I ended up diluting down to somewhere around 30% (don't have my notebook handy) to make sure that I'd have enough liquid at the end of the run. I need 2g of liquid to just cover the elements. Some will suggest covering the elements with water first, than adding your lows just to be extra sure you're not going to have the liquid level drop below the element level.
If you're building your own, there's also considerations about how high up to put the element. As I purchased (I tried, but I don't have the metal working tools or skills to pull off a safe construction) I haven't really looked into this. Check homedistillers.org or one of the other artisinal/hobby distilling forums, you'll likely find tons of info.
BTW, Tom Robins' comment is perhaps a bit more succinct phrasing of what I was suggesting :-)
--- In email@example.com, <bmcgill930@...> wrote:Johnsmith...when you do your stripping runs what is the maximum abv for your low wines you use on your spirit run or does it matter?
Brian J. McGill