Re: [new_distillers] Holstein Still
- From: John Vandermeulen
Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Holstein Still
Thanks Mike, very much. And very useful. I am puzzled, however, over the
use of these particular stills in the micro-distilleries for brandies. The
company description assigns these as high purity stills, and the column
the little 'port holes' as a rectification column - so wouldn't one want a
potstill for brandies?
The only thing I know about these stills is what I've seen on the net.
However, they look very much like steam heated whiskey stills with a long
lyne arm leading to the condenser. The jacket around this lyne arm does
look strange, particularly as the ports up its side appear to be open ..
with the exception of one pic where the bottom port is shown blanked off. I
therefore suspect that the jacket is a means of controlling the amount of
reflux condensation that will occur in the lyne arm, using air flowing in
the bottom ports and out the top ones. The amount of reflux will, of course
be low, but that is what you want with a flavored spirit. It does, however,
appear to be a neat way of achieving more control over the composition of
the product, hence the claim for "high purity" (of flavor). Does this
"guess" seem reasonable to you?
Reminder for those who want to see pics of this still: