Re: Practice run
- If you buy the cheap stuff you might be able to improve it a little by
removing some of the heads and tails. If you catch everything that
comes over it should be perfectly drinkable (no worse than what it was
originally). The behavior of the still depends on what type it is.
If it's a pot still the temperature will depend on how much alcohol is
in your boiler at the time and how much inherent reflux is happening
in the cap of the still. The temperature in a pot still will
definitely NOT jump up quickly.
If it's a reflux column then the temperature *at the head* will sit
rock solid on the ethanol boiling temp (maybe slightly off depending
the accuracy of your thermometer and how you mounted it). The
temperature will jump up when the alcohol is gone from the boiler.
"Jump" here is a relative term. My column "jumps" up in 5 to 15
minutes (after being rock solid for hours of running). The
temperature will come up slowly if you don't have enough reflux or
your column is short or of poor design.
--- In email@example.com, "chonder69" <kystudboy@b...> wrote:
> If I use 40% vodka cut to a 20% wash to simulate a real wash, will I
> still get noticible heads/tails/forshots? Or is storebought too
> clean to notice? Will my temp just settle in at ethanol, then jump
> straight to 100c when it's gone? Curious.