Re: [Distillers] Vapor management versus reflux control
- Hi everyone,
This thread would seem to indicate that a build up of Congeners on
surfaces within the still is an inevitable consequence of the
distillation process. Therefore, techniques involving bleeding off
heads thru a separate condensor (not the collection condensor) would
seem usefull. It would also seem prudent to thoroughly clean all
such surfaces after each run, thus preventing a build up. Does
anyone have an effective cleaning regime they would care to share
with less experienced people such as myself.
Is it adequate to simply flush the still with water, or would more
elaborate techniques using steam or solvents be more appropriate?
--- In email@example.com, "homedistiller"
> Your post is quite complex because you mention both, batch and
> continuous disitllation.
- Shane Kirkman wrote:
Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: [Distillers] Vapor management versus
So would a cup or 2 of boiling water tipped down the condenser tube after
the heads are removed help remove the tainting?
It might, although you usually need to give components a good scrubbing with
detergent, or soak in some active cleanser, to really shift those
Frankly, I wouldn't worry about it. What we are talking about here is a
tiny amount of additional purification which is probably only worth
bothering about if you are after ultra pure ethanol for use with scents or
essences. In that case it is then probably better to go the 'dedicated
path' way and try to keep as much of the heads away from your main product
Just shows how far we have all come on this list (which was supposed to be
for newbies!) that we are now discussing removal of trace compounds! Just a
couple of years ago it was "what the hell is distillation?" :-)