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by myles
Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Distillation
Topic: How to run with a thumper?
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: How to run with a thumper?

Now, my thinking is this.....If the purpose of my thumper is to achieve a double distillation run in one hit, then surely, any alcohol contained in the thumpers inital charge will only get distilled once, thereby making the objective relatively pointless, or at least reduce the desired result....am...
by myles
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stripping Pot still design help
Replies: 20
Views: 215

Re: Stripping Pot still design help

There are off flavours, way above 25%, But they are dealt with in the spirit run and cuts. The strip result that comes off what I regard as a neutral, below 25% have no merit. What comes off whisky is different, it has flavour that I want. I don't do a lot of Rum, but may make changes in cut off le...
by myles
Sun Sep 15, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Stripping Pot still design help
Replies: 20
Views: 215

Re: Stripping Pot still design help

On a stripping still you are mostly concerned with matching your product condenser capacity to the power input - or often the other way around!!! If your condenser is the limitation you just need to learn how much power you can use and still have all the vapour condensed. With the 15 mm / 10 mm opti...
by myles
Sat Sep 14, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: Fermentation
Topic: Palm sugar ?
Replies: 5
Views: 55

Re: Palm sugar ?

I have never used it but I would expect there to be a noticeable flavour. Just like if you substituted Honey.
There are several versions of palm sugar, from different plants, so I expect there will be flavour differences also.
Might be interesting.
by myles
Sat Sep 14, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Just putting it out there...
Replies: 17
Views: 230

Re: Just putting it out there...

Be a shame to see you go but it must be your personal choice.
I have never had any negative experiences on this site so I think you are all doing a good job.
by myles
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Filtering
Topic: Off neutral
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Off neutral

OK, you can use a manometer style takeoff instead of a valve if you need to. Just raise the output from the filter to slow down the throughput rate. Also it is worth retaining the last bit that comes out of the filter to use to saturate the filter bed before the next use. Some folks keep it constant...
by myles
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Filtering
Topic: Off neutral
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Off neutral

rps20190912_143858_797.jpg It goes to 2 inch pipe but it still needs a needle valve to slow down properly at the moment it's a steady stream good stripping run :D about 1 litre every 20 minutes. Lee This is just a gut feeling - but that may be way too fast. The speed through a carbon filter bed is ...
by myles
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Filtering
Topic: Off neutral
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Off neutral

I don't have an issue with carbon filtering itself. I have done it myself in the past - I just choose not to do it at the moment. You have to pick the right carbon for the job, there are 100's of them for different purposes. My big issue is that the carbon "absorbs" the off flavours - that you then ...
by myles
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Filtering
Topic: Off neutral
Replies: 13
Views: 173

Re: Off neutral

There is a popular misconception that 95%+ booze is "neutral". This is NOT the case. True "neutral" is composed of ethanol and water only. What comes out of any packed or plated column on the first pass at 95%+ is NOT ethanol and water. It is alcohol and water. The alcohol component is a mixture of ...
by myles
Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Distillation
Topic: How to run with a thumper?
Replies: 11
Views: 164

Re: How to run with a thumper?

I suppose it may be all down to controlling the final rate of flow at the output? Even with a thumper attached - IT IS STILL A POTSTILL. Quality of your product is still dependent on your power management. In this mode of operation the thumper "compresses" the cuts. The heads are stronger, and the ...