Importance of diluting for Spirit run

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AmericanBulldog
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Importance of diluting for Spirit run

Post by AmericanBulldog » Sat Aug 10, 2019 2:39 am

The unofficial guides seem to recommend diluting your stripping run to 30% ABV before the Spirit Run, wondering how important this is,
I have about 9 litres of 45%ABV stripped spirits

Is it important for a nice neutral finish or taste?

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Re: Importance of diluting for Spirit run

Post by Jennysgin » Sat Aug 10, 2019 8:43 am

I believe it's more a safety thing.

Keeping it under 40%ABV rings a bell but don't quote me on that! I'm sure a more knowledgeable member will be along shortly :roll:

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Re: Importance of diluting for Spirit run

Post by myles » Sat Aug 10, 2019 3:00 pm

There are two issues here.

On a pot still experience has shown that a boiler charge of 28 to 30% provides a product at the correct strength for barrel ageing. Also on the pot still it is energy innecicient to try and distill higher boiler charges. You also run into flavour problems due to the solubility of tails.

On a reflux column for neutral though a boiler charge of 40 to 45% is appropriate.

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Re: Importance of diluting for Spirit run

Post by Jennysgin » Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:14 pm

Thanks Myles, always learning :oops:

Apologies for misinformation Bulldog!

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