hey Dave your still looks really nice I had a lot of problems with stuff coming from my pot to my condenser until I built a doubler it's kinda like a water pipe but it traps a lot of impurities & takes a lot of the guesswork out things it really improved the quality of my product I tried coffee filters & all that but this really works it's known as a doubler or thumper
Works for me I built mine out of odds & ends for almost zero investment & it took awhile but in spite of it's Frankenstein appearance generates good product with pretty simple ingredients I trade it around all over especially around the holidays
I have a double but didn't attach it. My plan was to make some small batches of rum and whiskey to age in small barrels. I read that running a doubler reduces the different flavors. In the end its not to sell, just Christmas presents and personal use like my wines.
Here's how it looks now. I don't see and bluish color, but it's possible it's there. I severly underestimated the amount of ice I'd need and ran out, so I ended up having to drain and fill repeatedly.
yeah you just went into your tails by the looks of it, just redistill if you want.
I typically go through two to two and half 5 gals pails of cold water just for my condenser when i do a 15-20liter stripping run.
my water is quite warm to hot when i change it out usually around 40-45 degrees C.
Sampling the goods, rum time.
Just using my still head with no column, and i always run a secondary catch bowl, had too many over flow situations when taking cuts in small jars.
Mr.Sparkle On your dist.. head just below the needle valve, is there a plate inside to catch the droplets from the condenser coil? Just trying to understand how that type of head works.
two plates actually one slants the distillate to the one side and the other catches it as you surmise.
Not my picture but a fellow over on homedistillers.org and take a look at this thread.
The 2" bokaob is one of the best and easiest still heads for small home distillers imo
I've finally through trial & error got this thing producing good product I'm making this run & im gonna pull her down to fix a few things I've designed the condenser so I can freeze jugs & change them out as the condenser warms also have the option of draining the bucket & putting fresh cool water frozen jugs are easier
It's was my B day today. So I fired up the still and made some banana rocket fuel. It ran 130 proof at the parrot for a whole quart. I shut it down for the night and will run the rest out in the morning. It smells and taste just like bananas.
Gotta say, sure looks clean.
Bananas are not my favorite. I love the flavor, but not the squish.
Bet the liquor is delish.
First run is done. Total is a half gallon of fire water. Another 4 gl to go. Hope to get a gallon total out 8 gallons of mash. First run/quart 130 proof 2nd run/qt85 proof. Tails a pint at 20 proof.
Once done it's time to learn how to make green dragon....
Off and running the next batch. Gallon of rocket fuel one drip at a time.
Hit the gallon mark out of 8.5 gallons of mash.
1qt @130 proof2 qts of 90+1qt of 60 (tails)
That's it for the banana run. Now I'm going to try a mixed fruit run. Apples, plums, peaches and papaya with a few bananas too.
added pics of yield
Update on the ferment side.
Just ran some brandy. Used 5 gallons of my Dark Passion wine to make 1 gallon of Dark Heart brandy. I shut it down at 110 proof. There's prolly more in there but I'm not gonna push it.
Got to ask...what are those logs floating in your brew?
Toasted French Oak spirals for aging
Is it for flavor or coloring?
I like my shine unadulterated....
Flavor and coloring as it ages.