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I started distilling on the 31st of March. The first batch wasn't as good as I would have liked. I was having trouble with the reflux controller. The second batch was far better - the wash I produced was much better too at just under 8% ABV.
My spirit runs are taking over 9 hours, heat up, stabilisation and collection together. It works out in the region of 55-60 ml product per minute. Average ABV of hearts cut is 67%.
The still is a 300L (250 litre fill capacity) with a 5'' column and reflux condenser. I aim for about 62°C in the RC coolant outflow. I run the still with one 5.5 kW element at 100% power for collection.
Can I do anything to speed up the run time while retaining product quality? I'm very happy with the product after the first batch.
One thing that comes to mind is doing several pot still stripping runs and re-distilling the resultant low wines.