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Long time lurker, first time poster, so be gentle with me!
I want to start distilling. Mainly for the purpose of experiments in rum (the big dunder thread is a treasure trove of good information! ) and I am a serious rum geek, but first I think a few basic white spirits runs are in order to hone my technique and equipment, which I’ve yet to purchase, hence this thread. I know and understand a lot about the process of distilling but no real practical experience, I have however been a brewer for nearly 20 years and happy with my RIMs and HERMS brewing equipment I’ve built from scratch so this is a step up.
My question is on pot stills and the lack of copper in the vapour path. Obviously I can pack the upright with copper scrubbers but that will add reflux, and some of you will no doubt tell me this is the best option so happy to go this way, but for a simple pot still with 2” parts, would a 4” or 16” copper tube upright fitted with ferrules from the boiler be sufficient to counteract sulphur and neutralise other volatiles?
What I love about the still dragon parts is the fact the are so modular, and I want to experiment with different configurations, such as the length of the upright before the condenser to play around with lighter/heavier spirits, and adding a torpedo section and deph condenser in the future which I know would have sufficient copper to deal with sulphur etc.
Ultimately I’m thinking of the basic pot still configuration with various bends and copper uprights in varying lengths to get a good, solid understanding before I start adding shiny toys ;)
Any advice from the pro’s would be highly appreciated!!!