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Seeking guidance form the gurus on here. I've done my first couple of runs from ferment through to spirit run. First time round I made many many mistakes, second time I thought I had a better handle on what I am doing but... then end result is probably worse than the first time.
I've written up what I did below, hoping some of you can point me in the right direction.
I have a 100L conical fermenter with a heat belt and a 6 plate bubbler on a 100L boiler with two elements, one 10A and one on a 15A circuit plus the small box controller.
I am aiming for a clean neutral that I can then turn into a passable Gin. I'd also like to try a rum and happy to start there if its recommended.
First time round I did 2 x TPWs, let it get too cold, used the wrong tools to measure SG, didn't wait for it to clear etc. Thought this may be contributing to the murkey flavors in the spirit.
Second time round I tried the kale wash, and had a heater belt and STC controller to keep the temp more stable. Seemed to work a lot better.
First time round I left all the plates in, didn't have enough power (kept tripping, annoying the wife and waking the kids, not good!). Lots of dumping, restarting and staying up into the wee hours. Trying to make cuts etc as I went.
Second time all the plates were out and went full boar on both elements as I had a new 15A circuit installed - a lot less tears. No attempt to cut.
First time round went too slow to start with, didn't equalize the column, had no idea generally, started getting late again, went way tooooo fast.
This time I thought the main problem I had before was going too fast so I went as slow as I could. Took all day as you can see below but it didn't seem to make a difference.
Also I had used a garden hose to fill up the fermenter in the initial runs - thought this was not a good idea an probably contributed to the off flavors. This time I used the blue cooling water hose.
Taste changes thought, but even picking a jar from the middle its a long long long way off anything like neutral. I know should probably run it again, but I don't have any confidence that spending another 8 hours on it plus heat up will get me close to a reasonable product.
I look forward to any advice and will take no offense!