Detune For Flavour

I’ve been having a lot of success with my baby dragon for neutrals with some long packed sections and only minimal defleg, but now I want to knock it back almost to pot mode.

Aim is to produce a UJSSM for my best mate, but with the boiler size and qty of fermenters I have I would like to do a single spirit pass.

I’d appreciate anyone’s experience to one-shot this for when he visits.

Current config is 60L boiler, short copper packed section, 4 plate baby crystal, no defleg, no parrot. Planning to run the 50L really slow.



  • IMO, start with pulling off the packed section and run with 4 plates. Minimal reflux. Maybe no reflux if you are concerned about smearing. Then think like a pot stiller.

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  • edited March 16

    For single pass we’ve found best performance to run reflux at startup, take heads off at about 180-185pf, cut back reflux when you transition to hearts, and start adding back reflux as you approach tails.

    Hearts reflux ratio will let you dial in flavor.

    However, you’ll need to vary your cut points using this method, because if you cut for clean hearts, you’ll still end up with a lighter overall spirit, even if you cut off reflux through hearts. So think dirty cuts. It’s misleading because you are concentrating heads and tails by increasing reflux.

    This gives you best of both worlds - single pass flavor profile, but with the yield improvement of strip/spirit.

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