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This is the third time I have used our StillDragon Dash 1, and I have some questions.
I had 120 bottles of cheap white wine so we decided to put them through the dash 1 4 plated still. On each first run I allowed reflux for 30 minutes and I threw out the first 200ml that came out (the foreshots) which were POTENT and HARSH smelling. I was very unhappy - apart from a small heart, the distillate smelled bad, of chemicals, wet cardboard/baby sick and it was very rough. So, I decided to dilute the distillate from the first runs and distill them again.
On this second run, I took all the heads, hearts and tails (foreshots were thrown out on previous runs) and I re-distilled them again though the dash 1 4 plated column. I allowed reflux for 40 minutes (where it just bubbles away with nothing coming out, re-cycling liquid down) and never allowed the condenser temp to go over 82 degrees celcius. The result was wonderful - mostly neutral with mild fruit and the bad smell was gone. My questions are:
Thanks for any advice. I am new to using the StillDragon and just want to be sure I've done everything correctly. Sorry if these questions sound silly, but I can't seem to find answers anywhere.