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So Ive got my new rig up and running and am trying to learn how to drive it. It is a 4" copper bubble plate with SD caps. Adjustable from 1-4 plates. Running atop a 15 gallon keg boiler.
Ive got two issues so far, both related. One of the ideas of the bubbler was to be able to turn out finished product in one pass. What i have found in doing it that way is 1) it comes out very high proof and 2) there isnt a lot of alcohol in a mash that I can fit into my boiler. Cuts, while well defined, come fast.
Now the solution for # 2 is easy and I would love to have myself a shiny new 200L SD boiler, but there are a number of reasons that isnt going to happen at the moment. Running a pot still, the way around this was multiple strip runs and a spirit run on low wines. If I do this on my bubbler, I start to worry about issue # 1, high proof.
I have been running a pretty standard UJSM recipe while figuring out how to drive this. Havent figured out exact alcohol content but its likely between 7-10%. Running three plates and its coming out at 92%, still around 90% when tails hits. I am worried that if I try to do a run on low wines, the proof is going to be through the roof and I will lose any flavor of the spirit.
I really can't complain, This last run I got just under 2L of finished product that tastes good, even at 90%. Its just a lot of time and effort for that little bit.
Anyone with experience doing stripping runs first? Is it worth it? Better? Worse? I have a column if i want to make neutral. I want this for flavor.
And an unrelated question, after the cut to hearts, can I turn off the dephlegmator untill it comes time to suppress tails or should it still be running through the hearts collection?