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running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby Chicken Feed » Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:03 am

Is there a difference in how one runs a plated column when running rum or whisky vs how its run for a neutral? Best I have been able to figure out is use 2 or 3 plates for flavor and more or add a packed column above the plates for a neutral. Any input would be great. I currently run a 3 plate bubble cam 4inch column for rum but plan on running some rice vodka soon and wanted to know if I should add more plates or a packed column.
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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby Copperhead road » Sat Sep 16, 2017 3:19 pm

Hi chicken feed,
I am only learning with a pot still but I have ordered a 5 plate 4" modular copper column. From what I have been told you can run 4 plates for brown spirits or 5 plates with a packed section for a nice neutral.
Apparently you can run product twice through 5 plates without a packed section and you will still have a half decent neutral. This is what I will do for vodka until I get a packed section.

Hopefully one of the very experienced lads will chime in but the above is what I have been told. Hope that helps :handgestures-thumbupright:

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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby Swedish Pride » Sat Sep 16, 2017 6:24 pm

you picked a good grain for vodka, give a very mellow almost floral taste to it, I prefer wheat for voddy but rice is nice too.
I've made voddy on two plates, but I had to run super slow and very tight cuts.

If you want neutral I'd add a packed section too, I just did cuts on a faints run through a packed section, got 2.5l of neutral at 92% and 1 liter off mixing vodka at 90% from a 12 l 72% faints charge, prob would have got more but i was fed up with running and shut down when it was still chuggin gout at 95% and really strict on the cuts.
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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby Chicken Feed » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:59 am

Thanks I did not have the ceiling height to add the packed column but was able to get 90% right up to the tails with 3 inch plates. The rice mash did smell great and was very smooth. I used no sugar so the yield
was a little less than I normally get but wow is it smooth
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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:30 am

Rice also works well in a pot still. I did two runs with a thumper attached and got a good smooth neutral. Makes a good gin base too.
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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby SBB » Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:41 pm

The best way is to use 4-5 plates and a packed section.
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Re: running a plated colmun for flavor

Postby Fraser » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:07 am

I run 6 bubble plates with a big packed section on top of that, and it works like a charm. I think if your packed section is big enough you could get away with less plates if you take your time. I also really believe that airing out your jars overnight, or even for a full day, greatly helps in making your cuts. I rubber band coffee filters over my jars and let em be for awhile, and it makes it pretty easy to sniff out the best of it.
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