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1st complete distillation

Postby Dave12 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:28 am

So I have completed my first complete distillation. I fermented a TPW for 7 days, racked and let clear for two more.

Strip distilled then did a spirits run. Then let it filter then bottled with essence.

My question is, how do I know its safe to drink ? Is there a way to tell ?.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby JayD » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:43 am

Congratulations...did you do your cuts?
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby BennyHiggo » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:50 am

As long as you got rid of your foreshots it will be safe to drink .... Whether it will taste good or not will depend on your cuts
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Dave12 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:51 am

Thank you....yes I did the first 50 ml, threw that away, then I did a cut of 250ml, heads, which I kept as a cleaner etc around house. I then did a hearts of 1000ml. The rest I threw out.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby JayD » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:57 am

you done your cuts, so really it's up to you whats safe or not...if you ditched your fores, heads properly and have correctly identified your heart cuts...then cut your tails out. your hearts is your drinking distillate when broken down a safe drinking ABV=40% is your drinking spirits.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Dave12 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:02 am

I did all that and my final bottled spirit is at 40%, watered down from 70% with distilled water. I am just unsure as to drink it with it being my first run, don't want it to be my last.

Thanks for the replies.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby JayD » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:11 am

Well thats what im trying to say to you...only you based on how you done your cuts can decide on whats safe to drink...we can only say if you done your cuts properly you will have some good drinking spirits. This is a technique you have to learn...unfortunately your are your own guinea pig... I do hope you understand im not being a smart axxs here...Good luck.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Dave12 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:14 am

No, I completely understand what you are saying. I guess I will just have to be brave :-( or offer some to my mother in law !.

Anyway, thanks.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby bigfoot » Thu Oct 22, 2015 1:42 pm

based on what you've said - it will be absolutely fine.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Otago Elvis » Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:23 pm

Hey Dave,

Looks to me like you have ticked all the boxes.

:obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Maheel » Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:48 pm

only q's would be

what sort of still
did you clean the still prior with a sacrificial run etc
is there no lead, plastics, glue, weird bit in the still that have melted into the spirt etc

apart from that and the above you should survive..... but dont go drinking all 1000ml in one go
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby kimbodious » Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:40 pm

Daves running an Airstill I recall. Take a sniff, take a swig, swish it around your mouth, spit it out. If there's a harsh aftertaste be glad you spat it out, if not take a bigger swig next time!
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby Dave12 » Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:51 am

Thanks for the replies !
I have tried it and it tastes pretty nice and strong :-) I haven't had more than one drink at a time mind, am chicken, I don't trust it yet.
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby res » Sat Oct 31, 2015 6:53 pm

Dave12 wrote:Thanks for the replies !
I have tried it and it tastes pretty nice and strong :-) I haven't had more than one drink at a time mind, am chicken, I don't trust it yet.


I was exactly the same when I first started. You'll get past it. :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: 1st complete distillation

Postby chill » Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:32 pm

Also drop by the [edit] were quite a few AirStill operators hang out. There is lots of good, still specific information there. And some familiar names from here!

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