Did a small experiment on my Rye Eau de Vie this morning. Before, I ran it thru my fractionating still. I was happy with the result, but thought by myself: "why not run it again, and now in a pot still?" I just wanted to see what a pot run would do to my (diluted to 43%) Rye Eau de Vie would do. Since I only had like 4 liters of 43% I ran it thru my Alambic. Slow. Eventhough I couldn't smell fores or heads (made cuts on the fractionating run), I tossed the first 10 mls. And I stopped with some (not much) left in the boiler. And I just diluted the around 80% result back to a bit over 40% just right now. Funny thing is (and I noticed that already during the run), that the distillation itself seems to make the drink smoother. I didn't lose taste. It just got smoother.
Brings back to mind an article I read. Forgot who wrote it. Must have been in one of our "standard" moonshine books ... that ... oh, how was it ... Well, something like one run has to be "alkaline" the other ... dunno what, have to look into the books again. Anyhow, a second distillation, was the conclusion, was just what was needed to tackle some problems the writer indicated.
In the end, it gives me a rye that is even smoother then before.
Why not the other way around? First a stripping run in a pot still, and then the fractionating run? Two reasons. My big pot is currently under reconstruction. But most importantly, in this case, a pot still stripping followed by a fractionating run will give a great rye vodka with some mouth feel left. Doing a fractionating run directly on the wash brings over more taste. And pot stilling afterwards makes it smooth out.
I am having a happy Easter! How about you guys?