HDTV wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:19 pm
So I finished my 2nd WSW, haven't diluted yet. I used a reflux still. The last jar smells different.
What do you think? Should I dilute it separate from the rest and taste it?
I am no expert but the first question I have is what type of still are you running? Also, have you let your spirits sit for a day or two, they can change pretty dramatically overnight.
Regardless, in my experience, there is going to be a lot of difference between your cuts at the beginning and at the end. What you do next with what you have is another question and depends on what you want to do with it IMO.
For example, if you just want to dilute it and use it as a vodka, I would say, only use the jars you like the smell and taste of.
If you are going to use it to make gin, maybe macerate junipers, that is another thing and I would think twice about using the jar you dont like.
If you are going to do a vapour infused gin then I would use the last jar as you (my logic might need correcting here but I just think that the second distillation will clean up your "dubious" jar and the vapours may be fine.
If you are going to make a macerated fruit liqueur like limoncello, I would not use your last jar, only use the good stuff.
So if you do decide to not use it, I would consider this a poor heads cut or a good tails and I would throw it back in to with your next low wines for your next distillation.
I welcome anyone else's comments as I am still learning myself!