Uncle remus, why so offended,glad i keep the shades for you !
Yes your plan of doing a stripping run is spot on.
Infact if you do 2 stripping runs and then combine them and run that to max % you will save even more power and time.
Now the reason I prefer to distill to 95.5% is because I'm not just taking out water, I'm taking out all the other (excuse me ) crap.
I then add water to 40%abv, or just put less in the coke.
If your line of thought was carried to the rediculous; why not just do a stripping run in a pot still to 40% and put that in your coke.
I do like your idea of running your product through a liebig to cool it so you can get an accurate SG reading. Seems to me that hot ethanol that comes out of a LM still must evaporate quite a bit.
Ofcourse I wouldn't want to suggest seeing you have the liebig just to run vapour into it via a gate valve and have the easiest to control VM still.
mmmmh, need to think about that.
And by the way I never said i knew it all, but I am interseted in learning as much as I can. I suppose I could just make crazy posts about the first lame thing that came into my head,, but what's the point.
So slow down brother, relax.