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Barney Fife wrote:I think the real hero with all these new style stills is not the plates, but the dephlegmator(note proper spelling).
Barney Fife wrote:Would be nice to see what comes out of a regular pot still with a dephlegmator (no plates or packing).
I'll be doing exactly that, soon. I built my new column completely modular, meaning, each piece can be removed and used separately. I can take my dephleg and run it without the column.
Austin Nichols wrote:Again we see another good reason to have a removable plate tree
WalkingWolf wrote:Your assessment carries logic as the flavor components are carried on the non-ethanol portions.
Unlike typical reflux columns which send all the vapor back down to be re-distilled many, many times on the random packing, thus stripping away all flavor, the dephleg allows the distiller to finely control the reflux, while allowing the lighter compounds to go straight through the dephleg and into the product condenser. and with minimal surface areas back in the column, the richer flavor compounds aren't being knocked down by all the refluxed alcohol, and can instead make its way north, up the column, and eventually into the condenser.
LWTCS wrote:Austin Nichols wrote:Again we see another good reason to have a removable plate tree
Only to further conclude it is better to have the plates than not......
Course there is still the "should i go 3 plates today,,,,,,,,,or 5" question.
Barney Fife wrote:The Baker asked Will the column be the same total height as before?
(Will you be replacing the bits that held the plates with plain column?)
I guess that would be a 'fairer' comparison.
No. The point won't be to do a "fair" comparison. The point will be to see if a simple pot still head, with the addition of a dephleg, will produce the flavors we're seein', without the complexity(and expense) of the plated column.
Bear with me on this... When we think about it closely, liquid has a far better HETP value than any structured packing...
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