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Postby dyerwolf » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:46 pm

After doing a beer stripping run, what is the purpose of adding heads and tails.

Is it to make the cuts for the spitit run easier?

Does it contribute to the flavor in the end?
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Postby CoopsOz » Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:59 pm

Only add the tails, the heads go into a big container until you have got enough to run through a reflux (after treating with bi-carb).

The purpose of adding the tails is because there is still alot of EtOH in there, remember that you stop collecting your drinking run at about 50% (depending on what you are running, it might even be earlier than that).
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Postby manu de hanoi » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:01 am

sometimes heads have a nice perfume you'd like to keep.
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Postby Usge » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:46 am

This is the first I've ever heard to add only "tails" to your strip runs to try and extract more ethanol from it. It doesn't make sense either..given the heads generally have higher abv than tails do (as tails are closer to water as they go).

Most of the information I've read from here (and elsewhere) suggest to save both heads and tails (as feints) for another strip run. I'm not saying you are wrong coopz. Just that it's the first I've heard it that way.

Beyond that, one could do it anyway they prefer...as to personal preference. I know some here who suggest they like to always do cuts..even on strip runs..because it makes their cuts run better/easier.

So, to each their own I guess.
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Re: adding heads

Postby Tater » Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:58 am

dyerwolf wrote:After doing a beer stripping run, what is the purpose of adding heads and tails.

Is it to make the cuts for the spitit run easier?

Does it contribute to the flavor in the end?
Not sure what your asking.Most don't make any cuts on stripping runs .Cuts Are usually done on second run.Fore shots and early heads are removed as is bottom end of tails. tails.Fore shots are discarded and early heads and late tails are kept to add to next run or saved and reran with more of the same.Reason I use word early and late is some of each heads and tails are left in product to archive a taste thats pleasing to producer in grain and fruit pot stilled products.I mostly single run and I toss both fore shots and heads Ive cut and only save tails to add to my next run.When I double run I make cuts on both runs .
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Postby CoopsOz » Sat Oct 20, 2007 1:48 pm

It doesn't make sense either..given the heads generally have higher abv than tails do (as tails are closer to water as they go).


Agreed, but they also have a sweet undesirable smell/taste that I don't want in my whiskey.

Just to clarify, I make no cuts whatsoever on my strip runs. I just reduce it to about 1/5 it's original volume. When I have enough, I throw it in the kettle along with the tails from my last spirit run.
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