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Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:47 am
by OtisT
I’ll just reply to your post, not the whole thread, that you should consider making head cuts by taste, not smell. Just my personal opinion that I find this more definitive/repeatable than cuts by smell.

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:55 pm
by Rrmuf
Thanks!!!! I will.

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Thu Sep 10, 2020 10:46 pm
by Saltbush Bill
Different strokes for different folk......my nose works fine.....I'll trust my nose for cutting heads over taste any day. Think it depends on the person.....is there a right or wrong way?

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:05 am
by NZChris
I cut by smell making neutrals. Flavored products I cut by tasting prospective blends.

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:37 pm
by LWTCS
I've definitely noticed an in between jar that tasted much better than it smelled. But that's coming from a place where the dead center cut was the standard.
My standard has definitely evolved.
I reckon everybody's does.....

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 2:50 pm
by OtisT
Ya, different strokes.... and please consider my advice in the context of the question asked. The poster In the previous message I replied to said he could not tell a heads cut point by smell and asked for advice, so I gently recommended he consider trying by taste. I smattered my response with “just my opinion” and such language so as not to envoke the wrath of others more experienced than me. I use my nose too at times and wasn’t trying to imply there was a right way. Otis

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 4:25 pm
by shadylane
All Ya got to do is fill a jar up partway and do it again. :lol:
The fun part is what you blend together.
I kinda like to keep all the cuts separate of a while.
Just to see what I have, before permanently putting it all together

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Fri Sep 11, 2020 5:48 pm
by nerdybrewer
90% plus of what I've ever made is rum.

Thought I had to get that out of the way.

With rum I plan to put it all in a once used Bourbon barrel and leave it there as long as I can stand it.

I do a stripping run to get all my low wines collected.
Then I add some wash left over from my ferment to my boiler with my low wines and do my "1.5" (or 1.3 or whatever it turns out to be) run.

I take off fores and keep them for parts wash or charcoal lighter.

Then I collect down to oily tails and turn off the still.

All that goes into the barrel, for however long it takes to make the magic.

And magic it is, my fervent belief is that 99% of the magic happens in the barrel - maybe what we do accounts for a little more I don't know, seems like what comes out is that much better than what goes in.

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:26 am
by googe
I have always struggled with the end of heads into hearts, taste does it for me. Heads, lip, tounge burn, hearts, back of throat, warming sensation.

Re: Stop cutting for heads while distilling!

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:35 am
by Rrmuf
+1 googe: ... and by the time you get to tail cuts, you just don't care as much ;-)