Proof of your tails

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Proof of your tails

Post by Durhommer » Fri Jan 01, 2021 1:51 pm

On a spirit run how far down in abv are you guys running to.
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by Deplorable » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:02 pm

I run mine down to about 45 to 50%, after that they're pretty funky. Once I start to see oils on the jars or they get cloudy, I usually collect one or two more to see if they clear up, then switch to a stockpot and raise the heat to strip the alcohol for feints collection and collect down to around 15 to 20.
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by dieselduo » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:11 pm

I collect to 100 proof and the rest goes in a feints jug

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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by Durhommer » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:12 pm

Just wanted to make sure I was doing it right I've been collecting my strips in gallons and doing a string of jars on spirits only keeping the middle section of jars with a bit from a front jar and a bit from an end jar

Sometimes I just shut down and dump the pot at a certain abv but that's wasteful of my time and efforts
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by NZChris » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:21 pm

I collect down to about 10-15% at the spout. My combined heads and tails from a flavored spirit averages around 40% and gets aged on oak while I build up enough for a feints run with some added fresh wash.

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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by NZChris » Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:25 pm

It depends on what you're making too. I'm far less greedy when stripping and spirit running a TPW than when running grains.

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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by Saltbush Bill » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:17 pm

What sort of still are we talking ? on a reflux still spirit run the abv could still be 94%-93%abv when tails show?
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by Durhommer » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:26 pm

Just simple pot still
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Post by Prairiepiss » Sun Jan 03, 2021 8:38 pm

I collect all’s the tails. I mean I Go pretty deep into the tail end. And it all goes in a feints bucket. All the collected that doesn’t make the cut goes in the feints bucket. Heads tails whatever. And when I get enough in the bucket to make a run. It all gets run through for a neutral run. You would be surprised how much good alcohol is actually hiding in them thar tails.
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by Durhommer » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:23 pm

I haven't had storage enough till now to really collect feints
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Re: Proof of your tails

Post by goinbroke2 » Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:15 am

I go down to 20-25% on a spirit run.
Numerous 57L kegs, some propane, one 220v electric with stilldragon controller. Keggle for all-Grain, two pot still tops for whisky, a 3" reflux with deflag for vodka. Coming up, a 4" perf plate column. Life is short, make whisky and drag race!

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