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Home distillation is not my forte ( yet) … Though quite keen at this topic, due to  lack of space and time, I cannot have the luxury to indulge myself into this area of  brewery ….Making home brewed wines, sherries and infusions is quite ok, distillation is different ball game all together.  Someday soon when I retire , I might give this a try too…

For those who are curious and have the luxury to , I found this website created/web mastered  by Tony Ackland,  http://homedistiller.org/ .  Tony seems to be just like you and me who got interested in this part of science and started his  lab at home  , few years back.  In his website, Tony has tried to cover  many aspects of Home Distillation  inluding the theory involved, the equipments that are used, preperations of wash, flavouring etc.  I must add, it is definitely a must browse and bookmark site for all those interestes in Home Brewing, if not anything else we could gain a lot of essential vocabulary related to Home Distillation and Brewing …  He has managed to provide some images of equipments used in distillation etc….

 I learnt a few new  things myself …

… REFLUX Still does these multiple distillations in one single go, by having some packing in a column between the condensor & the pot, and allowing some of the vapour to condense and trickle back down through the packing. This “reflux” of liquid helps clean the rising vapour and increase the % purity. The taller the packed column, and the more reflux liquid, the purer the product will be. The advantage of doing this is that it will result in a clean vodka, with little flavour to it – ideal for mixing with flavours etc.

Do have a look  http://homedistiller.org/ 

And another extermely good resource that Tom has managed to create over years of this hard work is his forum [http://www.homedistiller.org/forum ]


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