watering down

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watering down

Postby Shanus » Friday Jul 29, 2011 8:15 pm

after pulling 80% out of a still what is the best way to water it down?

tap water?
distilled water?

do you distill ur own water or just buy it?
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Re: watering down

Postby hirns » Friday Jul 29, 2011 9:14 pm

On carbon and then distilled water.
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Re: watering down

Postby spud1700 » Saturday Jul 30, 2011 7:24 pm

You'll need to add the water first, don't put 80% alcohol through carbon. Filtered water, tank water \ rain water, spring water, distilled water take your pick. If you can get your alcohol up to 95% when it comes out of your still you'll end up with a better product.

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Re: watering down

Postby Shanus » Saturday Jul 30, 2011 10:18 pm

my still only produces 80% would love 95% but my super reflux only does 80 unless it is something im doing wrong
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Re: watering down

Postby spud1700 » Sunday Jul 31, 2011 10:40 am

You could dilute it back down to 40% and combine a few runs to fill your boiler and you'ld get a better product ( double distill after combining a few runs). OK, didn't know what type of still you had, your not going to get 95% with the little super reflux.
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Re: watering down

Postby turbo_brian » Friday Jan 06, 2012 11:48 am

I distill into a Demijohn, then use a half-sized fermenter to water down my product (using a Britta inline tap filter and tap water), using the fermenter tap to pour into a test-tube for testing the alcohol percentage.

Once I am at my 40%, I then use the carbon filter to further purify my end-result before putting into a 25 litre fermenter for storage. I have used a standard 1/2 inch blocking grommet on the lid of my fermenter to seal it for storing my drinkable spriti prior to mix.

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