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    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
    Not sure how you are doing it, but if you are green like me, I would highly recommend distilling small amounts into lots of little glass jars, from the volatiles beginning, to the stinky end. Then take the time to smell and taste and measure the different jars. On your first runs, be very conservative and take a relatively small hearts section that you keep. Then you will start off knowing what it could/should be like and you can then push boundaries from there.


    EDIT: +1 what Toxxyc said. Keep the heads and tails and redistill. Dump the nail varnish foreshots


    I have been doing exactly the opposite. Have been collecting
    750ml to fill the measuring cylinder for the alcohol meter to
    float. Probably here is where the evil mix managed to get thru!!

    Green, I doubt you are that green.

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    I would say use a parrot on your stripping run, only, so you can watch and see what the ABV does... For interest and learning only. Then in the spirit run ditch the parrot and use little jars. Smaller the better to prevent 'smearing' where yucky crap at the end mixes into yummy stuff from the middle. I see you are in JHB. You are welcome to borrow my parrot if you like.
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    Is it an African Grey and does it swear a lot ?

    The Problem With The World Is That Everyone Is A Few Drinks Behind.!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
    I see you are in JHB.
    Yeah I'm from Joburg all right. Like yourself, all the best
    people on this planet hail from Joburg. Jozi!!!

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    Have been at it in a hectic manner. Getting closer and more
    accurate in the cut offs,..


    Quote Originally Posted by Toxxyc View Post
    Yes in this case it's not the water, but you seem to have too much oils in your distillate. You need to cut your still off sooner. You can still collect the stuff that comes out later, but re-distill it later.


    I distill twice. Today my distillate crystal clear again, till the
    water was added, I did narrow the cut offs for the hearts at
    both ends. This made a big difference in taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langchop View Post
    Then in the spirit run ditch the parrot and use little jars. Smaller the better to prevent 'smearing' where yucky crap at the end mixes into yummy stuff from the middle. You are welcome to borrow my parrot if you like.
    Did exactly that as you suggested with remarkable results.
    Although my set setup still very crude(lacking in little glass jars)
    I now have better control. I cut out all the measuring detail and
    now only use pen, paper, a sense of smell and tongue tip taste. I
    now have ten little jars lined up. I note my cuttings on the paper
    beginning from one till ten. Currently using from between 3-4 and
    8-9 jars.

    Thanks for the advice and also offering your parrot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JIGSAW View Post
    Is it an African Grey and does it swear a lot ?


    No it's not a dumb and common 50 shades that uses
    foul language. Rather more a highly sophisticated amazon
    macaw. So intelligent that it will know instinctively how
    to nibble away at your dearest's shirt buttons,..



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    For now I can with a fair amount of confidence, say that
    I have mastered the art of distilling a common gin.
    Not the best but also not so bad. Good enough to enjoy
    as a regular drink during lock down especially. This means
    I now can concentrate more on brewing beer.

    My fermenting chamber(a fridge) needs re- gassing. Hope
    the compressor is still fine. Any suggestions what to look
    for? Thanks for all the help so far,..,..,..

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    Quote Originally Posted by H. erectus View Post
    For now I can with a fair amount of confidence, say that
    I have mastered the art of distilling a common gin.

    Not the best but also not so bad. Good enough to enjoy
    as a regular drink during lock down especially. This means
    I now can concentrate more on brewing beer.

    My fermenting chamber(a fridge) needs re- gassing. Hope
    the compressor is still fine. Any suggestions what to look
    for? Thanks for all the help so far,..,..,..
    I love a gin every now and then ... usually go from beer ... to gin .... to whisky
    The Problem With The World Is That Everyone Is A Few Drinks Behind.!


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    Awesome stuff, well done.

    [I think we need a mixer glass smiley now too]
    Cheers,
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