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Articles Relating to Craft Spirit Distillations by Distillique
All articles related to Distillation - from the basics of Distillation Theory, to Still Types and Still Design, Still Construction, Still Operations, and the more advanced principles of Fractional Distillation and Vacuum Distillation.
What are the different Still Types?
We look at all the different types of stills - from Pot Still, Alembic Stills and Adjustable Reflux Column Stills, to Fractionating Reflux Column Stills or Plate Column Stills, Continuous Stills, Multi Column Stills and Hybrid Stills.
What type of still is commonly used for which type of product, and why?
What are the different Distillation Techniques?
We look at Stripping Runs, Spirit Runs, Rectifying Runs and Ginning Runs. Techniques used either to improve our production capacity, retain flavor, remove flavor or add flavor. We also explore the Holy Grail of Craft Spirits - Mouth Feel and Lingering Aftertaste - and how we can achieve this through Distillation, specifically Fractional Distillation, instead of having to resort to "cheats" like the addition of Glycerin, Sugar or other artificial Mouthfeel Enhancers.
9 articles in the category: Distillation
The Components of a True Rum
Published : 26-06-2020 12:11:46 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Fermentation , Spirit Enhancement
Exploring the sources and processes that leads to the creation of the unique and highly prized Flavor Compounds in a true Caribbean Style Rum
Dilution before Re-Distillation
Published : 08-04-2020 07:11:44 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling
Inspired by a common question for new distillers, this article looks at the reason why we dilute Distillate prior to redistilling. Time to put on the science hat and explore Water - Ethanol Affinities
Different ways in which Still Shape Impacts Spirit Quality
Published : 07-04-2020 07:54:51 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling
Are all stills created equal? Previous articles have already explored the different still types, but even within the one category of stills - Alembic Stills - not all stills are considered the same.
Can the use of Copper Stills cause Cancer?
Published : 28-03-2020 09:04:56 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Home Distilling , Miscellaneous
Recently an Article has been doing the rounds, calling into question the use of Copper in Stills. It has a lot of people asking questions, so here is our answer to them.
The Effect of Boiling Rate on Fractions during Distillation
Published : 27-03-2020 12:45:56 | Categories : Distillation , Home Distilling
Common questions among new Distillers is "How fast should I run my Still?" or "How soon will this be done?", not realising that the Rate of Boil and Flow Rate impacts the quality of the product.
How do I get rid of Fusel Oils in my Spirits?
Published : 07-02-2020 09:24:36 | Categories : Distillation , Fermentation , Spirit Enhancement
Fusel Oils are a term banded about quite often in the Spirit World, but what are they exactly? Do I want them in my Spirit or not, and if not, how do I get rid of them?
Closed Cooling Systems and their Challenges
Published : 16-01-2020 14:50:46 | Categories : Commercial Distilling , Distillation , Fermentation , Home Distilling , Miscellaneous
South Africa is an arid country, and more and more we face extensive drought conditions. Distilleries need water to operate. So how do we limit the water we require, especially for cooling?