W20 - Plate Column Operations
  • W20 - Plate Column Operations

W20 - Plate Column Operations


Learn how to distil with a partial fractioning still (as used by most craft distillers) in one simple course!

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A fun day learning how to distil with a partial fractioning still (as used by most craft distillers) in one simple course!

Master Principle:

• Reflux and ABV Control – Controlling the strength of spirits

Workshop contents:

• Introduction
  o Welcoming and Introduction of Participants
  o Workshop programme and structure
  o Scope of this workshop
  o Distilling safety
• What is craft distilling?
• Fractions in fermented beverages
• Vapour pressure and boiling points of fractions
• Water. ethanol phase diagram review
• The "Tape Extraction" analogy
• Effect of heat input rate on fraction composition
• Heat control vs temperature monitoring
• Still types used in craft distilling:
  o Alembic stills
  o Adjustable reflux column still (LMS)
  o Partial fractionating columns (CMS)
• The partial fractionating still anatomy
• Distilling methods
  o Stepped distilling (compression/releasing)
  o Impact of number of plates on distillation
  o Continuous releasing
      Aromatic spirits
      Neutral spirits
• Temperature and abv interpretations
  o Boiler temperatures
  o Vapour temperatures
  o Coolant temperatures
  o Temperature differentials B-V
  o Temperatures and percentage abv relationships
• Input variables and their impacts
  o Coolant water flow - main/reflux condenser (dephlegmator)
  o Coolant water flow - spirit condenser
  o Heat input
• Product development method
  o Record keeping
  o Fractionating
  o Fractional sensory evaluation
     Nosing
     Tasting
     Feeling
     Visual
  o Blending and dilution
• Practical distillation on partial fractionating still
  o Participation
  o Filling a still
  o Setting up a still column and coolant flow
  o Starting up and bringing to boil
  o Adjustment when boiling starts
  o Equalising/stabilizing your column
  o The heads
  o Stepped distilling
  o Continuous release distilling
  o Catching the tails
  o Shutting down and precautions
• Conclusions, Q&A and discussions

Receipt of your payment will confirm your seat reservation for the course. Please note our terms and conditions for training when cancelling a course. 

Course Fee Includes:

• Course material (laminated summary in flow diagram format)
• Use of copper still during distillation
• Refreshments during course (tea, coffee, cool drink, bottled water)
• Lunch Platters (Please inform us of any dietary requirements)


• Starts at 08:00 until approximately 17:00 with lunch at 12h00.

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