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Jun 08, 2022 View:

Running plates

I have developed my own techniques, but they were hard-won.

When you are profiling your spirit with different plate combinations, how do you decide which plates to manipulate? With a 10 plate column, and you want to run 5, do you run the top five? The bottom five? Every other one? Why? Do you drain a plate and re-fill at certain times during your run? Do you dump the top to the bottom to boost speed?

This is a discussion that I have never had with another distiller...just never came up. Any comments?


Reply:

I've always understood that you're better off using the plates that are closest to your partial condenser, so the higher plates. I think this probably leads to better control over the plates themselves as you adjust your reflux from above.


Reply:

on the plates that are not being used you will still get some crippled action, its better this partial effect happens at lower proof then higher.

so I guess I'm a proponent of disabling lower plates first.

Steve