I was planning on running a rye whiskey from mash through 4 plates. I'm wondering if anyone can give some tips on dephlegmator temperature control?
My plan was to run the deph temp low to stack heads and flood the plates with basically 100% reflux then slowly let off till heads come off. Gather heads till hearts and then raise deph temp a bit and gather till tails come through.
Am I on the right track here? Should I set the deph temp a bit higher and let the heads through right away?
You're on the right track. Just set the temp well below boiling and load the plates. Let it run at 100% reflux for 15-30 minutes. Then raise the temp and start collecting like you said. You'll have the hang of it in no time.
also consider how cold your cooling water is when setting the flow rate, too cold of water flowing too fast can really throw things out of balance.
Thank you all!
Remember to then slowly cool the dephlig while maintaining your proof during your hearts, until you're fully cooling again, or the flow has stopped. Then warm the deflig and collect your tails.