|What counts as a distillation cycle?|
Whether you are using a tank distiller or an electroplated column, it is very easy to calculate the number of separation steps in the equipment. A tank still is in operation, if you want to know, each plate in the reflux column counts as a separation step.
Packed columns can have many variations, making it more difficult to calculate the number of equivalent separation steps consistently. So, if you are using four plates attached to the still, does this mean that your spirits have been distilled five times (four plates per pot)?
Even if multiple separation steps may occur in a single run with a coated chromatography column, one of the practical reasons for this is that the usual practice is to cut at a standstill, but it is very impractical to cut at each plate level. This means that even if you go through multiple separation stages in a column, the entire distillation process will only complete one complete cycle.
Separating the head, heart, and tail is not only another separation step, it is also where a large part of the distillation process comes into play. You may pursue the inner core, you may want to capture some fruit flavors in your mind, or there may be some remaining flavors added to your final product at the end of the run. Choosing where to cut and which wine is best for you is an important part of the whole process and one of the most important stages in the distillation process.
The use of plated columns to make spirits does have many advantages over canned distillation. Running a higher reflux ratio and using multiple plates will help you achieve better separation and allow you to get more effective separation every time you run. This means less energy input and less process waste, which means lower costs in the long run.
Due to the cost of repeatedly heating the kettle, the cost of materials thrown away when cutting, and the increased labor costs of field personnel running multiple batches on site (one or two is enough), the cost of manufacturing spirits has increased sharply using appropriate equipment.
For example, when you make Vodka to achieve higher purity and consistently high ABV during the run, it is important to have enough separation steps to maintain purity and prevent smearing.
The distillation cycle involves a lot of content, and it can be confusing when you study new practices and try to do some experiments. We are happy to help and discuss your needs and what you need to help you build the best spirit.
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