Cleaning and Maintenance
Before your first distillation take the following steps to thoroughly clean your still.
|Still Size||Volume of Water||Rye|
|40 L||16 L||1 kg|
|20 L||8 L||500 g|
|10 L||4 L||250 g|
|5 L||2 L||100 g|
|3 L||1.2 L||75 g|
To obtain clean distillates of spirits hydrosols and essentail oils its important the still is thoroughly clean without tarnish.
Use 1 cup of citric acid per 10 L bucket of warm water. Dissolve thouroughly. Immerse the parts of the still in the citric acid solution until you see the raw copper starting to appear. This will happen quite quickly but on severely tarnished copper may take some soaking. Using a nylon pot scourer thouroughly clean the inside and outside of the still until all the tarnish is removed. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a soft cotton cloth.
To Clean the Coil
Block the distillate outlet, pour high proof alcohol (90%) - denatured alcohol or heads collected from previous distillations are suitable. The high alcohol content will dissolve residues that may build up inside the condenser coil. Let it sit for several hours, unblock the distillate outlet and let the alcohol flow out. Thoroughly rinse with hot soapy water and flush with more fresh water. If you do not have alcohol use a strong solution of citric acid dissolved in hot water. Rinse thoroughly.
Before starting a distillation
Assemble the still with hot water in the bowl. Bring the water to a rolling boil. Keep the condenser bucket empty of water. Allow hot steam to move through the entire still until its coming out the distillate outlet. The steam will sterilze the internal parts of your still. Fill the condenser bucket with cold water and distil water until its clear, tasteless and has a neutral pH.
Now you are ready to start your distillation.
After your distillation.
Rinse the still thoroughly with hot soapy water. Make sure there are no obstructions in the pipes. Store in a dry place.
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