Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

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Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Tesla101 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:17 pm

Hi folks,

Just got done with doing my spirits run.

I just took 2.6L out of the low wines, which was about all the alcohol in there according to the calculator. The last 200mL was still at 91 %ABV.

Just wondering, before I chuck it out - is there any use for what's still in the boiler after the spirit run? Can I add it to the next spirit run, or is the alcohol in it pretty much all tails?
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby db1979 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:28 pm

Yep tails, water and salts and other stuff that won't boil. It's useful for cleaning grotty stuff while it's still hot and removing bottle labels, but otherwise ditch it.

I pump mine straight into the inspection port for our sewage line.
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Tesla101 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:36 pm

db1979 wrote:Yep tails, water and salts and other stuff that won't boil. It's useful for cleaning grotty stuff while it's still hot and removing bottle labels, but otherwise ditch it.

I pump mine straight into the inspection port for our sewage line.


Ah, brilliant db. Been looking for something to remove bottle labels. ;-)

Thanks mate :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby wynnum1 » Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:03 pm

Put some rum dunder in the freezer to keep and found that it has a lower freezing temperature then water must be the alcohol and other ingredients so if want to make some bottles of ice to keep an esky cold will do a good job but not going to be very good to drink.
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Yonder » Tue Jan 28, 2020 3:59 pm

Use it as the souring agent for sour mash whiskey, if its a whiskey run. I use the inspection port at night for the excess...
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Tesla101 » Tue Jan 28, 2020 7:33 pm

Thanks for the replies.

I took db's advice and stripped a few labels from old grog bottles - then threw it in the cooling tanks :smile: Should keep my subby pump nice and clean :teasing-tease:

It was my one and only Turbo run. Not much use for anything else :))
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby RC Al » Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:43 pm

I wouldnt be throwing too much in your cooling tank, acids n salts all eat copper, SS and rubber
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Tesla101 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 6:36 am

RC Al wrote:I wouldnt be throwing too much in your cooling tank, acids n salts all eat copper, SS and rubber


Ah good thinking RC. I don't think there's any copper, SS or rubber in my cooling tanks, mostly plastic in the wheelie bins and pump bits. But good to keep in mind what's in the remains of the run

Thanks
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby The Dark Alchemist » Thu Jan 30, 2020 7:55 am

I add it to my windscreen washer bottle in the car, along with some washing up liquid. Keeps is nice and clean. Will be giving a heap to a mate who does a heap of welding, as a cleaner.

I use olive oil and bicarb to clean the label glue off bottles; works a treat - I don't seem to have the same success with 92% tails..
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Zak Griffin » Thu Jan 30, 2020 8:24 am

There might not be any copper and stainless in the cooling tank, but there will be in the still that you're trying to cool :-B
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Tesla101 » Thu Jan 30, 2020 11:18 am

Zak Griffin wrote:There might not be any copper and stainless in the cooling tank, but there will be in the still that you're trying to cool :-B


Lol yep, got me there Zak :oops:

Do you think 2-3L of crud mixed in 420L of water will hurt the still? Also, with it being stinking hot in Melbourne today and tomorrow will any of it evaporate out? Or am I just safer replacing the coolant water?
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby Zak Griffin » Thu Jan 30, 2020 12:07 pm

I'd say you'd be fine mate, I wouldn't stress too much about it.
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Re: Any use for the remains of a spirit run?

Postby coffe addict » Tue Feb 04, 2020 10:15 am

Rum dunder is an awesome rust stripper and full of useful minerals for the garden we water it down 50/50 with water and then use it on the lawn and compost piles. Grain back-set is much the same.
Neutral has been covered above.
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