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I love it, too. Do you use in all recipes? I use it in any corn mash I do and have used it in a sugar, tomato paste wash as well with great success. If I do an all grain, bourbon mash though, I like to use a a good whiskey yeast.
Have you ever used it in a brandy recipe?
A sugar wash will always get you a high ABV but may also give you off flavors. You could run the sugar wash through your still a few times and make good cuts and even run it through activated charcoal to make a cleaner neutral spirit. After all that, add your peels and syrup according to the limoncello recipe.
Note to self: Sounds delicious, add to list
What a great set-up. Pressure build-up is something that should always be in the back of your mind, you can never be too safe. The first thing I would do is make a water run. That way if you do have a pressure issue, you won’t have to worry about burning the whole place down. The glass thumper is idea for your concerns. If you can see that the vapor is being pushed into and out of the liquid in the thumper jar, you’ll know that everything is moving. It’s always good to blow through any tubes you can just to make sure there is nothing inside. I always have spider webs or insect cocoons in my tubes after sitting for a while. Make sure and keep an eye on vapor leaks, too. Seeing where the loose joints are with a water run will save you liquor and heartache. There’s a million ways to seal them up but I use 1 part water & 2 parts flour, made into a dough and packed around seams. Keep your heat moderate, not low and not high. Remember that every wash and run is a learning experience.
I buy big rolls of copper mesh from a fairly popular website. They come in different lengths and are about 6″ wide. This way, you can make a roll that fits the diameter of your column, 2″, 1.5″, etc. Always pull them out and rinse them off at the very least when done with a run. As mentioned prior, a good soak in white vinegar is best. make sure and rinse off the vinegar, too.
I also use them until they fall apart, copper ain’t cheap.