Feints and Filtering

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Feints and Filtering

Postby B-Man » Wed Jan 06, 2021 1:53 pm

Hey Guys,
not sure if this is a newbie question but cant really find another place for it.

1. Is feints something you get great flavours from or is it just about extracting The Hearts you didn't get out of the previous runs?
I make quite fussy cuts and only take what I think its the best stuff so have a lot of heads and tails that still have a lot of hearts with it.
When I first started my plan was to run the feints in my T500 and compress the heads and tails and just grab a good chunk of neutral hearts but now im thinking it probably has some good /better flavours than the original?

2. Is it better to filter before or after your second distillation? I don't filter my spirits as I have really only made wine into brandy but if I was wanting to do a neutral would you run it as a stripping run, then filter it and rerun it?
My thought was that your taking out the nasties before the spirit run so its a cleaner product before it even goes through the Still.
would this be better or worse if you use your fore's and early heads as cleaning chemical? ie. what makes it a good cleaning chemical is now removed?

3. I have read about adding sodium carbonate to low wines at 1 teaspoon/L and its meant to compress the heads and tails. im guessing this is for neutral only?
Would it work for feints?
Would this be affected if done before filtering?
and does this affect the fore's/heads as cleaning chemical?
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Re: Feints and Filtering

Postby howard » Wed Jan 06, 2021 3:52 pm

the feints question is hard to answer, different for each product and each distiller.
eg after i have done a spirit run on my rum low wines in pot still mode, taken my harsh cuts, i then run the feints through my reflux and get some good immediate drinking rum.
others do their own thing with feints, all feints runs, adding feints to next run etc etc.
as for filtering, i have never filtered anything, i don't think there is any real need with a good 'tried and tested' wash.
i take the fores('nasties'?) out on a stripping run (personal choice, some don't) and again on the spirit run.
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Re: Feints and Filtering

Postby B-Man » Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:13 pm

howard wrote:the feints question is hard to answer, different for each product and each distiller.
eg after i have done a spirit run on my rum low wines in pot still mode, taken my harsh cuts, i then run the feints through my reflux and get some good immediate drinking rum.

so you get a lot of flavours from the feints then even through the reflux still?
howard wrote:others do their own thing with feints, all feints runs, adding feints to next run etc etc.
as for filtering, I have never filtered anything, i don't think there is any real need with a good 'tried and tested' wash.
I take the fores('nasties'?) out on a stripping run (personal choice, some don't) and again on the spirit run.

I have never filtered but interested to try and see what it does. From removing more flavour for neutrals to just cleaning it up for a smoother taste.

Yeah there so many ways to do things just trying to work out what others have tried and whether it works or not. or is worth trying.
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Re: Feints and Filtering

Postby bluc » Wed Jan 13, 2021 7:16 pm

Rum is notorius for flavour carry over virtualy anything else can be turned to neutral or vodka :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Feints and Filtering

Postby howard » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:35 pm

B-Man wrote:
howard wrote:the feints question is hard to answer, different for each product and each distiller.
eg after i have done a spirit run on my rum low wines in pot still mode, taken my harsh cuts, i then run the feints through my reflux and get some good immediate drinking rum.

so you get a lot of flavours from the feints then even through the reflux still?
howard wrote:others do their own thing with feints, all feints runs, adding feints to next run etc etc.
as for filtering, I have never filtered anything, i don't think there is any real need with a good 'tried and tested' wash.
I take the fores('nasties'?) out on a stripping run (personal choice, some don't) and again on the spirit run.

I have never filtered but interested to try and see what it does. From removing more flavour for neutrals to just cleaning it up for a smoother taste.

Yeah there so many ways to do things just trying to work out what others have tried and whether it works or not. or is worth trying.

yep, the product from refluxing the rum feints is quite tasty, i use it in my mojitos. (i have been having a few tonight burp lol)

i don't personally see the point of filtering, why would you try to remove flavour?
if you are trying to remove bad flavours or clean something up with filtering, i think the operator already has a problem in the operation of a still or ingredients.
TBH it's took me a while, but i wouldn't wash me dog in some of the first 'hearts' i produced in the early days. :smile:
Last edited by howard on Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:36 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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