Pepper

Use of Thumper vs. 2nd pot still run.

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Hi.  Is the second run off a regular pot still equivalent to a first run using a Thumper (in terms of the taste and ethanol concentration achieved)?  In other words, can using a Thumper take the place of that second run?  Thank you in advance of your reply.  J. Pepper.

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I believe a thumper equates to roughly about 1.5x distillation. It's really it's own animal though.

You will produce a dramatically fuller flavor off a thumper compared to a spirit run from low-wines. If you use water in the thumper you'll get an extension of the hearts run, and if you use mash you will bump proof up a bit with less of an extension.

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Thank you for the response, rtshfd.  I'm going to have to revise my still's architecture sometime this summer to accommodate a Thumper and experiment a bit.  Do you happen to know if filling the Thumper with an aqueous solution containing aromatic or flavor additives will provide the distillate with at least a hint of that flavor profile?  Again, thanks.  J. Pepper.

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We use thumpers and really like the flavor profile they yield.  You're definitely not going to skip a second run though, they're just not that efficient.  Our stripping runs will yield about 30-40% abv, then we'll yield about 75% on our low wines run.  You can absolutely use them to add flavors to your distillate, we run two thumpers in series and use the second thumper as a kind of gin basket for our botanicals.  They're definitely not as efficient as a couple of plates and you'll be hard pressed to do a single pass anything but we've found them to be very versatile, and provide a flavor profile that we love.  As with a lot of things in distilling, they're not THE way to make tasty product but they certainly are A way and if it fits with how you like to distill and yields a product you like then go for it.

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On ‎6‎/‎2‎/‎2017 at 5:16 AM, rtshfd said:

...................... and if you use mash you will bump proof up a bit with less of an extension.

do you mean "mash" as in milled grain, malt and water pre-fermentation??

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