hist-brewing: Re: distillation

Owen Hutchins owenbrau at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 29 19:11:12 PDT 2003

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From: "Hiram Berry" <burningb at burningbridges.com>
To: <hist-brewing at pbm.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2003 9:21 PM
Subject: hist-brewing: Re: distillation
The stills they used (and
> are still used for many liquours) for the various national forms of aqua
> vitae were simple pot stills called "alambics" I believe: different
> components did not separate into precise fractions at precise
> rather the temperature of the distillate vapor rose in a continous curve.
> They weren't capable of eliminating the contaminants you mention.

Sure they were; they could dump the "heads" and "tails", the first and last
portions of the run. That method is easy, and old.
"English doesn't borrow from other languages. English follows other
languages down dark alleys, knocks them over, and goes through their pockets
for loose grammar."

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