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Thread: Distilling grape wine for brandy

  1. #1
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    Default Distilling grape wine for brandy

    a very good friend owns a small winery and this last winter was experimenting with a late harvest wine (sorta Ice Wine) and decided that he didn't get what he wanted. He wants me to distill this wine into brandy. Here are my questions.
    He has only 5 gallons of the product so do I do a stripping run first and then combine with water for the second run or just do one run? IF I use only one run I know there will be little of the middle run as compared to the heads and tails, do I keep these and use in some other run even if it is not grape wine? I am very new to distillation, have been making beer for years. so the move to distillation has been fairly natural, but I hate to waste his product and know that having several stripping runs and combination of those runs would make a better product.
    How would you do this?

    Thank All, just as with my other forums for beer brewing, I am amazed with all the help people receive on these forums.

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    I have been fortunate and not gotten a bad batch of wine in years but ill guess at running it in the pot still mode and treating it as any whiskey wash.

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    I've never made any but read about it. What I remember is it's supposed to be distilled very slowly so you get more or the flavor into the distillate. Then it's gonna taste bad until it's aged in a oak cask . The longer the better.
    No matter how you look at it, at the end of the day BO still stinks.

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    I am pretty new at this but I think you just want a single run. I have run 10 gallons of 2 different kinds of wine and after first run I have about 10.5 liters.
    With the 2nd 10 gallons I had feints from the first 10 gallons and got some pretty good output. Loose most flavor after running it twice. Next time I am going to use the wine and feints I have and drink the first run so I get more flavor from the wine I am distilling.

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    Just to be clear, from 5 gallons of wine I got 5.25 liters. That includes heads, hearts and tails.

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    Default thanks for the input

    I ran a single run and the distillate was surprisingly very grapy smelling. I gave the what I considered the hearts to my buddy, and he is now oaking it. We will see how it turns out.

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