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I have discoloured spirit

New condensers can sometimes produce discoloured spirit the first or second time that they are used. All condensers are acid washed to remove welding flux etc. after manufacture but problems can still arise.

Yellow spirit can also be produced if too much spirit has been collected on the previous run. Byproducts build up inside the condenser and are flushed out with the next run. The carbon treatment should remove this but redistilling gives the customer peace of mind. Clean the condenser before use.

Dark bits or "floaters" in the spirit
This is more common in the Pot Still than the Reflux but can happen in both. It is almost always caused by collecting too much spirit. This usually shows up the next time the still is run. To fix this problem clean the condenser as below and only collect the recommended amount.

How to clean the condenser
Soak in white vinegar or Coca-Cola. Rinse it with a weak solution of dishwashing liquid and water then wash any residue off after treatment with plenty of clean water. This treatment should clean the condenser then start the oxidation process again which hardens the surface of the copper.