If you truly want to produce alcohol drinks such as vodka just like the experts then you can surely receive improved alcoholic beverages with an efficient reflux still. You can incorporate this process even when using pot distillation equipment so as to receive stronger and purer ethanol at the end of each successful distillation.
If you are one lucky alcohol connoisseur that is allowed by law to distill small amounts of alcohols and spirits in your own home then you will firstly need matching alcohol distillation equipment to turn that fermented mixture or mash into potent alcoholic beverages. The most cost effective equipment that you can build all by yourself or buy over the internet is pot distillation equipment. This type of a still features a copper pot or even a stainless steel milk can along with attached metal tubing fitted with a water jacket at the other end and a collection vessel to finally collect the ethanol that is condensed back into liquid form. In addition, you will also require filters and clamps to prop up your ethanol distilling equipment and can now expect to distill your chosen alcohol drink, be it rum, whiskey, vodka, gin, etc in small and delicious batches.
However, the alcohol or spirit that you derive out of your homemade still might not possess strong alcohol strength or proof levels and could also be infused with unwanted toxins such as acetone, ethyl acetate, methanol, etc that evaporate at roughly the same temperature as ethanol. If your fermentation process is flawed in any way then you might also end up with fusel alcohols that provide an unwanted oily texture to the final alcohol and might not be separated only by the pot distillation process. The most compact and cost efficient solution to these problems is to opt for reflux still equipment that can merely be mounted on the neck of your pot or milk can, which in turn prevents these contaminants from proceeding towards the collection vessel.
Whether you plan to use a homemade still or a readymade still in kit form, you should ensure that you incorporate the reflux method in the form of an ethanol distilling column mounted over your vessel that hold the boiling mash. Such a still uses fractional distillation to stop contaminating vapors from passing through towards the attached metal tubing and forces such chemicals to condense back into liquid form and drop back into the vessel. The result is that only pure ethanol manages to pass through this column and enter into the metal tubing where it is condensed back into strong and heady ethanol with the help of circulating water or air. You should also ensure that you use copper mesh or ceramic raschig rings to aid you in filtering and polishing your final product along with the help of charcoal filters too.
If you are yet at the planning stage of building your own still at home then you should look at moonshine still plans that already incorporate a reflux distilling column within the plan itself so that you can build that perfect still that rewards you with pure and safe ethanol that provides maximum taste with minimum hangover. If you already have a basic pot still then you should certainly seek out a matching fractional distillation column to improve the quality and quantity of your heady yield.
Your desire to create delicious and strong alcoholic beverages right at home should be matched with well-designed distilling equipment. Your pot distillation still should certainly be attached to the right reflux still equipment so as to receive totally pure droplets of heady liquid nectar dripping into your collection vessel after each successful distillation.