While reading an article on home brewing the article said to keep the tails, what does it mean by tails? What are the tails?

  • Can you post a quote where it is used? Without context - I have no idea.
    – Mołot
    Apr 14, 2016 at 8:59
  • Are you sure it was homebrewing and not an article related to distillation?
    – brewchez
    Apr 14, 2016 at 11:07
  • @brewchez that makes sense, but I can't figure a use for distillation tails, maybe as a fuel or solvent? Apr 14, 2016 at 11:31
  • Can't find the article I read it on to save my life, I have gone through my search history but no luck, but Evil Zymurgist nailed the question.
    – Mr Hons
    Apr 14, 2016 at 15:35
  • I've heard the term used in moonshine distilling. The tails is the last of the liquid you get from the distillation process. It's a mix of good ethanol and harmful alcohols, so you don't want to drink it. However, it can be thrown into your next batch to boost the quantity of ethanol you get in your next batch.
    – Bolwerk
    Apr 20, 2016 at 0:58

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Tails or Tailings is what's left of a material after it has been processes and something more valuable has been removed. Though a term used in mining more than homebrewing.

In brewing this will refer to making use of...

1) Second runnings from a mash, parti-gyle. Great for a second a batch of a smaller beer or for yeast starter wort.

2) Making use of spent grain for baking or compost

3) Yeast trub. The gunk on the bottom of the fermentor. This is mostly yeast, hops, etc. Use this to grow more yeast, or even pitch a seconds batch of wort right on top.

  • Yes using this in context with what I remember reading makes very good sense.
    – Mr Hons
    Apr 14, 2016 at 15:35

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