A parrot or epouvrette is a simple device
for holding an alcoholometer during distillation, allowing for
continual monitoring of the proof of the emerging distillate.
It is a gadget, i.e. you can survive without it. It is relatively
simple to make, but very practical during the distillation runs.
In professional distilleries, you will find the parrot or epouvrette
set up inside the spirit safe.
Basic rules you have to keep in mind
Where to get it
- Note that the pressure release is necessary. Without that,
pressure coming from the boiler through the column, then through
the condenser is blocked by the alcohol in the U syphon and
alcohometer may be projected in the air like a rocket! This
can happen in case you have connected the parrot direct to the
condenser, with no other way for pressure exhaust.
- Build your own.....
- Some commercial links can be found in the section "Where
Schematic setup of a parrot