For the first use
Rinse the unit with water. You don't have to remove saddles but rather ensure that water is flushed through the unit ie. from the bottom of the column through to the alcohol out point.
Every 5-10 distillations
We recommend washing the saddles every 5-10 distillations, by rinsing the column with water.
Every 20 distillations
For a thorough clean, rinse the column with a citric acid mix (2 Tbsp citric acid to 4 L of water) then flush with water 2 or 3 times to get rid of the acid.
You can also unpack your column and soak your saddles in a citric acid mix before rinsing them and placing them back into the column again. Please remember to add the copper saddles first followed by the ceramic or stainless steel saddles (depending on what you have). We recommend washing the saddles every 5-10 distillations, by rinsing the column with water.
Note: Column may leak during cleaning.
This will happen during cleaning as there is no seal at the top of the tower between the top cap and the stainless steel condenser. This does not have any effect on the operation of the still, as the vapour pressure produced from distilling using the T500 isn't enough to breach the seal between the top cap and the column. This is a safety feature in case of a pressure build-up.