Good day to all this is my first forum and I hope to gain a lot of much needed info from you all, I was a home brewer for awhile then got fat off of too much beer so here I am, I have an 8 Gallon SS pot still with a Whiskey head, I do enjoy my whiskey, so far I have done 2 whiskey runs and a couple first(playing with it) making brandy out of cheap wine, it actually turned out pretty drinkable and so far so good. I have been reading daily and think I am getting the jist of distilling but do have questions on my cuts, everything I have been reading says you can notice the tails coming out because of a wet dog/cardboard smell and I do know what they are talking about as that was an Off in brewing as well, BUT the last run I did with a 5 gallon wash and some leftover tails from the first run, I ended up with 10 4-5 oz jars and I am even smelling the last one and do not smell anything like that? it smells sweet but there is for sure a strong chemical smell and a little nose burn, can someone explain what I am doing right or wrong, the first run I did I ran slow and got 160 proof distillate out, this time I ran it a little faster figuring it would be just as good to get some of the wash flavors in the distillate instead of plain water to lower the ABV to 40 percent, I ran the still for about 4 hours and don't know if I actually got to the tails, my wash was 10 percent and I have read that that would basically mean that I would get 10 percent of my 5 gallons out in distillate, is this wrong? so after my fores were tossed out I started collecting my spirit at 135 proof then finished up at 112 proof, it seems to me that I am stopping too soon but with the output I collected it seemed like I should be done? I am seeing people collect down to 40 proof??