What Are the Advantages of a Distiller’s Parrot?
Again, the advantage of using a parrot is that it holds the alcoholmeter, which enables you to do inline testing. Without a parrot, you would collect your distillate in a collection container and then use your alcoholmeter to test that, which is also fine. The goal is to test the alcohol percentage/proof of the distillate as you go and use that percentage as a guide (often along with temperature) to decide where to make your cuts.
A distiller’s parrot is connected between the condenser and collection container, allowing the distillate to flow through on its way to the collection container. It’s handy because the parrot will hold your alcoholmeter, so you can take real-time readings of the alcohol percentage during the distillation process. A parrot isn’t absolutely necessary when you’re distilling, but it is an added convenience.