Just thought I would throw you some "Food for thought".. I came
across a post either here or in the new_distillers group about using
an igloo water cooler as the boiler. You might want to check it out
if you are considering getting a new keg as a boiler. It really looks
like the perfect solution. All stainless steel inside and insulated
for both "Hot" or "Cold". I've been trying to source one out myself
but haven't had any success. Anyway take a look at it, here is the
--- In Distillers@y..., "c2h5oh_x" <c2h5oh_x@y...> wrote:
> I totally agree with you on the regarding the esthetics of the
> clamp. I'm not happy with the way it looks either. Your solution
> excellent. I had a similar idea. But I have some future plans for
> this keg and I'm not quite ready to put more holes in it just yet.
> I have a friend that worked in the sanitary fittings industry for
> years and still has contacts. I just learned about this, otherwise
> would have enlisted him sooner to help! Anyway, I am going to
> investigate the price of redoing the boiler "right" with a
> fitting on top. I might have to sell off the current keg as a brew
> kettle and get a new one though.
> Regardless, the current incarnation should work well and I may find
> that it is adequate for the time being. (Though I do wish it
> Thanks for the suggestions and the sketch!.
> --- In Distillers@y..., BOKAKOB <bokakob@y...> wrote:
> > Here is what I would do:
> > No need for grommets. Use teflon tape wrapped around the
> thermometer and friction fit it in the opening. You will have to
> remove it anyway after each run. The hold down clamp is clumsy and
> negates months of approaching finesse. You might use a suggestion
> shown below on the attached sketch. SIicone works better than
> > If you lightly sand the lip of the inverted bowl and spread
> silicone there it will work very well. Make sure to place this bowl
> on really flat glass, mirror or furniture surface covered with
> waxed paper. Otherwise it will cure unevenly and will leak. It
> nice as is, especially that shiny bowl. Call this still "Silver
> > c2h5oh_x <c2h5oh_x@y...> wrote:
> > Slowly but surely, my still is progressing. All I need now is a
> couple of fittings to attach it to the cooling water and I'm ready
> test. Here are some pictures of a test fitting.
> > pg
> > I can be wrong I must say.
> > Cheers, Alex...
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