Part of your problem may be in the use of a thumper,
I don't think many people here find them a viable
You should try reading up on this hobby and the
best place to start is
--- John <cls912@...
> OK folks, some buddies of mine and me thought we
> wnated to try
> distilling some alcohol. We researched. One bought
> a pot still. We
> made a peach mash or must (whatever you prefer) and
> we started
> "canning peaches". Only problem is, it takes so
> damn long!! We got a
> pot still with a thumper on a 5 gallon stainless
> pot. You know the
> ones like you see in pictures here with the clips
> holding the lid on.
> The pipe that comes out of the lid is 3/4". It
> goes up about two
> feet and then a t is inserted. Coming off at a 90
> is 1/2" copper.
> The other end of the T has a stopper and a
> thermomoeter inserted (does
> the thermometer need to be on this side of the
> thumper??). The 1/2
> then makes a 90 into a thumper and back out. The
> 1/2 then makes a 45
> downward where it passes through a 1 1/2"x12"
> condensor and then out
> into the jar.
> I told you all that to tell you this. We can heat
> the mash and get is
> running at about 172-178 degrees. We turn the water
> up just enough to
> stop the steam. But it takes 3 hours to get a quart
> of spirit. And
> when we are expecting to get around 2 quarts from 3
> gallons of must in
> the pot, that is a long time.
> My question is two (maybe more) fold. Is this
> normal, the length of
> time? If so, would a bigger still be able to be run
> faster? What I
> mean by bigger is instead of 3/4 to 1/2, could we
> use say 1 inch out
> of the still and go down to 3/4 until on the other
> side of the
> condensor, could we run it faster? Could we run it
> faster if there
> were a longer take off arm past the thumper with
> much more condensor
> on it. Say for example a full 4 or 5 feet of 3/4
> running through 3.5
> to 4 feet of 1 inch condensor? Thanks for any and
> all help. We just
> want to be able to take off good alcohol in a
> reasonable time and 3
> hours to get 1 quart seems unreasonsable to us.
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