In the reading I've done, the general rule of thumb is that the
length of the column needs to be between 10 and 20 times the width.
Your width of column; 3 inches, would imply a column of 30 to 60
inches. Your's is like you guessed too short. The column height is
critical. You need the height to get the temperature differences in
the column that are the hallmark of a reflux still.
1. Remove the marbles/scrubbers and use your still as a pot still,
which sounds like a better description, and enjoy making brandy.
2. If you can't change it, then scrap it and start over. Don't
worry, you're not the only person that will make more than one still.
--- In new_distillers@y..., "mud !" <mud_1@h...> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I have just recenlty built a reflux still and I'm having a
> problems. I've just joined this group and was wondering if any one
> My main problem is that my reflux still only produces 78%
> My still consists of a 50lt beer keg with a 3inch diameter
> tower 400mm in height.
> I have half filled the tower with 16mm diameter marbles,
and use 13
> coils of 7mm cooling hose wrapped around the outside.
> The coils also start from the base of my tower, rising
> or half way up the tower.
> My question to any one that can help,
> If I increase the amount of marbles and or coils will my percentage
> alcohol rise?
> I relise now my tower is way to big in diameter and probably not
> enough. But this cannot be changed now.
> Also my thermometer is mounted in the top of the keg not the tower,
> at what temperature should I start taking tales or switch off?
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