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13292Re: [Distillers] Re: Question for Mike Nixon

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  • Mike Nixon
    Aug 4, 2003
      timmur64 wrote:
      Subject: [Distillers] Re: Question for Mike Nixon

      Mike, thanks for the response. I wasn't really worried about the temp except that I didn't see a rise after the foreshots, which made me question the separation. Thanks for the compliment on the still; I was just lucky to have access to some wonderful materials. As for the thermometer, it was checked for accuracy and was spot on for boiling temp and ice water. I'm gonna mess with placement and see what that does. Thanks again.
      Praise where praise is due Tim!  You've done a fine job on that still.
      Mess around with placement if you like ... my intended message was that you are unlikely ever to find a perfect "sweet spot" no matter how accurate your thermometer is, so rely instead on looking for steady values and times when the temp departs from them (ignore little fluctuations up or down ... look for consistent variation).  This being so, for all those seeking the "perfect" thermometer, don't waste your money!  The calibration may be off, but will always stay that way by a fixed amount at whatever temp range you are looking at ... so if looking for steady values, it really doesn't matter.  You only need spot-on accuracy if you are working in a lab and knowing the "real" temperature matters :-)
      Mike N

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