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44591Re: Reflux

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  • bbornais
    Feb 28, 2009
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      Let pint-o-shine be your guide.

      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Brandon Lee <blueflame456@...>
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      > Blueflame here--
      > am quite interested in your controller--can u give me more
      information on it and where it can be purchased---Are you using 110
      or 220 v. to run your element--
      > Your brother in the spirits
      > Blueflame 456
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      > --- On Fri, 2/27/09, alaray_992000 <carsonar@...> wrote:
      > From: alaray_992000 <carsonar@...>
      > Subject: [Distillers] Reflux
      > To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      > Date: Friday, February 27, 2009, 3:09 PM
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      > Sorry for my lack of information.
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      > My system and procedures are as follows.
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      > I brew 2 brews of 57 litres each containing 12 and a half kg
      Dextrose
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      > and 3kg Sugar. This is brewed with Heat Wave yeast. Each 57 litre
      is
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      > stripped giving 17 litres (34 litres total) for the 2nd
      distillation.
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      > The still is 60 litre S/S with a column of 1.15 metres x 50mm S/S
      non
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      > packed for stripping and for the 2nd distillation a 1.95 mitre x
      50mm
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      > S/S column packed with Structured Pure Copper Mesh Column Packing
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      > with a gap of 100mm from the return pipe from the offset head to
      the
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      > top of the packing.
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      > The still is heated by a 2400 watt element controlled by a Helios
      SSR
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      > controller which allows me to strip at 100% and then on the 2nd
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      > distillation turn power down to 30%. I reflux normally between 30
      â€"
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      > 50% heat settings. My 2nd distillation gives me an output of
      between
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      > 13 and 14 litres at 94/95%. I re-distil any distillation below 93%.
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      > In the past things have gone well with output of 95% for 13 litres
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      > with top of column temps reducing from 80at start to as low as 76
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      > during distillation. I am at a loss as to why I could not get the
      top
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      > of column temp below 86. To my knowledge I did not deviate from
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      > normal procedures.
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