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48812Re: reflux still style comparison?

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  • Becool Stayslinky
    Jan 23, 2013
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      Sorry the pic didn't load but you can see it here (maybe):

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-AUTOTRANSFORMER-20A-0-140V-V-60Hz-variac-/321059511139?pt=Educational_Toys_US&hash=item4ac0a35b63

      Lots of others to choose from.

      BC


      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Becool Stayslinky" wrote:
      >
      > If I could offer a suggestion that has worked well for me. If you
      > figure out the wattage range that you will be running, you can split the
      > load into two elements. You can run one at full power and control the
      > other element with a variac such as the one pictured below, currently
      > listed on ebay for $100 plus shipping. I have two of these, one at 120
      > volt 25 amps, and one at 240 volt 10 amps. With these two variacs and a
      > selection of elements I can run just about any combination up to 4500
      > watts on my VM keg still and they are cheap and simple. Or you can run
      > the whole load with a bigger unit - 5000w goes for about $170 plus
      > shipping
      >
      > Cheers
      >
      > BC
      >
      >
      >
      > [http://i.ebayimg.com/t/NEW-AUTOTRANSFORMER-20A-0-140V-V-60Hz-variac-/21\
      > /%21B%29RK4ngEWk%7E$%28KGrHqMOKjcEwhT4I7tjBMM%29%21O0%21pQ%7E%7E_3.JPG]
      >
      > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Bill Rogers wrote:
      > >
      > > awesome information, thank you. 5500 coil + controls is 450$ :/.
      > youch!
      > >
      > >
      > > On Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM, ballard_bootlegger <
      > > whitney@ wrote:
      > >
      > > > **
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hi Bill,
      > > > A reflux column packed with copper mesh probably gives you the most
      > bang
      > > > for your buck. This is especially true if you have any height
      > restrictions.
      > > > Bubble cap plate stills are probably overall the best, but you need
      > 10-14
      > > > plates to get truly neutral spirit, that's tall. I'd go with the
      > still
      > > > dragon for both. The dragon bubble cap stills are modular so you can
      > add to
      > > > them as you go if you want more or less reflux. OR, You can pack 3'
      > of
      > > > stainless tube with copper mesh, add a dephlegmator and a shotgun
      > condenser
      > > > (all of which can be sourced at stilldragon.com for substantially
      > lower
      > > > prices than anywhere else I've seen) and you've got yourself a still
      > that
      > > > can sit in equilibrium indefinitely. Larry should be paying me for
      > this
      > > > shit :-)
      > > >
      > > > As far as your heat source, electricity is always going to be more
      > > > efficient than propane, but you'd be hard pressed to find an
      > electric
      > > > burner that's going to give you the power you want for a reasonable
      > price.
      > > > That leaves internal heating elements which come with their own set
      > of
      > > > issues. Elements are great for spirit runs, but you can't run them
      > if
      > > > you're distilling on the grain. I use gas for my stripping still
      > because I
      > > > like to distill on the grain, and I use a 5500 watt element for all
      > > > subsequent runs.
      > > >
      > > > Let us know what you end up going with!
      > > >
      > > > Drink Well,
      > > > W.
      > > >
      >
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