Modify 'stillmaker' for pot stilling?
- I've read some discussions on using a standard refluxing still for pot stilling, but most of
them seem to revolve around simply leaving out the packing and insulating the column to
limit refluxing. I've got an internal reflux 'stillmaker' still mostly complete (I wish I'd found
this forum sooner, I'd probably have chosen a different design). I did have the foresight to
move the bottom refluxing cooler to the top, so all the reflux cooling occurs above the
Anyway, I posted this picture (assuming this link works, if it doesn't go into the Photos
section of the group, and click on 'modified stillmaker pot still.gif' in the 'experimental
The idea is that if I leave the reflux tower unsoldered from the head and condensor, and
make the connection between the copper tubes penetrating the tower and the condensor
disconnectable (by using flexible tubing), then by using a 45 degree elbow and two 2"
copper nipples, I could convert into a more traditional looking pot still. There would still
be some reflux, but far less than even the reflux tower with the packing removed.
My big question is for the pot still experts... Is 45 degrees too steep for the condensor? Or
is the curve up and then back down again acceptable to produce the small amount of
natural refluxing that a pot still requires? I chose that 45 degree angle because those
adapters are easily available, but if another angle would be better, some custom bent pipe
could be used.
So anyway, please give me your thoughts on this. I'm trying to 'future proof' this still as
much as I can while building it, and I would love to leave in the option of pot stilling for
bourbon and schnapps in the future.