Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.
 

Re: Still design

Expand Messages
  • shinershane
    This answers a lot of my questions :-] SS ... hurts to ... building ... Lawrence and ... wheels to ... in a ... still with ... operators that ... collection
    Message 1 of 13 , Jul 5, 2004
      This answers a lot of my questions :-]

      SS

      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Robert N" <dinks_c@y...> wrote:
      > Hi Dean, stick with the 2 1/8" pipe and the 50 litre keg. Never
      hurts to
      > have too much head room in the boiler. Something to consider when
      building
      > the still is how you plan to heat it. If electricity then try
      Lawrence and
      > Hansen etc for a hot water heater replacement element. Fit castor
      wheels to
      > the bottom of the keg, your back will thank you. You should build
      in a
      > failsafe device in case of pressure build up. Never design the
      still with
      > cooling tubes running through the tower, they are there for
      operators that
      > use way too much heat. A design with the condenser above the
      collection
      > point is best. This way you have direct control over the amount of
      reflux
      > that is happening.
      >
      > The more heat you put into the boiler the greater the vapour
      velocity up the
      > tower and the greater the condenser has to work. For a 2" tower you
      can get
      > away with 2400 watts of energy, the downside is the amount of water
      it takes
      > to cool the vapour at the top of the tower. I run 1800 watts and
      find this
      > gives me better purity but the trade off is longer heating and
      running time.
      > Some use a big element and use a triac or similar to reduce the
      wattage once
      > the wash is boiling. One thing you are realising by now is that
      there is a
      > lot of science that goes into designing a good still.
      >
      > Yours in spirit
      >
      > Robert
      >
      >
      > _____
      >
      > From: DeanThomas [mailto:deanlil@p...]
      > Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2004 6:34 PM
      > To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: Re: [Distillers] Still design
      >
      > Hi Robert, at the moment ive been able to aquire the parts i need
      reasonably
      > cheap much of it because of my line of work. so far i have a boiler
      and a
      > lid and two choices of column diameters either 2 1/8inch or1 7/8
      inch copper
      > pipe. So far ive only spent $11 au.
      > Im planing on useing a 50 litre keg for my boiler a stainless steel
      mixing
      > bowl for the lid and the rest will be copper.
      > I realise 50 litres is pretty big Ill probably only half fill it,
      and if a
      > smaller alternative becomes available change to that.
      > At first im planning on makin clear spirit and flavouring it.
      keeping things
      > simple to start with, but eventually id like to start playing
      around with
      > grains, ageing with Oakchips and maybe even barrels.
      > Oak barrels can be bought in Australia in sizes ranging down to 5
      litres.
      > I dont want to spend to much money to start with hence the original
      reason
      > for making my own still. Ive already sussed out the store bought
      products
      > availabe and believe that i can atleast match them in qaulity (
      with some
      > practice) and as my enthusiasm grows so does my desire to design
      (read copy)
      > and build my own contraption.
      >
      > thanks for your input
      >
      > Dean.
      >
      >
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.