Re: Still design
- This answers a lot of my questions :-]
--- 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
> have too much head room in the boiler. Something to consider when
> the still is how you plan to heat it. If electricity then try
> Hansen etc for a hot water heater replacement element. Fit castor
> the bottom of the keg, your back will thank you. You should build
> failsafe device in case of pressure build up. Never design the
> cooling tubes running through the tower, they are there for
> use way too much heat. A design with the condenser above the
> point is best. This way you have direct control over the amount of
> 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
> away with 2400 watts of energy, the downside is the amount of water
> to cool the vapour at the top of the tower. I run 1800 watts and
> gives me better purity but the trade off is longer heating and
> Some use a big element and use a triac or similar to reduce the
> 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
> 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
> cheap much of it because of my line of work. so far i have a boiler
> lid and two choices of column diameters either 2 1/8inch or1 7/8
> pipe. So far ive only spent $11 au.
> Im planing on useing a 50 litre keg for my boiler a stainless steel
> 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.
> simple to start with, but eventually id like to start playing
> grains, ageing with Oakchips and maybe even barrels.
> Oak barrels can be bought in Australia in sizes ranging down to 5
> I dont want to spend to much money to start with hence the original
> for making my own still. Ive already sussed out the store bought
> availabe and believe that i can atleast match them in qaulity (
> practice) and as my enthusiasm grows so does my desire to design
> and build my own contraption.
> thanks for your input
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