RE: [Distillers] Churn Seal
- If there is a lip at the joint use some clips or clamps . Ive seen some pictures, they should be in the archive somewhere.
Anthony Athawes <Anthony.Athawes@...> wrote: Thank you for this - it's a brilliant idea. I don't have any Aquarium
Sealant, but I want to make sure the Still is firmly fixed to the Thank as
the whole caboodle is top heavy, and knocking it over is a risk.
I mentioned the gas ring a while ago. Part of the reason was that I was
given a very simple Pot Still. Unfortunately this couldn't function on the
electric stove due to its build (overhang), hence I went for the WCS. But I
want to try it out sometime hence the gas ring. It appears you can get
better transfer of flavours, whereas the WCS is said to produce basic Vodka
purity. I'm gradually learning!
Meanwhile, I'm looking for an opportunity to get a low capacity electric
element. Sylvia says one wouldn't get one at Argus...
Thank you for the email address of the Forum. It didn't work on the first
try, but is now OK.
It'll be interesting to see any other ideas that turn up for the WCS.
From: Distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Distillers@yahoogroups.com]On
Behalf Of burrows206
Sent: 01 July 2006 13:00
Subject: [Distillers] Churn Seal
I sealed the top of my churn with the Aquarium Silicon sealant
(if it's safe enough for the wee fish's, its safe enough for me) I
proceeded like this.
Take the churn lid off and clean the top rim/lid contact area
of the churn squeaky clean with a strong vinegar and water mix and
Go to the churn lid and clean like before and apply Vasolene
(for our none English speaking members this is a clear neutral baby
cream) anyway apply this liberally all around the churn rim/lid
Now go back to the churn and apply the Aquarium Silicon sealant
liberally all around the rim/lid contact area. Place the lid firmly
back on, to its finished working position.
To make sure it goes back on the exact same position. Mark an
arrow on the lid and do the same on the opposite place on the
churn/boiler with a black permanent marker pen. This will ensure an
exact and good seal during your run. Leave until silicon has cured
(the time it says on the Silicon sealant packet). Now with a firm
pull and twist they should separate cleanly. Now thoroughly clean
the Vasolene from the lid
The weight of your still on top of the churn/boiler, will, and
does make a good seal during your run.
The extremely low pressure of steam coming off your churn/boiler
will take the path of least resistance and go on up through the
column and out. That and the weight of your "Reflux Still/ World
Class Still" should be sufficient to make the seal good (well it
does on mine)
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