Re: [new_distillers] Modifications to Commercial stills
- G'day Tony,I am in 2 minds about this proposal.
On one hand I think why the hell should we give the commercial builders all
of our hard work and planning in one easy package,then on the other hand I
think that most of them are so darn thick that they won't know a good
modification if it jumped up and bit them on the bum.I believe that if the
commercial still builders wanted to use a design that a member has
produced,at least that member should be recognised in all advertising.
Happy New Year,Ken.
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From: "Tony & Elle Ackland" <Tony.Ackland@...>
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Subject: [new_distillers] Modifications to Commercial stills
> Robert suggested another useful page for my site, so again I'll ask for
> comments/suggestions (reply to me either through the group, or privately
> ackland@... )
> Given that theres quite a few sucessful mods that have been done to
> the commercially sold units (Still Spirits and Spirits Unlimited reflux
> units, the Euro's/Desti's, and the StillMaker), he suggested that I put
> these ideas on a page, for easy reference.
> I'll go back through the archives and try and find some of the old
> (that Ken? did to the SU unit ?), but if theres any others you'd like to
> suggest, or send photos/explanations of etc, I'd love to have them.
> include the before/after details of its performance.
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> G'day Tony,I am in 2 minds about this proposal.all
> On one hand I think why the hell should we give the commercial builders
> of our hard work and planning in one easy package,then on the other handI
> think that most of them are so darn thick that they won't know a goodthe
> modification if it jumped up and bit them on the bum.I believe that if
> commercial still builders wanted to use a design that a member hasIts pretty apparent that most of the manufacturers do not know what's going
> produced,at least that member should be recognised in all advertising.
on in this group, or the web sites, despite being told about them
repeatedly. The obvious example of this earlier last year was when a
particular reflux still was "improved" to be fatter, but not taller, and
yet somehow (?) it didn't really improve its yield (surprise surprise). If
they had added another 300-500mm to their existing design (for very little
cost), it would have been a huge change, but no, that wasn't done. Speak
to them about any of the new books out - by Ian or Mike, and you just draw
a blank look. Mention about using a reflux still to make flavoured
spirits, and you are met with disbelief.
So - as for "handing it to them on a plate", even by putting the details
here or on site, I don't think that the designs sold will change much.
Rather, I'd like to be able to help those individuals who have bought one,
and would like to do heaps better with it. I know that theres many people
disenfranchised with what they've bought, and rightly so. No point
dragging down the reputation of this hobby or its product, if theres an
easy fix that can be taken.
I'm quite embarrassed at times at the poor quality designs being sold.
I've taken my own steps regarding this, and am presently working on
addressing this. More details to follow once its a certainty.