Re: [Distillers] looking for a specific kind of still
- Probably this one. http://www.amphora-society.com/equip_2.html
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From: "easythreesix" <easythreesix@...>
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 4:00 PM
Subject: [Distillers] looking for a specific kind of still
> A few months back I found a certain kind of still on the net that was
> copper and just the column portion. It came in a padded case and
> looked like it was worth the money. Anyways, now I'm looking for it
> again and can't seem to find it. Ring a bell with anyone?
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- I always felt that this model was a good start. They seem to put alot
of care into their stills, and have an obvious solid knowledge base in
good still design.
There are several issues/personal opinions that you may or may not care
about. These are:
1) It is very expensive. Sure, the case is nice, and it looks to be
made ok, but ouch!
2) Construction issues: I don't like the seal rings on it. I would
never favour slip fittings in my still, as leaks are out of the
question for me when I can spend a little extra and use threaded
fittings or tri-clamp. There are also no pictures showing how they are
splitting the reflux stream, and if the reflux return drips center onto
the column. And speaking of the column; you need one. And when you
finally add the column, that 3/4in male threaded fitting that screws
into a hot water tank is made of copper, and will shear off quite
easily when it is supporting a large column and cooling lines etc. That
is from personal experience with this design. There are stainless 3/4in
male to 2in female NPT adapters out there that simply rock. Finally The
condenser also looks like it may be too small.
Given these concerns, and based on the way this hobby is, if you don't
want to work on building your still now, you WILL be modifying/building
later anyways, so you may want to just dive in and learn this from the
ground up. It may (and probably will) cost the same in the end, but you
will be happy with what you get.
3) This design is made for a hot water tank. A hot water tank IMHO is
the perfect design for the VODKA producer. Why? Well it has all the
holes in the right places, is insulated well, already has an element
built in, and looks pretty to boot. And why just for vodka? Well, the
holes are small, so you can never distill 'on the grain', or any
thicker washes. If you strain your barley wort there presents another
issue. The element probably cannot be changed out to a low density
element, so even if your whisky wort transfers easily, there is a
chance that you may scorch it in the end.
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "easythreesix" <easythreesix@...>
> That's the one! Anyone have any experience/comments about it?
> The condenser also looks like it may be too small.I think the Amphora still uses 3/16" copper tube for the reflux coil condenser, which is
> The element probably cannot be changed out to a low density
> element, so even if your whisky wort transfers easily, there is a
> chance that you may scorch it in the end.
much more efficient at heat exchange than the 1/4" tube most of us use. Even using 1/4"
tube a reflux coil condenser (for a 2" column) doesn't need to be any longer than about 6
Hot water systems are designed to allow the heat element to be replaced/exchanged fairly
easily. If you are going to put a new element in, get one that has an Incoloy 825 coating. It
is the toughest coating available, and is no more expensive than other coatings.