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Re: [Distillers] Re: first run done and lots of ???

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  • No Name
    No worrys Hal   Sorry I wasn t aware that you were a member of both sites, :)  But don t feel bad, I do what you were talking about too,  Post in the wrong
    Message 1 of 7 , Dec 22, 2008
      No worrys Hal
        Sorry I wasn't aware that you were a member of both sites, :)  But don't feel bad, I do what you were talking about too,  Post in the wrong groups.    I haven't done it hear yet, But I am sure I will soon..   
          anyways I'll keep this one short for the advanced members of the world,
        Merry Christmas....
      Remember to shine in 09

      From: Hal <halfordman@...>
      To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 10:43:33 PM
      Subject: [Distillers] Re: first run done and lots of ???

      --Hello no name,i recieve posts from both the distiller site and new
      distillers site. I meant to post my question on new distillers and
      accidently ended up here. I don't post very often, mostly i just read
      these posts and try to learn some things.Most of you guys are very
      technical and some sound like chemists or engineers I hope that one
      day i can contribute something to this group but untill then ill try
      not to make any more missposts. This is a wonderful group Thank
      you,and Happy Holidays to all.- In Distillers@yahoogro ups.com, No Name
      <nonamedistiller@ ...> wrote:

      > Hello Hal,
      >  I too am a bit green,
      >   I have been stilling for only about 5 years, But I still consider
      myself very green, I still need info just the same as an other, 
      However we are now in the advanced side of the distiller site.   I'm
      sure they won't mind you staying aboard, but You may also want to come
      over to their sister site, its called  Newdistillers. Its for the not
      so advanced.. All though most of the big guns that are members here
      are there too..  Its just there way of keeping the newbie questions
      over in one area where they can Answer them with out getting on the
      advanced guys nerves,,   Please don't take offense, Not saying that
      your not good enough or anything,,   Also if you have already gotten
      an email like this one. Then please by all means discard this
      message,   Anyways here is the link to the New distillers./  Hope to
      see ya there http://groups. yahoo.com/ group/new_ distillers/
      > Have fun and be safe.
      > ____________ _________ _________ __
      > From: Hal Scherer <halfordman@ ...>
      > To: Distillers@yahoogro ups.com
      > Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 10:48:07 PM
      > Subject: Re: [Distillers] Re: first run done and lots of ???
      > The thermometer in my condenser is at the top of an approx 14''long
      2'' diameter copper pipe just where it reduces to a 1/2'' elbow to
      begin the actual condensing portion.I may have improperly refered to
      this portion as a column,It is a close copy of one i saw on home
      distiller and some other internet infrmation that i found.I didnt
      think that it was considered a reflux type becouse it was short,
      although i could probably pack it.
      > with scrubbers to make neutral spirits if
      i wanted to.This is a new
      hobby and i am very green.I have learned a lot reading but sometimes
      things are a little unclear when you try to practice what has only
      been read about.I hope that you can tolerate me untill i learn proper
      terminology and get a handle on things.
      > --- On Sat, 12/20/08, jamesonbeam1 <jamesonbeam1@ yahoo.com> wrote:
      > From: jamesonbeam1 <jamesonbeam1@ yahoo.com>
      > Subject: [Distillers] Re: first run done and lots of ???
      > To: Distillers@yahoogro ups.com
      > Date: Saturday, December 20, 2008, 2:04 PM
      > Hi Hal,
      > Im a bit confused here. You say your thermometer is placed in the
      column at mid distance across the top...  Then you stated you have a
      simple water cooled pot still.
      > First off, columns are used in reflux or fractional stills
      not pot
      stills.  Pot stills have a "Lyne Arme".  Whether they go straight up
      and then down at a angle, thats still a lyne arme.  The standard
      placement for thermometers in a pot still is on top of the Boiler -
      not the lyne arme. 
      > for a reflux (Boka style) it looks like this:
      > for a pot still design, it looks like this:
      > (click on picts to enlarge)
      > Regarless of where your themometer is placed, the idea is to make
      a stripping run first and collect everything, then make your spirits
      run where you take your cuts - usually 200 - 250 ml at a time (or more
      - depending on how large a still you have) and mix and match the
      various heads, hearts and tails cuts for the proper taste in a
      flavored liquor such as apple brandy (calvados).
      > A thermometer is only a rough gauge on what your still is doing.  I
      dont even use one anymore on my pot still.
      > Vino es
      > Jim aka Waldo.
      > --- In Distillers@yahoogro ups.com, "Hal" <halfordman@ ..> wrote:
      > >
      > > Hello group,I just ran my still for the first time with some apple
      > > cider that was given to me becouse the maker did'nt like it.I have 100
      > > gallons to experiment with.First thing that i noticed while stillin
      > > was that depending on how far my thermometer was stuck into the column
      > > it gave drastically different readings.I finally decided to have the
      > > tip at mid distance across the top of the column and use that temp
      > > reading.I used an old fashioned analog style thermometer for my first
      > > try but will buy a digital one today.I hav'nt seen any posts
      > > referencing proper thermometer placement in the column what is the
      > > right way? My thermometer hole will let my thermometer go all the way
      > > in to
      the dial if i angle it downward into the column.I have a simple
      > > water cooled pot still with a fairly short column i want to make good
      > > whisky
      > > eventually.This brandy will be decent i think after some aerating.
      > >

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