RE: [Distillers] Being banished ..
- << Is it inevitable that all brewers/distillers eventually get banished from
using the kitchen for their experiments ? >>
Well, I'm not allowed to ferment my spirits in the kitchen, as it supposedly
takes up too much valuable counter space. Supposedly there isn't enough room
to cook meals, wash dishes, and other "kitchen-type-things." I tried to
point out how much work is then being saved by not being able to do these
things, but my ingenious view was met with a menacing look. So my
fermentation has found a happy residence in our bedroom (well, happy for me,
but then again I have come to love the smell of fermenting brew).
When it comes to running the still, I'm still free and clear to run it in
the kitchen. Mine is a small stove top modified-pressure cooker pot still,
used to do small alcohol batches and to distill essential oils. But, I have
a feeling when my new project (which should be under way in about a week or
two) comes together, I'll again have to find a new place.
My new project it to try my hand at a vapor managed reflux/fractioning still
made from a 5 US gal. Cornelius soda keg. This will have 2 1500W elements
(two for fast boil, then one for the run). I've not decided on the column
and condenser specs yet, as I'll have to see how my financial situation is
at the time. I have decided, however, that I will probable use a "gloved
cold finger" as the reflux condenser, and a Liebig for the distillate
The still may be too large for our kitchen, so that may be the only factor
as to why I would not be able to use the kitchen. I am trying to toy with
different column height ideas to allow for me to do runs in the kitchen. The
Cornelius keg is roughly 66 cm high. I was thinking about putting on either
a 38 mm or 50 mm diameter (depending on my financial standing at the time)
about 61 cm high. The reason for the short column length is because the
reflux condenser will have to sit on top of the column, and I'm not sure how
long that will be. Also, or ceilings here in our flat are not tall at all,
so I have to take that into consideration. I was thinking about making the
gloved cold finger reflux condenser about 30 cm long -- but I don't know if
this will be long enough to allow for proper cooling, without allowing
vapors to escape through the top of the reflux column.
The Liebig condenser will be about 46 cm to 61 cm long. This will depend on
the actual length really needed to properly cool the distillate. I have been
playing with Tony's calculators to try to get a good idea of what would be a
Anyway . . . my post is getting too long. I'll wrap it up now. If anyone
needs graphic to aid in their visualization of my project, just drop a line
and I'll post some to the list.
Sorry for writing soooooo much.
Your Brother in Spirit,
Rev. David M. Cunningham
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