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  • just me
    you will get a better product using copper mesh. just me Life begins at 80. 1080 that is.
    Message 1 of 12 , May 2, 2010
      you will get a better product using copper mesh.
      just me
      Life begins at 80. 1080 that is.
       
    • Peter Huisman
      Stainless steel (or copper) pot scrubbers have an extremely high surface area and are recommended for the columns of reflux stills. A metre long x 50mm
      Message 2 of 12 , May 2, 2010
        Stainless steel (or copper) pot scrubbers have an extremely high surface
        area and are recommended for the columns of reflux stills.

        A metre long x 50mm diameter (40" x 2") column is recommended to be
        packed with 17 or so scrubbers.

        SS scrubbers cost around $2 for 6 from 2 dollar shops. In their original
        shape (not unrolled), pack them into the column using a broom handle
        with a 40mm disk screwed across the end. Slide 1 into the column from
        the bottom end then push gently until it reaches the (Nixon Stone)
        condenser takeoff. The rest are then inserted 2 or 3 at a time until
        resistance is felt. They always almost fill the column. To remove them
        for cleaning, fish them out using a length of wire with a small hook
        bent at one end.

        The scrubbers eventually "knit" together, so before re-inserting them,
        just cut them apart using scissors.

        For tech type info look at Tony Ackland's site:

        Home Distillation of Alcohol >Theory >Reflux Still Design Theory
        >Packing HETPs

        Lots of questions answered there.
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