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Re: Advice for next still project please

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  • Thursty2
    You got 3 phase Sid, or are you just going to ensure your building and contents insurance is up to date? ;^) Thursty2
    Message 1 of 10 , Jul 1, 2011
      You got 3 phase Sid, or are you just going to ensure your building and contents insurance is up to date?
      ;^)

      Thursty2

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      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "landrover_ffr" <sid.rains@...> wrote:
      >
      > Hi All,
      > I stumbled upon a nice looking piece of S/Steel the other week and it cried out for be to buy it. It is an insulated stainless steel hopper once used in a dairy factory (image upload to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/new_distillers/photos/album/2056892081/pic/list awaiting Mod approval)
      >
      > Now I've finish my two other projects (building a house and making a baby) I'm keen to get back into stilling. After bring this home I have shelved my continuous stripper still plans in favor of big old pot still.
      >
      > The hopper is food grade s/steel, insulated and stands a bit over 8 foot tall. It's about 2 foot in diameter and is on legs. A quick measure tells me it has a total volume of about 500 litres.
      >
      > My basic plan so far;
      > - Stripper/ whisky still
      > - Electric element heating (1x 2kW + 1x3kW)
      > - Shell and tube condenser
      > - Will easy hold 1x175 litre ferment (2x at a push)
      >
      > Questions that are bugging me;
      > - Could/should I steam fire it? Direct or via a coil?
      > - Should I add a thumper or bubble plate/s to it?
      > - Should I just turn it into a mash/lauter tun?
      > - Should I add a cooling coil at the top (i.e. use a little CM)
      >
      > What would you folks do?
      >
      > Regards,
      > Sid.
      >
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