Re: [Distillers] Re: Immersion Heaters
- View SourceI use a water jacket still for my distillation, and my grandfather did it for a long time before me! It is basically a double boiler set up and you have phenomenal control over the boiler temperatures and no burning the whiskey! I heat with an open flame and it allows me to do large batch primary distillation and great control and a fine touch for the second and if desired the third.From: JamesA <jamesadamslh@...>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2013 11:38 PM
Subject: [Distillers] Re: Immersion Heaters
You've nailed the solution! I looked up "heat transfer fluids" and it turns out mineral oil would work fine. I can fill the insulating jacket with the mineral oil and heat the Dewar flask s.s. container with a burner!
I only need to heat the oil to around 200* F. and distillation will proceed. The mineral oil is cheap and would take a lot more heat than I'm going to give it.
--- In mailto:Distillers%40yahoogroups.com, "Slingshot" <slange22@...> wrote:
> If there were a way to put heating oil between the walls, and sealed, fire could definitely be used. I can't help but think there would only be a little loss in efficiency. May be worth a try.
> --- In mailto:Distillers%40yahoogroups.com, "JamesA" <jamesadamslh@> wrote:
> > I'm getting back into distilling having sold all my gear when I lost my home to foreclosure. Things are OK, I'm happy and living with my GF.
> > Someone gave me a SS vessel which had been used to store liquid nitrogen. I want to use it for my pot. It's beautiful! It gleams! And it looks like a cross between R2-D2 and a Dalek.
> > It's double-walled so I doubt I can heat the mash with a fire. It has two ports through the double wall at the bottom, about 1 5/16" inside diameter, through which I could insert electric immersion heaters, but I have no experience with them.
> > Has anyone used this method of heating your wash, or can you tell me anything about how they work? Thanks in advance!
> > J. Adams