Boiler for ministills
>From UPS474:After closing the fridge door (drawing another pint), I realized I needed to
put another beer in the fridge. When I picked up the 5liter "gallon can"
minikeg from the shelf and carried it to the kitchen- inspiration struck!
I'm holding a 5 liter, food grade metal container with a small aperature on
the top of it (that fits a #3 stopper perfectly)- it is designed to hold some
pressure (carbonated beer) and is pretty cheap ($8US from homebrew shops when
empty. Some liquor stores sell them full of euroimport beers.)- fitting it
with a small jacketed condensor would make a small stovetop still that could
easily hold a gallon of fruitwine/grain mash to make a nice schnaps/whiskey!
I've filled a "gallon can" with 4 liters of water, and set it in a stock pot.
I then brought this "jacketed pot" to a boil- the seams all held, and no odd
flavors/colors appeared in the water after an hour of being full of boiling
water!! With a cork #3stopper, and some copper tubing, these little minikegs
can be made into handy little stovetop stills (perfect for the USA- the BATF
on it's own website admits that it won't bother to prosecute a case against
someone with a still of only one gallon capacity). HURRAY
I thought as a new still design came to me. DAMMIT! I thought as the
hour-long trip to the plumbing shop loomed up in my mind, as I stand in the
copper aisle trying to fit seemingly random parts together. The thing has
passed the boil test- as soon as I can, I'll make a condensor and let you
know how it goes.
- On Tue, 2 Jul 2002 19:46:57 +1200
Tony & Elle Ackland <Tony.Ackland@...> wrote:
T> From UPS474:
T> After closing the fridge door (drawing another pint), I realized I needed to
T> put another beer in the fridge. When I picked up the 5liter "gallon can"
T> minikeg from the shelf and carried it to the kitchen- inspiration struck!
T> I'm holding a 5 liter, food grade metal container with a small aperature on
T> the top of it (that fits a #3 stopper perfectly)- it is designed to hold some
T> pressure (carbonated beer) and is pretty cheap ($8US from homebrew shops when
So, by what names do these "gallon cans" go by? I've tried to do a
search online for them, but I found a wide variety of things that may or
may not be exactly what you are talking about. I'm interested in
retiring my 4l stove-top pot still which only allows me to do 2 to 3 l
at a time -- depending on what goes through it. I would like to use the
4l solely for oil distillation and use the 5l "gallon can" as my small
run gallon still for alcohol.
Any direction as to where one in the states could purchase one or two
would be greatly appreciated (online would be best). Thanks.
Rev. David M. Cunningham