On 26 Apr 00, at 11:18, Louie Belle wrote:
> Hello people, I am from Sydney Australia, and Im very new to this concept
> of building your own still, I got some instructions from the stillmaker
> web site ( http://stillmaker.dreamhost.com ) for the copper still, I was
> wondering if any Australians had actually build this particular design
Although i am not an australian, could i suggest that you look first
at the design in the Stone /Nixon ebook which has the distillate
take off between the condenser and the column for the following
It is much easier to acheive total reflux with this design (i built the
stillmaker design first and then adapted it to the stone/ nixon
The subsequent control of the reflux ratio when the still is in
production is also easier since the anount of reflux is controlled by
a valve rather than the heat input/ cooling water only.
It seems to me that the cooling effect of the tubes which pass
through the column must cause turbulence and therfore effect the
efficiency of the reflux process.
It is also considerably easier to build since it does away with
a) passing the cooling tubes through the column which is fiddly and
hard to solder and obstructs the insertion of packing especially if it
consists of pot scrubbers.
b) making the sleeve type condenser which is challenging with
In my view the few $ the book costs are well spent if only for the
exhaustive explanation of the process.