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From: darryn <darryn@...>
To: Ross Brown <rossbrown@...>
Date: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 7:21 PM
Subject: Re: [Distillers]
>I started distilling with a Spirits Unlimited reflux still.
>It worked well.(70-85%) Then I built the STILLMAKER still.This
>still gives a steady 93-94%.I must thank STILLMAKER for sharing
>his design with me,because it takes a lot of time and guts to do this
>and you leave yourself open to all types of scrutiny.This still is easy
>and cheap to build.I'm no master tradesman and it only took me 1 day to
>build the head.Since then I have done some research ,and
>I think that I will try some mods on this design.I'm not sure that they
>make the stillsite.
>any better but it can't hurt to try.
>Mod 1:remove cooling pipe that goes through the column near the bottom.
>Mod 2:put another cooling pipe through the column just above the other one.
>Mod 3:if that doesn't give me enough cooling I'll try wrapping the top of
> with 1/4 inch copper tubing as well.
>Mod 4:insulate the column up to the cooling pipes to stop turbulance,and
>insulate the boiler to save energy.
>The book that you asked about is called "THE DISTILLATION OF ALCOHOL"
>written by John Stone and Michael Nixon.I downloaded my copy off their
>The previous version was called "MAKING GIN & VODKA" I can't find the sitewill
>right now but you can contact Michael at icarus@... and I'm sure
>that he will point you in the right direction.
>From: Ross Brown <rossbrown@...>
>To: darryn <darryn@...>
>Date: Friday, May 05, 2000 10:26 AM
>Subject: Re: [Distillers]
>>I'm from Queensland and only new to distilling and the list, in fact I
>>be distilling my first run in two hours. I have a Stillspirits unit butthat
>>to build my own. I have downloaded the STILLMAKER plans and would
>>any comments on building it. Also Mike and Johns book what is it, and
>>do you buy it.
>>I'm from Australia too.I've built the STILLMAKER still,and a few others
>>differing results.I manage to get 94% out of my STILLMAKER still which
>>me pretty happy,but I still think that there is room for improvement.I too
>>think that the cooling pipes that run through the column muck up the
>>refluxing conditions.I purchased the book by Mike and John and I agree
>>it goes into great depth.I am keen to build their design but I'm a little
>>off by the time that it takes to equilibriate the column,bleed off the
>>acetone and methanol and then the time taken to distil all the
>>you please let me know what changes you made to your STILLMAKER and your
>>experiences with Mike and Johns still design.Once again,it's great to see
>>Aussies talking on this newsgroup.
>>Thanks in advance.