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10095Re: Opinions? Thanks guys, I was thinking in feet, not meters.

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  • shinershane
    Jan 1, 2004
      So I did mean 3' seeming to be common height, Not 3 Meters.

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "watertrade2003"
      <james.holland@a...> wrote:
      > Hi Shane,
      > Three meters is pretty big! – Although extra height does increase
      > the number of separations in a packed column you get most of your
      > returns from the first lower sections of your column – have a look
      > at the calculators at www.homedistiller.org you can get a rough
      > guess at the right size for you column
      > I've found that most people (the ones with big columns) don't go
      > much bigger than 1.5 meters and this is considered too big to some
      > people – Look at the amphora society PDA-1 they designed that unit
      > to be small and still produce very pure sprit
      > If I were you I would make the column somewhere between 1m and 1.5
      > meters long this size seems to be proven by a lot of people (and
      > keep the rest of your copper for your next still! - (if your like
      > one just isn't enough)
      > I've just finished my 2nd still with a 1.2m column – VM head – my
      > first still was a 1.5m column – valved reflux head. I like the
      > of separating the vapour rather than the liquid – if you separate
      > the heads and have them sitting as liquid in the still waiting to
      > bled off slowly and being sent back into the column as reflux you
      > will have to wait longer to get to the main run. … I think…. As
      > heads are mixing with the good alcohol as liquid and contaminating
      > the clean product … hmmm … don't quote me on this!..
      > Cheers! -- good luck!
      > Jim
      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "shinershane"
      > <shinershane@y...> wrote:
      > > Hey fellow stillers, I am building a new set-up for outside. I
      > > using a 40 Liter pot and it will be propane fired. I am using the
      > > double reducer system. Like to have your ideas on column height
      > > before I cut the pipe. Three Meters seems to be the common
      > > but I sure would like to hear from those who know. Is anything
      > higher
      > > then this just a waste? Is it at all fiesable to go higher? Thanks
      > >
      > >
      > > SS
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