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  • jamesonbeam1
    Jan 15, 2008
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      PS. Heres a nice little calculator for figuring out the length of
      condenser needed for your exact requirements from Home Distillers..

      http://homedistiller.org/cond_calc.htm

      Jim.
      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, arthur doremus <sumerod04@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > Hi Jim,
      > > Thanks for the info. Finally got the time and all the parts.
      > Using a 16 qt (15.14 L) SS pot, 1/2 OD flexible copper pipe and
      > compression fittings. I have 6 gal of wash (cider and raisins), so
      > doing two 3 gal runs, and depending on how it works, probably a run
      > using the distilate from the first two. I plan on the tubing
      > verticle from the pot about 10-12" then up at 30 degrees for about
      2
      > feet (to get some reflux) then drop to the condenser. Question is-
      > how long a run should I use for the condenser coil? With the
      > material I have, I was planning about 60" in a 7"-8" dia. coil.
      Too
      > much? too little? I'd appreciate your suggestions.
      > > Art
      > > jamesonbeam1 <jamesonbeam1@> wrote:
      > > Hi Art,
      > > Welcome to the wonderful, exciting , thrilling - sometimes
      > chilling world of distilling.
      > > Above all, do not - repeat DO NOT try the ice water / bath /
      wok
      > approach. I wasted a month on that damn thing. After getting my
      > chit together, I went an made me a simple, simple pot still from
      > household equipment, and it still works to this day.
      > > The most simplest design to start with is something like this:
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > Some short cuts i have found is using old 5/8" pieces of garden
      > hose to make flexible couplings. (fits perfectly around 1/2"
      copper
      > pipe for air tight fit.
      > > Also if your to lazy to make a coiled "worm" for you condenser,
      > just get an old 5 - 6 gallon beer cooler and drill a 1/2" hole at
      > bottom and 1/2" hole at top. Then run a straight through "shotgun"
      > 1/2" copper pipe through from top to bottom and seal with plummers
      > putty. Fill with Ice Water every so often - and volia - a
      > condenser...
      > > Just dont make the same mistake I made mon ami.
      > > PS> an old trick i learned from making apple jack is to put it
      > first in 1 gallon jugs and freeze it. Then turn them upside down
      in
      > a can till ice is clear. This makes your must / wort about twice
      as
      > strong - then distill :):):).
      > >
      > > Vino es Veritas and Good Luck,
      > > Jim.
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "sumerod04" <sumerod04@>
      > wrote:
      > > >
      > > > I am a real newbie. Been making wine for about 5 years, ready
      for
      > the
      > > > next level. Thought I would start with applejack. Have 23L
      > > > cider+raisins mash almost through the secondary fermentation. I
      > have
      > > > been reading, reading and READING. I plan to try the ice-water
      > wok
      > > > bucket still (the still that isn't a still) modified with a
      > funnel and
      > > > piping to an outside collector and heating element from
      Partyman
      > that
      > > > is supposed to hit 45-50C. It's simple and cheap but could take
      3-
      > 5
      > > > days. Supposedly, you can't separate out the methyl using this.
      > > > Amazingstill.com seems to indicate this isn't a problem. An
      > option
      > > > would be higher temperature allowing the alcohols to separate.
      Or
      > > > would it be smarter starting with a more traditional pot still.
      > At
      > > > this point I'm mainly interested in making applejack, maybe
      > schnappes
      > > > maybe rum. I would appreciate any advice.
      > > > Art
      > > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
      > >
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