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43618Re: [new_distillers] Re: What is the downside of quick distilling?

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  • Richard Costa
    Mar 20, 2013
      Thanks for the reply. My plan is to control the heat with a tarp. All I need to do is cover a portion of the solar tubes as needed, and that will slow the boiling. I had the same thought on the condensing aspect and hoped to address it with more condenser area. I was going to build it so I could use it with 2 condensers, one in the head as a reflux, and another built into a longer than average condensing arm. I thought this could give me options too on whether I wanted reflux or to just use it as a pot still. Does this make sense? 

      From: David Eastham <planetgong0@...>
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 2:44 PM
      Subject: [new_distillers] Re: What is the downside of quick distilling?


      Do you have the ability to turn down/control the heat. Its no good just boiling the heck out of it you need control. In theory if you go too hard you could get the vapour going right through the condenser to the atmosphere.
      Dave E

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "richaaard" <richaaard@...> wrote:
      > Please bear with me (newbie). Since my plan is to use my solar vacuum tubes hot water heater (open tubes) to boil the mash and distill from there, can I run this at a quicker rate? There is no flame, and there is no heating element, so I don't run the risk of scorching. I think the biggest problem I face is a quick run since this mash will heat up very quickly and will essentially be 30 tubes boiling all at the same time. I can control it with a tarp covering but I'm thinking I might be able to go a little quicker than a pot or reflux still with less downside? The reason I'm asking this now is because the design of my distilling arm probably needs to be factored in now with these things in mind. Any suggestions or thought would be helpful. I'm trying to wrap my mind around this and there is no avaialable information out there.
      > Richard

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