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43706Re: [new_distillers] Reflux V Pot Stills [7 Attachments]

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  • Jim Graves
    Apr 16, 2013
      Hey Jerry,  do you remove your ceramics out of the column when you use the still as a pot?  Mine that I built is exactly the same as yours and I just open up the valve and close the reflux valve and let her rip, column full of ceramics rings with a piece of copper netting holding them in on the bottom.  Good taste and fast, takes about 4 hours to run 12 gallons...

      From: Jerry McCullough <jkmccull@...>
      To: "new_distillers@yahoogroups.com" <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:46 AM
      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Reflux V Pot Stills [7 Attachments]

      Sorry to take so long but here are the pics

      From: "davis668@..." <davis668@...>
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 1:37 PM
      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Reflux V Pot Stills
      Hello there mate
      Is there any chance that i could get some pics of your still
      I run a beer keg as a pot still, but I am thinking of a reflux,
      Cheers  Pete 

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      Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:27:25 -0000
      [new_distillers] Reflux V Pot Stills

      In the forum I read alot of new comer comments about what type of still to build or buy.

      When I first started this hobby, I researched the internet and the forum to get a handle on how the distillation processes worked. I decided that I would like the flexibility to reflux or pot still. I like to tinker, so I decided to build my own still. I use a 15 gallon beer keg as the boiler. I built two heads for my still, a reflux column and a column with a lyne arm. The bases for the columns are identical so both bolt to the beer keg in the same manner. I spent similar amounts of money on constructing the two columns.

      Other distillers either add or remove column packing to change between relux or pot distilling.

      My suggestion to new comers is buy or buid a still that allows you to the flexibility use your boiler as either a reflux or pot still. It might cost a bit more up front, but over the long haul, you will be glad that you did.

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