Re: [new_distillers] RE:Be kind, I'm a newie...
- I've been looking at the whole " Build it and save " option... after reading HEAPS - ( over the last 2 or so years ) I've decided to build one..
I did the ring around - and at 5L costing around $260+... I'm pretty sure that for $200- I can build something pretty "Whacko" that's gonna do the trick.. ( 25L was just a SS pail with a locking lid - and a heater element $320- ) with a " Super Reflux head " -WOW- ! ( not ! ) /sarcasm
Got the designs, and have a rough design for one I want to build.. mainly concentrating my effort on the condenser core, jacket and the column body..
If I just top out a 50L keg - is this going to be excessive as far as volume goes ? I dont want to have multiple still's sitting around collecting dust - I'd prefer to just build one.. and stick with it..
And SWMBO will get right upset when she finds out what my latest 'Hairbrained-scheme' is.. :)
I've been hunting down an old SS water urn - there dont seem to be that many floating around - and buying new will freak me out if I stuffed it..
Where do you guys recommend getting copper pipe ? should I be looking for any particular type ? I have heard of 'annealed' and a couple of other types...
Also, for bending right angles and getting elbows happening - how do you do it without creasing the pipe ?
What packing do you guys recommend for the column body ? I've seen glass - beads - steel and copper scrubby's used.. some wisdom from the knowledgeable is appreciated....
I was considering gas vs electric - gas is easy, but possibly dangerous.. using this in my workshed could cause carbon monoxide issues.. and I've been told you need to consider it like " Boiling petrol on the stove " - so with that in mind - maybe electric's the option ? gas could get costly - burning for hours on end.. the bottle will bleed out in no time..
And again, thanks guys for being so helpful ! I've learnt more here in a couple days than reading and asking everyone over the last 2-3 years..
"Murphy-Marsh, Leigh" <Leigh.Murphy-Marsh@...> wrote:
Also a Perth boy. Unfortunately I threw out my old still when I got my
PDA or you could have had it. No boiler of course.
Anyway, Good luck and the only advice I can give is read lots about the
subject before you set out to buy anything so you know what you are
looking for. Especially stuff sold from brew shops as a lot of it is
just OK. Not excellent.
Good luck mate,
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