Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Re: [new_distillers] Pot Still Distillation Time

Expand Messages
  • greg tufts
    Part of your problem may be in the use of a thumper, I don t think many people here find them a viable alternative. You should try reading up on this hobby and
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 3, 2006
    View Source
    • 0 Attachment
      Part of your problem may be in the use of a thumper,
      I don't think many people here find them a viable
      alternative.
      You should try reading up on this hobby and the
      best place to start is
      http://homedistiller.org/
      cheers
      greg
      --- John <cls912@...> wrote:

      > OK folks, some buddies of mine and me thought we
      > wnated to try
      > distilling some alcohol. We researched. One bought
      > a pot still. We
      > made a peach mash or must (whatever you prefer) and
      > we started
      > "canning peaches". Only problem is, it takes so
      > damn long!! We got a
      > pot still with a thumper on a 5 gallon stainless
      > pot. You know the
      > ones like you see in pictures here with the clips
      > holding the lid on.
      > The pipe that comes out of the lid is 3/4". It
      > goes up about two
      > feet and then a t is inserted. Coming off at a 90
      > is 1/2" copper.
      > The other end of the T has a stopper and a
      > thermomoeter inserted (does
      > the thermometer need to be on this side of the
      > thumper??). The 1/2
      > then makes a 90 into a thumper and back out. The
      > 1/2 then makes a 45
      > downward where it passes through a 1 1/2"x12"
      > condensor and then out
      > into the jar.
      >
      > I told you all that to tell you this. We can heat
      > the mash and get is
      > running at about 172-178 degrees. We turn the water
      > up just enough to
      > stop the steam. But it takes 3 hours to get a quart
      > of spirit. And
      > when we are expecting to get around 2 quarts from 3
      > gallons of must in
      > the pot, that is a long time.
      >
      > My question is two (maybe more) fold. Is this
      > normal, the length of
      > time? If so, would a bigger still be able to be run
      > faster? What I
      > mean by bigger is instead of 3/4 to 1/2, could we
      > use say 1 inch out
      > of the still and go down to 3/4 until on the other
      > side of the
      > condensor, could we run it faster? Could we run it
      > faster if there
      > were a longer take off arm past the thumper with
      > much more condensor
      > on it. Say for example a full 4 or 5 feet of 3/4
      > running through 3.5
      > to 4 feet of 1 inch condensor? Thanks for any and
      > all help. We just
      > want to be able to take off good alcohol in a
      > reasonable time and 3
      > hours to get 1 quart seems unreasonsable to us.
      > Thanks!
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >

      __________________________________________________
      Do You Yahoo!?
      Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around
      http://mail.yahoo.com
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.