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, Scott Morgan <scotty@...>
> Ooops I made an error;
> *** the tube we have is 2" or 50mm. So I had a look at Tony's page
> got lost still. Looking
> at your notes above 2" with approx 1 meter should be fine.
> Looking at Tony's calculation page, packing height is listed at
> and i need to run 1200w of power.
> Is that 60Omm of total packed space or is the packing to
> the bottom of apparatus when fitted on the still .... sorry
> i am unsure here.
.............Why unsure? 600mm of packing is minimum. Use more if
you wish. I certainly hope you don't mean to try positioning it
600mm from the the bottom. Where's the logic in that? Commonsense
is your best asset when still-building.
> The info is vague on the density of packing, is it a suck it and
> principal with SS Wool??
.............If it's packed correctly, you can blow through the tube
with just a very little of resistance. If resistance is high,
you've packed too tight. If none at all, it's too loose. Also,
you'll get far better results if the packing is copper mesh (pure
copper, not coated plastic). Read about it and what it does for
Also, the table shows 1200w of power but down
> below on the page it shows a diameter of power maximum of 3200w. I
> like lots of power - which is best.
...........Use whatever power you like to bring it to the boil, then
cut it back to 1200w. All that does is reduce the boilup time. But
for your rig specs, 1200w is the desired power input once
distillation proper begins (at boil). More than that, your product
will suffer (taste like crap). Again, read about this.
> I was actually going to use a 3 ring gas burner I use for brewing
> than a Heat Stick, nasty things they are especially on tripping my
> Sorry brewing is about absolutes and small windows of
.........Distilling has more latitude. Distilling is about
commonsense and attention to detail.