- Hi all. I'm having a hard time finding a suitable boiler. I'm trying
to keep the still aesthetic as well as functional. So far,all of the
potential boilers I've found are significantly smaller than the
10-gallon milk can suggested in the Stillmaker plan. Is there a
minimum size whereafter the law of diminishing returns kicks in? I
found a beautiful old copper fire extinguisher (2.5 gallons) that
will look great.
Exactly how much alcohol would result from from 2.5 gallons of mash?
I calculate about 1/2 gallon. I'm afraid it might be horribly
inefficient to go that route.
Does anyone have experience with a double-boiler system? (does it
even exist?) I'm wondering what would happen if I would have two of
these fire extinguishers both contributing to the reflux tower in
Any other thoughts on creative boilers that are still functional?
I've just posted some photos of Ray's still at
He's made this from a beer keg. It looks very tidy. He's been a little
inovative re how to get a suitable sized hole in the top, and then reseal
it, using a simple leverage system too.
To calculate the amount of alcohol, multiply the volume by the purity of
the mash, then divide by the purity that your still will produce , eg if
the mash is at 10%, and the still produces 90% purity, and you start with 5
gallons, then you'll end up with 5 * 10 /90 = 0.55 gallons.
(realistically you'll only get about 95% of that - so more like 0.52
The amount of patience you have and amount you need to distill for personal use... Dont think you need a 100 gallon boiler.
JB aka Waldo.
--- In email@example.com, "xpensv65" <mabadman@...> wrote:
> I am using a 15 gallon beer keg and a 3 " column. Is there a limit to the size of the boiler I can use? Thanks for the help!