RE: [new_distillers] cleaning the boiler
- I've wondered how some of these stills get cleaned myself. Speaking to one
supplier when doing a demo of their "Euro" still, he didn't have an answer.
One alternative is to do what Ray has done to his keg : see
http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/others.htm - he's put in a 9.25
inch hole in the top, and has a fairly simple system to seal it.
For a larger still, you may also want to consider putting a drain valve
into the base of it. Something that you can lock closed, so it doesn't get
accidentally bumped open while you've got 10 gallons of boiling wash
inside, but to help empty it afterwards.
If you're going to add extra tubes, put them at the very top of the column;
http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller/refluxdesign.htm for an
explanation why. An alternative is to use a water jacket up the top, like
Jan has - see the photos page above, or
- Try a mix of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning your
still and boiler before using. It appeared to dissolve the flux from
the inside of my stillmaker still and gives the copper a nice shine
in the process. I would be sure to distill several batches of water
through your still as well to melt and flush any remaining flux
before you run your first wash through it.
--- In email@example.com, kevins_hobby@h... wrote:
> Hi all, I am new and have just started with the stillmaker design.
> use a half barrel keg for a boiler, and was wondering if it is
> necessary to fabricate another opening or if the 2 inch hole in the
> center would be ok for cleaning. Any suggestions on proper
> with a small opening would be appreciated. I have seen many stills
> which have this small opening, but have not seen any postings on
> cleaning. Also, I have used lead free solder and flux, and have
> noticed that some flux has been running down the inside of the
> tubing. What would be the best way to insure that I dont come up
> with off flavors from the flux? As you can tell I am still in the
> construction stages, and would like to know more about Robs
> modifications as far as column cooling tube distances and did you
> ever come up with a way to decrease water useage by increasing head
> Someone mentioned adding more tubes, if so what would be the best
> place to install??? Any info on these matters would be appreciated.
- THE TOWER TO ME SEEMS TO WORK FINE AS FAR AS COOLING THE COOLER THE WEATHER
THE LESS WATER IF YOU RECYCLE THE WARMER THE WEATHER MORE WATER. AS FAR AS
THE FLUX I GIVE IT WHAT I CALL A CRAP RUN. THEN RINSE THROUGHLY AFTERWARDS.
BUT IM PRETTY NEW TO THIS MYSELF AND IM STILL LEARNING