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RE: [new_distillers] water distiller

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  • KM Services
    An ordinary water distiller has the wrong materials in it to safely distill alcohol and should not be used as they are mainly plastics, however there are some
    Message 1 of 4 , Nov 5, 2008
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      An ordinary water distiller has the wrong materials in it to safely distill alcohol and should not be used as they are mainly plastics, however there are some commercially made ones that have been made to tolerate alcohol like this one. However I have my reservations on ability to made good grog?

      http://www.malthouse.com.au/content.php?content_id=9

       

       

      This is my opinion and if I am wrong I will be corrected I am sure...

      Cheers

      Ken Mc

       


      From: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of gerry.poirier
      Sent: Thursday, 6 November 2008 3:59 p.m.
      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [new_distillers] water distiller

       

      does anyone know if i can use a water distiller to distil my mash ? it
      is a polarbear distiller. it has a cooling coil and a fan to take the
      impurities from the water. it would be easy for me because it has a
      float type auto shutoff. sounds lazy doesn,t it. but i would do it in
      my garage.

    • thepiro
      As most on list know, I am an exponent of the Easystill which is depicted in Ken Mc s post. This is basically a very well made water distiller that has been
      Message 2 of 4 , Nov 5, 2008
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        As most on list know, I am an exponent of the Easystill which is
        depicted in Ken Mc's post. This is basically a very well made water
        distiller that has been altered to distil alcohol.

        The main alteration is the heating element which on the water running
        unit is set at 500w, but on the alcohol running unit runs at round
        about 300w.

        There are other alterations as well, so I would only purchase one
        from a specialist home brew shop.

        If you run a sugar washes and use essences following the Easystill
        guidelines you will get a passable product, but if you read my
        previous posts on the subject, with a bit of work you will produce
        some really good stuff.

        As yet I have not tried running a proper grain wash through my system
        and will report back when I have, good or bad.

        I have found this still to be a good entry level to our hobby, some
        day I will get a proper still, but the main thing for me is the fact
        I can pass it of as a water distiller to the powers that be.

        The Pyro
      • Link D'Antoni
          I have a Kenmore water distiller that has been converted.  Some of the internal plastic tubing was replaced to accept the high alcohol produced. My 1
        Message 3 of 4 , Nov 6, 2008
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            I have a Kenmore water distiller that has been converted.  Some of the internal plastic tubing was replaced to accept the high alcohol produced. My 1 gallon produces 73% 1st run.  I have several friends that have the 3 qt which produce 68% 1st run.
           The only product that I've had trouble is running molasses wash for rum, foam control.  I've run sugar, red wine, and fruit wines successfully. 

           The Easy Still now available. I haven't used one though. 

          Link



          --- On Wed, 11/5/08, gerry.poirier <gerry.poirier@...> wrote:
          From: gerry.poirier <gerry.poirier@...>
          Subject: [new_distillers] water distiller
          To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 8:58 PM

          does anyone know if i can use a water distiller to distil my mash ? it
          is a polarbear distiller. it has a cooling coil and a fan to take the
          impurities from the water. it would be easy for me because it has a
          float type auto shutoff. sounds lazy doesn,t it. but i would do it in
          my garage.


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