Re: temp readings on pot still
- Just another opinion, but...
I have the probe from an electronic kitchen thermometer at the top of my 24"x2" unpacked column/riser, very close to where the vapors enter my lyne arm. I also have a parrot's beak, but mostly use it for spirit runs.
Probably the most important use of my thermometer is to determine how I control heat input (I use propane). Most especially with foamy washes like rum, I use full heat until the head temperature aproaches about 50C, which means I'm almost at a boil (honest). At that point I turn the heat way down so I don't "boil through", or "puke", and I'm usually very successful at that. That may not be an elegant application, but I find it *very* helpful.
Because it's not always easy to fit the parrot's beak between the Liebig output and the collection vessel (think carboy), the thermometer is also an easy way to determine when to shut a stripping run down. Sometimes I'd even like the information from a thermometer measuring wash temp, so that I'd have more time to gauge an approaching puke.
Zymurgy Bob, a simple potstiller
--- In email@example.com, "booger6870" <david@...> wrote:
> I might be able to help you here,As i am a new pot still operator myself.I currently am running without one the folks at
> http://homedistiller.org/ offer a wide variety of info.
> From what i was told as i am very new also is that they are not needed that you go by your senses of sight, smell, taste and feel.They also say it does help with the learning curve but the ones that have them on there still say they very rarly use them.So i opted to not put an extra hole in mine as of yet.
> I may have to later but i do not think i will have to.I made a parrot and that is what i am using right now.But then again i have only done 3 strip runs and one clean out mash run with my still so i may not be the one to answer just right but surf there sight there is a wealth of info there.
> I hope i have not confused you to much.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "jarenthals" <jarenthals@> wrote:
> > im looking to build a pot still and am a bit confused on where to mount the thermometer...should it be on the top portion of the pot to read the temp of the vapours heading to the condenser, at the top of the condensor or in the boiling mash?
> > thanks