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Re: Still comparison - Essencia or PDA-1

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  • waljaco
    The Essencia claims a 85-90%abv output. You can achieve this economically by adding a 1 metre (3ft. 4ins.)& 50mm (2ins.)diam. packed column (with a
    Message 1 of 5 , Jul 1, 2010
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      The Essencia claims a 85-90%abv output. You can achieve this economically by adding a 1 metre (3ft. 4ins.)& 50mm (2ins.)diam. packed column (with a thermometer on top) to a pot still.
      wal

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jamesonbeam1" <jamesonbeam1@...> wrote:
      >
      >
      > Steve,
      >
      > In addition to Wal's comments, Here is what Ken Mc. Has to say about
      > it. Really think the PDA-1 is the way to go.
      >
      > JB.
      >
      > Jim,
      >
      > I suppose you are comparing 2 very different types/styles and quality of
      > stills the amphoria PDA 1 has been designed for ultimate purity and has
      > column height combined with valued reflux and with power control gives
      > total control. I have found that column height and control is the key to
      > top quality and if you want a quality neutral then my pick would be the
      > PDA1 and it has been sold to commercial Vodka manufacturers and they
      > have a column extension available to boost purity.
      >
      > The essencia is a short column mass produced CM style of still designed
      > for quick and easy simple distilling for the hobbyist that gives a high
      > ABV product mainly designed for the flavouring of the finished product,
      > but, without height high purity can not be achievedÂ…High ABV does
      > not equate necessarily to high purity. The Essencia in my mind is better
      > than the likes of the still spirits super reflux still.
      >
      > Both of these mass produced still have only single control to both the
      > reflux and the secondary or product condenser.
      >
      > I liken this to me in the building trade and if you want a quality job
      > you use the best gear and whilst the cheap battery drill is ok for the
      > DIY project and is prone to failure and less than satisfactory
      > performance. But the more costly trade quality tools will give a
      > consistently better result.
      >
      >
      >
      > Ken Mc
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      > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@> wrote:
      > >
      > > Looking at their site shows that it is a N.Z. manufactured still with
      > a cooling collar which is not as efficient as the PDA-1 column.
      > > wal
      > >
      > > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "jamesonbeam1" jamesonbeam1@
      > wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Hi Steve,
      > > >
      > > > While I have heard good things about the Amphora PDA-1 column, im
      > > > totally unfamiliar with the Essencia and also a simple pot
      > distiller.
      > > > You might want to go to our other group - Advanced Distillers
      > > > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Distillers/
      > > > <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Distillers/> and ask Harry, Riku or
      > Ken
      > > > Mc. about this. They are all experts on the topic of reflux stills.
      > > >
      > > > JB.
      > > >
      > > > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      > > > <mailto:new_distillers@yahoogroups.com , "steander57" <steander@>
      > > > wrote:
      > > > >
      > > > > Hi all, I have decided to start distilling again after a 4 year
      > break,
      > > > > and as my old home made still is damaged and needs some repairs I
      > am
      > > > thinking of buying a still head only, as I have all the other
      > > > components. I have a 25lt pot with a Sutronics controller.
      > > > >
      > > > > I am tosing up between a Essencia or the PDA-1, any feed back
      > would be
      > > > appreciated.
      > > > >
      > > > > Thanks in advance, Steve.
      > > > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
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