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  • JerryM
    I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive
    Message 1 of 12 , Oct 23, 2012
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      I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.

      I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.

      I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?

      Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.

      Thanks
    • GGB
      Hi. Could you freeze the cork? Also - dairy, wine and food industry plants often have food-grade rubber to use to make custom gaskets and this rubber is often
      Message 2 of 12 , Oct 23, 2012
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        Hi. Could you freeze the cork? Also - dairy, wine and food industry plants often have food-grade rubber to use to make custom gaskets and this rubber is often quite thick. Might be worth looking into.

        Paul
      • wilypig@gmail.com
        Get some silicone sheet gasket material (grainger, Mcmaster carr) and cut it to fit. It will last 50 or more runs and only needs to be wiped down each run.
        Message 3 of 12 , Oct 23, 2012
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          Get some silicone sheet gasket material (grainger, Mcmaster carr) and cut it to fit. It will last 50 or more runs and only needs to be wiped down each run.

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          > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
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        • Nathan Koch
          Go to www.McMaster.com. They have all types of rubbers and sizes. Its very easy to find what you want because the give examples for use of the material. And
          Message 4 of 12 , Oct 23, 2012
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            Go to www.McMaster.com. They have all types of rubbers and sizes. Its very easy to find what you want because the give examples for use of the material. And they have warehouse all over the place.

            On Oct 23, 2012 5:37 PM, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
             

            I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.

            I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.

            I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?

            Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.

            Thanks

          • Tom
            JerryM, I made a gasket for my boiler from a silicone strip held in place with silicone adhesive/sealant. I purchased both from McMaster Carr. The silicone
            Message 5 of 12 , Oct 24, 2012
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              JerryM,

              I made a gasket for my boiler from a silicone strip held in place with silicone adhesive/sealant. I purchased both from McMaster Carr.

              The silicone sealant, #732 Clear, comes in a tube, Catalog # 7587A37 and the silicone strip, 1/8" thick, x 1/2" wide x 36" long, Catalog # 8417K12 are both FDA Compliant, food safe.

              I have had good luck with this combination.

              Tom



              --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
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              > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
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              > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
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              > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
              >
              > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
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              > Thanks
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            • Jerry McCullough
              I ordered some FDA complaint 1/8 gasket material today from Mcmaster Carr. Thanks to all. ________________________________ From: Nathan Koch
              Message 6 of 12 , Oct 24, 2012
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                I ordered some FDA complaint 1/8" gasket material today from Mcmaster Carr.
                Thanks to all.

                From: Nathan Koch <nkoch123@...>
                To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:35 PM
                Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Gasket Material
                 
                Go to http://www.mcmaster.com/. They have all types of rubbers and sizes. Its very easy to find what you want because the give examples for use of the material. And they have warehouse all over the place.
                On Oct 23, 2012 5:37 PM, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
                 
                I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.

                I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.

                I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?

                Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.

                Thanks

              • rhinodust
                ... Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They
                Message 7 of 12 , Nov 10, 2012
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                  --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
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                  > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
                  >
                  > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
                  >
                  > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
                  >
                  > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
                  >
                  > Thanks
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                  Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They also have just about everything you can imagine for our hobby.- Cheers!
                • Peter Davis
                  What about the material they use to make Fip flops or thongs or whatever they call them in your country It can be obtained from camping place in slid mats
                  Message 8 of 12 , Nov 10, 2012
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                    What about the material they use to make Fip flops or thongs or whatever they call them in your country
                    It can be obtained from camping place in slid mats about 3` square??
                    ----- Original Message -----
                    From: rhinodust
                    Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:04 AM
                    Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material

                     



                    --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
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                    > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
                    >
                    > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
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                    > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
                    >
                    > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
                    >
                    > Thanks
                    >
                    Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They also have just about everything you can imagine for our hobby.- Cheers!

                  • Jerry McCullough
                    thanks ________________________________ From: Peter Davis To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:09
                    Message 9 of 12 , Nov 12, 2012
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                      thanks

                      From: Peter Davis <davis668@...>
                      To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                      Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:09 PM
                      Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material
                       
                      What about the material they use to make Fip flops or thongs or whatever they call them in your country
                      It can be obtained from camping place in slid mats about 3` square??
                      ----- Original Message -----
                      From: rhinodust
                      Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:04 AM
                      Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material

                       


                      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
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                      > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
                      >
                      > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
                      >
                      > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
                      >
                      > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
                      >
                      > Thanks
                      >
                      Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They also have just about everything you can imagine for our hobby.- Cheers!

                    • jsducote
                      Are you sure that this material is food safe, tolerant of high-temperatures, and won t degrade or add off-flavors in the presence of alcohol? Making a seal is
                      Message 10 of 12 , Nov 12, 2012
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                        Are you sure that this material is food safe, tolerant of high-temperatures, and won't degrade or add off-flavors in the presence of alcohol? Making a seal is only ONE of the requirements and not necessarily the most important one.
                        -j

                        --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Peter Davis" <davis668@...> wrote:
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                        > What about the material they use to make Fip flops or thongs or whatever they call them in your country
                        > It can be obtained from camping place in slid mats about 3` square??
                        > ----- Original Message -----
                        > From: rhinodust
                        > To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                        > Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:04 AM
                        > Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material
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                        > --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@> wrote:
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                        > > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
                        > >
                        > > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
                        > >
                        > > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
                        > >
                        > > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
                        > >
                        > > Thanks
                        > >
                        > Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They also have just about everything you can imagine for our hobby.- Cheers!
                        >
                      • KM Services
                        A quick and easy casket I have use is corrugated cardboard for a one off use.used to have rubber one but after years of use died cheers Ken Mc _____ From:
                        Message 11 of 12 , Nov 12, 2012
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                          A quick and easy casket I have use is corrugated cardboard for a one off use…used to have  rubber one but after years of use died

                          cheers  Ken Mc

                           


                          From: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of Jerry McCullough
                          Sent: Tuesday, 13 November 2012 3:08 a.m.
                          To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material

                           

                           

                          thanks

                           

                          From: Peter Davis <davis668@...>
                          To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
                          Sent: Saturday, November 10, 2012 1:09 PM
                          Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material

                           

                          What about the material they use to make Fip flops or thongs or whatever they call them in your country

                          It can be obtained from camping place in slid mats about 3` square??

                          ----- Original Message -----

                          From: rhinodust

                          Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2012 4:04 AM

                          Subject: [new_distillers] Re: Gasket Material

                           

                           



                          --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "JerryM" <jkmccull@...> wrote:
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                          > I use a still that I fabricated from a 15 gallon beer keg. When I install the still head, I use a cork gasket made from material that I bought at an automotive parts store. The cork is thicker than most cork and is not cheap.
                          >
                          > I have discoverd that after a run if the cork gasket drys out, it will shrink and become un-usable. So to prevent that, I store the gasket in water. I have tried tap water, distilled water and water with Clean-Pro(distillers disinfectant). Eventually the gasket gets slimey. Does not smell, but it is kinda of icky.
                          >
                          > I am not sure if the slime is a problem, just seems unhealthy to me. Anyhow, does anyone have any suggestions on a different gasket material or another way to store the gasket that avoids the slime?
                          >
                          > Neophrene and similar gasket material that I can find locally is too thin to get a good seal.
                          >
                          > Thanks
                          >
                          Just ran accross your post- Try McMaster Carr online. Search for gasket material. They have everything from cork to tephlon. I used high temp silicon. They also have just about everything you can imagine for our hobby.- Cheers!

                        • tonyjones60@comcast.net
                          For goodness sakes man; do not use flip-flops! Perhaps these folks can help: http://www.stilldragon.com/gaskets--seals.html
                          Message 12 of 12 , Nov 13, 2012
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                            For goodness sakes man; do not use flip-flops! Perhaps these folks can help:

                            http://www.stilldragon.com/gaskets--seals.html
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