Re: Sounds during distilling process
- Thank you, very helpful.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Rick Hall" <rdh2059@...> wrote:
> That sound you are hearing is "huffing". This is actually caused by the warm
> vapors shrinking quickly when they hit the cold of the condenser. It's
> harmless actually. There are some things that can be done to lessen it. One
> thing is to put (solder to tack it in place) a small piece of copper or
> stainless material (like a piece of pot scrubber material), inside the
> copper pipe the last 2 inches and about half an inch into the condenser.
> This will cause the vapors to enter less suddenly, reducing the "huffing".
> Another thing you can do is to make sure the IN line of your cold water
> supply is at the farthest end of the condenser and the OUT flow of the cold
> water supply at the closest to the upper end of the condenser. The idea is
> that your condenser will be slightly warmer right near where the water exits
> out of the condenser and will cause less of the "huffing".
> From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> On Behalf Of eltrain6868
> Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:29 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [new_distillers] Sounds during distilling process
> I'm new to the world of distilling. I've managed my way through 3 runs. A
> more experienced friend told me "slow and low" meaning take your time with
> the operation and don't use too high heat. I'm using an 8 gallon pot still
> and on my third run was trying to take my time with things. The product was
> coming out just faster than drips. I turned up the heat a bit and I began to
> hear what sounded like a puffing sound coming from the Liebig condenser.
> When I placed my hand by the end of the condenser I could feel the puffs
> coming out of the end. Can someone tell me what is causing this? I know that
> alcohol vapor is highly flammable and my heat source is propane so you can
> imagine my concern. Thanks for your help.