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Re: Sounds during distilling process

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  • eltrain6868
    Thank you, very helpful.
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 26, 2013
      Thank you, very helpful.

      --- In new_distillers@yahoogroups.com, "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: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:new_distillers@yahoogroups.com]
      > On Behalf Of eltrain6868
      > Sent: Sunday, August 25, 2013 9:29 PM
      > To: new_distillers@yahoogroups.com
      > Subject: [new_distillers] Sounds during distilling process
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      > 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.
      >
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