Re: [new_distillers] 1st Timer at distilling
- Jack do u have cooling pipes going through the tower
to adjust the heat of the tower vapour and to
reflux the vapour?
check out tonys web sight for picks and links
he posts here often
sounds like you are on the right track but maybe temp
was to high first run
running at above 90 deg u are just using a pot still type still i reckon
i built my own reflux design copying from a few different stills
and get 93% but the temp in the top of the tower never goes
over 79 deg if i control the water carefully
and when it does (tails) i turn it off and chuck it out
out of 30 liters (to runs in my 17 liter pot) i get 9 750mls @ 40%
after watering down for 16 aus dollars (then have to filter and flavour and
it takes me 5 hours to distill 17 liters
good luck with future runs
> From: secondhandjack@...
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [new_distillers] 1st Timer at distilling
> Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2001 4:49
> About 4 weeks ago I was surfin the net and came across the distilling
> of booze.Within 1 week I had a still built and in operation.
> Since then I have come across this site and others that have filled
> my mind with so much info. that I dont know wether I am comming or
> going.I have a couple of questions that I would like answers to.These
> questions I will ask at the end of this post.
> The still I built was from various designs I came across in the first
> week and it seems to work ok.
> I made it from a 8litre electric urn with a 1500 watt heater with a
> The reflux column is made of s/steel 50mmx650mm high stuffed with
> s/steel pot scrubbers and the condenser is aprox 30 cm long with the
> cooling water from the tap going into the top of the condenser.
> The first batch of wort to go in was 6 litres and produced 1200 mls
> of spirit.
> 1)500mls 68%alc tower temp at top 84.5 deg
> 2)500mls 60% " " " " " 89.0 "
> 3)200mls 40% " " " " " 90.0 "
> The flow stopped at this stage.
> The next 3 lots to go through were about the same and produced aprox
> the same amounts. The temp of the spirit was 35deg out of the
> When the spirit was distilled the 2nd time things changed a fair bit.
> I had 4250 mls of aprox 65% spirit which I added 1 litre of distilled
> water to and started to distill it.These are the results.
> 1)500mls 85%alc tower temp at top 77.5 deg spirit 54deg
> 2)1000 " 85% " " " " " 78.5 " " 48 "
> 3)500 " 75% " " " " " 80.0 " " 39 "
> 4)500 " 70% " " " " " 83.5 " " 34 "
> 5)500 " 65% " " " " " 87.0 " " 32 "
> I had to turn the temp down on the pot a little as the flow started
> at a much lower temp.
> This whole process took 75 minutes from start to finish.
> The first question is,is the temp of the tower too high on the first
> run distilling the wort?( if so how do I change that?)
> And are the temps in the second run near what they should be?
> The second is,should the tower be insulated and why?
> Kind regards Jack Ricks
> Mandurah West Aussie
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