RE: [new_distillers] Re: stone/nixon v. stillmaker
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Van: scottvines@... [mailto:scottvines@...]
Verzonden: dinsdag 13 februari 2001 6:52
Aan: Rob van Leuven
Onderwerp: FW: [new_distillers] Re: stone/nixon v. stillmaker
I built a Nixon/Stone still that uses a Liebig condenser (3/4" jacket
with 1/2" pass-through tubing). It screws onto the column and turns
out at about a 45-degree angle from vertical. I use inexpensive PTFE
thread tape to help seal the connection and to keep the angle of the
take-off valve at full vertical. It does not leak.
I like my still because it's open to the atmosphere, and I lightly
plug it with clean cotton to keep the lightest of vapors from
escaping. The benefits of this design are easy construction and
cleaning, and inherent safety. However, like everything in life,
there are some negatives. It is tall (almost eight feet), and it
wants to tip over if you use a pot with a relatively small diameter.
My pot is narrow, so I've had to stabilize my still with a wire
contraption until I can build a more permanent structure (i.e. wood
frame) or find a bigger pot. If you used a shorter condenser than
mine (mine is overkill), balance probably wouldn't be an issue.
Just thought you might like to know how I built my still. When you
get your new still built, please don't forget to post a description
at this site. I'm very interested in what you might be doing to
improve your Nixon/Stone design.
very interesting; could you post some pics??? I'd like to know the length of
your condenser; my still has a 300 mm. long 28 mm. diam. coil condenser
(coil made out of 5 mm. soft copper break pipe), the cooling water has a lot
of trouble getting through, so I'm looking for a better alternative.
The improvement in the n/s still is actually in their latest book; it's
basically the "in-line" version. Nevertheless, there is always room for
- --- In new_distillers@y..., martin@m... wrote:
> --- In new_distillers@y..., "Rob van Leuven" <r.vanleuven@c...>wrote:
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> > Van: Martin Hanover [mailto:martin@m...]
> > Verzonden: donderdag 1 februari 2001 23:24
> > Aan: new_distillers@y...
> > Onderwerp: Re: [new_distillers] Re: stone/nixon v. stillmaker
> > Many thanks for your comments Giles.
> > I have not yet seen a s/n designe yet. do you have any
> > and maybe you could tell me how you converted your stillmaker
> > Thanks again.
> > Martin....
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Giles <giles@p...>
> > To: new_distillers@y... <new_distillers@y...>
> > Date: 01 February 2001 21:07
> > Subject: Re: [new_distillers] Re: stone/nixon v. stillmaker
> > > Hi Giles.
> > > I've just built a stillmaker still but hav'nt done a run
> > > But will be shortly.it
> > > My question is..
> > > Why don't you reccomend this type of still?.
> > > Many thanks in advance.
> > > Martin.....
> > The tubes that run through the column to the condenser make
> hard todesign,
> > pack/clean the column.
> > Reflux ratio can only be controlled by (a) adjusting the heat
> and (b)
> > regulating the water rather than directly with a needle valve and
> > reflux is hard to acheive in fact i never acheived full reflux.
> > you can get close if you have good heat control) On the N/S
> > default is full reflux (needle valve closed) and you can
> > column for as long as you like before drawing off distillate.
> > I don't think the two pass through tubes have enough cooling
> > and the one at the foot of the column is erroneous. It just
> condenses vapour
> > straight back into the pot without contributing to the reflux
> > I wouldn't despair though: you will definitely make alcohol
> with your
> > stillmaker still and if you have good heat/water control it will
> > good. Its just that the N/S design is a joy to use.
> > ps I converted my stillmaker to the NIxon Stone design
> too muchthe
> > difficulty.
> > Hi guys,
> > attached is a photograph of a n/s still I built last year; at
> momentHi! It's Bruce here. Iam a new distiller, and have heard so much
> > I'm building an improved version which I can't show you yet.
> Believe it, if
> > you want clean spirit, n/s is the way to go!!!
> > Rob
> Hi Rob.
> Thanks for the effort but i can't seem to find the attached
> Please can you send it again
> Many thanks
about the Nixon stone condenser. Can anyone tell me where to get
drgs. or some info as to how to make one, I would appreciate it.
> Hi! It's Bruce here. Iam a new distiller, and have heard so muchSee some photos of it at
> about the Nixon stone condenser. Can anyone tell me where to get
> drgs. or some info as to how to make one, I would appreciate it.