Re: [new_distillers] Re: Still improvement question
- 1) Alcoholmeter - you can check higher alcohol ranges by dropping the
alcoholmeter into a bottle of wine, and into a bottle of vodka. The latter
should give you a credible reading for 42%abv.
2) Leaky condenser - that suggestion is a good one. Try turning on the
condenser water lines, without any heat. Can you isolate the condenser? And
watch for water coming from the drain spout. (Which it should not.)
It appears that your heat power is too high. try running the still with a spacers between the hot plate and the pot. you may want to use machine nuts. if it works out then you will have to think how to control input power for your heating element. i am so happy i use natural gas.
deno752002 <waterline@...> wrote:
I've given my new still a few more runs. I am finding it difficult if
not impossible to get the still to run with the column head
temperature below 90 degrees C.
On the last run it stayed at about 93 degrees pretty well the whole
time untill the run was finished and I wound up with distilate at
55% which matches Tony's graph for vapour alcohol content.
I want to get the percentage in the distillate up a bit - more
like an easily achievable 80% for which I would need a column head
vapour temp of about the mid 80s. (Am I basiccally correct
At the moment my column is 2" by 2 feet high with scrubbers for 18
inches in it. Would lengething the height of the column by 380mm (15
inches) and adding another foot or so of scrubbers allow it to run
with a cooler head vapour temp?
If not I might just have to make an internal reflux coil for it after
Any suggestions most welcome.
There is a photo of the still in it's current form at;
Thanks in advance
getctat the top of the column
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