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by maheel
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:23 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Corny Keg Question??
Replies: 10
Views: 1360

Re: Corny Keg Question??

you could pressurize the keg with a co2 bulb keg charger and push the liquid out
that would also seal up the keg like when using with beer.

or the SS jerry is a great idea
by maheel
Sat Jan 09, 2016 12:20 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 508835

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

so quick question...do you guys pitch the first 100ml of your birdwatchers as well?? just wondering if I should pitch 50ml or just go 100ml on a 6.5 gal run... i chuck about 100ml of fores from every 45L boil up at least then i collect in small amounts at the beginning say 200ml lots X 5 then as i ...
by maheel
Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How to connect Keg boiler to riser??
Replies: 18
Views: 1018

Re: How to connect Keg boiler to riser??

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depending on your keg this idea is free and comes with the keg
it's an A type keg and australian 50mm tube (usa tube is diff ID or OD, but not sure)
by maheel
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: How much longer would this take.
Replies: 11
Views: 693

Re: How much longer would this take.

a lot longer but you will have WAY more stock in the cupboard :)
by maheel
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Running a boka in the pot still mode
Replies: 5
Views: 1612

Re: Running a boka in the pot still mode

if you take the packing out you then dont have to clean it after stripping
stripping can really stank it up ....

and it would be a good chance to clean it anyway from normal runs

well thats my opinion
by maheel
Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Achieving 95%
Replies: 43
Views: 2945

Re: Achieving 95%

It is a VM column double coil in the top with a collection plate at the arm. Ball valve on the arm leading out (also a condenser on the arm). The unit was built by Rainier Distillers, this bit might be an issue, why does VM have a collection plate ? or does it have a LM point as well to pull off he...
by maheel
Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:01 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1856
Views: 438410

Re: Heating Element Control

I should have mentioned I'm in Australia. I found a diagram on another site for Australian wires but it's for wiring up the parts from scratch, I'm hoping it's usable. http://www.stilldragon.org/uploads/FileUpload/95/fed0f51d6c79bb63f6721bd9058810.jpg I did find some power controllers kits but don'...
by maheel
Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Would this stainless steel pot work?
Replies: 25
Views: 1171

Re: Would this stainless steel pot work?

I don't know about you fellas, but I can't find a keg for less than $100 around here. I spent about $45 on my 20Q stock pot. It has an encapsulated bottom and is a sturdy gauge as well. Don't skimp on the build quality. but a keg is going to save you in build costs and time... + they are so easy to...
by maheel
Wed Sep 25, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2" deflag?
Replies: 9
Views: 1071

Re: 2" deflag?

it will work but you will likely need some sort of heat control as well

i find it does not take much heat to flood a 2" deflag / shotgun condenser when used like your suggesting

if you made it a little more modular you could swap the position of the shotgun and turn you CM into a VM pretty easy
by maheel
Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:13 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: G'day from Oz
Replies: 5
Views: 495

Re: G'day from Oz

throw it away and start a fresh

it's likley to be laced with flux and other muck.....

start looking for a keg as well...
by maheel
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:29 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: LM still frustration
Replies: 2
Views: 349

Re: LM still frustration

you cannot stablise temps on a strip run as it pretty much running like a pot still next :) have you insulated the column ? and yes going to 2" is better.... and a KEG i dont bother controlling "cooling" run enough water to knock down all vapour + some and then focus on the output adjust your heat s...
by maheel
Mon Jun 10, 2013 1:11 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Decreasing heat vs. Reducing outflow
Replies: 1
Views: 418

Re: Decreasing heat vs. Reducing outflow

the valve controls the outflow you need to work out what rate off outflow is best for the still (by running it under diff valve settings and heat settings etc) you then open the vlave to X rate and you get X % product this creates a reflux ratio = for every X in output X goes back down the column as...
by maheel
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:45 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: new 2 inch VM / potstill build!!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 1101

Re: new 2 inch VM / potstill build!!!!

use Microsoft picture manager to open the pic
select edit
then select resize pic
make it "web large" save it (.jpg)
up load it (or host it on photobucket etc and ad the link)

= we see your pics
by maheel
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:39 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 2" copper flared with triclamp to keg question
Replies: 10
Views: 4855

Re: 2" copper flared with triclamp to keg question

I personally think the easy flange is to much work and prefer just a simple hammered flange. +1 with a triclover seal (or home made one) they work great drill a 50mm hole in some hard wood anneal your pipe 3.jpg work around the pipe slowly 5.jpg once your here flatten it right out 7.jpg and you don...
by maheel
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:30 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Making a 55 Gallon mash tub
Replies: 16
Views: 6707

Re: Making a 55 Gallon mash tub

you could use the plastic barrel and make a herms set up

have a google of ( herms beer )
the idea is to run the liquid from the mash and pump it through a coil immersed in heated hot liquid and back to the mash to keep the mash temp stable
by maheel
Thu May 30, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Turbo triple distilled yeasted smells
Replies: 16
Views: 3453

Re: Turbo triple distilled yeasted smells

it's too late.....

you could spend say $25 on carbon / filters etc or just do some birdwatchers etc and forget the turbo

persoanlly i would "dump" it unless you already have a filter otherwise not worth the expense
by maheel
Fri May 24, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 508835

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

Maheel, have you ever had a wash get infected? . i have never EVER had a BW get infected :) had one get a little funky after i took 40L out of the 80L barrel and some fruit flies made it in there... but it was not "infected" just a bit funky to check the FG i just lift the lid and "drop" the hydo i...
by maheel
Fri May 24, 2013 1:39 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Do I need a Tri-Clamp
Replies: 8
Views: 961

Re: Do I need a Tri-Clamp

see this thread it might give you some ideas

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... 50&t=31681

but.....
a tri-clamp is like $10

those old stills you used were likley made with lead solder... and i would not worry to much about silicon if your drinking the liquor made....
by maheel
Wed May 22, 2013 3:16 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe
Replies: 2095
Views: 508835

Re: Birdwatchers sugar wash recipe

i dont bother with airlocks and bubblers or a sealing lid.... about 3 hours after picthing the yeast i lift the lid and have a look if there is a foam in there it's working i drop the lid back on and leave it alone for a few weeks if nothing has happend i have a look after a couple more hours... the...
by maheel
Wed May 22, 2013 3:09 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Easy coil condenser
Replies: 33
Views: 5769

Re: Easy coil condenser

imo the join from the coil to the coldfinger is a PITA.... i hate making them

i reckon a double wound coil is so much easier to make

for 2" column i use a keg spear for the inner mandrel and 3 bits of paper for the outer mandrel
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by maheel
Thu May 16, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: heat controller and element for 13 gallon boiler
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: heat controller and element for 13 gallon boiler

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/140730716566 ... 1423.l2649" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

there you go $8
by maheel
Mon May 13, 2013 6:36 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Quick question about takeoffs
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: Quick question about takeoffs

it's also very easy to use 3/4 over 1/2 a you can use 1/2-1/2-3/4 tee's (file or drill out the end to pass the 1/2 through)

and there so many standard fittings for these sizes you can attach it to anything :)

i think 1/4 is way to small a take off and will really be restive on vapour flow
by maheel
Mon May 13, 2013 4:39 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Copper plating with your scrap copper
Replies: 30
Views: 8294

Re: Copper plating with your scrap copper

i found the slow and steady approach worked well and it would not rub off.

try multiple light plating sessions and good cleaning between coats

imo it's not a one quick thick coat trick...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Pot still with long stainless shotgun
Replies: 14
Views: 2601

Re: Pot still with long stainless shotgun

heres a easy way to do a shotgun no ferrules needed as the ends of the shotgun become the ferrules it happily knocks down 3600w (240v) making 6L -8L an hour if your end plates are thin copper then you might need to wrap a ferrule gasket in teflon tape to make it a little bigger if it's "thick" plate...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 8:53 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Cap falls to bottom
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Cap falls to bottom

your right Goose eye a hydro's not the only way but it's one of the easiest i reckon i check my wash a couple of times in the 1st few days by just looking in and listening if it's fizzing like lemonade sounds i no its working then normally i just wait 3 weeks or more till it's very clear then i know...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vacuum pump Distillation -Progress
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Vacuum pump Distillation -Progress

could you try it with a test tube of 40% in that demi in the middle and then when you pull a vacuum you will also visually see it boil and decrease ? it would be like building a boat in a bottle but :mrgreen: edit: maybe hang it from the bung.... i thought it would take a lot more vacuum than you ha...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Cap falls to bottom
Replies: 10
Views: 793

Re: Cap falls to bottom

some washes will ferment without making any sort of cap

buy a hydrometer
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM output very slow even fully open.
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: VM output very slow even fully open.

here is a pic of what i build and they make 800-1000ml of 95% per hour no drama thats a fairly fast trickle that i describe as a "just broken stream" the product is better in the 700-800ph range as you can see it's nearly the same as yours but mine are a 1" takeoff and valve then into the 1/2 liebig...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 1:46 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Boka mini question
Replies: 2
Views: 451

Re: Boka mini question

if your getting vapor out the top you either have WAY to much heat or not enough cooling length or liquid do you have any scubber in the coil it will help knock down vapor ? your going to need a bigger water tank for a proper run i reckon two good links http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f...
by maheel
Fri May 10, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vacuum pump Distillation -Progress
Replies: 22
Views: 2231

Re: Vacume pump Distillation

how many lb / kg's of vacumme do you need for it to boil at 20"c

i dont think you could do it by hand ? (even if you could build it and make it work)