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by Chroi
Thu Jan 05, 2017 5:00 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Theoretical issues with stripping too fast?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: Theoretical issues with stripping too fast?

The faster the stripping run, the more water you are carrying over into your low wines... This could actually be beneficial, unless you are stripping a wretched wash to begin with... Water being a filter, fast stripping, and the added water retained, shouldn't present problems... Scorching, due to ...
by Chroi
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 4" packed column, height vs diameter, and other "rules"
Replies: 2
Views: 680

4" packed column, height vs diameter, and other "rules"

So much has changed just in the short time I've been part of this hobby...if you go back to before the parent site the advances are even more dramatic. Thanks to all who paved the way. Convential wisdom said that larger than 3" packed columns were not worth attempting due to channeling With new pack...
by Chroi
Thu Jan 05, 2017 3:33 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM 3" Column
Replies: 5
Views: 1162

Re: VM 3" Column

http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=64124 This is my very limited experience with a 3" CCVM running lava rock I decided to try lava rock before popping for the SPP. Havent made a drop of drinkable yet with it but the cleaning and sac runs have been very promising. I think a 3" CCVM i...
by Chroi
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:20 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Theoretical issues with stripping too fast?
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Theoretical issues with stripping too fast?

Other than the song ending before you get all the customers cash is there an issue with.....oh wait, wrong forum..... :roll: Seriously, anyone every done any research into whether you can affect a final product with too fast a stripping run? Other than the obvious issues of overwhelming the product ...
by Chroi
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: 2" column to 2" shotun
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: 2" column to 2" shotun

So am I missing anything? I am looking at using a 2" jacket and 4 1/2" vapor tubes with 3 baffles for turbulence. I have this exact setup except 4 baffles. It knocks down 5500w of H20 vapor. Ethanol would be quite a bit more. Prob good for more, but that's all the power I have to throw at it. Don't...
by Chroi
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM with lava rock report
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: 3" CCVM with lava rock report

Saw one on eBay the other day for like $20, the whole unit measured between 90-100% so small increments were easily distinguished.

No idea how accurate it really was, but seemed interesting.
by Chroi
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:18 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM with lava rock report
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: 3" CCVM with lava rock report

Yup. Need to get a narrow range alcometer so I can really see the nuances at higher proof, I have a standard 0-200 proof one and it works fine but 94vs95vs95.5 is hard to judge
by Chroi
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:00 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM with lava rock report
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: 3" CCVM with lava rock report

Rinsed in hot water until the water was clear, then boiled, rinsed again 2-3 more times.

I'm very pleased, was expecting to add another 20" packed section.

I'll try and get pics, camera on phone is broken but it doesn't look like much, certainly nothing like some of the builds on here.
by Chroi
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:10 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3" CCVM with lava rock report
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

3" CCVM with lava rock report

Finally got to do my sac run on a 3" condenser controlled vapor management a la DAD300 and others: 15 gal keg charged with 15% low wines/feints 5000w element 2-3" adapter from keg 3"x40" copper section packed with dime/nickel size black lava rock, copper scrubbie at each end of packing Stainless 3" ...
by Chroi
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:30 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?

Lol touche, I may be concerned about nothing. That said it seems fairly easy to try. Just gonna super size a standard magnetic stiring plate. I'm on the lookout for a simple electric motor which ill make the stiring plate out of, and I'll either wrap a large neodymium magnet in PTFE or encapsulate i...
by Chroi
Mon Feb 16, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?

A thin wash will begin to stir itself once it comes to boil. Exactly! However...... It will move according to convection, the way the system wants to move it. The whole point is we want every ounce of wash to heat as evenly as possible. So, no hot or cold spots As someone who cooks for a living I c...
by Chroi
Mon Feb 16, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?

Sorry for the necro-post but I'm revisiting this issue as I'm about to go electric and adding a stirring rod will be infinitely easier than when I used natural gas. I'm surprised by the resistance to this idea. Stirring while heating is standard practice for most labratory distillation regardless of...
by Chroi
Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Shoot It
Replies: 61
Views: 4100

Re: Shoot It

T + elbow + cap inserted between the boiler and whatever its connected to = easy midrun fill port with no cutting involved
by Chroi
Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Re: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?

I see very little benefit at the hobby scale... Just more complexity for very little, if any, benefit... I prefer a well cleared boiler charge... True moonshiners only ran dirty because they fermented and distilled in the same vessel... I'd rather leave the yeast and their poop out of my boiler... ...
by Chroi
Thu Nov 13, 2014 7:54 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Stirring boiler charge while stilling?
Replies: 19
Views: 1836

Stirring boiler charge while stilling?

Anybody running a magnetic stirring rod or recirculating pump for stirring the wash/mash in the boiler during heatup?

Prob not much sense if you're refluxing but for pot stilling could make cuts more well defined?
by Chroi
Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:19 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: SPP and passive reflux
Replies: 6
Views: 917

Re: SPP and passive reflux

I have run my SPP packed column as a pot still (top capped, no reflux condenser) and can achieve 80% easily during hearts. My column is SS Triclamp and putting an thin ptfe endcap (cut from a bucket lid) above the takeoff is easy. I also have no physical valve on the takeoff, so never an accidental...
by Chroi
Fri Nov 07, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vapor management take off rates question
Replies: 107
Views: 7722

Re: Vapor management take off rates question

Damn that looks familiar. Only I have a Liebig product condenser, workin on a shotgun cause I like the look of having it all the same size pipe. Makes a damn fine neutral and I can even do flavored drinks by having the coil way above the takeoff point. I have some very nice light rum on oak right n...
by Chroi
Fri Nov 07, 2014 7:07 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: SPP and passive reflux
Replies: 6
Views: 917

SPP and passive reflux

Despite conventional wisdom that packing a pot still head does nothing, I've noticed a minor ABV bump (a couple points) when I pack my 2"x18" section with copper scrubbies running 6-8% UJSSM I have some SPP on the way for a VM build. Do you think SPP in the section would provide a worthwhile ABV bum...
by Chroi
Tue Oct 07, 2014 4:07 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Keg still in apartment, heating options?
Replies: 28
Views: 3310

Re: Keg still in apartment, heating options?

Nutmegmooner wrote:I'll bet your stove is 220. Plan to use the barby that day.
this.
by Chroi
Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:12 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Keg still in apartment, heating options?
Replies: 28
Views: 3310

Re: Keg still in apartment, heating options?

do you have a gas stove? remember, lift with your legs.... Edit. I'm not kidding. I run all manner of stills on 7.75 and 15.5 gallon kegs on a standard home gas stovetop. the kegs fit nicely on two burners. 10 gallons takes about 75 minutes to start producing. Not setting any records, but not too sh...
by Chroi
Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3 inch CCVM question.
Replies: 23
Views: 3649

Re: 3 inch CCVM question.

I have been trying to get this result with a pot still for some time. What I am really trying for is 70% in one pass with some heads compression. All the runs I have made with one pass on a pot results in about 53% after cuts. I am just trying to avoid the second run so I can run one pass and age b...
by Chroi
Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:46 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Easy Thor's Hammer or horizontal CCVM
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Re: Easy Thor's Hammer or horizontal CCVM

Yup, what prompted all this was revisiting manu's CCLM design. Then I realized I was starting at a crossflow condenser.

Hmm, I wanted to stick with the VM.

Any good way to keep this a CCVM in this position?
by Chroi
Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Easy Thor's Hammer or horizontal CCVM
Replies: 3
Views: 1152

Easy Thor's Hammer or horizontal CCVM

So I was playing with my modular setup and came up with this. Ignore the lack of column, as well as the length difference of the horizontal pieces, they would be made even for an LM setup or one would lead to a product condenser for the condenser controlled VM. you get to reuse your coiled reflux co...
by Chroi
Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper
Replies: 8
Views: 1680

Re: Thumper

Yes sir remember ya can shoot that thang with cream corn mashed fruit berries all kinds of good stuff. I messed with rerunning heads in the thumper and tails in the boiler, which does give you a significant ABV boost, but at the cost of purity. If you make good cuts, eventually, your heads are goin...
by Chroi
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper plumbing improvements
Replies: 3
Views: 892

Re: Thumper plumbing improvements

Smart plan and a lot cheaper than unions, especially if you already have the flanges around. What are you going to use off the thumper to condense? If you've got excess 2" (is there such a thing as excess?) You could easily use a couple more 90's and make a riser to a 180 to a shotgun.... Hmmm sudd...
by Chroi
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:23 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper plumbing improvements
Replies: 3
Views: 892

Thumper plumbing improvements

Original build can be seen in posts 5 and 6 here http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=45276 New and improved, heavy on the easy flanges :D I know most people are plumbing in and out through the same hole in the keg, but I wasn't about to change my design when I'm so happy with the res...
by Chroi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2" column with deflagmater?
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: 2" column with deflagmater?

lol gotcha. so I'm trying to reinvent a very old wheel :D Only asked bc I have a modular setup and could throw this together easily. Well not reinventing a wheel but experimentation is always fun. Try it you might just like what you come up with. I am of the opinion CM's are under rated because of ...
by Chroi
Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Thumper?
Replies: 609
Views: 202553

Tall vs short thumper

How does the amount of contact between the vapor and the thumper contents affect the final product? In other words, is it like a plate in that different liquid depths may have different characteristics? Some people prefer a deep bath vs shallow? Practically speaking, what would your predictions be i...
by Chroi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2" column with deflagmater?
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: 2" column with deflagmater?

lol gotcha. so I'm trying to reinvent a very old wheel :D

Only asked bc I have a modular setup and could throw this together easily.
by Chroi
Tue Aug 26, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2" column with deflagmater?
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: 2" column with deflagmater?

In my mind, a 2-3 plate flute is an enhanced pot still, designed to carry flavor cleanly and at high ABV. Not so, I think reading the post " Flute Talk " may answer a lot of your questions. That was dumb of me to say. I hear you 100% and I've read that thread many times over. It's a reflux still no ...