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Bushman wrote:More info is needed, are you talking about a Kentucky style moonshine still with a cylinder shaped boiler with a cone shape on top? If so most would charge the boiler leaving the top to allow the vapors to build and work their way up the column.
Zia Guca wrote:Bushman wrote:More info is needed, are you talking about a Kentucky style moonshine still with a cylinder shaped boiler with a cone shape on top? If so most would charge the boiler leaving the top to allow the vapors to build and work their way up the column.
It is the "two woks and a pot" type of still where the wash is heated in a large pot, condenses on the bottom of a round-bottom bowl filled with ice and drips down into a smaller bowl standing on a mason jar in the middle of the pot.
Prairiepiss wrote:You will not have a safe way to make cuts. So you will end up collecting everything. This will give you a product that will taste like crap. And also give you a real nice headache. No amount of filtering will make it ad good as could be made with a proper still. A pot still is very simple to make with common kitchen items. And a little copper tubing. Unless you out to make some nasty rotgut crap. I would suggest forgetting you ever saw a ice wok still.
Zia Guca wrote:I read a book called "Alaskan Bootleggers Bible" and the apparatus is mentioned in it. The author thinks it is pretty effective. But there also seems to me some misinformation in the book, and there's not a lot of detail. As someone who doesn't know much on the subject I thought I might be able to find some answers from someone experienced with it.
The respondents here have said the output tastes like crap and will produce a headache. Has anyone actually tried one? Has anyone actually tasted the output? It doesn't seem so. No one has said something to the effect that "I used one and I found that there was too much X in the product," or anything. The theme here seems to be that most people are enamored of their 3-foot home-made fractionating columns, or whatnot. Some people might not want a lot of that kind of thing laying around the house. Others may not want to turn their kitchen into a chem lab.
So far some of the answers have been kind of snarky. Is that part of the outlaw ethos of the whole subject?