well, i started out a few weeks ago with a converted turkey fryer still. it worked but its made from a thin-walled aluminum stock pot. the column is OK and I plan to reuse it and the worm. I plan to use a converted beer keg. I wanted to do this originally, but i couldnt figure out how to attach a column to a SS keg. well, i just ordered a ferule, tri clamp and gasket from hillbilly stills. all in all its less than 50 bucks with shipping. more than i woulda liked to have spent but hey, it'll work, at least I hope so.
This is what I got.http://www.hillbillystills.com/Copper_t ... _p/cs2.htmhttp://www.hillbillystills.com/Stainles ... _p/tc2.htmhttp://www.hillbillystills.com/Teflon_G ... /ptfe2.htm
Will this stuff work to attach my current column to a keg? All I have to do is reduce from the 2" to 1", solder the ferrule on and clamp her up. I'm not familiar with the ferule sizes and I just hope that the tri clamp fits both the ferule and the beer keg.
secondly, would you recommend using a 1/4 keg at ~7.75 gals or a half keg at ~15 gallons? My heat source is currently a turkey fryer, but im not convinced itll support the weight of a half or even a 1/4 keg full of wash. I do have an old antique 2 burner gas stove of some type. its missing a regulator and hose but i outta be able to rob that off the turkey fryer. that thing is all heavy cast iron and would easily support the weight. what do you guys think? am I on to something here? good news is, now I have a good excuse to drink a keg of beer....