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Postby bama » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:08 am

i have had most of the parts lying around for a long time, but cant figure out a way to attach the lyne arm to the boiler. i looked for a copper flange at lowes but couldnt find one. are brass fittings okay? i read somewhere on the site that brass reacts somehow w/ tha alc and i wouldnt even think of using anything galvanized. i also tried silver solder but it just flaked off th ss turkey pot and i burned th hell out of my finger :x
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Postby The Chemist » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:14 am

Hey, Bama--I used to live in LA, too, twenty years ago. Dothan. Just as hot here in Shreveport, but we don't get the nice afternoon showers every day! Can't help with the actual question, I'm but a lowly chemist!
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Postby bama » Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:52 am

Ah the great city of Dothan. thats actually where i live! :D Chemist, do you know if brass would react with alc? if i could use brass fittings, how would i attach it to the pot?
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Postby DBM » Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:18 am

Bama;
I live in SWGA and i use brass fittings.
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Postby The Chemist » Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:34 am

From a chemistry standpoint, I don't see anything wrong with using brass. I'll defer to other, more knowlegable people as to whether it's a good thing. I see your neighbor, DBM, uses it.

Know of the Dothan Bubbett's--I'm related to them--Mary and the late Vic. He used to be the editor of the Eagle, and she worked a Wallace for years.
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Postby Guest » Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:38 pm

the beer brewers have written extensively on brass and the general thrust is that in contact with sweet wort brass is aceptable BUT most brass has some surface traces of lead from the manufacture which is not. they have published works on the net as to a process called passivating which is suposed to remove any traces of lead from the surface. I do not know if this relates to what you are asking but just giving it as potential methods to search further. brass is a bronze alloy and so several blends are probaly used by differant casters yellow red etc.
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 12:50 pm

Yup, there are posts in these forums on how to treat brass to remove lead using vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Here's a snip from one from boozer:

Brass is OK to use. In the home disttiller book you will find reference to treating brass with a 2:1 mix of white vinegar and 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for about 10 minutes. It removes any surface lead. If you leave it longer the brass goes black and you need to start again.


Search on brass and vinegar in the forums for more info.
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Postby Guest » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:09 pm

If you have the time to build one for a nice instruction and cut layout on fabricating a copper flange from a short length of tubing look at the article tittled "build a practical eco friendly home still" the flange building instructions are in the middle of the article
it is on this page: http://distillers.tastylime.net/library ... 20Listings
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:20 pm

Wait Guest, I thought copper was unsafe. You are clearly doing nothing but trolling with your posts about copper and plastic.

And why the hell don't you register a username?
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Postby Guest » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:34 pm

I am curious as to why the swedes have any reason to avoid copper is that a crime? They did not give any reason. If you want to avoid brass and pasivating i have given a link to a method of fabricating a copper flange. Did that incite you? calm down brother i know you are a gentleman by your handle!
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Postby Virginia Gentleman » Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:50 pm

Yup, I'm a gentleman (to a point). That's why I'll refrain from responding to any more of your posts. I've said my peace, and it's just gotten silly now. I just hope that others will warn neophytes against the bad advice you give. If I read your posts when I first started out I sure would have made some bad decisions.
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Postby boozer » Wed Jun 01, 2005 3:44 pm

Guys,

From all my reading Copper is the preferred material for distilling. It removes sulfides from the product.
It has been the material used scince adam was a boy and if there was any problem with it some one would have blown the whistle by now.


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Postby pangea » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:05 pm

Solder a copper pipe cap; that is the right size for your column, upside down onto the top of your boiler lid. Drill a shitload of holes through it and the lid. You can completely remove the inside or leave a thin mesh of the holes to hold marbles, scrubbers, etc in your column.
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Postby Guest » Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:24 pm

do take a look at the flange fabrication mentioned above i think you will find it a solid desighn although a bit of time and labor to fabricate it should serve very well compared to many of the alternatives.
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Postby bama » Thu Jun 02, 2005 6:33 am

are u sure that brass fittings for home water systems contain lead? i wouldnt think so. that would be against the law wouldnt it?
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Postby bama » Sat Aug 06, 2005 6:12 pm

problem solved. i bolted a piece of 3/4 in. plywood to the top and used that as my flange. :D
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