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Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby Just someguy » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:51 am

Hello, I’m a huge zymurgy enthusiast. In my old life (before kids) I got through engineering school by applying the principles of what I was learning both in the field and through texts to my nano brewery. I built up a full electric brewery which took over a garage. During those times someone told me about absinthe. It was still illegal and I concluded that if I really wanted to taste it, i needed to make it. I came across this forum then and built up a one gallon pot with a small 1/4 in arm, purchased herbs from Wild Rose Herbs and macerated some store bought grain spirit by following blend of traditional recipes from the 1800s scaled down for 3L. I had a lot of fun and also tried my hand on rum, still have that dunder in the garage, but hated the time it took through such a small pipe. I realised that this wasn't going to work without scaling and at that time wasn't interested in doing so without my own place. Roommates are safer to trust with knowledge of a brewery.

Now that I have moved on, I have had to let go of all the brewery as it take up too much space. This however has left me unable to ferment anything in a long while, and I realized something was missing in my life. I started to muse again over the idea of this craft when I came across a video of Clawhammer supply DIY 5gal kit. It got me thinking, I have known some appartment guys in the past and am aware how little space this takes up compared to a full scale brewery. They were able to fit everything into a closet. Plus I have a real job so the initial hurdle of cost is less of a deal then it was back in my poor college days.

I drew up some plans and began modifying the Clawhammer design to also have tri clamp fittings, element ports, and methods that make it store better. I ran some numbers and realized my cost and time was at the point of just buying one. Then I cross referenced this plan with this great knowledge base here and sure enough the consensus I got was go a bit bigger than you think, it's always easier to run less then more when speaking about capacity limits, and a pot still is the better for the start… and I like real rum.

So now I’m looking at the 16 gal, 3 inch from Mile Hi as a simple all SS pot still which comes with all the ports that i need and, from what I hear, really nice wields. Something that I just don't have time to learn at this time. I have compared his boiler to a lot of others and like the tri clamp ports. There is also the added potential that it has to upgrade to VM or Plates in the future if I ever want to go that route.

My biggest realization is that since this isn't a brewery I can use two elements powered from two different circuits in my home without having to modify the structure electric. Keeping everything portable and storable is a hard design constraint for me.

I’ve got a BOM laid out of what I need for an electric panel, element setup and most importantly, have the Mrs. on board.

After I read through all the startup material primers, rules, safety, mistakes, ect. that you all have been put together, I decided to sign up since I realize that I’m probably here to stay.

I must say, a really big help indeed. Makes me feel like I’m prepared to get working on this hobby/craft.


Thank you!
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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby Still Life » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:23 am

Well the bad news is that since you got out of it, all distilling is now done with USB ports and lasers.
Kidding. :ebiggrin:
Sounds like you have a good mind for this hobby and have done your homework.

C'mon in and have fun. Welcome.
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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby nuntius01 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:45 pm

Still Life wrote:Well the bad news is that since you got out of it, all distilling is now done with USB ports and lasers.
Kidding. :ebiggrin:
Sounds like you have a good mind for this hobby and have done your homework.

C'mon in and have fun. Welcome.

man that was a good one :lol: welcome
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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby nerdybrewer » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:23 pm

Welcome!
You will find there are a lot of us in the PNW.
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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby Just someguy » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:03 pm

Wow really in the PNW? I can't tell. I guess it figures for it seems that intoxicants help with all the rain. Wish that legal bill would pass. Then we could share like home Brewers do.

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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby cranky » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:14 pm

Welcome,
Like Nerdy said, lots of people here from the PNW. :wave:
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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby Oldvine Zin » Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:01 pm

Like what cranky said, lots of use here in the PNW :wave:

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Re: Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Postby rickos » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:09 am

Many PNW peeps, Welcome
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