Newbie here from Colorado

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TOASTER100
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Newbie here from Colorado

Post by TOASTER100 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 10:31 pm

Thanks for having me. Been brewing beer for almost 3 years now. Built my own 20 gallon electric all grain HERMs rig. Looking to branch out and possibly experiment with distilling spirits. Despite a solid knowledge of brewing, I don’t know much about distilling

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Re: Newbie here from Colorado

Post by TOASTER100 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 11:17 pm

Just built a boiler out of a half barrel keg (15.5 gallon) that will run with a temp probe and 5500 watt element controlled by a PID. Picked up a modular column that can be configured to be a pot still or reflux still. Excited to make whisky/whiskey

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Re: Newbie here from Colorado

Post by silverbean » Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:14 am

Welcome Toaster your brewing experience will make life easier for you but forget about the PID. Despite what some Youtube videos say they are the wrong tool for controlling a still. A PID tries to control temperature but the ABV of whats in the boiler governs the boiling temperature and will change during the run. A simple SCR power controller works better. Plenty of reading on here with loads of better info than most Youtube channels.

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Re: Newbie here from Colorado

Post by Demy » Mon Sep 21, 2020 7:04 am

Welcome Toaster100

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