I have a lot of distillers, but am not content with versatility. I have now a 30 liters (gross) pot still, for example, and a 9.5 liters CM fractionating still. I also have a 5 liters airstill, another potstill of around 10 liters and a pharmacy glass unit of 2 liter.
In practise I use my large potstill and my CM fractionating still most of the time. And sometimes the airstill for making hot compounding gin from neutral. The problems I encounter is that the 30 liter potstill can hold 20 maybe 22 liters of low wines. And my standard batch size in fermentation is 25 liters. And when I stripped a 25 liter wash, I usually end up with 8 to 9 liters of low wines. Too much to fin in my CM rig in one time. Also all those distilling equipment takes up a lot of place I can make better use of. Also I want to be able to make bigger spirit runs. Just collecting like 1,75 liters at 96.5% is not enough.
So I started thinking and now that I looked closer at the rigs I use most (30 liter potstill, 9.5 liter CM fractionating), I found that on both of them, the column diameter is 42 millimeters. So now this is what i am going to do. I will buy a new, bigger vessel. A 50 liters olive oil container. Put in the 2,000 watt submerged electrical element that now sits in my 30 liter potstill. And I will make such an adaptor that I can put my potstill head as well as my CM fractionating head on top.
I also have a copper pipe of 42 mm that is 140 centimeters tall. I want to build a passive reflux column with it, to get something in between my pure 96.5 CM fractionating results and my old school potstill. Should make it possilbe to make single distilled whiskeys.
Now, I will be putting some photo's in, as soon as I find out how to do that.
- Olive oil vessel
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