Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:56 pm

rumBum2 wrote:thanksforthebadmotivation


You're super welcome, and thanks for your kind words. I know I didn't invent any of these ideas. I learned basically everything on this forum. I agonized over optimizing the design, though. And then there were a lot of hours of labor and explaining myself to my wife. I'm proud of all that. :)

If you haven't already, check out the Badmotivator Barrel in my sig. I did "invent" that, and I think it could really help home distillers a lot.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby thegreatstate » Thu Apr 21, 2016 3:16 pm

Badmotivator, I'd love to see pictures of where this keg build is at if you get some time. What a beauty.


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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Snackson » Thu Apr 21, 2016 6:20 pm

thegreatstate wrote:Badmotivator, I'd love to see pictures of where this keg build is at if you get some time. What a beauty.


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Check out this thread, very picture heavy of his beautiful still.
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=58627&start=330
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Thu Apr 21, 2016 7:21 pm

Snackson wrote:
thegreatstate wrote:Badmotivator, I'd love to see pictures of where this keg build is at if you get some time. What a beauty.

Check out this thread, very picture heavy of his beautiful still.
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=58627&start=330

That thread is a rathole! I know because I lived in it for a month. Hang tight, TGS, and I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow. :)
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:10 pm

I was stripping a bunch of Pinot Noir today, so I got pics of R5-D2 in pot still mode. Here is what it looks like when stripping:
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One unexpected benefit to the 8" opening in the top is that it makes storing the hardware easy:
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Here is all of the stuff I store in the keg between uses:
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The cords and controller live in the lower portion:
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Chug-a-lug!
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:11 pm

View through the top front sight glass of the Pinot noir heating up:Image
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Fri May 06, 2016 1:34 pm

CM mode: 4 X 4" bubble cap, 4" reflux condenser.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Swedish Pride » Fri May 13, 2016 2:44 am

ingenious way of storing your column :thumbup:
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Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:32 pm

Twenty years ago I saw a picture of a beautiful grand handmade wooden painting easel with an enigmatic decoration at the top. Engraved in a badge were the words "trying to make it real compared to what". I didn't know what the hell that meant, but I liked it.

Fourteen years ago when I was playing and studying jazz I came across a song recorded by Les McCann and Eddie Harris called "Compared to What". Aha! Here's that song: (doesn't show up on tapatalk? Switch to browser view)
I still didn't know what the hell it was about, but I loved it. If you're at all inclined toward jazz, give it a good listen.

Yesterday I electro-etched this on my reflux condenser: Image
It's my anthem now. :)
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby skow69 » Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:40 pm

I got Live at Montreau when it was new, I was young, and Robert Cray was the house band at the Eugene Hotel. Brought it home in the same bag with Bitches Brew. "Compared to What" has been a favorite ever since. Keep trying, Badmo.

Oh, yeah, and your still is looking awesome too.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Tombstone » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:00 am

I have to say :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:. I am making a cabinet for mine too. All most don my last piece of the puzzle should come next week. Nice work bud
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Oldvine Zin » Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:50 pm

As always - Nice work BadMo :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby greybeard » Sat Oct 21, 2017 8:14 am

Didn't see it in your thread, but I curious what you did to get your keg to shine. I have cleaned mine up with 50 grit paper. Gave me a cleaner "brushed" finish. But would love to get mine shinning.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:51 am

greybeard wrote:Didn't see it in your thread, but I curious what you did to get your keg to shine. I have cleaned mine up with 50 grit paper. Gave me a cleaner "brushed" finish. But would love to get mine shinning.

Oh, boy, get ready for some work my friend. I used sandpaper with incrementally finer grit, up to 2000, and then switched to a polisher (Harbor Freight 7 in. 10 Amp Heavy Duty Digital Variable Speed Polisher) with the stitched cotton buffing wheel and two different abrasive waxes.

I don't know if I did it the smartest, fastest, or cheapest way. Sorry. Maybe someone else could advise you there. I do have a bit of advise on how to approach it though: pick a small patch about as big as your open hand and do the whole process on that all the way to completion. You will learn from your mistakes (like failing to fully remove the 50-grit scratches with the 100 or 200 before moving up the numbers) without too much sunk cost, so when you go to do the whole thing you will already know what to look for.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Danespirit » Sun Oct 22, 2017 5:49 am

+1 Badmotivator.

That's the way I also get all my stainless shiny, I go all the way down to grid 3000, though.
I use emery cloth designed for wet polishing and the last pass is done with some dishwasher soap + water.
A stainless steel rotary brush for the drill or angle grinder smoothes out the last small scratches. NOTE it's essential it is genuine stainless..not mild steel..or the surface will be pitted with rust particles soon.
Then it's time for the buffing wheel and some wax.
One will get a mirror-like finish...but it takes some reeeeeeally hard effort to get there.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby BugHunter » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:08 pm

Be sure to wash it between each grit size. You don't want stray bits of larger grit staying around when you're using a finer grit, or you'll be adding scratches instead of removing them.
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Kareltje » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:43 am

Beautiful work!

Trying your music, I got a message that it was removed, due to copyright, or something like that.
But I found this in stead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvJzCdgB3Tc

Nice music!
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Re: Keg Boiler with Cabinet Build Story

Postby Badmotivator » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:53 pm

A member messaged me recently asking me about the element orientation on my boiler. What's the minimum charge, how do I like it, etc. On a different thread (http://w.homedistiller.org/forum/viewto ... 88&t=64473) I posted this, which might answer these questions for the next guy to come around:

badmotivator wrote: My boiler's element location is a little unorthodox. I went up through the bottom of the keg and then bent the elements down to a flatter posture. I have a very low minimum charge, though probably not much less than a low-on-the-side orientation. I have been very happy with the results. The advantage is that the element guard and cord stuff is out of sight. The disadvantage is that there are two small wells that do not drain, but I find them easy to rinse them out.

There is a trick to bending copper-jacketed elements without breaking them: anneal with a torch, bend a little, repeat as needed.


The minimum charge is probably 3 or 4 gallons since the elements are still covered below 2 gallons. I haven't yet had a project where it was even close to an issue.
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