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My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:10 am

I figure I've been here quite long enough without putting up pics of my setup, and I've just moved in to a roomier area (well... cleared out the junk from around my previous area really, but doubled the space nontheless... anyway... pics:

pot still:
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VM column:
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see me waving in the reflection? also note the box of barrel staves. mmmm winey.

Fermenters: electric blanket along the bottom, old duvet inner on top, cheap adjustable heat. I keep them at about 25-30.
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gets bloody dirty when the fermenters get excited tho :?

thought some might be interested in my barrel sticks - I buzzed off about half the wine penetration. you can see some remains in this pic:
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This is how I toast em up (I char sometimes too). This oven thing was 20 bucks from the local recycling center :D
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:30 am

sorry, ran out of attachments :)

VM column with just the top half on (I use this for making a light rum) (and I know the condenser is, at this point, going to a chair :) , just set up for a demo)
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The Wall Of Experiments: Found this old cabinet in the junk I cleared away to make this space. neat, eh?
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cutting bench: two runs there atm awaiting attention:
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shot of the whole area:
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Alright, show and tells over. As you were :D
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Re: My Setup

Post by HookLine » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:20 pm

Damn nice set up, sir. You even got a couch! I have to fit my still in among my junk and general chaos.

Can I suggest that it might be a good safety measure to put some holding bars across the shelves on the booze rack. I believe you get the occasional serious tremor (ie earthquake) in your part of the world.
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:28 pm

not a bad idea. no credit to me for construction of the tools, though.
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Re: My Setup

Post by Fester » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:18 pm

Nice stuff. I'd be very comfortable there. Maybe too comfortable. You would need to kick me out after midnight.
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Re: My Setup

Post by ahiaruhe » Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:55 am

Nice one Kiwi. I particularly like the skanky old mattress next to your cutting bench - is that in case the ol'sheila won't let you back in the house after a shine-up?

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Re: My Setup

Post by olddog » Tue Dec 01, 2009 2:17 am

I wish I had that much room, My workshop would be a quarter of that. :cry:
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Re: My Setup

Post by cob » Tue Dec 01, 2009 8:07 am

i wished for a bigger shop once, just got more stuff to misplace. i like the fact that kiwistiller can use all those windows without looking over his shoulder.
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:29 pm

ahiaruhe wrote:Nice one Kiwi. I particularly like the skanky old mattress next to your cutting bench - is that in case the ol'sheila won't let you back in the house after a shine-up?
haha I've got loads of them. I don't own the place, I'm renting, and when I got there the garage was full of old, moulding crap like that. that's just on top of one of the piles :) I originally just dug a corridor down the side to get to the windows, and then hollowed out a bit more space to set things up, but I got sick of being cramped. put piles of stuff on trade me with a $1 reserve. amazing what people will come and pay you to take away rubbish. Some highlights that I found were a 3/4 size pool table, a remote control helicopter, and a bottle of wine from the 80's (delicious) :D
cob wrote:I like the fact that kiwistiller can use all those windows without looking over his shoulder.
It's a blessing indeed. Come one, come all to the borderline third world country. We've got good laws :lol:
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Re: My Setup

Post by astrangebrew » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:58 pm

I'm moving in too! This place just screams to me! "Suck back and reload!!" What 'ca got for 'toons?
Tell Fester to quit hogging all of the couch (I know - :lol: anybody with a 75Lb a week sugar habit needs a little room)
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:01 pm

astrangebrew wrote:What 'ca got for 'toons?
Ok, I'm missing something in translation. I've asked the other guys in the office as well, they also can't get it. " 'toons?" what's toons?
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Re: My Setup

Post by astrangebrew » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:10 pm

I still can't edit for Sh*t. should be tunes as in what's your favorite music?
All those windows still freak me out a little - but then again, you are in the hobby distilling capitol of the planet - New Zealand.
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Tue Dec 01, 2009 5:27 pm

oh, right :lol: I'm with you. well, there's the crappy little radio you can see in the pic, it only gets am but can take cds. I like pretty much all music but as far as distilling goes the soundtrack is pretty much stuck on 60s and 70s rock or Blues / jazz. or me sitting there trying to learn the guitar :)
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Re: My Setup

Post by big worm » Wed Dec 02, 2009 1:07 pm

ya'll got that crazy guy who plays an electric flute and hops around on one leg...hehehe :D aqualung and moonshine were there dude.
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Re: My Setup

Post by LWTCS » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:21 pm

Snot was running down his nose,,da,da,da,da,daaa,,da
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Re: My Setup

Post by olddog » Wed Dec 02, 2009 3:24 pm

Your showing your age there Big Worm, that guy was Jethro Tull, circa 1960s
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Re: My Setup

Post by big worm » Wed Dec 02, 2009 6:01 pm

:wink:
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Re: My Setup

Post by goinbroke2 » Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:14 am

big worm wrote:ya'll got that crazy guy who plays an electric flute and hops around on one leg...hehehe :D aqualung and moonshine were there dude.
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Re: My Setup

Post by CletusDwight » Thu Dec 03, 2009 12:47 pm

kiwistiller wrote:...trying to learn the guitar :)
Trouble with the guitar is nobody thought that something with more strings than y'got fingers gotta be kinda dumb idea.
'Sides, y'KNOW y' gotta play a banjo if'n y'gonna still.

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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Thu Dec 03, 2009 1:06 pm

I figure I'll learn guitar first then have a crack at the banjo :D

Always been a woodwind player so strings are a bit of a learning curve.
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Re: My Setup

Post by LWTCS » Thu Dec 03, 2009 3:20 pm

CletusDwight wrote:'Sides, y'KNOW y' gotta play a banjo if'n y'gonna still.
Took my girl to the blacksmith shop to have her mouth made small,
She turned around a time or two and swallered shop and all.

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Re: My Setup

Post by Retrobate » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:56 am

big worm wrote:ya'll got that crazy guy who plays an electric flute and hops around on one leg...hehehe :D aqualung and moonshine were there dude.
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Re: My Setup

Post by wkcrawler » Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:44 pm

hey nice setup!
just wondering, the very first picture, is that gas bottle aluminum or stainless?
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Sun Mar 21, 2010 12:43 am

noooo idea, does it matter?
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Re: My Setup

Post by Mud Mechanik » Tue Apr 13, 2010 6:24 pm

Nice setup Kiwi, I will definitely look into adding a couch to mine.....
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Re: My Setup

Post by blanikdog » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:35 pm

Jeez Kiwi, you have a lot of room there. I have to climb over ladders and boxes of wine and boxes of air which we have to keep for who knows what reason, and stuff hanging from the roof drying or just hanging. Certainly no room for a couch. Nice space.

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Re: My Setup

Post by olddog » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:47 pm

I think Kiwi has moved since the original posting. I wonder if his new place is as spacious. :?:
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Re: My Setup

Post by blanikdog » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:35 pm

So he has, I'll bet you can't believe that I forgot that. :|

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Re: My Setup

Post by olddog » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:49 pm

I can. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: My Setup

Post by kiwistiller » Sun Apr 18, 2010 8:13 pm

I have moved. Nowhere near as much space :cry: :cry:

On the plus side, the sugar is cheaper, I can ferment outside, and the glass of water won't freeze by my bed over winter.

And Great Barrier Island is closer - just got back from there :D :D :D

Anyway I guess you'll have to wait until I get this video stuff sorted before you see the new place! the wash has finished dry so I guess I'll be filming a stripping run soon.
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