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by mikeac
Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: hot water heating elements

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teflon tape doesn't exist...
Sh!t. Any ideas why my gaskets didn't work then...
by mikeac
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: hot water heating elements

Maybe I just remember the roar, and forget the dull sound of stripping... Maybe I should start taking notes??
by mikeac
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: way expired yeast!
Replies: 3
Views: 548

Re: way expired yeast!

I bet some of the buggers are still live and well. chuck 4 or 5 packets into a gallon of wash and see what happens. If the gallon takes off, chuck the gallon into a full sized wash.
by mikeac
Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: hot water heating elements

Both are definitely 240 elements. It's been too long since I ran and I can't remember what the normal heat up time was. I could grab a DMM I suppose and check the resistance. That'd settle my nervousness once and for all. I have another random question though: I tried to make the everlasting gaskets...
by mikeac
Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: hot water heating elements

@ coaster: did the calc years ago. couldn't remember the numbers, just that it worked. @Prairiepiss: Yeah, I was just running water through as a first cleaning run. I think that was the difference. I've got a 1st gen UJSM going now as a second cleaning run and it sounds better :D Going to use the ba...
by mikeac
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

Re: hot water heating elements

For the record: it's been over a year since I fired it up and there are 2 elements. A 3kw and a 1.5 kw both are hooked up to 120 though, not 240.
by mikeac
Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: hot water heating elements
Replies: 9
Views: 843

hot water heating elements

It's been a while since I fired up my still and just plugged her in to do some cleaning (my new model is finished, so excited!) and my elements seem to not be as "energetic" as before. I am basing this purely on sound though. They used to roar a little like n electric kettle, not they barely make a ...
by mikeac
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:20 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

Vancouver Island. All I found in the shops was twisted wires. I started asking if there was a place in town to get the single wire stuff and they looked at me funny...

The copper round bar should work, I just need to anneal it first.
by mikeac
Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

I found some 3/16" round copper bar that is about the same diameter as 4 gauge wire. I think. I'll try it though and let you know!
by mikeac
Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

Follow up question: I called around to a few stores today and all they have is the twisted wire grounding cable. I asked them where I could find a grounding wire that was just a single wire in gauge 4 and they told me they didn't even know it existed. Are they being ignorant, or is it that rare? If ...
by mikeac
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

I can get them to clamp no problem, just getting a nice seal. The ones I have would take the flour gasket and be fine, but I'd really like to do cork gaskets or the everlasting gasket. It looks classier on my rig (I like the flour gaskets on some of the all copper rigs). I find that they center as I...
by mikeac
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:36 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

Yeah, I took a good look at the forum. I'm excited to give it a try! Edit: Sorry I think I misunderstood. The "flare" on the 2 inch triclamp is the same size as the wire so all you need to do is solder the bugger on (uber excited to try it still!). There is no 1" triclamp though, only 1.5", so in or...
by mikeac
Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:08 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Re: Question on Easy Flanges

It's a 2". I've been able to fabricate some okay 1" flanges too, I'll post pics of the process since I don't think the wire trick will work with them since you need to flare out a half inch. Good to know about the gauges! Now all I have to do is find it...

Cheers!
by mikeac
Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:38 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Question on Easy Flanges
Replies: 15
Views: 1421

Question on Easy Flanges

Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum, it's changed a bit since I was here last. I have been tinkering with building easy flanges. I haven't had a fantastic amount of luck on my own, but then came here and looked around a bit and think I found an idea that I like, but am not sure if it will wor...
by mikeac
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:58 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello Again!
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Hello Again!

I haven't posted in over a year. Kinda fell off the wagon I suppose. I spent the last week building the pot still of my dreams, Including triclamp flanges. While my flanges connect, they do a piss poor job of getting anywhere near a proper seal. I came back here and behold!! At least a half dozen in...
by mikeac
Fri Nov 12, 2010 8:38 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Modified Ice Water Pot Still design... suggestions?
Replies: 13
Views: 3596

Re: Modified Ice Water Pot Still design... suggestions?

I've done the ice water stills and they are not worth it at. A small leiberg will be just as easy to conceal as a stock pot with a while in its side/tubing inserted. Turn that nice big stock pot into a potstill. You will be WAY more satisfied. You'll only wish you had a keg...
by mikeac
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging in 5ltr oak barrel
Replies: 156
Views: 17532

Re: aging in 5ltr oak barrel

Yup, that's exactly it. The first couple of batches oaked really fast (I think my one liter batch is done and it's been a week...) after that it slows down a lot.
by mikeac
Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: aging in 5ltr oak barrel
Replies: 156
Views: 17532

Re: aging in 5ltr oak barrel

Just found this thread! I have two 5 liter barrels and a 1 liter barrel. I've used the 5 liter ones a few times and am just trying the 1 liter one now with some UJSM. Thought I'd add what I've found out so far: I tried rum in the 5 liter to start with, and it kills the rum, the new barrels and the l...
by mikeac
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Scrap Yards..
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Re: Scrap Yards..

Thanks guys, I've had some luck, I posted an ad in usedvictoria, for scrap copper and got enough 1", 3/4", and a couple fittings for $5! Couple more fittings and I'm away to the races. I'll check out the habitat store for fittings :mrgreen:. Also wondering if there are any tricks for pulling old fit...
by mikeac
Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:55 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Scrap Yards..
Replies: 6
Views: 391

Scrap Yards..

I've been talking to a few tradesmen on a few work sites and no one knows of any scrap yards that sell anything. I was wondering if anyone knew anywhere on Vancouver Island that did? Victoria would be sweet, but I travel enough anywhere on the island would be great!
by mikeac
Sun Aug 22, 2010 10:44 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Are any of you guys watching the moonshine special History C
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Re: Are any of you guys watching the moonshine special Histo

Does anyone know if there is a torrent for this? I've seen it come up on here a bunch of times, but don't have a TV. Would love to be able to see it though.
by mikeac
Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Whats your hangover cure?
Replies: 31
Views: 1333

Re: Whats your hangover cure?

Fruit smoothy... Sounds well, fruity, but it works a charm.
by mikeac
Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:06 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: RUM AND FRUIT FLIES
Replies: 8
Views: 1218

Re: RUM AND FRUIT FLIES

Whatever they like and a drop of dish soap. If it's the rum their after, put a couple Tbls is a cup with a drop of dish soap. Definitely not as fun as nuking em though..
by mikeac
Sun Aug 15, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps
Replies: 31
Views: 5209

Re: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps

Exactly what I was wondering too.
by mikeac
Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:46 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps
Replies: 31
Views: 5209

Re: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps

What do you use to heat with Aces? All I have is a propane plumbers torch...
by mikeac
Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:50 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps
Replies: 31
Views: 5209

Re: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps

Mr. Spooky: The issue is that the triclamps for 1" are the same as 1.5". They accomplish this by making the lip on the ferrules wider. I think I might still be able to use them though. It depends how much scrounging I can accomplish ;) Pikluk: I have tried Teflon tape, but it didn't seem to seal as ...
by mikeac
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:42 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: parrot
Replies: 49
Views: 9858

Re: parrot

Hey Samohon, what did you use to cut the wine bottle to get the funnel?
by mikeac
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps
Replies: 31
Views: 5209

Re: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps

I'm still working on my Cu->Cu soldering... I can't see myself trying Cu->SS anytime soon. I also don't have any friends with the kit to do it either. I think I'll go with the unions. Is the connection as strong as the one made with a tri-clamp? Thanks OldDog for the Gin link, I like it! It was esse...
by mikeac
Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:45 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps
Replies: 31
Views: 5209

Re: Tri-clamp/Tri clover/Sanitary clamps

Thanks for the responses, I haven't looked into the unions so definitely will, functionality sounds great and the price is right. I have a 15 gallon keg as a boiler and a 2" bok, which is attached using a tri-clamp. I didn't do the easy flange and bought a triclamp-NPT and NPT adapter, which is too ...
by mikeac
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Drinks and Drinking
Topic: Making random other fermented stuff
Replies: 3
Views: 1128

Re: Making random other fermented stuff

I have done yogurt before, kinda fun, but non-alcoholic. I'm also about to try a ginger beer recipe that was given to me. Ginger beer is more expensive then real beer here so if it works I'll be stoked! I love my dark and stormys.