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by mash rookie
Fri Sep 05, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ice Bucket Challenge?
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Re: Ice Bucket Challenge?

KY, My interest comes more in my question regarding members awareness of ALS. While it is good that more folks now know what ALS is, the unusual fund raiser attracted attention seeking knuckle heads. Many of them will never donate or donate ever again to any worthy cause now that they have done thei...
by mash rookie
Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Ice Bucket Challenge?
Replies: 7
Views: 678

Ice Bucket Challenge?

Has anyone here been involved in the Ice Bucket challenge?
Has it increased your awareness about ALS, MND? Anybody here donate to the cause?
by mash rookie
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Making your own copper packing
Replies: 76
Views: 18406

Re: Making your own copper packing

I think some of you guys are missing the lesson that Bushman is offering. It is a very affordable way to make “copper wool” packing. As dense or loose as you choose to pack it.

1 unwind
2 fluff
3 stuff

4 drink

5 use thumb for …...

Give me a call when you like BM
by mash rookie
Sun Aug 10, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Sight glass: best place to start?
Replies: 40
Views: 2785

Re: Sight glass: best place to start?

Buy copper trap adapters from Grainger.com. Shape to fit your pipe sing the end of a belt sander, solder in place before using a hole saw to gently cut the hole. Window glass works fine. I have used it many times. Good luck. I wasnt here.
MR
by mash rookie
Thu Aug 07, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing
Replies: 474
Views: 69022

Re: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing

SPP: I've both built and managed the industrial evaluation, and use, of SPP's and most other packing materials for fractionators. I have no past, present or future interest in their production or sale. They form no part of my own current home distilling either. HETP: HETP is the accepted way to exp...
by mash rookie
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:34 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing
Replies: 474
Views: 69022

Re: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing

Where did this arrogant SOB come from? :crazy: He assumes that only he understands distillation at a molecular level and you children should not discuss other issues until you prove your self to him. No discussing surface tension, reflux ratios, (distillation cycles), vapor throughput, hold back (f...
by mash rookie
Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing
Replies: 474
Views: 69022

Re: Glass Marbles for Reflux Column Structured Packing

Hooker, by disregarding Rads formula and using flattened marbles you change the game rules. I doubt seriously you will achieve any satisfactory results. While a smooth hard surface is not as affective as one that provides surface tension and “cling” Rad has corrected for this with greater throughput...
by mash rookie
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Lets Talk Column Packing
Replies: 557
Views: 61795

Re: Lets Talk Column Packing

How are you getting stainless to release, yet continue building the coil? It may be that I'm starting with wire that is too heavy, too springy. I'm trying 0.028" SS MIG wire initially. . Welding wire will not work and is a serious pain in the ass. I learned that lesson the hard way. I had a nice la...
by mash rookie
Sat May 24, 2014 10:14 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Some questions about column width and height
Replies: 62
Views: 2392

Re: Some questions about column width and height

I personally think PP's Fu man is one of my favorite builds of all time. . What? No mention about my I ROBOT Still ?? LOL Hi guys. Just wanted to let you know I do keep an eye on you guys once and a while. VW Hooker you have done a great job of understanding the bigger picture and still designs. Yo...
by mash rookie
Mon Feb 10, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Using thumper as steam powered still?
Replies: 25
Views: 1793

Re: Using thumper as steam powered still?

I am not surprised to hear that Myles has done it. We are much alike that we will build something just to satisfy our curiosity. I am hanging in there PP. I have lost the use of my arms but my legs are still okay and hands work. It takes two hands to lift a drink. I really miss being able to work in...
by mash rookie
Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:35 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Using thumper as steam powered still?
Replies: 25
Views: 1793

Re: Using thumper as steam powered still?

No that what I meant about stillin temps once reached by whatever method product gonna turn to vapor.Wash proof Im sure is slightly lower using steam then using another heating method.However Id figure that would depend on how big pipe carrying steam was.and rate of injection. Ive always gotten aro...
by mash rookie
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.
Replies: 49
Views: 6800

Re: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.

WV, VW, I am dyslexic. I turn numbers around all the time too. I meant no disrespect. (well, there was that time I called you a Hooker) I just thought you were having sex in a Volkswagen. lol Dont forget pictures amigo. We want to see your work so we can really pick on you. Or praise you. Tough crow...
by mash rookie
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.
Replies: 49
Views: 6800

Re: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.

WV You get it. BTU's in = vapor volume. It will move faster in a small pipe, slower in a larger diameter. The key is matching vapor speed to your packing or plates. Generally, slower vapor speeds will produce higher ABV. Packings are different. ie; SPP has a reported high throughput rate while remai...
by mash rookie
Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.
Replies: 49
Views: 6800

Re: Plated column with lava rock. Whiskey and vodka.

Guitar master You have been holding out on us. I thought you were a Sushi chef. You are confusing me VW. Faster vapor speed equals faster take off and lower ABV if run faster than packing efficiency. Slower vapor speeds typically result in higher ABV. Lava rock works well because of high surface are...
by mash rookie
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:40 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 375
Views: 102652

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

would 1500 watts be enough power to operate this? No. 1500 watts will run a two inch column if the boiler is well insulated and you have a lot of patience. This design is a three inch column. With typical packing of low performance or high performance SPP you need 16 -20 in / sec vapor speed to est...
by mash rookie
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 375
Views: 102652

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

VM, CM, LM, WTF LOL. Funny debate. Call it what you want. I love the simple concept. I think rads def is close. We all use coolant to create reflux. Any condenser capable of 100% reflux will allow for maximum efficiency of the packing or plates below it. I have always thought the simplest design wou...
by mash rookie
Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Hammer head thumper
Replies: 13
Views: 1545

Re: Hammer head thumper

Your vapor up tubes look pretty restrictive. Be careful with excess boiler pressure created there. A simple blow out cork can save your life. You really only need to direct vapor below liquid level to create a boil in your thumper. I dont think your idea will work real well but who knows. Dont forge...
by mash rookie
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Distilling Bucket List.
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Distilling Bucket List.

My Bucket list, There are some things I really want to do while I am still mobile and somewhat functioning. Some things to try just for fun. Here they are in no particular order. Wok distilling . I don't actually own a wok but have enough large pots pans and bowls to give it a try. For those that ha...
by mash rookie
Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I quit drinking
Replies: 89
Views: 8633

Re: I quit drinking

Hi Guys, I am hanging in there. I am on what medication is available and trying to learn everything I can about the disease. What I have learned is that there is not a freaking thing they can do for you but offer sympathy. My weight seems to be stabilizing. My legs are still strong but my arms are b...
by mash rookie
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

I am sorry guys but will have to turn my concentration away for awhile. My health must take front seat. I will be spending my time studying a different subject now. http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=39299&start=24 I started this thread to be a distraction from the Feds and hopefully...
by mash rookie
Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: I quit drinking
Replies: 89
Views: 8633

Re: I quit drinking

My friends, I have been diagnosed with a form of ALS. If there is any up side, it is a typically slower progressing form. PMA. Progressive muscular atrophy. My Dr said I may remain mobile for a couple of years and possibly alive for five years or more. Because it is a lower motor neuron disease my ...
by mash rookie
Thu Jun 20, 2013 8:04 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

How many other guys have more fun reading theory and playing with the calculators on the parent sight than reading this thread? There is some great stuff there. Really, it is a good read. I don't understand how some feel they can make a great whiskey or rum on a pot still, then you have others say t...
by mash rookie
Tue Jun 18, 2013 8:57 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

Okay! Now we are starting to get somewhere. Very well said Crow!! Increased vapor speed with reduction in reflux ratio can increase take off without too much entrainment affect if done carefully and produce a very different product. Googe, Myles, I think if you are going to build large and disable p...
by mash rookie
Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:29 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

Jimbo I was teasing about you being a newbe. Try not to be offended. Thats not my job here. Thats Rads job. :wink: If you have been running pot stills since 1995 you are certainly no newbe to distilling. It does mean that you might be a little stubborn and that we will have to work harder to get you...
by mash rookie
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

EG It only took 19 pages for you and Max to clear that up. So Yes! Talk about flavors and blending. MR is describing how this effect ruins a flavored drink from a reflux column, making most think its not possible to do it. Entrainment is the biggest thing that will smear cuts in a well designed stil...
by mash rookie
Sat Jun 15, 2013 4:31 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

Max, Lampshades questions are good and should not be credited to a ornery guy like me. :thumbup: Go LS. Entrainment is in fact contamination of a higher fraction by a lower fraction. (or many lower fractions) Yes, thank you for noting that even a mist that may not be visible to the naked eye can and...
by mash rookie
Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

Hi Max. Thank you for the explanation. It makes a lot more sense. His statement did not seem right. I did not understand why they would want vapor to mingle and mix. Stills by definition are for separating compounds. Funny, Just because he was the race car driver doesn’t mean he knows how the engine...
by mash rookie
Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:31 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux colum
Replies: 344
Views: 29073

Re: Dispelling a myth.Why you can make whiskey in a reflux c

Hi GM! Hi Myles! Welcome to the thread guys. GM you havn't been around in awhile. Sorry I didnt get back on your PM. Lets keep in mind guys that we are discussing purity as not just high ABV but also the ability to isolate fractions and remove them cleanly as possible in the order they will come off...
by mash rookie
Sat Jun 15, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: The KYChemist Pot Still Build... "Boiler #1"
Replies: 51
Views: 13039

Re: The KYChemist Pot Still Build... "Boiler #1"

After annealing they will be a little dark and scaley. A overnight soak in mild citric acid or vinegar should have them cleaned up okay. Practice with a couple of them including hammering them with and without annealing and you will see how important it is to soften them up. Extra material should no...