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by tracker0945
Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Where do you feed your Parrot
Replies: 10
Views: 1418

Re: Where do you feed your Parrot

Hawke wrote:My parrot is 3/4", fed to the bottom, and I have two alcometers. One is the 5/8", the other is 1/2" (bulb dia.) The smaller one is definately more stable during a run.

Exactly.
Larger clearance between hydrometer and cylinder wall = more stability


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: My first parrot
Replies: 18
Views: 2312

Re: My first parrot

The 1/4" will be fine for your pot still. What causes the problem with parrots is the speed at which the liquid passes the hydrometer. Less clearance between hydro and tubing wall = more instability Larger clearance between hydro and tubing wall = more constant reading Going against all other advice...
by tracker0945
Sun Mar 15, 2009 3:03 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: First Post ... first question
Replies: 4
Views: 738

Re: First Post ... first question

DD, I agree with the previous posters. You need to have a heat source which does not cycle. Controllers are available to suit the purpose. Ignore the thermometer for setting your running speed, set the temperature to give you a slow drip, fast drip or small stream and taste the product to see what w...
by tracker0945
Sun Mar 15, 2009 2:56 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Shiny Still Pics!
Replies: 28
Views: 15022

Re: Shiny Still Pics!

Hack,
I hope it works as good as it looks.
Well done.

Cheers.
by tracker0945
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:04 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: temperature for potstill
Replies: 16
Views: 5130

Re: temperature for potstill

Just for the record I will say this loud and clear. I use a thermometer on my pot still. There, I said it and I feel much better now. I do not use it to tell me how fast to run my still, I use it as a guide to let me know when to expect the change from hearts to tails etc. as I find it easier to use...
by tracker0945
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:47 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Coolant flow rate for VM?
Replies: 8
Views: 941

Re: Coolant flow rate for VM?

Why do you not try it with the set-up you have before you worry about changing it. You will be surprised how little flow rate you need to knock down your vapour. Many people imagine you have to have a stream exiting your worm like you have not pissed in the last 2 weeks. Not the case. Give it a try....
by tracker0945
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:30 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Improve the Smiley design?
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Improve the Smiley design?

Input heat is matched to column diameter, therefore the suggestion is that for 1800w of power, a 2" column would be a better match rather than 1 1/2".
Column height is matched to purity therefore it does not follow that if you change the diameter you must change the height.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Wed Mar 11, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Best Stillin Music
Replies: 18
Views: 1342

Re: Best Stillin Music

Good Call! Anything with a swamp sound.

So I guess Tony Joe White would make an occasional appearance???


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Wed Mar 11, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A few rum questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 2313

Re: A few rum questions..

Blanik & Husker, I agree with your comments on how to do a Rum run but the question I answered was how to reduce the flavour when it turns out to be too strong for what you wanted.Cheers. Jeez tracker, you don't expect me to answer the question do you? :oops: blanik Bloody hell mate, you just made ...
by tracker0945
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:30 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Ian Smiley in the news??
Replies: 19
Views: 2503

Re: Ian Smiley in the news??

DestructoMutt wrote:i thought ian was one of you tracker0945. (from oztrailer-yuh)
OK guys, we now have a reason to invade Canada :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Tue Mar 10, 2009 5:28 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A few rum questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 2313

Re: A few rum questions..

Blanik & Husker,
I agree with your comments on how to do a Rum run but the question I answered was how to reduce the flavour when it turns out to be too strong for what you wanted.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:09 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Boiling over problem
Replies: 17
Views: 1805

Re: Boiling over problem

Decant the wash from one container to another, pouring from a height to cause the wash to foam up, releasing the stored up gas within the liquid. This can be the cause of many a boil-over (puke). I good vigerous stirring can sometimes have the same result. Do this before putting into the still. Chee...
by tracker0945
Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: A few rum questions..
Replies: 25
Views: 2313

Re: A few rum questions..

Well I like a little bit of charred flavor, but just not so much to where it overcomes the other flavors. Just a hint of it. Also, as for the spirit itself, I dont want it to be too "thick" or heavy, if you know what I mean. I want it sort of mellowed out, just a little bit more flavor than Bacardi...
by tracker0945
Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: Distilling News
Topic: Ian Smiley in the news??
Replies: 19
Views: 2503

Re: Ian Smiley in the news??

olddog wrote:Who is Ian Smiley? :(

Hold on there olddog, don't show your iggorence in front of the good old USofA boys or they will want to come down here and eddify us all :shock: :shock:


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Mon Mar 09, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: perforated plates
Replies: 56
Views: 6818

Re: perforated plates

Yes.
But then what would be the percieved benefit of using mesh.
It seems to me that if you have liquid sitting on top of it, how does the vapour travel up, or does that also travel up the overflow pipe?
Somehow I seem to be missing the whole point of using mesh instead of a plate.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: cross flow condenser
Replies: 18
Views: 1980

Re: cross flow condenser

Dnderhead wrote:with my experience once something is solder ,it tends to stay even if doing one near/next to it.
as long as parts are mechanically sound
as long as you have the whole thing supported so that the various parts can't move independent of each other.

Cheers.
by tracker0945
Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:47 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: perforated plates
Replies: 56
Views: 6818

Re: perforated plates

Just a simple question.

How does the vapour move up through the mesh at the same time as the liquid is trying to move down?
With a bubble plate there is an overflow mechanism built in. What happens in this version?


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Mon Mar 09, 2009 2:40 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Popularity for reflex stills
Replies: 34
Views: 3450

Re: Popularity for reflex stills

I tend to agree with Hook. I also started with a reflux still (Bok mini) but after a few runs I got bored with the straight sugar runs I was doing (and all the flavouring stuff I had to go through) while reading about all the exciting tastes that the Pot Still blokes were getting. I have now moved t...
by tracker0945
Thu Feb 26, 2009 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Separating latex paint from water
Replies: 9
Views: 1693

Re: Separating latex paint from water

I have absolutely no idea but would it pay to mention the volume as it may have a bearing on some of the suggestions.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Welcome to new Moderater
Replies: 34
Views: 2345

Re: Welcome to new Moderater

Well, well, well.
Just look what happens when you miss a day at the desk.
Cap'n Hook Sire.
Would you be wanting the slaves whipped???


Congrats and Cheers.
by tracker0945
Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:23 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Fires in Oz.
Replies: 38
Views: 2171

Re: Fires in Oz.

Total deaths now over 200.
What a waste.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Sun Feb 08, 2009 4:30 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Valve & Pressure
Replies: 19
Views: 1418

Re: Valve & Pressure

By NO LEAKS, we mean in all of the joints of the boiler, column, condenser etc. must be leak proof for safety reasons.
The still itself must not be sealed off from the atmosphere though.



Cheers.
by tracker0945
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:59 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Bokakob still question
Replies: 15
Views: 1394

Re: Bokakob still question

To get the full benefit from a pot head, it's best to remove all restrictions possible, this would mean plates, packing etc.
I found it easier to make a completely different head and just swap it over where your column attaches to your boiler.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:42 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Fires in Oz.
Replies: 38
Views: 2171

Fires in Oz.

Got some fires happening at the moment in Australia.
Some very bad ones not a long distance from where Blanikdog lives.
76 confirmed dead to date.
Edit: death toll just climbed to 84
Hope you are doing alright old mate.


Cheers.
by tracker0945
Sat Jan 31, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Valve & Pressure
Replies: 19
Views: 1418

Re: Valve & Pressure

Some of these things take a bit to get your mind around but it will all become clear as you read and study more. But to answer your questions, 1 the valve is to control liquid flow rate 2 not unless you have sealed the top of the column (which is a no no) 3 yes 4 very little 5 not required Cheers an...
by tracker0945
Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: help still temp
Replies: 13
Views: 2098

Re: help still temp

A Bok will run hotter if you increase the take-off rate but why are you worrying.
If you push a piece of scrubber into the coil it will help reduce the steam escape.


Cheers
by tracker0945
Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:47 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Smallest aging container
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Smallest aging container

OMP,

Rule 1 Aging in bulk is best
Rule 2 Refer to rule 1
Rule 3 Refer to rule 2
Rule 4 Refer to rule 3


:lol: Cheers.
by tracker0945
Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:37 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Still design opinions
Replies: 31
Views: 32200

Re: Still design opinions

MM, In amongst the previous posts, there has been some sound advice. As has been mentioned before, VM (vapour management) stills are probably about the easiest to operate, slightly more costly but easy to build and just about fool proof to operate. LM (liquid management) are slightly more difficult ...
by tracker0945
Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:39 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Still design opinions
Replies: 31
Views: 32200

Re: Still design opinions

MM, what you nead to get your mind around is how the distillation process affects the final taste. Basic explanation follows. 95% abv alcohol consists of 95% pure alcohol (no taste) + 5% water (the wash taste). This is typical of what you get from a good reflux still. No taste (or very little) and n...
by tracker0945
Tue Jan 20, 2009 8:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: ideas for flexibility of output line
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: ideas for flexibility of output line

I made a small liebig for the output on my Bok Mini. It is less than 6" long of 1/4" inside of 1/2" copper and cools everything down plenty.
Same as eternal frost, the cooling water passes first through the Liebig then on to the condenser.

Cheers.