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by grant
Wed Jun 18, 2008 2:05 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Still Spirits Air still
Replies: 23
Views: 34496

Re: Still Spirits Air still

Ah ok, had a quick search sums up what i thought it would do :shock:

I'll stick with my current setup
by grant
Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:17 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Still Spirits Air still
Replies: 23
Views: 34496

Still Spirits Air still

Hi All, Anyone heard of these new little suckers? an air still http://stillspirits.com/webfiles/StillSpirits/files/Air_Still_Launch_Data.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow http://stillspirits.com/webfiles/StillSpirits/files/0805_Turbo_Air_Still_System_Tech_Notes.pdf" o...
by grant
Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:48 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Carbon filter
Replies: 7
Views: 5013

I filter, dont think i need to but i do...

I use a rising coloum carbon filter.

Basically 2 demijohns and a jar that holds the carbon, let it go and also run it into a cotton filter so it does itself

give it a few hours and clean filtered spirit :P
by grant
Mon Dec 18, 2006 3:42 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

hahaha yes a flashlight as you call it, not an oxy torch. :lol:
by grant
Sun Dec 17, 2006 3:36 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

update on this, has been a while. Too much water was the problem, i now run the water until there is very little vapour coming out the top. With a small torch and a dark room is easy to see. Sits on 77 78, get a steady output (solid trickle) and high reading 95 96 %. Water needs to be readjusted tow...
by grant
Sat May 06, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Cleaning question
Replies: 2
Views: 986

i used some watered down hydrocloric acid, stuff you get from pool shops for few $$, swish it through then flush out with vinegar baking soda method. Then heaps of water.
i found some of the black crud after brazing doesnt come off no matter how much you scrub.
by grant
Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:57 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: coiling 1/4" copper tubing
Replies: 20
Views: 8415

thing i found with the spring pipe bender, just a cheapy, it was getting stuck. What i did was bent around the 2" pipe you leave the pipe bender in/under your hand at the front of the coil and twist around the pipe. not the spring over the bend coil. this resulted in a nice even coil which i was sup...
by grant
Fri Apr 28, 2006 3:32 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

Yeah could be, not to worry i'll just keep going as i was. I will get 1L out of it in not much time at 95 96% after that i adjust the reflux and output to slow it down, with a 20% wash i should be getting about 1.4L out of it, which i am getting close to. Don't think i want to change it, it's fairly...
by grant
Thu Apr 27, 2006 4:45 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

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1500w element, sits at 78 once adjusted and gets me good results.

i think too cool water is not making enough reflux so the temp is rising??
by grant
Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

hmm i remember someone else posted another time saying they had the same problem but couldn't work it out either, when running a lot of cooling water the temp would increase. ok what temp should the hose be putting out once passed through the coil, should be fairly hot to touch like hot water with a...
by grant
Thu Apr 27, 2006 2:23 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

the reason i ask is previously i was having trouble keeping the thing at 79 78 deg, was allways at 82ish. This was because i was running too much cooling water, which i cant work out. ??? I don't use recirculated water, just straight through, where i get it running it doesn;t use much water at all. ...
by grant
Thu Apr 27, 2006 3:35 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Colling Valved Reflux
Replies: 16
Views: 5488

Colling Valved Reflux

I've looked about but can't find an answer. I have the valve reflux still as posted a while back. after a few runs the other day im sitting it at 78deg and getting a good 96%ish out of it. which is all good and fine. Im still a little unsure on how much water i should be running, im just taking lots...
by grant
Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:13 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Paper Gasket Material
Replies: 2
Views: 966

cork gasket any use to you?
by grant
Wed Apr 12, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Smelly Pickle Buckets
Replies: 15
Views: 5155

pickle buckets usually get recycled and used again as pickle buckets the smell will allways win. just a thing with buckets, if you mean around a 20L bucket. homebrew shops charge around $15 -$20 here for one, or $6 -$8 for the same thing at hardware shop. another thing if any aussies, bunnings wareh...
by grant
Wed Apr 12, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Smelly Pickle Buckets
Replies: 15
Views: 5155

I had some pickle buckets a few years back. had everything in then, car parts, nuts bolts, petrol, lots of other things.
the bucket is showing signs of wear, and it still smells like pickles :lol:

i have not tried pickle rum, i wouldnt use for home brew
by grant
Sun Apr 09, 2006 8:37 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: when to polish
Replies: 58
Views: 27125

well thats good to know before i went and made one :lol:

I guess some old glass thing is what to look out for
by grant
Sun Apr 09, 2006 6:10 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: when to polish
Replies: 58
Views: 27125

Lawnman,
Not too keen on them.
A few home brew shops around here have stopped selling them and are warning about the use of them.
Being plastic, alcohol and plastic = not good.

Easy to make one out of copper, same sort of thing and still use the z carbon in them.
by grant
Fri Apr 07, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: any ozzies out there?
Replies: 46
Views: 16894

Im bris too.
QLD is the smarterest state after all
by grant
Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:16 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: when to polish
Replies: 58
Views: 27125

Was just having a read of this topic. I carbon mine anyhow can't do any harm, and doesnt take that long. Saw one of these in a home brew shop might make something similar out of copper. http://www.homebrewkegs.com/filter.php" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow Basically you...
by grant
Sat Apr 01, 2006 2:09 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: packing
Replies: 23
Views: 6095

:cry: Doh looks like i've have to get the pool cue out again to get the packing out :lol: yeah the copper scrubbers had a rubber band around the middle so you just strech and they bust then take off, easy I found some of them in Woolies and bought all 8 of them. By unpicking the end you can unroll ...
by grant
Fri Mar 31, 2006 2:26 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: packing
Replies: 23
Views: 6095

:cry: Doh looks like i've have to get the pool cue out again to get the packing out :lol:

yeah the copper scrubbers had a rubber band around the middle so you just strech and they bust then take off, easy
by grant
Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:22 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Brass needle valves...?
Replies: 11
Views: 3084

What i did with mine, they are brass needle valve with compression ends.
Get the 2" cap and drill just a 1/4" hole enough to jam a piece of 1/4" pipe in it, braise them on. then you just fit the valve with the compression ends to the short piece of pipe (1" pipe if that)
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 10:16 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: packing
Replies: 23
Views: 6095

ok another question.

when im done using the still and want to store it until next time, do i leave all the packing in there and hose it off so its clean or do i have to remove it all??
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 6:24 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

Thermometer probe is just in a hole in the top cap, then a bit of bluetack around to hold it still.
allthough the bluetack decided not to stick today, must be the weather.
But it seals off allright.

Will do another run this arvo, and have a bit more of a play with the water rate.
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 5:06 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

yep im getting fairly hot water out of the condensor.

Got a stubbie out at 79d, shows around 98% but will be a bit less once it cools, so i'd say around 95%
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:38 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

Well bugger me, 79.6 its on right now and sitting there.

i slowed the cooling water down, looks like i was running too much water, but i would have thought it should be the other way around. :?:


how many ml per min should i be running it at?
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:32 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

has the gap between reflux line and the thermometer got anything to do with it?? is it too far appart?

i have switched power off, and let it drop to 78 79 and there isnt much going on in the condensor? i think all that comes out is the final drops from earlier, even with no reflux on.
by grant
Thu Mar 30, 2006 1:49 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

Had me confused, that was just a picture i posted to explain what model still i had.

mine is beow, thermo is in top cap


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by grant
Wed Mar 29, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

ok now what?? The column is extended there is around 33 34" of packed pipe. all filled with copper scrubbers. Temp is in the same spot, 82ish. what can i do?? i got 3 stubbies of 90% and 1/2 of 85% before i stopped. thats from about 8L of around 20% This is all taken at around 81 - 83 for the first ...
by grant
Sat Mar 25, 2006 3:25 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heater control element
Replies: 30
Views: 8912

yep the problem is i think the needle valve size which is taking away from the column height. i will extend the column and see whta happens, rather then stuffing around with a controller to add to it. oh well im nearly there, its still good to see it actually working though, thanks for the help or i...