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by Danespirit
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:45 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: question on new still design
Replies: 10
Views: 291

Re: question on new still design

Well, if you plan on TIG welding it, do it with purging gas. That eliminates the ugly black oxidation you get otherwise. It will be perfectly fine afterward. If you plan on going electric be aware of the placement of the heating element. Set it in a way so you won't get an uncovered element when the...
by Danespirit
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:39 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1366

Re: Onion build for £50

Ye I was thinking of putting it on a PID controller that’s why I was thinking of putting a Thermowell in. But ye check out couldrons etc they are perfect and I’m sure originally these would of been used or at least made by the same people as they were in use and everywhere Ditch the thermowell for ...
by Danespirit
Tue Jan 19, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Turbo500 Control Question
Replies: 7
Views: 221

Re: Turbo500 Control Question

Here is a dirt cheap and reliable solution. https://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-220V-5000W-SCR-Voltage-Regulator-Dimming-Dimmers-Speed-Controller-Thermostat/361386436427?hash=item54244f674b:g:F-MAAOSwjXRXalcw I use one of those and haven't had any trouble with it for years now. Another take on it is the one...
by Danespirit
Mon Dec 07, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Austria
Replies: 4
Views: 135

Re: Greetings from Austria

Welcome in.

Well, I can tell you there are a lot of guys in here that know about everything regarding whisky.
There are some tried and true recipes too.
Have fun and stay safe.
by Danespirit
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Distilling Advice
Replies: 21
Views: 51602

Re: Distilling Advice

meter.jpg its at 45 Please refrain from using plastics when handling high ABV spirits! A real glass graduated cylinder can be bought dirt cheap on eBay. So there is no excuse for contaminating your product with that shit. https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=89&start=0 You are not only h...
by Danespirit
Sun Nov 22, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: New distiller reading Lounge
Topic: Distilling Advice
Replies: 21
Views: 51602

Re: Distilling Advice

...Please help this newbie out... OK. Get a Proof & Traille hydrometer (often called, alcometer). You can’t judge %ABV by burning it in a spoon! ss +1 And...first of all..get familiar with the instruments used and "how to do". There is a link in my signature regarding the alcoholmeter + hydrometer.
by Danespirit
Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM - CM hybrid
Replies: 15
Views: 617

Re: VM - CM hybrid

What you would get is a pot still with a very long riser. At first, you'll get some uncondensable things out of the take-off. Then it will behave somewhat like a normal VM but the reflux rate will be lower. You won't be able to run it as a CM unless the RC goes down below the take-off. There will be...
by Danespirit
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: A little spoon feeding *For New & Novice Distillers
Replies: 146
Views: 211230

Re: A little spoon feeding *For New & Novice Distillers

+1 SB

Roki, it doesn't matter you can't absorb it all at once...what matters is you know where to find reliable information and that's right here.
Tip: bookmarks are a great help.
by Danespirit
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:30 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Introduction- No prior knowledge
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: Introduction- No prior knowledge

Welcome in. I'd be very cautious about YouTube videos. Most of them shows some people that doesn't know jack about distilling and questionable equipment praised as "stills". Have a look at Crankys "spoonfed" thread (link in my signature). It provides you with a lot of information to guide you int th...
by Danespirit
Thu Sep 24, 2020 6:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: New byuild cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 214

Re: New byuild cleaning

I always clean as the build progress which leaves me with fewer corners I can't reach afterward.
For cleaning, I use acetic acid around 30%.
Works fine on stainless and copper (gives it a reddish tan though).
After that just rinse with water and some crappy alcohol leftovers.
by Danespirit
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

+1 DAD As a rule of thumb I go for 10 % foreshots and heads and about the same for tails. A lot of people talk about "compressing" heads. As the equipment we distill with shouldn't generate any pressure at all I'd see the term "concentrating" as more appropriate. Any still smears. However, it can be...
by Danespirit
Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position
Replies: 20
Views: 866

Re: Vapor Management Dephlagmator Position

+1 on what the other guys wrote. Option 1 is merely a CM still BUT with a very dangerous possibility to acidentially close the valve...! Sooner or later it will result in an explosion of some kind....so skip the valve and it will be fine. IF you choose a CM over a VM design be aware of the CM is a l...
by Danespirit
Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Hammering a lid out of a copper sheet
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Re: Hammering a lid out of a copper sheet

+1 Fredistiller Also, annealing is an absolute must for a good result as copper work hardens as you progress. Every time you deform the copper in some way it will "harden up" and get more and more difficult to work with. Quick heating (until it gets bluish) will make it soft and malleable again. It ...
by Danespirit
Sun Jul 05, 2020 6:55 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Rapid loss or bad measuring?
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Rapid loss or bad measuring?

I did it all as a single run. I didn't measure the exact volume unfortunately, so I'll have to play with that later. Collected in a glass 1gal carboy with no markings, moved to barrels, and was drawing just enough out to test in my cylinder. Now that the barrels are empty I may measure out an exact...
by Danespirit
Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Stainless woven mesh as column packing
Replies: 21
Views: 1503

Re: Stainless woven mesh as column packing

Stainless steel is perfectly usable as column packing...especially the higher grade 316 you have at hand. It makes cleaning much easier and it will last forever without degrading. However, as others pointed out your product will benefit from some copper in the vapor path. You'll be surprised how lit...
by Danespirit
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Building a Controller Box
Replies: 20
Views: 1866

Re: Building a Controller Box

Well, without knowing your boiler size I assume it's a big m.... with two 5,5 KW elements in it. You could also take the easy route and go for an SCR (or two if you like to control every element separately). You can find them dirt cheap on eBay. Buy one a little over-dimensioned to be on the safe si...
by Danespirit
Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Old European condenser type
Replies: 11
Views: 1329

Re: Old European condenser type

A true piece of distilling history. :thumbup:
by Danespirit
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Istanbul
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Greetings from Istanbul

I meant the whole thread, as there is a lot of useful information and help to find there. :wink:
Link is in my signature..
by Danespirit
Sun Jun 28, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM Liebig condenser to valve to column connection
Replies: 15
Views: 1378

Re: VM Liebig condenser to valve to column connection

+1 Bluefish.

Something like this is what I had in mind with an LM/VM combo.
by Danespirit
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:18 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Greetings from Istanbul
Replies: 4
Views: 274

Re: Greetings from Istanbul

Greetings..

Since you have been lurking since 2008 you'd probably already read Cranky's spoon feed thread?
I was on holiday several times in Turkey. It's a nice country with great people..and a lot of good food. :)
by Danespirit
Sun Jun 28, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Rapid loss or bad measuring?
Replies: 9
Views: 779

Re: Rapid loss or bad measuring?

+1 on that barrel as a cause.

However, how did you run it? Single run or stripping and spirit run?
by Danespirit
Wed May 27, 2020 8:44 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My new stripper head setup
Replies: 23
Views: 2530

Re: My new stripper head setup

There is no need for a thermometer at all.. However, located at this point a thermometer will show the temperature of the vapor leaving the boiler which will be slightly higher than boiler temperature. It's like having a cold and the doctor tells you you're sick. Use your senses and be familiar with...
by Danespirit
Wed May 27, 2020 5:44 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: VM Liebig condenser to valve to column connection
Replies: 15
Views: 1378

Re: VM Liebig condenser to valve to column connection

The part you linked to is an LM still head, yes. To improve the product takeoff a "roof" over the inner pipe is helpful. Vapor can still pass but everything condensed by the RC is lead to the void in between the two pipes...the rest overflows into the column again. You can use this LM section (with ...
by Danespirit
Wed May 27, 2020 5:29 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Debating a new cooling option for my worm, help?
Replies: 27
Views: 2878

Re: Debating a new cooling option for my worm, help?

This is an old thread, but I'm in a similar situation. let's assume I don't know anything. I know I'll need to drill holes in the flake stand, but I'm trying to figure out what connectors I need in and out for the water tubes. :crazy: I just spent some time at Lowes buying tubing - it doesn't fit -...
by Danespirit
Wed May 27, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My new stripper head setup
Replies: 23
Views: 2530

Re: My new stripper head setup

A thumper will improve the quality and ABV of your spirits.
Just watch out for too tight packing if you still leave it in there.
The combined backpressure from the packing and the thumper may cause issues regarding a stable run of the still.
Looking forward to seeing your new setup.
by Danespirit
Sun May 24, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: 5gal Plastic Water Bottle as Fermenter
Replies: 13
Views: 1271

Re: 5gal Plastic Water Bottle as Fermenter

Some of those water jugs are polypropylene. Not sure I'd want to ferment in those. Look for the recycle number on the bottom. If it's a 5, it's polypropylene. Most likely it's hdpe and fine for fermenting, but it's worth checking. Polypropylene is alright for fermenting. NO thermoplastics for stori...
by Danespirit
Sun May 17, 2020 11:10 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: My new stripper head setup
Replies: 23
Views: 2530

Re: My new stripper head setup

Really nice setup..you won't need the mesh, though.
by Danespirit
Sun May 17, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: 5gal Plastic Water Bottle as Fermenter
Replies: 13
Views: 1271

Re: 5gal Plastic Water Bottle as Fermenter

Don't worry about that. A lot of distillers including myself use HDPE vessels for fermenting. Everything is fine as long as you don't intend to store low wines or your final product in them. In fact, I've just invested in two 30 L fermenters from Speidel it's PE, but still ok for the purpose. gaerta...
by Danespirit
Wed May 06, 2020 3:26 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Reflux problems
Replies: 12
Views: 1547

Re: Reflux problems

Thanks so much. I don’t have a valve. The pump (which is cheap) has a plastic dial but turning it one way or the other didn’t make any kind of difference. Pic attached - set up for pot still mode. Thanks! Don't worry about that my pump is a dirt-cheap Chinese 8W submergible one like this: s-l500.jp...
by Danespirit
Sun May 03, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Hammering a lid out of a copper sheet
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Re: Hammering a lid out of a copper sheet

Excellent tutorial..!
It will be helpful to all novice metalworkers that wish to fabricate their own equipment.