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by MaltyRod
Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Alembic Style Pot Still Head
Replies: 22
Views: 3084

Re: Alembic Style Pot Still Head

Version 2.0 Got rid of the short 3/4" pipe lyne arm. took a 2" copper tube cut out a wedge and tapered it down from 2" to 3/4 inch. I will add a liebig condenser later. The total length of the Lyne arm shown is 34" inches (86 centimeters) The outlet is a 3/4" female threaded, I took the top of the s...
by MaltyRod
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Granulated Feed Molasses
Replies: 10
Views: 1029

Re: Granulated Feed Molasses

I just went and did a solubility test on the stuff and it was at least 2/3 soluble in hot water and that is without any kind of boil. and there was a lot of molasses flavor and smell in the liquid. I've used gallon and 5 gallon vinyl paint strainer bags for adding flavors and macerating specialty gr...
by MaltyRod
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:29 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Element power question
Replies: 4
Views: 393

Re: Element power question

from what i've read.. And I've researched this subject a lot on here and other sites yes you can run a 240 V element off of 120 just fine and yes it will give you approx about 1/4 the output wattage on that voltage so a 4500 Watt element will run at about 1125 or so. Just don't attempt to go the opp...
by MaltyRod
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Green As!!
Replies: 11
Views: 621

Re: Green As!!

And from what i've read from others that have used marbles, you would need to fill the entire column to get any kind of efficiency and it would make that girl really top heavy (Like a brick housssse)
by MaltyRod
Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Granulated Feed Molasses
Replies: 10
Views: 1029

Re: Granulated Feed Molasses

The ingredients on the bag say 100% sugar cane, and there wasn't any warning on the bag that says (Not for human consumption) which is unusual for any type of feed store feed. At the very least I was thinking I could boil it up and let it macerate and then filter out the liquid to use for the flavor...
by MaltyRod
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:26 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Granulated Feed Molasses
Replies: 10
Views: 1029

Granulated Feed Molasses

I have a bag of granulated feed molasses that I bought, its a 50Lb bag listed as sugar cane feed molasses. I read a few posts that list using feed molasses, and see Rum recipes calling for like a gallon of feed molasses for example, and I'm not sure how to measure this stuff out cause i'm pretty sur...
by MaltyRod
Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:04 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Alembic Style Pot Still Head
Replies: 22
Views: 3084

Re: Alembic Style Pot Still Head

I've already redesigned the lyne arm output in my head, I just have to hack it together, maybe sometime this next week, It will be a less drastic angle and slowly taper down from a 2" to about 1" (possible over 18" to 2 feet length) And it should fit in better to the classic design that the pots add.
by MaltyRod
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:54 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Alembic Style Pot Still Head
Replies: 22
Views: 3084

Alembic Style Pot Still Head

Not too long ago I posted pics of my VM column still head. And I've finally got a little time together to throw together my Pot Still head I'm calling it an Alembic style because that is what it looks similar to. The pots were obtained from NRI Bazzar at a fairly reasonable cost, and the rest are ju...
by MaltyRod
Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:17 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: rivets
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: rivets

I have pondered taking #6 or #8 grounding wire and cutting it into little lugs about 1/4 inch long or so drilling similar size hole through material being connected and squeezing or tapping it together till both sides form a head. might not be as pretty as solid rivets that already come with a head ...
by MaltyRod
Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:08 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Finally! Completed first Still ever.
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: Finally! Completed first Still ever.

that particular "stub out" as we call it at Home depot in the center of my condenser is a Pex brand I used it because it already had the 90 degree turn and nipple on the end that made it useful for attaching to cooling water.
by MaltyRod
Sat Jan 17, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Finally! Completed first Still ever.
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Re: Finally! Completed first Still ever.

maoule wrote:Nicely done, Rod. Everything looks soldered in the pics; how do you get your mesh in/out?
I have a length of #8 grounding wire (copper) fed through my mesh it can be fed down through the top and brought back out for cleaning.
by MaltyRod
Fri Jan 16, 2009 6:22 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Finally! Completed first Still ever.
Replies: 11
Views: 732

Finally! Completed first Still ever.

Hey guys, awhile back I posted some hand drawn plans for a VM still that I was planning on building. Working full time and going to college full time doesn't lend itself to much time out in the shop but after months and months of accumulating, planning, and learning, I finally threw something togeth...
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:26 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My Parrot
Replies: 9
Views: 703

Re: My Parrot

The support base is a decorative copper fence post topper from Lowes was under 3 bucks.
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:06 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: My Parrot
Replies: 9
Views: 703

My Parrot

I haven't even built my still to try this out on but I wanted to practice my soldering before I actually soldered my still to learn how to do it, so I figured this would be a good project.

Malty Rod

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by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:08 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Condenser Coil Ver. 2.0
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Re: Condenser Coil Ver. 2.0

2" copper column, fits nicely. total column height will be 48".
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:18 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Condenser Coil Ver. 2.0
Replies: 5
Views: 579

Condenser Coil Ver. 2.0

Taking some suggestions and using some of my own ideas I threw together another condenser yesterday. It consists of a double coil and a cold finger. I used better thicker walled 1/4" copper this time (.030") and was able to do all my coils without any salt (Yay!) for the cold finger I used a Pex fit...
by MaltyRod
Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:47 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: to Salt or not to Salt
Replies: 0
Views: 630

to Salt or not to Salt

I'm pretty sure this has been addressed before I've seen it mentioned in other posts but I just wanted to throw it in here for any newbies trying to wind coil. I've seen people including myself mentioned their frustration in trying to wind tight coils with 1/4 OD copper tubing. And finally resorting...
by MaltyRod
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pre-Build Design Check
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Pre-Build Design Check

Quick question on condenser design, I'll probably build up something like the double helix and the cold finger like the one pictured above and this one: http://homedistiller.org/wiki/images/c/ce/19_RefluxCondenserCoil-1-.jpg However I noticed that both of them have a cap on the top. I have a 2" cap ...
by MaltyRod
Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pre-Build Design Check
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Pre-Build Design Check

Took a chance and took My T back to the hardware store and was able to exchange it no big deal. Redrew up section with suggestions.
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T- is now 2"x2"x1.5" added thermometer at outlet, reducer down to 3/4" into valve.
by MaltyRod
Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:09 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pre-Build Design Check
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Pre-Build Design Check

Also changing the T to 1" may be an issue, I already have my T that goes out to 3/4". and as you know they don't give those things away.
by MaltyRod
Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:08 am
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pre-Build Design Check
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Re: Pre-Build Design Check

Moving the Thermo no big deal. I can shorten the condensor coil and lengthen the column, I haven't cut into my 2" copper yet so thats no big deal (48" piece) I had considered two coils originally using a cold finger in the center as a return to help flow but scrapped the idea because I thought it wo...
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:33 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Pre-Build Design Check
Replies: 18
Views: 1875

Pre-Build Design Check

Hi, I did up a rough pre-build draw up to get input, ideas and suggestions on if you think this will be an efficient design for a reflux still: http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq29/MaltyRod/Design1.jpg Tech Specs and Specifics not shown: -Column 2" copper 36" from bottom to T. -Above T 2" copper ...
by MaltyRod
Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:16 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: electric keg help
Replies: 34
Views: 6224

Re: electric keg help

Well thats good enough for me!
by MaltyRod
Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: electric keg help
Replies: 34
Views: 6224

Re: electric keg help

to be technical the metal lug part (screw in part) of most of your water heater elements are not stainless either. (try sticking a magnet on one). I'm assuming these parts will always be submerged in your wash during use, there may be some acidic issues but the parts are not coming in contact with y...
by MaltyRod
Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Hose Torch
Replies: 1
Views: 404

Hose Torch

I work at Home Depot and I'm always seeing things that may be helpful in our hobby and craft. This last week I picked up one of these: http://i430.photobucket.com/albums/qq29/MaltyRod/Solderer.jpg Not sure if you will be able to find one in you area since they are clearance. But if you can they are ...
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Packing...
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Packing...

Pure Copper soft bare wire. Malin co (malinco.com) .0159 or 26 Guage http://www.malinco.com/assets/copper_spool.jpg In the aerospace industry this is used as "breakaway" wire, this is where I obtained it in an aircraft maintenance facility that I worked in for 7 years. Doing a search on it "Copper b...
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:20 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Packing...
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Packing...

completely bare copper, does not have the red coating of magnet wire.
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:56 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Packing...
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Re: Packing...

The cost of the copper is probably more than the cost of the scrubbers, so not sure if this would be a cost effective alternative for anyone else. However, since I've been sitting on this stuff for years and don't see myself winding any electric motors or pretty much anything else i'd rather do this...
by MaltyRod
Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Packing...
Replies: 11
Views: 781

Packing...

Hey guys and gals, give me your opinions on wether or not you think this stuff will work for packing on a reflux still. I was out in my shop and I remembered a roll of bare copper wire I think it says something like .18 guage well whatever its close to that. about as thin as a sewing stick pin. Anyw...
by MaltyRod
Thu Nov 20, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: Condenser Coil-First Attempt
Replies: 10
Views: 3092

Re: Condenser Coil-First Attempt

Thank you for the ideas and suggestions. After I get done with my build I'll use this one and see how well it works. Another Condenser Question: I have all the parts to make a killer Liebig Condenser that can come off of my 4 foot 2" column. Will this be an added bonus to my reflux still. or would I...