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by Windy City
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Decanting a glass carboy
Replies: 30
Views: 463

Re: Decanting a glass carboy

jonnys_spirit wrote:
Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:11 am
Teflon tube and cooper racking cane -
Quickun PTFE Teflon Tubing Tube, 8mm ID x 10mm OD Teflon Tube for 3D Printer, 3.3Ft Length
Wow
I really like this idea and it’s very affordable
:thumbup: :thumbup:
by Windy City
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: List of trusted stills/ builders
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: List of trusted stills/ builders

I forgot one of the most important ones. If you are building your still based on a keg we do not condone stealing a keg, (deposit or not). I purchase my kegs from these guys. They also have good prices on kegging equipment should you also be a homebrewer https://www.beveragefactory.com/draftbeer/keg...
by Windy City
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: List of trusted stills/ builders
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: List of trusted stills/ builders

I do not buy pre-packaged stills but I am in a state of continuously building, I seam to enjoy the build as much as the production of quality spirts. This list is not a endorsement from HD but just a compilation of companies that I have used extensively and have had very good and positive experience...
by Windy City
Thu Feb 04, 2021 8:26 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

Ye I did consider flipping the keg, but because I don’t have a dedicated power point that is 30A or something so I will have to keep the elements under 3000w even 3500w is pushing it on 240V as that would be around 14.5A and it’s a 15A breaker. So I was thinking I could just set my burner under the...
by Windy City
Wed Feb 03, 2021 3:44 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

I like the idea of two 4” openings on top of the keg, one for the column and one for filling/cleaning.
Check out this boiler build for some ideas.
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... lished+keg
by Windy City
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

I would probably stick with a two inch outlet so you could easily use triclamp fittings (the smallest copper triclamp ferrules I have found are 2”) Windy, I have ordered 1.5" from this site a few times: https://www.brewershardware.com/Sanitary-Fittings/Tri-Clover-Ferrules/Tri-Clover-Compatible-Ferr...
by Windy City
Wed Feb 03, 2021 10:35 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter
Replies: 15
Views: 423

Re: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter

Check out SCD’s solution to heating in his Easy Large Batch Mashing thread, one of the best ideas I’ve seen... https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65703 I have read that thread a couple of times but forgot about SCD's set-up. :oops: That is the best idea yet as it keeps temps more stabl...
by Windy City
Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter
Replies: 15
Views: 423

Re: Heating a 55 gallon fermenter

I have used the silicone drum heater wraps in the past and can say they work great. I would be very cautious about using a space heater with blankets draping or any where near the space heater. sounds like a fire waiting to happen. Also I would be leery of putting a space heater under 55 gals of liq...
by Windy City
Wed Feb 03, 2021 7:44 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

Looks very cool :clap: :clap: :clap: Are you going to mount directly to the keg or are you going to have a riser between the keg and onion? It would look awesome with a 4" riser going up a couple of feet between the keg and onion. Are you going to adapt to 2" above the second (smaller) ball? Keep up...
by Windy City
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

What is the diameter above the upper bubble on the pitcher right where the fluted spout attaches?
by Windy City
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:36 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

Thanks for the compliments. I enjoy the build probably as much as actually running it but neither as much as I enjoy sipping on the fruits of my labor :lol: :lol: I would probably stick with a two inch outlet so you could easily use triclamp fittings (the smallest copper triclamp ferrules I have fou...
by Windy City
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:34 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

This is the one I built. IMG_1957.jpeg 6" inlet 2" outlet 3" site glass (to help keep an eye out for pukes) There is a spinning CIP at the rear of the ball. If I remember right the ball is 20" I brazed everything with Harris Stay-Silv 15%. It is very easy to work with, just make sure you have a big ...
by Windy City
Mon Feb 01, 2021 8:53 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Onion build for £50
Replies: 60
Views: 1382

Re: Onion build for £50

I built one for one of my stills.
I brazed everything together, easy peazy and super strong :D
by Windy City
Mon Jan 25, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3665
Views: 385533

Re: Jokes

Hey AC
That could have been either of my Grandmothers or as we say Nanni’s
That was awesome
by Windy City
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:26 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3665
Views: 385533

Re: Jokes

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by Windy City
Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:45 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Blueberry/Sugar Wash
Replies: 19
Views: 514

Re: Blueberry/Sugar Wash

Hey Blueberry Man I have to agree with all the advice given. Cranky’s spoon feeding is a great place to start so you can understand the fundamentals of this craft. You have arrived at the best place with the best resources to learn this craft. With a ton of reading/ education that is all free here f...
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Bought my first still!
Replies: 27
Views: 963

Re: Bought my first still!

You purchased a flute and should learn how to run it as a flute. This is not a bad thing but it will be a bigger learning curve. When I switched from a pot to a flute (perf plates) the first couple of runs I struggled with flooding the plates trying to load the column to compress fores/heads. With t...
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double still?
Replies: 23
Views: 1012

Re: Double still?

If my memory serves me Still Dragon has a utube on running a three kettle retort still that may be helpful
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cereal
Replies: 2
Views: 136

Re: Cereal

Cereal mashes have been done many times wish good success. Michigan Corn Husker documented one for fruit loops. I had the pleasure of tasting it and although it would not be my normal sipper it was very cool to try and very tasty. I would think Golden Grams would make a great alt sipper and now that...
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:41 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double still?
Replies: 23
Views: 1012

Re: Double still?

Look up how Jamaican double retort stills are run. They don't put water in the last vessel. I understand your first run didn’t work out the way you wanted but as NZ. stated you have all the makings of a Jamaican retort still. Before you trash your hard earned work I would rethink on how to run it a...
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:17 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Best 240v heating element?
Replies: 5
Views: 282

Re: Best 240v heating element?

I highly recommend ebrew supply. https://ebrewsupply.com/collections/elements The owner Ryan is just great to work with. I have purchased tons of products from him and have never been dissatisfied The all stainless elements are in all my stills. Make sure you double check the lengths to fit your boi...
by Windy City
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:48 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: New guy first post
Replies: 3
Views: 80

Re: New guy first post

Welcome aboard iRidiculious You have arrived at the best place to learn the craft of distilling.Forget everything you have learned from u-tube or outdated books and just read and listen to the knowledge on this site. This site is the most up to date knowledge of distilling there is.if you are willin...
by Windy City
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:54 am
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Inline flow meters for CM build
Replies: 12
Views: 449

Re: Inline flow meters for CM build

I use Dweyer flow meters on my stills. I really like the built-in needle valves for control. The flowmeter for my pc is pretty much set it and forget it. The flowmeter for the deflag gets me in the ballpark for familiar runs and then I tweak it as I go. Definitely not a mandatory item but I like it....
by Windy City
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:34 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Lurked for awhile
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: Lurked for awhile

Hello flat350 You have definitely came to the right place to learn this craft. I too am a Chicagoland plumber and you will find our lifelong copper skills really come in handy for this hobby. :D If you ever need some help on something let me know. I wish you the best on your journey. Windy City/Johnny
by Windy City
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Steam Mashing and Distilling
Topic: First Time Running Steam Stripper
Replies: 45
Views: 1559

Re: First Time Running Steam Stripper

AD147395-7E14-421F-92E3-E171F1E30A3A.jpeg I use a Apollo 5 psi pressure relief valve on my boilers and a Watts vacuum relief on my steam jacketed boiler. I would recommend both of these devices for a system like yours. I am not finished building the still with the pressure relief valve in this pic ...
by Windy City
Sun Dec 20, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Safety question vinyloximinosilan
Replies: 16
Views: 534

Re: Safety question vinyloximinosilan

Stainless nuts and bolts and washers with maybe a a leather washer in between...?....i imagine leather would be pretty safe...? I like the idea of a nut and bolt but instead of leather I would just wrap the bolt close to the hex head with heavy amount of Teflon tape so when you torque it from the n...
by Windy City
Sun Dec 13, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Corn Oil in Product
Replies: 33
Views: 1025

Re: Corn Oil in Product

Awesome
Thanks Mars :clap:
I will order some this week
by Windy City
Sun Dec 13, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Corn Oil in Product
Replies: 33
Views: 1025

Re: Corn Oil in Product

Hey Mars
I like the way idea of using felt. Up to now I use a couple of coffee filters but am going to upgrade after reading this.
The question for you is what thickness felt are you using. I have found on Amazon quite a few different thicknesses.

Thanks
Johnny
by Windy City
Tue Dec 01, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Jokes
Replies: 3665
Views: 385533

Re: Jokes

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by Windy City
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:14 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Cleaning copper column
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: Cleaning copper column

When I complete fabrication of any equipment I soak said equipment for approximately 24 hours in a 10% solution of citric acid / water. Do not use a neutralizer until you are done. Most times I don’t use a neutralizer but just heavily rinse with hot water. I do this before they get polished and clea...