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by Longhairedcountryboy
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:22 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Reservoir Water Chiller
Replies: 11
Views: 2228

Re: Reservoir Water Chiller

...Any chance you talk about how they work as designed and how you utilized this. A dehumidifier pulls air across a cold coil to cause the moisture to condense out of the air. The dry air then passes through a warm coil and is discharged back into the room. The condensation drains into a collection...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Reservoir Water Chiller
Replies: 11
Views: 2228

Re: Reservoir Water Chiller

My thought was for guys that are running dephlegmators off of a recirculating reservoir. You could set the reservoir temp and run your cooling water at a stable temp instead of dealing with a rising temp through the run. Or for people that have small reservoirs that have a hard time getting all the ...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Reservoir Water Chiller
Replies: 11
Views: 2228

Re: Reservoir Water Chiller

Then I carefully bent the front coil out and away from the unit, making sure to not kink the line. Bent.jpg And then carefully bent it down and into a water reservoir. Reservoir.jpg Then I cleaned everything up and put it all back together. Reassembled.jpg Initial test brought 95F water down to 52F ...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Mar 11, 2019 6:13 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Reservoir Water Chiller
Replies: 11
Views: 2228

Reservoir Water Chiller

I was working on an unrelated project and it occurred to me that it might be of use to people using recirculating water reservoirs for their condensers. I picked up an old and dirty dehumidifier for $15 at a thrift store. Thrift Store Score.jpg I brought it home and disassembled it. Stripped.jpg It ...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

I also hadn't thought of an element in a thumper, I didn't know that was a thing. I assumed that thumpers were strictly driven by the heat of the vapor from the boiler. (learn something new everyday, Thanks) It's an experiment. I don't think it is common practice. Having a window into the boiler an...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Too big for a thumper?
Replies: 14
Views: 1884

Re: Too big for a thumper?

I think the trick is to get up to temp as fast as possible. It is kind of a race to get the thumper producing before it floods. If you get to a stream from the condenser before it pukes, you are good to go.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Wed Feb 13, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Too big for a thumper?
Replies: 14
Views: 1884

Re: Too big for a thumper?

I have a 15.5 gal boiler and 15.5 gal thumper. I tried doing 12.5 gallons of mash in both a few times. It flooded the thumper on half the attempts. I dropped it down to 12 gallons in each and haven't had a problem since.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

LHCB, This maybe outside of the OP, but... Just looking at your controller, and not seeing your schematic, I going to try to walk myself through your build. Line voltage (guessing 220v) comes in on the male 30 amp twist loc connector. Then passes through the DPST switch (acting as a disconnecting m...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

Paddy, can you link me to an example of a proper ammeter? I have a 24 gallon spirit run coming up. It will be a good test for the fans. I'm going to stick a temp probe on the heat sink to monitor the heat at the ssr. If it is getting hot, I'll put some vents in. I have a bag of little round soffit v...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

I can assure you guys that I did a super shitty job cutting the openings for the components. It is definitely not air tight to say the least. I don't think additional holes for airflow will be necessary. I'll keep an eye on the temps for the first couple runs. After 6 days of loud profanities and fr...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:55 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: How much grain is enough?
Replies: 17
Views: 2558

Re: How much grain is enough?

Victor, I used to bag my spent gains and pitch it in the trash. It would go to the curb on trash night and get picked up by the garbage truck. Now I have a compost bin. It is a box made of 4 pallets stood upright and held up with t posts and zip straps. I dump my grains in with household compostable...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Plastic Jugs Of Whiskey. New Trend?
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: Plastic Jugs Of Whiskey. New Trend?

best before Dec 2012?
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:59 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

Thanks for the complements, guys. I didn't get it finished today. I had to walk away from it a couple times. This is not one of my strong suits. It isn't looking so nice and cleanly laid out at this point. I'm making this thing up as I go along. At one point, about 25% or 30% into the wiring, I real...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:59 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Controller Build Advice Request
Replies: 46
Views: 3806

Re: Controller Build Advice Request

I'm finally getting around to putting this together. I have been putting it off for months. I think cutting the box was the biggest mental hurdle I needed to get over to make this happen. I was dreading it for some reason. I kept changing my mind about what I wanted to put in it and how I wanted to ...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:40 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: CAD suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 714

Re: CAD suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions, gentlemen. I'll check them out, starting with SketchUp. That one looks the most promising so far. If I can just get to the point that I can layout plates, I'll be happy. AutoCad is so far over my head, I don't even know where to begin with it. Maybe in learning a simpler ...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: CAD suggestions
Replies: 7
Views: 714

CAD suggestions

I am a little technologically challenged sometimes. I would like to be able to sketch up simple drawings to transfer to plates for hole positions and patterns, like for shotgun condensers and plated columns. Also, I would like to be able to make a template for cutting out openings in the top of my e...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Little CCVM
Replies: 7
Views: 1535

Re: Little CCVM

Yep Fruit Squeezer, that's the l plan. The boiler is the same size as the one I started with and used for years. It has a bit of a nostalgia for me. I think it might be useful for small batches to jump start backset/dunder and feints production for adding to larger projects as well. It is going to b...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Stalled Sugar Mash?
Replies: 19
Views: 1559

Re: Stalled Sugar Mash?

JumpJet wrote: I just re-checked the pH = 2.4.
That is extremely low. Are you using a digital pH meter? If so, has it been calibrated recently?
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:07 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Little CCVM
Replies: 7
Views: 1535

Re: Little CCVM

I made some progress on this yesterday. I've decided to call this the "overly complicated for no reason" still. It totally defeats the purpose of the ccvm design. Even if this works, I can see no reason for anyone to go through the trouble, but in the interest of completing what I started, I preserv...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB
Replies: 11
Views: 1374

Re: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB

Update: The plan was to run this last weekend. I started on Saturday, but I had a few things come up that kept me from having the time to make a full run. All I was able to get done on Saturday was to rack the cleared from the top and start straining/squeezing the grain bed. I got a new pump for Chr...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Fri Jan 25, 2019 11:32 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Grain Grinders
Replies: 8
Views: 926

Re: Grain Grinders

Hmm, I've not gone above the second to smallest screen. I take everything down real fine. I bet if I ran it without a screen, it would work. Probably won't be very consistant. I'll give it a try next time I need to grind grain and see what I see.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Fri Jan 25, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Grain Grinders
Replies: 8
Views: 926

Re: Grain Grinders

I almost got one of those, but after more research, I ended up getting an AMA mill. https://www.amausainc.com/news/new-product-electric-grain-grinder" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow It will take cracked corn down to flour at about 80lbs an hour in one pass. It's a great...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electric output not quite enough.
Replies: 81
Views: 5048

Re: Electric output not quite enough.

popcorn2014 wrote:No danger in wrapping an electric boiler in cotton or wool?
As long as the elements are submerged, it won't get hotter than the boiling point of the boiler content.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Is this safe? Thanks in advance...
Replies: 9
Views: 2244

Re: Is this safe? Thanks in advance...

I used a jigsaw.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electric output not quite enough.
Replies: 81
Views: 5048

Re: Electric output not quite enough.

Try insulating before you decide to upgrade your elements. You will lose less heat to the atmosphere, which means more power to your boiler. It will increase the volume of vapor getting to your condenser, maybe significantly. Insulate all sides of the boiler including top and bottom and wrap the col...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Is this safe? Thanks in advance...
Replies: 9
Views: 2244

Re: Is this safe? Thanks in advance...

I use 55 gallon barrels with the tops cut. I cut carefully inside the top and not from the side. Going from the top leaves a ledge inside the rim. I cut XPS "lids" that fit inside the rim and rest on the ledge. I tried to put airlocks on them, but I couldn't get it air tight. I put a hole in the lid...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electric output not quite enough.
Replies: 81
Views: 5048

Re: Electric output not quite enough.

popcorn2014 wrote:They are designed for 110v.


Not sure what lagged is but it sounds like insulated? I’m indoors where it’s 72f
So there is more than a 100 degree difference between inside your still and out. With insulation, my still comes up to temp 20 minutes quicker. I'm inside at 68f ambient.
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New CCVM Build
Replies: 13
Views: 1952

Re: New CCVM Build

Quick update: I finally finished the LM head. I left plenty of space above the top plate so can slide the reflux condenser down past the VM takeoff (thanks Otis). LM-VM head.jpg LM head.jpg I used PVC as a template for the slants. I don't think I've seen that done here. I took a piece of 2" pvc, cut...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Jan 19, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB
Replies: 11
Views: 1374

Re: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB

I put Honey Bear in my new Gibbs 5 gallon. I followed it with Booners right after. It was a perfect set up if you ask me. The gibbs had a good amount for the second use. I don't know if I would do any single grain the first time, unless you really liked it. It would be good, but with so much vanill...
by Longhairedcountryboy
Sat Jan 19, 2019 7:28 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB
Replies: 11
Views: 1374

Re: My AG adventure so far, or LHCB's First HBB

The plan was to strip this batch today and do the spirit run tomorrow. The SG is at .996 to .998 and it is starting to clear. As I was setting up and getting ready to fill boilers, I realized that the carboys I need to use for collecting the low wines still have undiluted Booner's and the feints fro...