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by squeezins
Sat Feb 18, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: Really hot ferment!
Replies: 12
Views: 1136

Re: Really hot ferment!

I use an aquarium heater to help with winter temps. Cheap and fairly reliable.
by squeezins
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: CO2 pressure
Replies: 23
Views: 2539

Re: CO2 pressure

I use a small transfer pump with stainless cam lock fittings. Everything is mounted and plumbed in place. Just attach the hose and flip a switch.
by squeezins
Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: need ideas - newbie column build
Replies: 11
Views: 992

Re: need ideas - newbie column build

You can make a flute or any other column with very few tools. Easy flange for all your connections, coils can be done by hand if you take your time. All the info is in here if you do the digging.
by squeezins
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:11 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My Pot Still
Replies: 14
Views: 2871

Re: My Pot Still

Great job!!
by squeezins
Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:27 am
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Element Height/Location
Replies: 18
Views: 2775

Re: Element Height/Location

I put the first one 3" off the bottom and 4" apart if using multiple. My boilers are flat bottom and 3" gives me plenty of clearance when screwing the element in .
by squeezins
Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method
Replies: 4389
Views: 779853

Re: uncle jesse's simple sour mash method

This time of year I tend to experiment with yeast that likes the cold. I have run ujssm in the past with bakers yeast using an aquarium heater to keep the temp warm and stable. Outside temp was in the 30's and still finished in a week.
by squeezins
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:18 am
Forum: Other Hobbies and Projects
Topic: Bought a 60 year old metal lathe
Replies: 44
Views: 3663

Re: Bought a 60 year old metal lathe

Nice find. I would like to add a word of caution. A lathe is not forgiving at all and can cause serious trauma in an instant. As an engineer and tool and die maker of over 20 years I have seen it first hand. A friend of mine with over 30 years experience got his arm torn off at the elbow. It happene...
by squeezins
Mon Dec 26, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello, I'm looking for help from the masters
Replies: 4
Views: 471

Re: Hello, I'm looking for help from the masters

I tried it myself trying to feed my drag boat. Keep the still for drinking and just buy e-85
by squeezins
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1863
Views: 452224

Re: Heating Element Control

Lol. How did that happen??
by squeezins
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:57 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1863
Views: 452224

Re: Heating Element Control

What about a Router Speed Controller....? I believe they are just HD rheostats, not the preferred variac.However, because they are designed to regulates the speed of a router motor, probably up to 3 HP at say 10-15 amps, wouldn't that do just as well...? Easy to plug into wall, and plug heating ele...
by squeezins
Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:35 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1863
Views: 452224

Re: Heating Element Control

You can make it remote and still portable. It doesn't have to be a big box
by squeezins
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Mashing, fermenting, flavoring and aging related hardware
Topic: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?
Replies: 61
Views: 13319

Re: Oak Barrels, Where to buy?

WINE BARRELS $100
http://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/for/5914429072.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow

I found these on Craigslist
by squeezins
Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stockpot kettle
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: Stockpot kettle

Madshine wrote:Looks good. How do you seal the lid?
solder it.
by squeezins
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Stockpot kettle
Replies: 4
Views: 840

Re: Stockpot kettle

I don't have a link but it's pretty easy to do. Here is the last one I did. Image
by squeezins
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:11 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Boiler size how much does size matter
Replies: 11
Views: 1496

Boiler size how much does size matter

I have a really large boiler but my wash usually runs in the 6-7% range. Most with a 15gal boiler probably make more than I do.
by squeezins
Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:52 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 4 Inch Copper Column. Mongo Stripper ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: 4 Inch Copper Column. Mongo Stripper ???

11,000w on start up and 7000w for the rest of the run. I was just trying to push it hard and see what it could take
by squeezins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:01 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Wiring question
Replies: 46
Views: 4711

Re: Wiring question

I bought a cheap 12v power supply and mounted it inside the box. I think it was $8 on eBay. I can't edit pics on my phone but you can see it right in the center. [img]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/2016120 ... dd3abf.jpg[/img]
by squeezins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: 4 Inch Copper Column. Mongo Stripper ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1295

Re: 4 Inch Copper Column. Mongo Stripper ???

I just finished up a 4" 8 plate and I get about 1 liter every 4 minutes running full tilt. Any faster and I can't knock down all the vapor without working on the condenser . I would think you should be able to run about the same.
by squeezins
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:57 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: New still, need a bit of help :)
Replies: 11
Views: 2037

Re: New still, need a bit of help :)

I have stopped using kegs and started using stainless crawfish pots. They are cheap enough and heavy duty .
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by squeezins
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:49 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Copper Kettle

[img]http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161128/aa6e78d780b6cc6f8550a0de0dd58d37.jpg[/img] Well I got some time off for the holidays and got it thrown together for a cleaning run. It takes a lot of power to keep it stable. Just a vinegar run so far but I'm getting this little column figured out. I do ...
by squeezins
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:00 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Copper Kettle

raketemensch wrote:Nice, a little extra income is a beautiful thing.
i really haven't made very much money and if you count my time as labor I've lost money almost every time but I do get to try new things and experiment without having to spend much money and I enjoy the build process.
by squeezins
Mon Jun 20, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Copper Kettle

I sold the 6". I usually end up selling most of the ones I build and end up doing the first few runs at someone else's house.. Lol. This one was mostly built out of left overs from other builds. I only had to buy a few parts for this build most of which went to the controller and sight glasses.
by squeezins
Mon Jun 20, 2016 4:32 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Intrigued by the bubble plates
Replies: 27
Views: 3083

Intrigued by the bubble plates

copperlover1 wrote:Squeezins what holds the caps on? Thanks for the dimensions.
I solder everything in place . I braze the riser tubes and use stay brite #8 on the caps. There is 1000°f melt temp between the two so no chance of the tubes coming loose when you solder the caps
by squeezins
Sun Jun 19, 2016 4:14 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Copper Kettle

At some point you need to post about that controller...please... The controller is just another ssr controller like most others have built, more or less a knock off really. 2-40a SSR's to run a pair of 5500w elements on start up then drop one once up to temp. The pid controllers are for monitoring ...
by squeezins
Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Copper Kettle

Not overkill :D you' might need it. But, that tall of a 8 plate column, is going to have a lot of passive reflux, to keep the lower plates wet. that's kinda what I'm worried about. I have never built a 4" column this tall so I'm not sure how it's going to work. I've built a 6" 8 plate and it worked...
by squeezins
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Copper Kettle

Nice looking rig your building. :thumbup: Just a thought, your shotgun dephleg will be effiecent enough, your going to need a tiny needle valve for the cooling water. The dephleg is only 5" long. I didn't really think it would be overkill for this setup but I can throttle it back as much as needed.
by squeezins
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:34 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Copper Kettle
Replies: 56
Views: 6035

Re: Copper Kettle

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Finally got all my parts gathered up for the controller and installed in the panel. I'll get it wired up and see how it runs.
by squeezins
Sat Jun 18, 2016 9:07 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Intrigued by the bubble plates
Replies: 27
Views: 3083

Re: Intrigued by the bubble plates

Thanks guys for all the great info. Shadylane I read your rambling post last night awesome stuff I can't wait to see how your other plates do. Great pic squeezins. What does the downcomer and upcomers look like and do you have any dimensions. http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160618/80b18046bfc4c19...