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by kimbodious
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 23
Views: 361

Re: Is this flooding or normal? (video)

This is a great thread! Reinforces my belief that when you ask a question in the right way that support will come that is considered and generous - restoring my faith somewhat in our community of distillers
by kimbodious
Tue Dec 01, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 23
Views: 361

Re: Is this flooding or normal? (video)

No, not flooding and neither is this flooding in my video

Flooding is where the level of condensate on top of the packing builds up to such an extent that it is exiting via the offtake.
by kimbodious
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Reduced take off section on VM stills
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: Reduced take off section on VM stills

Have you considered the no valve CCVM design?
by kimbodious
Wed Nov 25, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 352
Views: 94255

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Too easy! Just make sure you make contact all around with the walls of the reflux chamber. That is why DAD300 suggested weaving a pot scrubber or two in and around the condenser 👍🏽
by kimbodious
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 352
Views: 94255

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Here’s mr RC made from 1/2” OD CSST. It is for a 2” column. I used about 60” from a 72” length to make this. The riser above the offtake is 12” so the overly long RC is not a problem for me. A shorter riser say 6” will be fine, I just had the 12” spool already. http://homedistiller.org/forum/downloa...
by kimbodious
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 749

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

NZChris wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 10:20 pm
kimbodious wrote:
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:22 pm
I doubt if you get 12% ABV from a kale wash recipe, I usually get 8-10%
You probably can, but you might be waiting a while for them to finish and the quality might not be as good as at 8%.
If it takes twice as long to finish, use twice as many fermenters.
Agreed! :thumbup:
by kimbodious
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:30 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 352
Views: 94255

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

What length of CSST should I order for a 2" column for the RC? 1/2" x 48" should be good? Only have a 6" extension ontop of the T. Whats the distance from the top of your extension to the bottom of your offtake? That is the more important measurement. 18” (12” extension + 6” to the bottom of the of...
by kimbodious
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 749

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

I doubt if you get 12% ABV from a kale wash recipe, I usually get 8-10%
by kimbodious
Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:19 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 352
Views: 94255

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

I used a 72” length of 1/2” CSST to make a reflux condenser for my 2” CCVM
by kimbodious
Sat Nov 21, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

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Perhaps this schematic will help your understanding of production through a stripping run. Don’t pay much attention to the vessel numbers.
by kimbodious
Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

Keeping a system in total reflux for a while lets everything stabilise and settle down particularly if you do a fast heat up (I don’t). I’ve experimented with shorter periods and longer periods in total reflux but now I just wait for the signs that it has been long enough. Signs including a change i...
by kimbodious
Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 749

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

Googe’s Goo (kale wash) Recipe (for a 24 litre pail) 80 grams kale 5 kg sugar Yeast my variation the sugar used is raw sugar I use 1/3rd cup Baker’s Yeast I add 1/4 cup crushed oyster shell for pH buffering I have made dozens of this recipe You don’t add DAP with this recipe, the kale provides the m...
by kimbodious
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

Position of the RC: regular run All the way down for total reflux for about 45 minutes Raise it two centimetres to start to draw off foreshots, for about 15 minutes Raise it a further 10 or 12 centimetres which puts it above the offtake for the remainder of the run Restarts - similar to the above bu...
by kimbodious
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:30 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 749

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

you can never have too many fermenters, as long as the airlocks are sealed, you are good to go!
by kimbodious
Fri Nov 13, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Crappy first reflux run
Replies: 21
Views: 554

Re: Crappy first reflux run

Nice looking still :thumbup: If you want high ABV with a CCVM you increase power and lower the reflux condenser. This increases the reflux ratio but slightly reduces rate of output. Product “pissing out” on a 2” CCVM does not sound right. I have 2” CCVM and the sweet spot as far as rate of output fo...
by kimbodious
Thu Nov 12, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing
Replies: 37
Views: 749

Re: (last ever) turbo wash- Carbon not Clearing

I freeze kale for use later on, You won’t even use that much kale 👍🏽 I use 50-80 grams per 24 litre wash. I vitamize the kale into a slurry before adding it to the fermenter
by kimbodious
Fri Nov 06, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: modular CCVM planning
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: modular CCVM planning

ckdistills, I had the same issue fitting 1/2” CSST in any form of spiral in 2” sanitary spool. What I thought was 1/2 OD was actually #/2” ID. Anyway a broadly wound twist with a couple of scrubbers woven in made for a good enough fit. There is a very square loop at the bottom of your CSST spiral wh...
by kimbodious
Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: modular CCVM planning
Replies: 12
Views: 373

Re: modular CCVM planning

Excellent strategy to go pot still first before extending the parts list for a CCVM. I use my pot still mostly, it certainly is the main workhouse at my place. I only do one reflux run a year on the CCVM. The annual CCVM is a real doozy involving 40 litres of low wines accumulated after four strippi...
by kimbodious
Tue Oct 27, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash
Replies: 154
Views: 20105

Re: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash

Don’t forget that the kale is just meant to be a source of micronutrients. It is not meant to be in such quantity that it becomes a flavouring agent.

In a 23 litre wash I only use 50 - 80 grams of kale (or about 4 leaves).

That equates to using 1.5 - 3 ounces in a 6 US gallon wash
by kimbodious
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:50 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: More build Questions Precondenser and Condenser (CCVM)
Replies: 3
Views: 241

Re: More build Questions Precondenser and Condenser (CCVM)

2. Answer, a bit, maybe 2”, it will depend on the style of RC and water flow
3. Don’t fuss about overkill, 18” with 9 tubes sounds about right anyway.
by kimbodious
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First build still - modular build. Suggestions and comments welcome
Replies: 26
Views: 638

Re: First build still - modular build. Suggestions and comments welcome

Geez Booze, I am flattered, I don’t really know what to say. What drives me is the conviction that people can make a cheaper and better modular still system than buying a brand new off the shelf ready made system.
by kimbodious
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: My CCVM reflux build
Replies: 40
Views: 1691

Re: My CCVM reflux build

This is one of those hobbies where the best items are all hand-made and not overpriced specialty crap from a retailer. Sure some people can afford the latest and greatest "double wazoo re-refluxing multi-purpose CCVM still", but they can never one-up a well constructed homemade rig ever. Take pride...
by kimbodious
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?
Replies: 32
Views: 737

Re: First "real" distillate and fractions to work with, what now?

I make my final blend before measuring ABV.
by kimbodious
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First still build 3”ccvm
Replies: 18
Views: 625

Re: First still build 3”ccvm

You’re going to need a cap on the end of the tee that you are using for an elbow. If you can get your hands on a 3” elbow, you can then put a sightglass on that second tee and put it below the offtake tee
by kimbodious
Mon Oct 05, 2020 12:35 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1990
Views: 259847

Re: All Bran Recipe

I make my version of faux whisky on a pot still doing 1.5 distillation using processed bran as a flavour base, that and medium roast french oak. It is not whisky, not even a passable faux whisky but it is a fine flavoursome sipping spirit that I use when I’d otherwise use scotch. It has way more ch...
by kimbodious
Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: All Bran Recipe
Replies: 1990
Views: 259847

Re: All Bran Recipe

Rubberduck, This recipe makes a great NEUTRAL . There are better recipes for “flavored spirits”, especially for a whiskey-like spirit. Trying to extract flavor from a neutral basic recipe can lead to frustration. But, maybe you’ll get what you want....or, think you want. ss SS totally understand th...
by kimbodious
Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Converting a pot still to reflux?
Replies: 18
Views: 587

Re: Converting a pot still to reflux?

IDPotatohead wrote:
Fri Oct 02, 2020 10:01 am
Is 1/2" CCST the right diameter for a 2" column?
If there is not enough room to fit it as a coil, you can simply make a twist like I did.
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by kimbodious
Wed Sep 30, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Modular CCVM build
Replies: 12
Views: 714

Re: Modular CCVM build

I don’t have any inline water flow control on my 2” CCVM. The water is routed in through the bottom of the product condenser out through the top and then in to the reflux condenser. My reflux condenser probably on extends last the offtake on the tee by less than 10 cm in full reflux. I hope that inf...
by kimbodious
Tue Sep 29, 2020 3:37 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash
Replies: 154
Views: 20105

Re: Googe's Goo AKA The Kale-Sugar Wash

Bushman wrote:
Mon Sep 28, 2020 2:34 pm
I strip my kale and run it through the food processor.
Me too, even when I am using the frozen stuff.