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by kimbodious
Thu Feb 25, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New CCVM RC Upgrades, Having Issues with takeoff
Replies: 7
Views: 190

Re: New CCVM RC Upgrades, Having Issues with takeoff

When you are running a CCVM you can feel where the effect of the reflux condenser is greatest by feeling on the outside of the column where the sharp temperature gradient occurs. If you are in total reflux you’ll want this “boundary” to be at or below the offtake otherwise some place above the offta...
by kimbodious
Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: CCVM flute problem, condenser fog, dissolved co2, cold weather...need yer thoughts
Replies: 7
Views: 207

Re: CCVM flute problem, condenser fog, dissolved co2, cold weather...need yer thoughts

I’d be interested to know whereabouts on the outside your column that you can feel the sudden change from hot to cold. Here’s my 2c, the hot vapour is hitting the really cold RC and suddenly condensing. This sudden decrease in volume in the column creates a slight vacuum at the top of the column tha...
by kimbodious
Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Ditching the T500 column
Replies: 17
Views: 532

Re: Ditching the T500 column

CCVM may achieve very high purity product. They are cheap and simple to construct and easy to operate.
by kimbodious
Mon Feb 15, 2021 3:16 am
Forum: Yeasts, Enzymes, Fungi, Nutrients
Topic: Crushed Oyster shell
Replies: 53
Views: 1347

Re: Crushed Oyster shell

I use 1/3 cup of shell grit in a 24 L wash. There is very little left at the end of the ferment.
by kimbodious
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:03 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: In need of some advice regarding coolant system for still
Replies: 22
Views: 542

Re: In need of some advice regarding coolant system for still

A mate up here in FNQ uses a wheelie bin for his coolant reservoir. When the water starts to get warm he drops in some 3 litre milk containers which are full of ice. He’s running a beer keg boiler on gas with a 2” reflux column
by kimbodious
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Vapor escaping from liebig output
Replies: 21
Views: 470

Re: Vapor escaping from liebig output

I agree with the CO2 suggestion and in a very cool distilling location
by kimbodious
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:36 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses
Replies: 38
Views: 1284

Re: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses

From what I've been told, all food grade / "Human Consuption" here is what is extracted from the raw sugar at the plant where they refine raw sugar to white sugar. This is the stuff in the photos that Yummy put up on page one of the thread. As I know it there is only one other grade of molasses in ...
by kimbodious
Thu Jan 14, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: distilling on zoom
Replies: 3
Views: 343

Re: distilling on zoom

Plenty of us here, myself included, have stories about bad things that happen, in the shortest time imaginable, when you are running a still. You really shouldn’t remotely monitor your still.
by kimbodious
Thu Jan 07, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Condenser Controlled Columns
Replies: 375
Views: 102578

Re: Condenser Controlled Columns

Hey Berserk, how big is the offtake in relation to the column? If the offtake is the same size of the offtake you’ll get a minimum 1:1 reflux ratio, but if the offtake is smaller the minimum reflux ratio will be higher.
by kimbodious
Thu Jan 07, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Reflux condenser with or without SS scrubber
Replies: 12
Views: 512

Re: Reflux condenser with or without SS scrubber

By all means weave SS scrubbers in and through the reflux condenser coil to maximise contact between it and the column walls. As far as other packing goes leave about a 6” gap between the top of the packing in the column and the lower edge of the outlet for the offtake.
by kimbodious
Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: G'day from Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 90

Re: G'day from Australia

Gday, If you don’t already have a power controller, I can recommend the Kegland one.
by kimbodious
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM, VM, CM still designations.
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: LM, VM, CM still designations.

I feel bad that I am somewhat to blame for this thread being hijacked. I am happy if the moderators want to move the tail end of this thread to the condenser controlled column thread
by kimbodious
Mon Jan 04, 2021 12:37 am
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM, VM, CM still designations.
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: LM, VM, CM still designations.

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When the RC is above the offtake, you can change the flow of coolant but the result is the same.
by kimbodious
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM, VM, CM still designations.
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: LM, VM, CM still designations.

No, but you are changing where the reflux is occurring (in relation to the offtake). A similar discussion about the nature of the CCVM design took place in 2013 in the Condenser Controlled Column thread viewtopic.php?f=17&t=41579
by kimbodious
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first reflux sac run
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: My first reflux sac run

:thumbup: All good, looking forward to reading about more successful runs!
by kimbodious
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM, VM, CM still designations.
Replies: 16
Views: 716

Re: LM, VM, CM still designations.

Might as well add CCVM to the list of acronyms - condenser controlled vapour management
by kimbodious
Thu Dec 31, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first reflux sac run
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: My first reflux sac run

The manual for the Kegland reflux still suggests output rates up to 1.2 litres per hour, assuming using the 1.0mm aperture restrictor
https://www.kegland.com.au/media/pdf/Al ... ctions.pdf
by kimbodious
Thu Dec 31, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first reflux sac run
Replies: 6
Views: 173

Re: My first reflux sac run

200 ml per hour seems very slow. Check that the orifice on the restricted valve is clear and that the breather hole is in the upright setting. Check that there is no PTFE plumbers tape obsctructing any of the connections.
by kimbodious
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: better cuts on a pot still ?????
Replies: 23
Views: 686

Re: better cuts on a pot still ?????

I was only asking if I made cuts on the pot still using the variable voltage controller like someone mentioned that a slower pass gives better cuts. The answer is still no. If you want better/ cleaner Spirit .....dilute what you have already run through the reflux back to 28-30% with good clean wat...
by kimbodious
Wed Dec 30, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: better cuts on a pot still ?????
Replies: 23
Views: 686

Re: better cuts on a pot still ?????

Not sure I agree about not needing a power controller for T500’s on reflux runs. They can be a nightmare to operate if you have a fluctuating water supply and with no way to reduce vapour speed.
by kimbodious
Wed Dec 30, 2020 5:55 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: better cuts on a pot still ?????
Replies: 23
Views: 686

Re: better cuts on a pot still ?????

It sounds to me that there is too much cooling at the reflux condenser, try reducing the water flow to the reflux condenser.
by kimbodious
Mon Dec 21, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Column packing options?
Replies: 27
Views: 1141

Re: Column packing options?

I am happy using SS scrubbers. I have been using the same ones for years, with no rust.
by kimbodious
Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Rum
Topic: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses
Replies: 38
Views: 1284

Re: Cheap Bundaberg Molasses

There is such a thing as beet molasses, has anyone tried using it?
https://www.feedipedia.org/node/711
by kimbodious
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:29 pm
Forum: Beer, and Wine
Topic: Which brewery makes the best stouts?
Replies: 23
Views: 719

Re: Which brewery makes the best stouts?

Coopers
by kimbodious
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Need Help Building CCVM Still
Replies: 202
Views: 13985

Re: Need Help Building CCVM Still

Yes RC in highest position for maximum rate of output but minimum reflex. This assumes that your packing is at optimum amount, that the RC is knocking down all the vapour and that you are operating the boiler at optimum power level (just below the stage of flooding). You can increase the level of re...
by kimbodious
Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:02 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Need Help Building CCVM Still
Replies: 202
Views: 13985

Re: Need Help Building CCVM Still

gday Artooks, You need to increase the amount of reflux to get the higher ABV that you seek. If you want to have your RC wide open then you will need to increase power. Increase the power until you are just below the stage of flooding. The other way to increase reflux is to slightly lower the RC. Th...
by kimbodious
Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 49
Views: 1534

Re: Is this flooding or normal? (video)

Sorry to hijack this topic, but i have the same problem with the flooding and i have pretty much the same setup, it runs smooth when stripping but when i want to do a reflux run i get massive flooding. Even when i use only 1200W. Is it good to fill the column just under the sight glass with spp or ...
by kimbodious
Sun Dec 06, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New VM Build...Can't get product out. Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 395

Re: New VM Build...Can't get product out. Help?

Carefully feel on the outside of your column where the boundary between hot and cold is. That zone should be above the offtake. It is the zone where the majority of vapour has condensed.
by kimbodious
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 49
Views: 1534

Re: Is this flooding or normal? (video)

Probably the best thing to do for reinforcing your learning is to dilute the spirit you have collected and rerun it right now.
by kimbodious
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Is this flooding or normal? (video)
Replies: 49
Views: 1534

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