Search found 936 matches

by kimbodious
Sat Jul 31, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: CCVM question
Replies: 10
Views: 173

Re: CCVM question

It will be different with alcohol vapour
by kimbodious
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:55 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Road to alcoholism ?
Replies: 20
Views: 472

Re: Road to alcoholism ?

We measure every drink of spirits, those free pours can really add up. We save my wheat bran based spirit just for Fridays - makes it a special treat. We mostly drink our liqueurs from a shot glass, we put an ice cube in first and then top up with spirit. Just little tips like those can help moderat...
by kimbodious
Thu Jul 29, 2021 12:33 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

Ok.....i dont really see how putting one of those on a CCVM makes it any more functional. Its just bling really. Doesn’t make it more functional but can help in giving info for operating it particularly if you want to maintain it at a certain level of reflux. [utube] https://youtu.be/jAP21_wocvQ[/u...
by kimbodious
Tue Jul 27, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Reflux packing?
Replies: 15
Views: 323

Re: Reflux packing?

I've got my 2 inch pot running pretty well now and run it by output, no thermometer just a scr. I'm in the process of building a CCVM and am really glad I waited as it works differently to how I first believed it to work… Sure does! But if you are used to running a pot by the output, the CCVM will ...
by kimbodious
Tue Jul 27, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Reflux packing?
Replies: 15
Views: 323

Re: Reflux packing?

When you’ve been on these forums for a while, it is easy to lose patience with people wanting to learn everything at once by being “spoon fed”. Tip for anyone, not just TRK, you will get great and considered advice when you demonstrate through your questions that you are doing your own researching a...
by kimbodious
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: How much $$$ do you have Invested?
Replies: 39
Views: 718

Re: How much $$$ do you have Invested?

Bloody hell, I could get divorced if I answered truthfully and my wife were to read it! 😆 On the other hand over the years we have well and truly recouped the cost if you don’t factor in my own time.
by kimbodious
Fri Jul 23, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

Thanks Booze. I think it was Prairiepiss who suggested one hour in total reflux. One hour does give great compression of fores and heads on my system. I have tried both thirty minutes and forty five minutes in total reflux with varying levels of success. After a number of runs I don’t do it by the c...
by kimbodious
Mon Jul 19, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: I need a nudge in the right direction
Replies: 26
Views: 522

Re: I need a nudge in the right direction

I have no build skills whatsoever. But by collecting a whole heap of bits and pieces I have an adults’ version of a Meccano set that I can clamp together to make either a pot still or a CCVM reflux column still. Both use the same product condenser and a lot of the same components. Check out the pict...
by kimbodious
Sat Jul 17, 2021 1:01 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

I can get away by running my condensers in series. The cold water goes in through the product condenser and then out through the reflux condenser.

I can’t give any advice on which way the water should be routed through the actual coils.
by kimbodious
Thu Jul 15, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Running seasons
Replies: 19
Views: 402

Re: Running seasons

I do my fermentations and distillations in December and January. That is Summer here in Australia. I do it then because the fermentations in the warm conditions are all done and settled out within the week. I distill on Saturdays and set up the next fermentation as soon as I empty the vessels. So in...
by kimbodious
Thu Jul 15, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Sugar
Topic: Sugar Recipe issue or Air Still?
Replies: 15
Views: 270

Re: Sugar Recipe issue or Air Still?

The yeast needs some added nutrients in a sugar wash.
by kimbodious
Wed Jul 14, 2021 1:16 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

MooseMan wrote:
Tue Jul 13, 2021 1:16 pm
I'll be honest, I'm already thinking about the sight tower section since you posted about it, but I simply can't justify the spend at the moment.
I know exactly how that feels! :thumbup: Can’t wait until I get to read about your first runs with this still.
by kimbodious
Tue Jul 13, 2021 12:45 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

I have thoroughly enjoyed following this blog of your build! I also have a CCVM. At the risk of making your column any taller may I suggest that you treat yourself to a sightglass or a sight tower for immediately under the offtake? This will give you really important visual confirmation of the condi...
by kimbodious
Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:21 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

Thanks Moose , thats Awesome Have heard there are commercial passivating solutions with things as nasty as Hydroflouric acid in them , so pleasing to hear good results from safer alternatives . :thumbup: I made up some hydrofluoric acid once for cleaning up sight glasses in effets, man that stuff m...
by kimbodious
Thu Jul 08, 2021 6:41 pm
Forum: Fruits & Vegetables
Topic: Dragonfruit
Replies: 18
Views: 1451

Re: Dragonfruit

Three different types are grown here in the tropics. The most bland flavoured is the red, better flavoured is the white but best flavoured is the much smaller yellow. The yellow fruit have spines which are easily brushed off when it is ripe. All of them are best eating after they have been in the fr...
by kimbodious
Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:20 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: How fast is your neutral run?
Replies: 16
Views: 704

Re: How fast is your neutral run?

2”x48” SS scrubber packed CCVM. About 1.2 lph for 94-95% after a slow heat up and draw of fores and heads. I only use the CCVM with low wines 30-35% ABV
by kimbodious
Wed Jun 23, 2021 10:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 2 inch Boka to CCVM. DAD300 was right.
Replies: 13
Views: 559

Re: 2 inch Boka to CCVM. DAD300 was right.

ThomasBrewer wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 1:21 pm
Swing,

What you don't want is place for the condensate to pool. Without the funnel-type diameter reduction, you can get a little shelf of liquid that smears your run.
It should only be vapour passing through the lyne arm to the product condenser.
by kimbodious
Fri Jun 18, 2021 4:37 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

All good Moose! I put a lot of thought and time into assembling my CCVM yet only run it once a year now, but when I do I am grateful for the time and effort! Your neighbours will probably appreciate a Christmas gift of some liqueur particularly once they understand it was locally made.
by kimbodious
Fri Jun 18, 2021 3:21 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

When you have a packed column there is always a risk that the condensate from the RC can’t return back to the boiler quick enough. The low purity condensate can actually spill out via the outtake. If you have a sightglass immediately below the outtake you can watch for the build up of the condensate...
by kimbodious
Thu Jun 17, 2021 12:55 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: CCVM still first time build
Replies: 113
Views: 2877

Re: CCVM still first time build

Getting there Moose! If the info is any help, the packed section on my 2” CCVM is 48” long. I have a sightglass tee on top of that before the offtake. It makes it really tall.
by kimbodious
Sat Jun 12, 2021 2:35 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Vapor speed, reflux condenser size, power input
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Vapor speed, reflux condenser size, power input

Flooding in a reflux column is a top down situation. Flooding occurs when the condensate from the reflux condenser builds up on top of the packing. You might not be able to pick up that you are flooding by looking at the plate at the bottom of the column. PrairiePiss describes it well here https://h...
by kimbodious
Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:36 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello again!
Replies: 23
Views: 387

Re: Hello again!

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:23 am
Welcome back Cack, you have been quite lately ....on all fronts.
S-Cackalacky wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:36 am
I made stripping runs on a kale wash and have about 8 gallons of low wines waiting for a first reflux run of the CCVM.
I'm lost for words , real neutral with a REFLUX STILL :wtf: :shock:
He hasn’t made it that far yet :lol:
by kimbodious
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello again!
Replies: 23
Views: 387

Re: Hello again!

S-Cackalacky wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 5:15 pm
Kimbo, that's just the point I was trying to make. I read your explanations of how it works and how to run it effectively and it's obvious that people are truly helped by the information you give. What you've learned and experienced, you give back to the hobby.
Fair cop, guilty as charged!
by kimbodious
Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:05 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Air Still Stripping Diagram - Amended
Replies: 1
Views: 147

Re: Air Still Stripping Diagram - Amended

Thanks SBB. I have deleted the old image from my photo library and replaced it with this version.
by kimbodious
Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello again!
Replies: 23
Views: 387

Re: Hello again!

… I have been coming hear to read posts using Tapatalk and I've noticed that you have become one of the go to authorities on the operation of the CCVM. Thanks, I think. I am not real comfortable about being “an authority”. All I have ever wanted to do is to suggest a 2” modular CCVM still set up as...
by kimbodious
Mon Jun 07, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello again!
Replies: 23
Views: 387

Re: Hello again!

Hey Clacka!
Good to hear from you!
Did you ever run your CCVM?
cheers!
by kimbodious
Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:49 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure
Replies: 51
Views: 1671

Re: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure

Well, there you go! I’ve shared that schematic a couple of times but never noticed the fine print. Guilty as charged. I don’t own or operate an Airstill but a close relative does. Even something as small and basic as an Airstill should not be taken for granted and left to operate unattended. Althoug...
by kimbodious
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure
Replies: 51
Views: 1671

Re: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure

I pretty much always strip down to zero abv off the spout. ….. I’m typically shooting for more complexity and depth and stripping longer helps me prevent diluting a flavored spirit with water. Same here, for much the same reasons. I was impressed by the mouth-feel and added complexity that the swee...
by kimbodious
Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:25 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: CM the benefits and the downsides
Replies: 27
Views: 700

Re: CM the benefits and the downsides

Water supply fluctuations are an issue for people running CM stills using tap water for their coolant.
by kimbodious
Sat Jun 05, 2021 3:07 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure
Replies: 51
Views: 1671

Re: Air still with Still Spirits Turbo Pure

Trapped-in-Oz wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 4:07 pm
kimbodious wrote:
Fri Jun 04, 2021 5:28 am

going deeper

That schematic suggests taking 1.5 litre out of 4 litre which is certainly ‘going deeper’…… I stop strips at about 1.1 litre ……. beyond that is a waste of energy.
Making neutral maybe, but not if you are on a stripping run for making a flavoured spirit.