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by OtisT
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Will I have enough power

I agree with the others that say your top end of useful power for the 2” packed column will be below 2000w. I have a similar RC coil made out of 1/4” copper in a 2” column. (About 11’ of copper tubing would 26 times, 10” tall). Mine just barely knocks down 5500w with a 4 lpm flow of cool city water....
by OtisT
Tue Jan 12, 2021 5:48 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Inline flow meters for CM build
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: Inline flow meters for CM build

I use a flow meter like the one Shadylane linked you too and I really love having it. One nice part about that one is that it includes a needle valve to adjust flow if/when needed. The only negative I have with this style is that the 1/2” threaded input and output on the back did not seem to be tape...
by OtisT
Fri Jan 08, 2021 6:43 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Hot Plate
Replies: 14
Views: 883

Re: Hot Plate

Hi Sean. A hotplate, assuming it is 1500w/110V, will be underpowered for that column size. For a year I ran a 10 gallon boiler on a 1500w hotplate with a a 2” column. While it was just enough power to run the 2” column, heat up to boil time was 3+ hours. For reference, a 3” column should allow you t...
by OtisT
Wed Jan 06, 2021 9:32 pm
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin Pink
Replies: 8
Views: 206

Re: Gin Pink

Jstroke wrote:
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:46 pm
.....back in the day when they played croquet and such.
Ouch! I play croquet. I think I just aged another decade.

Another vice of mine is woodworking and I made my own set oak/walnut mallets, gates and stakes. I did have to buy the balls.

Otis
by OtisT
Tue Jan 05, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Scrapyards or Junkyards-Can't get in.
Replies: 12
Views: 255

Re: Scrapyards or Junkyards-Can't get in.

Ya, there are lots of opportunities for a person to hurt themselves at a scrap yard. I guess I am somewhat blessed to have a scrap yard in my area that I can walk around and dig through bins and piles for materials. Last time I was there was the early days of COVID and I’m not sure if they are open ...
by OtisT
Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3” vm build, could use advice
Replies: 55
Views: 848

Re: 3” vm build, could use advice

Otist, I can definitely move the glass to under the tee. I will need to get 2 more ferrules and cut one of the columns to match the 6” glass section. Then add ferrules, once I do that I can swap the sections around and keep same height, glass portion could then go anywhere in column if wanted or ne...
by OtisT
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Leak Test I’m happy that my condenser passed the cooling flow leak test on the first pass. :D I think I need to add a pressure regulator to my water manifold. Otis This is a great idea! Dang, why didn't I think of this? I have one in my 5th wheel kit. Im going to try this out on my manifold. I can ...
by OtisT
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:20 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: new brewing room
Replies: 26
Views: 568

Re: new brewing room

Always fun setting up a new stilling space. I’m setting up in a new space myself so this is fresh on my mind as well. Outside of the essentials you need handy here are a few thoughts on nice features to have, in no particular order. * Comfortable chair (not “I can fall asleep in this thing” comforta...
by OtisT
Mon Jan 04, 2021 2:34 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Proof and oaking question
Replies: 11
Views: 212

Re: Proof and oaking question

You can certainly age at 45%. Several threads on why most distilleries have historically age their products near 60-65%, and as you would guess it is largely due to money. Much stronger than 60% and the wood barrels would leak more. Less strong spirits and the distilleries need more barrels to age/t...
by OtisT
Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:09 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 39
Views: 677

Re: My first boiler build

Wear hearing protection. It will be loud.
by OtisT
Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Leak Test I’m happy that my condenser passed the cooling flow leak test on the first pass. :D Flow Rate The flow rate was way higher than I anticipated at city water pressure. A lot more flow than I should ever need. I think I need to add a pressure regulator to my water manifold. The outer coil wi...
by OtisT
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:52 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3” vm build, could use advice
Replies: 55
Views: 848

Re: 3” vm build, could use advice

Passiton. Regarding the Thermowell or not, I personally don’t think it makes a difference. I prefer no thermowell. If you have a short 3” spool to replace the sight glass with, to create space for your RC, I would do that and move the sight glass just below the tee/above your packing. At least move ...
by OtisT
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:17 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: 3” vm build, could use advice
Replies: 55
Views: 848

Re: 3” vm build, could use advice

Passiton, yes the side position will work just fine for your thermometer port and is a way better place for convenience when you want to read the temp. That side position is where I place all that I have built. Just keep any liquid falling reflux from touching the probe, as your diagram shows. Deplo...
by OtisT
Sat Jan 02, 2021 10:01 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Deplorable. Well the pipe I cut first was for 14” of jacketed vapor path (16” overall length). With a good flow of cold water I think that would be plenty enough to handle 5500W. I’m having second thoughts only because I can’t find anyone running one this short, most having around 20”+ of vapor path...
by OtisT
Fri Jan 01, 2021 6:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Deplorable wrote:
Mon Dec 28, 2020 8:26 am
I see the inards of a baffled shotgun in the background as well.
Yes, that shotgun in the background is another project. I’m using plates from Twisted brick. After a dry fit I had second thoughts on the length, want to make it longer, so I have some more pipe to cut.
by OtisT
Thu Dec 31, 2020 5:02 pm
Forum: Still Operations information and hints
Topic: LM, VM, CM still designations.
Replies: 15
Views: 325

Re: LM, VM, CM still designations.

That just makes it a CM in my book.
by OtisT
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Just got it all together and cleaned up a bit. Still need to do a few leak tests. 975DF93A-93CA-4747-A753-D0BEFA6488F7.jpeg Front view. I wanted to have easy access to both valves and both outputs without having to move at all. 53D14D40-48B0-4B4C-B70F-C268C1DD1DFD.jpeg 163F0945-72FA-41E3-9771-769792...
by OtisT
Tue Dec 29, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: low wine stripped smell
Replies: 65
Views: 941

Re: low wine stripped smell

Sampvt, do you know what a scorch smells like? That could explain your situation. A scorch can happen to even a good ferment, and that unique smell is definitely sickly strong and memorable. I know I’m coming late to this party, but after reading the whole thread that is all I have to add to the con...
by OtisT
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Coils Two coils for this condenser made of 3/8” copper tubing. I packed the tubes with salt before bending them. A few wrinkles around the I/O but the tube is not kinked and the flow is still good. The inner coil is 10 winds, 6.5” tall, 1” ID. The outer coil is 8 winds, 6” tall, ID 2 1/4”. I could ...
by OtisT
Sun Dec 27, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Dry Fit of the Controls I taped the input and output sections on the spool to see what it looks like. I wanted easy access to both valves as well as access to both output tubes for temp checks, so I am making everything accessible from the front view. Input Manifold on the spool 333EE347-60A7-499E-...
by OtisT
Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Re: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Output side

Here is the cooling output side of the condenser. Nice long tubes for checking individual output water temps before they merge.
Output assembly, dry fit
Output assembly, dry fit
Output assembly positioned properly
Output assembly positioned properly
by OtisT
Sun Dec 27, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator
Replies: 17
Views: 386

Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator

Otis’ 4” Column Condenser - RC / Dephlegmator After a long break from shop work I am finally starting work on my next build project with this RC / Dephlegmator for a 4” modular column. I want a condenser I can run as an RC just above a VM takeoff or just below a large open takeoff as a Dephlegmator...
by OtisT
Sat Dec 26, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: quest fo neutrals
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: quest fo neutrals

Merry Christmas and welcome to HD.

Otis
by OtisT
Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The Americas Cup 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: The Americas Cup 2021

I find it humorous (ironic?) the old teams complaining about the cost of the new designs. Saying this is pricing many of them out of the contest. There was a time (5 years ago) when the old boats/teams were too expensive for all but the old money families/clubs/nations to compete in the race. People...
by OtisT
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: The Americas Cup 2021
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: The Americas Cup 2021

I am no sailor but I am a new fan of the sport. I was lucky enough to be in SF during the last America’s Cup and saw a few races from the docks and a roof party. I even saw one of the boats up close at a big Oracle event in town. Loved the way the tv broadcast covered the race with all the fancy ove...
by OtisT
Wed Dec 16, 2020 11:57 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Double stripping the same wash
Replies: 5
Views: 193

Re: Double stripping the same wash

Will stripping, WITH A POT STILL, the same wash twice improve the quality before doing a spirit run. IE I take 3 stripped washes back to 20%abv and add them all back to the pot still, to do another stripping run, will the resultant final product be any cleaner before going to the reflux still set u...
by OtisT
Tue Dec 15, 2020 10:29 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My First Bad Blend
Replies: 8
Views: 370

Re: My First Bad Blend

Hi Math In my limited experience, tails don’t age out (much). I’ve had batches with a hint of tails that were eventually covered or change out for something that tastes nice, but if the tails offended my senses greatly when it was new, the spirit will still offend me after two years on oak. If you m...
by OtisT
Sat Dec 12, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??
Replies: 61
Views: 1286

Re: MIXING OLD RUNS, what are the temp cuts ??

shadylane wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:12 pm
sampvt wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 8:13 am

2. At what temp do I then start collecting heads

3. At what temp do I collect hearts

thanks in advance.
There's only one way to find out
Run the still, record the temps on the cuts jars.
The next day sample the jars, then you will know.
:clap: Best answer.
by OtisT
Wed Dec 09, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: Flavoring and Aging
Topic: Why would my piggyback be so dark?
Replies: 4
Views: 217

Re: Why would my piggyback be so dark?

I’m thinking those two “identical” barrels are not the same. Either they were not the same wood/toast/char level before first use, or possibly they were the same before first use and had different products put in them resulting in what you see. Could be different finishes on the wood. Toast level an...
by OtisT
Sun Dec 06, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: New VM Build...Can't get product out. Help?
Replies: 8
Views: 331

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

Sounds possibly like an issue with RC placement. Is your RC coil extending below the 2” takeoff point? When using your rig as a Valved VM the entire RC coil should be above the 2” takeoff point of that tee. How much column do you have above the tee?

A pic would be helpful. Otis