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by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

While running my still with another cleaning run through the 8" of CHP I have made up for the column in a sight glass, at 9kw the packing really loaded up with liquid and looked like a bubbling tower. Anybody familiar with such hi power levels on a 4" column like this. Just as an aside, with 1/2 gal...
by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Hey all, Thanks for the numbers and figures above. I've been away from the hobby for a couple years while work kept me too busy and obviously forgot about all the losses relevant to getting the highest quality from any given still. As such, after the first sacrificial alcohol run, I have revised my ...
by MidnightThunder
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Got the 18" section and assembled it all together. Fits under the joists. 😁 Should pump out azeo at 2-3 gallons an hour.
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by MidnightThunder
Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Got it all reassembled after adding the copper to the coil and polishing the Devil's fingers condenser. Gotta say if this thing produces half as well as it looks, I'll be in for a treat.
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by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:41 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

I should be getting my 18" long trip clamp pipe, to give me 24" of packable area, including my other sight glass to view the top of the packing for flooding. Then I will just have to make more CHP to fill the extra height to have a full 4" VM still for neutrals. More updates to come
by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Thats a helluva coil bud Thanks, just finished it by wrapping it in copper scrubbers to disrupt the vapor and give more contact area to condense on. Still like it? 20200916_223731.jpg At 9kw before, some water vapor would make it past. Hopefully this mesh slows down the vapors and uses coppers ther...
by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Finished Stills and Current Builds
Replies: 26
Views: 4311

Re: Finished Stills and Current Builds

Those are some huge clamps. Guess your packing is real efficient to just have the 1 plate and 8" I do believe it has a similar efficiency to SPP as it is similarly dense, but the goal is to make a relatively clean drink in one pass from some caramel wash I have fermenting away, so I want to leave s...
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Reflux coil
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by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Condensing 6kw of power for a soxhlet extractor
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: Condensing 6kw of power for a soxhlet extractor

Still trying to fix this? I have a double wound CSST condenser about 11" long atop me 4" column and it knocks down all the vapor I will throw at it. I highly recommend this style and if I had anymore CSST when I did it, I would build it probably 16" long for a little extra capacity. 16" long double ...
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Here's a size of the stream of water it's condensing at 9Kw using about 1gal/min heating the cooling water to 140° from about 60°
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I can barely wait for my first actual stripping run with this!
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

I may do just that, after I have confirmed it all works well in an actual run and I'm pleased enough to not make any modifications. I'm sure I could put my roll of copper to work covering up some areas. But for now it's just more cleaning and test runs until my buckets have fermented dry.
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

20200913_205036.jpg Here's a pic from the water test run, with the condenser running in pot mode, while producing 3 gallons an hour of water. This should equate to a few more gallons an hour in alcohol during an actual strip run, which is why I'll name her Candy. She puts out. Anybody able to clue ...
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: SPP Alternative: Copper Helical Packing
Replies: 21
Views: 2810

Re: SPP Alternative: Copper Helical Packing

An update on this project. After succesful runs in my 2" column, I am adopting this packing in my new 4" VM column. I will have a 24" packed section of CHP in a 4" stainless column with a glass chimney at the top to view how the CHP reacts above a 6" plate, fed by 9Kw to push azeo in hopefully rates...
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:41 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Also I will probably switch over to all ptfe gaskets now that I've had so many recs for them. I've been distilling for 10+ years and never realized silicone was so frowned upon here on the site, but then again I've also only ever had one small little 2" gasket at the bottom of my previous 2" copper ...
by MidnightThunder
Mon Sep 14, 2020 3:32 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Yummyrum, yes this is still just being cleaned and tested with vinegar and water runs so far. For actual runs with liquor, I will collect straight into glass collecting jars. I do like the idea of a copper funnel though on top of my glass carboy so I may give it a try making one.
by MidnightThunder
Sun Sep 13, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Ahhh I've got it now old one, maybe it was just the lighting. Here she is when the lights dim down a bit
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She really takes on a whole different look at night. And that's while she is pissing ;)
by MidnightThunder
Sun Sep 13, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

I've been following your build and have to say that up until now it was very artful. That condenser "upgrade??" is not only ugly but i also doubt how well it will work. Stay safe OVZ Ouch, I'm kinda hurt oldman. But I appreciate your compliment before the insult 😁 I strive to make my builds look as...
by MidnightThunder
Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Finished Stills and Current Builds
Replies: 26
Views: 4311

Re: Finished Stills and Current Builds

This rig is looking good and should have some solid performance. Just doing cleaning runs at the moment. Wanna give the inside of this condenser a good cleaning with a vinegar run 20200913_153547.jpg 20200913_154408.jpg Next updates to include a double kegger boiler mated with 12" tri-clamps, to run...
by MidnightThunder
Sun Sep 13, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Here's a picture of the upgraded condenser. Instead of just a plain boring turbulator through the center of it, I opted to add a CSST-twist connected directly inline with the outer jacket, where cooling water passes through the inner twist first before entering the outer shell, then running up the h...
by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 363
Views: 56065

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Updated Arrangement:
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4" column with VM takeoff to a 1.5" Inner Diameter liebig.
Both reflux and product condenser can handle up to 9kw each, providing plenty of knock down power when used in tandem during a run.
by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 12, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

More photos of the column, plate, condenser and all.
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by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Here she is after a vinegar cleaning run, fully assembled minus the packed column section, with 3 buckets bubbling away in the background. 20200913_004424.jpg Gonna do the first bucket as a sacrificial alc cleaning run, and use the other two as the first full run on this column. The charge should be...
by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Boilers
Topic: Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Robo-Still Inline Thumper Build

Hey guys, here is the start of my newest build of an expansion head that I will can a giant bubble-cap for to run as an inline thumper to pre-charge my 4" VM column, with a combo of packing and plates. The boiler on the bottom is 18 gallons including the volume of the cone leading up to the still he...
by MidnightThunder
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Functional art. How's this for functional art? 20200906_004441.jpg Just playing around with the modularity of all my rigs. May configure this setup to house a giant bubble-cap in this head, to function like an inline thumper, and eventually mount the full column on top to have the additional 6" Pro...
by MidnightThunder
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Tummydoc wrote:
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:50 pm
You've got it covered. Keep us posted on how it performs. Certainly easier build than a shotgun.
Will do! I'll post updates in this thread after performing cleaning runs and the first spirit run
by MidnightThunder
Fri Sep 04, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

1.5 inch seems like a huge vapor tube. Are you loading it with scrubbers or at least a turbulator (twisted copper sheet insert) to get vapor contacting cooled metal? I would be worried that unaltered you'll get vapor channeling down the center without condensing. Yes, I will be making a pretty intr...
by MidnightThunder
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:54 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

You'll love VM. Do you have a digital thermometer or temp sensor in the output of the vapor path (out of the reflux)? If not, I would. As you run you'll want to monitor the temp and you'll know when you are throughout your run. I'd put it just before the valve, not through the column itself. I like...
by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

From what I can see, it looks like like a pot still. If you want to make neutral spirits, you'll need a packed column. I like to use copper mesh and pack it relatively tight. I use 5'-6' and my column is 3". I see you have two elements. When stripping using both elements, you would really benefit f...
by MidnightThunder
Wed Sep 02, 2020 6:07 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

It is very pretty and can be made to work, im sure many would have done a few things different though Im having a little scream on the inside with that 2" ss valve sitting next to what could be a ccvm head with little or no work But it is very sexy :) I've seen the CCVM and read about it shortly af...
by MidnightThunder
Tue Sep 01, 2020 7:06 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: A little re-torted
Replies: 58
Views: 1542

Re: A little re-torted

Hey SS, yes my plan is to build a larger diameter, multi-tube condenser from 1.5" copper jacketed in 2" with plenty of length and turbulation to allow full vapor flow and output. The plate is between the top of the huge 12" to 6" reducer and the bott of the 6" to 4" reducers, with no viewable method...