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by StillerBoy
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:35 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Will I have enough power

Flat said he was going for a cheep build. A cheep option to address the issues you raised is to make a packing tool. (Assuming he will be using rolled mesh) Yeah I understood that.. it just he will come to realize that it's a pain in the ass to load such a long column.. and furthermore a column of ...
by StillerBoy
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:31 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Will I have enough power

Yep the hole in the keg is the same size as the inside of the bowl,the rim is flat enough to allow a 1/2" gasket around the perimeter and the 8 1/4"x 20 SS bolts hold it nice and tight. That's good that the opening is the same size, otherwise pooling of distillate would occur.. As to the bolts hold...
by StillerBoy
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Column packing for second final run?
Replies: 11
Views: 120

Re: Column packing for second final run?

brewmaster2014 wrote:
Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:03 pm
Pack or not to pack for final run?
Column packing on a pot still serves no purpose..

Mars
by StillerBoy
Thu Jan 21, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Will I have enough power

Good that you made some changes, and nice to hear that the RC can now have a flow rate of 8 qt per min.. Now I have a question concerning the bowl to which the column is attached to.. the bowl is held in place with a few screw around the perimeter of the bowl.. the question is.. is the area under th...
by StillerBoy
Thu Jan 21, 2021 7:12 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 246

Re: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl

But before a soldered everything I was going threw some stuff and found a stainless steel bowl and it fits perfect so I was just wondering what everyone else thought I should do. I build all my ss stock pot boilers using a bowl for a few reason.. the main reason is it much stronger than a flat lid,...
by StillerBoy
Wed Jan 20, 2021 4:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Safely Airing Out Spirit
Replies: 15
Views: 277

Re: Safely Airing Out Spirit

It sounds like the rate of those fumes coming off isn't significant enough and being that alcohol vapors are heavier than air, it would likely be the more volitle components coming out. That being said, having open alcohol containers (coffee filter on top) makes me a little nervous. If your that co...
by StillerBoy
Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:06 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Thinking of using this tank to ferment
Replies: 7
Views: 164

Re: Thinking of using this tank to ferment

wondering if anyone can point me to a sealed top that I can possibly modify with an airlock or has one built in. What I've done is use a piece of 1/8" Plexiglas cut out about 3/8" wider that the diameter of top of the 20 gal plastic fermenter.. works good as one can see what going on, and there is ...
by StillerBoy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!
Replies: 54
Views: 8459

Re: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!

if you keep quiet, you don't sell, don't tell the neighbors (that's the worst one in my view) or don't piss off anyone within your group, as those are the issues that problems arise from.. as they will only trouble you if they get a complain, which they have to act on it, otherwise they don't care....
by StillerBoy
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!
Replies: 54
Views: 8459

Re: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!

I have a uncle that was charged with home distilling about 30 years ago. Someone ratted on him or he was selling, otherwise they don't trouble anyone.. some 50 - 60 yrs home distilling was much more prevelance than today.. and I can remember went someone got into trouble, it was caused by a complai...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 3:28 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 485

Re: feints

I'm of the view you are mixing and matching different issues concerning heads and feints.. I stated this in a previous post, and my view is support.. you are mixing process in distillation and picking only the points that support your view.. Post by Dnderhead » Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:30 pm yes a pot st...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 1:19 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 485

Re: feints

All I said was that you and others say use the heads, yet dunderheads post that I was pointed to and to whom I was referring to, states very clearly that heads are not feints and should be chucked. Could post the thread that you are referring to about Dunderheads remarks of heads being feints.. I'v...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 12:32 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Solder and Flux how many how much?
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Re: Solder and Flux how many how much?

Benzomatic is <1% silver which makes me a little nervous for soldering the ferrule that the column will stack on strength wise. Sorry you disapprove of the recommendation on the solder.. It has been my go to solder for the past 10 yrs of building unit of all designs, and never had an issue with it....
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:23 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 485

Re: feints

StillerBoy wrote:
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:20 am
you done enough experiments to formulate some questions, now you need to do enough experiments to find the answers. and you will find them
That's the only to learn and develop knowledge..

Mars
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 6:20 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 485

Re: feints

Reading and listening to others is not understanding or knowledge but providing only information.. what one does with the information will develop into experience, and from the experience, knowledge will be develop provided a log of the experience is kept, otherwise it will be lost.. The process is ...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:12 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: feints
Replies: 23
Views: 485

Re: feints

Why not experiment and experience the different methods expressed.. then you'll be able to learn and understand the different.. and then be in a position to choose which is best for your taste.. What you seem to miss is that every unit (still) operates differently, mainly because they are all built ...
by StillerBoy
Fri Jan 15, 2021 5:13 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Solder and Flux how many how much?
Replies: 15
Views: 318

Re: Solder and Flux how many how much?

Since you mention amount in CAD, I'm assuming you're in Canada, and if so, give me a PM, as you can have the rest of the four oz bottle of Harris liquid flux I have, since I have no more use for it.. Superior 71 paste flux is much better flux but it is not available in Canada and they don't ship int...
by StillerBoy
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!
Replies: 54
Views: 8459

Re: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!

Governments, no matter what country in the world, are for the elite and powerful of within their country.. who ever thinks that the governments are there to help you/us, need to have his head adjusted to the realty of life.. There's an old saying - " do not disturb the beast while its sleeping, for ...
by StillerBoy
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:25 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Acid / vinegar smell to stripped wine.
Replies: 1
Views: 79

Re: Acid / vinegar smell to stripped wine.

I stripped many a gal of wines made from kits, and have never experienced any off smell as you quote.. in the spirit run, I do know that the fores and head section has a very strong smell, especially the first few jars.. just maybe that what you were smelling..

Mars
by StillerBoy
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Will I have enough power

flat350 wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 1:10 pm
The pump flowed through the coil but probably 2GPH maybe.
The water flow of a well constructed reflux condenser should be able to do 3L per minute at the very least.. 8L per hour is far from the mark and hope that the new coil you made has a flow within range mention..

Mars
by StillerBoy
Wed Jan 13, 2021 5:06 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: Will I have enough power
Replies: 28
Views: 488

Re: Will I have enough power

From the picture, the column looks like it's all one piece.. If so, what packing are you intending to use, and how will you be packing and compressing the packing, and how will you know that the packing is position at the right level under the plates.. In other word, one piece column is not the best...
by StillerBoy
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:13 pm
Forum: Stills and still building information
Topic: Inline flow meters for CM build
Replies: 11
Views: 273

Re: Inline flow meters for CM build

My hope would be to track ambient air temps vs necessary cooling flow rates in relation vapor temps and efficiency. Tracking ambient temp and water flow rate serve no purpose in distilling.. Outlet water temp govern the flow rate.. And a CM design is not the best for making neutral with, there are ...
by StillerBoy
Mon Jan 11, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?
Replies: 19
Views: 370

Re: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?

Mars - I have a kegland 4000W power controller, so I don’t think that’s the problem. So you got a controller that can handle 4000w.. that good.. but what power source are you using going to the element.. 120V or 240V.. and the element is a 2000w but of what power source,120V or 240V as they are mad...
by StillerBoy
Mon Jan 11, 2021 10:19 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?
Replies: 19
Views: 370

Re: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?

For the rest of the run I’ve experimented with different speeds, from around 4l per hour to 1l per hour or less. I ran the TPW around 1l per hour I think but wasn’t happy with it so took a wide hearts cut and chucked it back in the boiler, diluted down to less than 40%, and ran again as slow as I c...
by StillerBoy
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:28 am
Forum: Condensers/Cooling Methods
Topic: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?
Replies: 19
Views: 370

Re: Could pooling in liebig cause smearing?

Am I just expecting too much from a TPW run through a pot still? Birdwatcher's recipe isn't the smoothest sugar wash that can be made.. as there others that are better.. The other issue is that with a pot setup, to make a good neutral spirit requires at least a strip and 3 spirit runs, each run mad...
by StillerBoy
Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?
Replies: 64
Views: 882

Re: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?

Starting out is confusing enough as it is, particularly if you've had the unfortunate start of using the YouTubes to learn. I think the advice to those starting out should be to pick a recipe from Tried and True, and follow it as closely as possible. I disagree with starting is confusing enough, as...
by StillerBoy
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:03 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?
Replies: 64
Views: 882

Re: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?

Just saying you don’t have to worry about it unless you really want to. Agree, but It all comes down to level of understand the working of a fermentation.. If one has no understanding or experience of Ph, degassing and temp behavior of a fermentation, then one is not aware why a ferment takes 15 da...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 09, 2021 3:00 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?
Replies: 64
Views: 882

Re: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?

Lalvin works best at 78 - 80*F for what we do, lower is best in make wine, but the Ph has to be different and the fermentation time will be a few days more than bread yeast to finish dry.. As to paying attention to the Ph, it's only requires attention in the first 24 hrs, and if corrected just that ...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:53 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.
Replies: 17
Views: 493

Re: Adventures with potato peels, malting corn and greedy blunders.

As an alternate, make a potato base neutral with the peels.. Boil the peels in water for about 5 min or so, making sure the have been washed before peels them.. and use the potato water to make sugar wash with.. makes a very nice neutral.. I've never done it with peels only, but mainly peeled potato...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 09, 2021 10:48 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?
Replies: 64
Views: 882

Re: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?

Should ferment dry in 5 days with this speed unless it doesn't decide to slow down at 1.020 and almost (not exactly but almost) stall. This is what happened last 3 ferments (not UJSSM) so I decided to switch to Lalvin EC-1118 for a guaranteed result. As I stated before, 1118 is a slow fermenting ye...
by StillerBoy
Sat Jan 09, 2021 6:25 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?
Replies: 64
Views: 882

Re: pH 5.5 should be kept constant during all process?

Now I am going to wait 6 hours and check pH as Mars always suggests. I will raise the pH to 5.5 again I think you are not reading and understanding the information provided.. Lalvin 1118 is not bread yeast.. it is a much slower working yeast.. and you do not raise the Ph back to 5.5.. Re-Read what ...