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by zed255
Fri Jan 22, 2021 6:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What’s the minimum spirit run collection increment I should take on an 8 gallon boiler?
Replies: 5
Views: 87

Re: What’s the minimum spirit run collection increment I should take on an 8 gallon boiler?

I started with smallish (~200ml) jars, then added medium sized(~500ml) and large sized (~1l). At first I'd collect everything except what was clearly fores using the smallest to catch the heads-hearts transition, the larger ones for the bulk of hearts and then medium for the latter part of the heart...
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:31 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: ferrules, furrlles, ferrules
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: ferrules, furrlles, ferrules

Stainless ferrules are sized for butt welding to stainless tube. Tube is sized by OD and wall thickness, variable ID. Copper pipe is sized by a nominal ID. For sweat fittings the OD is sized 0.125" over the nominal ID. Different grades are thicker or thinner wall. While this does mean a fixed OD and...
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl

You will want some kind of gasket or flour paste no matter how well you feel the lid fits. I felt my setup was vapour tight without but when I tested it I found it wasn't. Better safe than sorry.
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 1:06 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl

You might get a tiny amount of passive reflux with the domed lid / inverted bowl, but I seriously doubt there's be any appreciable difference in product between a flat lid and domed.
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Safely Airing Out Spirit
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Safely Airing Out Spirit

8Ball, I never aired more than 24-ish hours and saw a fair bit of volume lost, which is the main reason why I stopped the practise. Maybe the location I am working in is especially dry or maybe the airflow significant but either way I was surprised. When I see folks recommend a week or more I get to...
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Safely Airing Out Spirit
Replies: 15
Views: 263

Re: Safely Airing Out Spirit

Indoors is fine, you aren't going to get so much vapour off your jars as to create a hazard. I have more or less stopped the airing practise myself as I can't say it changes my product much. I might air a couple jars that are on the cusp of good enough to see if they can get over the line quality wi...
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 8:38 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Measuring abv on small spirit run
Replies: 9
Views: 103

Re: Measuring abv on small spirit run

The ABV of individual cuts doesn't matter beyond your own curiosity. Make your cuts by smell and taste and blend to your personal desires. Once blended together you can measure the aggregate ABV for proofing. There are alcohol refractometers available, I have one and do use it often. They only need ...
by zed255
Wed Jan 20, 2021 6:06 am
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl
Replies: 11
Views: 192

Re: Stock pot still.. regular lid or bowl

I have both the flat stock pot lid and the inverted bowl. They both work. Standard lid doesn't add expense as it likely came with the pot, but you will be working around its handle. Also it's relatively flat shape makes it less supportive of any riser and condenser arrangement. The inverted mixing b...
by zed255
Tue Jan 19, 2021 2:48 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First liebig condenser
Replies: 15
Views: 471

Re: First liebig condenser

I'm with Yummy, there's something up. I was thinking the same about water flow, it should be flowing from spout to vapour inlet. Also, a true gradient is in my experience thought to get. Just shoot for cool distillate and hot (or at least quite warm) water out. What you built should be capable of do...
by zed255
Tue Jan 19, 2021 1:34 pm
Forum: Materials Safety
Topic: Gasket materials
Replies: 3
Views: 188

Re: Gasket materials

I was just looking at some compatibility charts and found 'perfluoroelastomer' (FFKM) o-ring material that looks very good, though it appears to be a pricey option: https://www.allorings.com/o-ring-compatibility Which makes sense being a perfluoroinated material there is little that would interact w...
by zed255
Tue Jan 19, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 5154
Views: 346601

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

The yeast don't work on your schedule, you work on theirs.
by zed255
Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:25 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Is yours really better than commercial?
Replies: 40
Views: 3062

Re: Is yours really better than commercial?

I find strict cuts eminently more drinkable, but a little bland. I have been exploring more of the late heads and any of the appealing tails to add depth and complexity to things I intend to age, especially on wood. I just did an all feints (mixed heads, tails and failed flavouring experiments) run ...
by zed255
Mon Jan 18, 2021 6:18 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: equilibrium
Replies: 8
Views: 187

Re: equilibrium

I agree with Saltbush Bill, you were likely running too fast and smearing the garbage through your run previously. This time you let the still do its job. I see a drop in temp when in full reflux as well. It is the traffic jam of lighter congeners stacking up at the top of the column. I will reflux ...
by zed255
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:34 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Canadian pennies for column packing
Replies: 6
Views: 146

Re: Canadian pennies for column packing

Dunno, considering the penny is a retired denomination in Canada and I don't think any bank is required to accept them anymore. That would make them ornate copper discs with no monetary value, outside the scrap value of the metal itself. Edit: Pennies are still valid currency and retain their face v...
by zed255
Sun Jan 17, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Help with drain valve for keg
Replies: 35
Views: 4987

Re: Help with drain valve for keg

I of the opinion brass bodied valves for potable water are fine for a drain application. Brass is best avoided in any vapour or descending path, but in contact with a little still charge in the boiler doesn't present ant issues.
by zed255
Sun Jan 17, 2021 6:36 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!
Replies: 54
Views: 8416

Re: Canadian Moonshiners Unite!

In Canada the still is not illegal, you can use it for other legitimate purposes like water or essential oils and the like. The product isn't illegal either, so long as you don't get caught selling it. The sticky point here is using the still to produce alcohol. You'd have to get caught actually mak...
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Still not hot enough to produce, but cold rag over collection jar smells like ethanol?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Still not hot enough to produce, but cold rag over collection jar smells like ethanol?

There are small amounts of very light compounds, not ethanol, produced during a ferment that will come through well before your run really begins. They often smell sweet and fruity. I get this to varying degrees depending on what is in the boiler and consider it normal. Once real production starts t...
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:39 pm
Forum: Safety and Related Issues
Topic: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?
Replies: 13
Views: 243

Re: Electricity / Spark management when distilling indoors - can lights be on?

Stilling in the dark is more dangerous than having the lights on. We do focus on safety here but you do not need an intrinsically safe environment for home distillation. So long as your still isn't leaking and you haven't made gross errors in operating it there is no reason to think there will be an...
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 52
Views: 917

Re: My first boiler build

Some use sanitary stainless, but copper is easy to get and work with using off the shelf parts. Seen a few builds using the keg sanke port as the drain and 2" SS components.
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinesium slowly starting to arrive
Replies: 10
Views: 192

Re: Chinesium slowly starting to arrive

Some powered items may need a mixed supply voltage, including the neutral with L1 and L2 allows both 120V and 240V on the same connection.

Dear lord, not a George video! Don your asbestos underwear!
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 5:25 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first boiler build
Replies: 52
Views: 917

Re: My first boiler build

A regular ball valve is fine for a drain, the ball will be stainless and seals teflon even though the body is brass. An all stainless valve would be the best possible option but not worth the added expense in this position.
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:54 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Solder and Flux how many how much?
Replies: 15
Views: 304

Re: Solder and Flux how many how much?

I think the main appeal to silver bearing alloys it they can wet and flow a joint a little easier, especially to stainless, and not any major strength difference. Regular lead free solders work just fine given a good flux and joint preparation.
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 11:00 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Chinesium slowly starting to arrive
Replies: 10
Views: 192

Re: Chinesium slowly starting to arrive

Have you checked to see it the element tri-clamp flange is connected to the appropriate pin for the cord? if it is, then the still should ground via the clamps and the bulkhead fitting. Assemble it and do a continuity check to see. You might not require a dedicated wire and lug.
by zed255
Sat Jan 16, 2021 7:36 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: What still to built or buy?
Replies: 303
Views: 186728

Re: What still to built or buy?

The 1/4" tubing is too narrow for safe operation no matter what you have seen elsewhere on the interwebs. I'd suggest 1/2" soft copper would be the minimum. If the tubing is too small you risk a blockage and the vapour moves too fast for effective condensation. Save the 1/4" for something down the r...
by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 5:23 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: liebig design question
Replies: 27
Views: 489

Re: liebig design question

...12ga copper wire wound around the 1/2" (to encourage the water to wrap around the vapour tube)... https://homedistiller.org/forum/download/file.php?id=64354 Solid wire stripped out of normal electrical wire. Wound in a gentle helix ( several times around, not a tight coil or spring) around the v...
by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heat Element Voltage compatibility with SCR
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Heat Element Voltage compatibility with SCR

That's the stuff. I like to grossly overrate cheap electronic controllers. Mine is advertised as 10kW and reliably runs my 6kW of elements (2 x 3kW on 240V), it also works with 120V as well.
by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:44 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heat Element Voltage compatibility with SCR
Replies: 12
Views: 155

Re: Heat Element Voltage compatibility with SCR

A 3000W 240V element running on 120V will give you only 750W. The power output is a square of the input voltage, Ohm's Law baby. P=V*I P=V^2/R P=I^2*R If you want to utilize a 120V circuit closer to is potential you need a 5500W 240V element. Camco has 6kW 240V element that would give you a full 150...
by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:55 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 424
Views: 60794

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Been a while since I posted a pic of my main keg-based rig. Latest configuration is CCVM, mocked up here without cooling lines or packing. It has gradually morphed from a 2" copper Nixon-Stone into a mostly SS modular rig.
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by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:40 am
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: liebig design question
Replies: 27
Views: 489

Re: liebig design question

I can see the appeal of the shotgun if a relatively short condenser is warranted, but seems too many starting out are getting the impression they NEED one. With the increased build complexity, materials cost and the potential fits a new builder might have making one, I don't see why it would be the ...
by zed255
Thu Jan 14, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Proofing Process
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Proofing Process

Adding water and alcohol together is exothermic, meaning when they mix heat it released. So yes, to answer that question, proofing will warm the mixture. You mentioned the presence of tails off a reflux still. The presence of tails will tend to make diluted product cloudy, actively avoid tails, espe...