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by richard1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:37 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Question about mixing column packing
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Question about mixing column packing

Regarding your column, you indicated 3", SPP, 2KW @ 2lph, this rate for when you are running with high reflux for high %ABV take off.

What rate do you achieve when stripping.
by richard1
Mon Feb 15, 2021 11:23 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Question about mixing column packing
Replies: 5
Views: 130

Re: Question about mixing column packing

Always try keep copper to the base of the column and better still if it is easily removable. This will aid in cleaning. I designed a column where I can at will insert and remove the copper. Yes have the copper for stripping. I am of the opinion the SPP is too small for your column, the SPP at approx...
by richard1
Tue Feb 02, 2021 10:18 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electric ball valve with posisioning
Replies: 25
Views: 428

Re: Electric ball valve with posisioning

Still busy building for the future so not yet commercial.

But, my current active still is a 60L unit and you are getting the benefit of my build experience.
by richard1
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:39 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: backset fermenting
Replies: 13
Views: 401

Re: backset fermenting

Not sure what you are making but I would not advise using backset in fermentation. Basically you will potentially lose fermentation control with all sots of infections coming into play. Rather use the backset in a mash and you will get better PH control as well as creating the basis for yeast nutrie...
by richard1
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electric ball valve with posisioning
Replies: 25
Views: 428

Re: Electric ball valve with posisioning

For this boka / LM still I concur, do not use a ball valve unless flow rate control is not considered important. The best and least expensive is a needle valve. A 1/4" needle valve is good for up to 6 LPH That all said I would not waste money on automated control unless you have a serious sized stil...
by richard1
Tue Feb 02, 2021 8:20 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Analogue power controller
Replies: 20
Views: 1918

Re: Analogue power controller

Just remember that whatever you decide to use, ...... attach it directly to a heat sink, with the heat sink external to the enclosure / control box. This way you prevent internal overheating.
by richard1
Fri Jan 29, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: LM still, positive vapour flow from top of still column
Replies: 0
Views: 147

LM still, positive vapour flow from top of still column

I recently did a beer stripping run on a new 60L LM still build and was checking amongst others a variety of things. ... Cooling water take off temperature at RC top ..... outlet Temperature of distilled product take off after PC Top temperature at column top (where I have a DN25 CIP connection) I w...
by richard1
Sun Jan 24, 2021 8:40 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Grain to water ratio
Replies: 4
Views: 227

Re: Grain to water ratio

The above can be shown in an Excel spread sheet that I made up for a beer brewing vessel that I am busy with.

Distilling mashing is not the same as beer mashing as its process is simpler but the same initial figures hold true
brew water1.png
by richard1
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Large copper bowl!
Replies: 13
Views: 623

Re: Large copper bowl!

Cheaper to go and spin your own copper top
by richard1
Fri May 01, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: One Big FOOKING Mistake
Replies: 7
Views: 1232

Re: One Big FOOKING Mistake

Don't bugger around, go and tig weld it closed. Just remember to purge the inside during the weld...….. or stick weld it closed with a SS rod.
by richard1
Sat Apr 18, 2020 7:25 am
Forum: Gin
Topic: Gin basket B.O.E
Replies: 13
Views: 2192

Re: Gin basket B.O.E

The comment above where 60% in the pot is incorrect. You macerate at 60% for a period of time prior say 12 hours and then dilute to approx. 30% and then start distillation.
by richard1
Fri Apr 17, 2020 11:15 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Potential eBay find
Replies: 24
Views: 2781

Re: Potential eBay find

Sorry but Food Grade Silicone is most certainly a safe and preferred product to use.

The problem in using PTFE is that it requires reasonably high heat to expand and seal properly.
by richard1
Wed Apr 01, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Craft Distillers
Topic: iStill NextGen
Replies: 491
Views: 63547

Re: iStill NextGen

Watched both the yeast and barrel series. It was great, informative and I learnt new things.
by richard1
Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker
Replies: 67
Views: 8294

Re: Odin's Lazy Bastard Corn Likker

Still aging :D
by richard1
Thu Jan 23, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: hello from South Africa
Replies: 12
Views: 855

Re: hello from South Africa

Johannesburg
by richard1
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:45 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: 2 inch sightglass dimension question
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: 2 inch sightglass dimension question

To make / use a longer sight glass is no problem. You will need to go to the local bolt and nut shop and purchase threaded rod to suit your longer sight glass and secondly go to your local lab glass supplier and they will stock your borosilicate glass. Make it as long as you want to.
by richard1
Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:27 am
Forum: Continuous Stripping stills
Topic: Yummy's continuous stripper
Replies: 85
Views: 7238

Re: Yummy's continuous stripper

Very interesting. I have a continuous still (100mm diameter packed column …. helical SS coil) that's designed and part built and no further.

Are you able to supply process flow drawings for better understanding of your set up.
by richard1
Fri Jan 03, 2020 10:28 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: A 78 year old newbe
Replies: 12
Views: 1214

Re: A 78 year old newbe

:D We must not get confused with each other, also somewhat old but not as old
by richard1
Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:01 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: Keg Boiler Insulation
Replies: 52
Views: 4487

Re: Keg Boiler Insulation

Use ARMAFLEX, 13mm thick. Google for suppliers.
by richard1
Mon Oct 14, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: New Parrot Design
Replies: 1
Views: 811

Re: New Parrot Design

Interesting but ... Welcome to the Soxhlet siphon / extraction
by richard1
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Bestco Keg
Replies: 5
Views: 919

Re: Bestco Keg

A standard neck thread is 14TPI
by richard1
Fri Oct 11, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Leaky STM-Instruments eDrometer
Replies: 9
Views: 1549

Re: Leaky STM-Instruments eDrometer

I posted the complete PDF document (I believe for the same person)

If anyone else wants it, give me a shout.

Cheers Richard ….. richard@pmtsa.co.za
by richard1
Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:17 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from ZA
Replies: 5
Views: 595

Re: Hello from ZA

You not looking very hard as there is plenty to be had especially on the SS side. You can reach out to me via PM.
by richard1
Tue Sep 24, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Correct way of posting info on a Run
Replies: 28
Views: 1373

Re: Correct way of posting info on a Run

That's a huge amount of heads collection.
by richard1
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Resources and Reviews
Topic: Liquid/Vapor phase diagram for ethanol/water solution
Replies: 30
Views: 4938

Re: Liquid/Vapor phase diagram for ethanol/water solution

Hi @mtranier I am being a bit stupid with that VAPOUR formula on the excel sheet. Can you more simply write the exact formula used.

I am not sure whether you are referring to EXP for E or an alternate / other value and whether x is the power value of the EXP.
by richard1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:31 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Making me some rum
Replies: 60
Views: 5974

Re: Making me some rum

Brilliant, thanks
by richard1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Keg still help
Replies: 9
Views: 1246

Re: Keg still help

Go to a stainless steel tube supplier and ask them for a DN50 triclover gasket. It appears that you have the clamp.
by richard1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Making me some rum
Replies: 60
Views: 5974

Re: Making me some rum

@odin what was your final 60% molasses mix for fermentation of 1,950L for the Istill2000 ?? Water to molasses, ferment aid and yeast ?? OG, FG, temp and PH ??
by richard1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Cut Points? Foreshots? Heads and Tails? Feints?
Replies: 93
Views: 90670

Re: Cut Points? Foreshots? Heads and Tails? Feints?

Elevation affect the azeo normal boiling point for ethanol so it is important. So too is the temperature at which point the cut is / was made for your particular recipe. If you are happy with the taste at that temperature well then that's the future setpoint going forward.
by richard1
Tue Aug 20, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: What Not To Use/Do
Topic: Chinese stainless steel needle valves
Replies: 9
Views: 2809

Re: Chinese stainless steel needle valves

Whichever you buy ensure that the correct needle valve is purchased. Because it says needle valve doesn't mean it's of the right type. Of course they will work, but some better than others. If you can and putting it in simple terms, get the one with the sharpest and longest point on the needle. With...