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by mrplow
Wed May 12, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
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Re: My first still

My 85L BW wash has dropped down from 1.063 to 0.992 and held there for a couple days, I syphoned it into 4 carboys yesterday. Me thinks it'll be time for stripping runs on the weekend. My SS racking cane arrived today :D I got a bunch of lees into my carboys due to the hose moving around during syph...
by mrplow
Sat May 08, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Jar # ABV % Volume mL
1 95 200
2 95 200
3 95 150
4 93 250
5 89 300
6 87 250
Total 1350
1.24L of total ethanol, not bad!
by mrplow
Sat May 08, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Ran my sacrificial run. The first run with alcohol and actually using the CCVM in reflux mode was pretty fun! My first 3 jars came off at 3 drips/sec and were 96%! Azerotrope on my first try? I didn't temp correct it and got called away by the missus before I had a chance. Only because of this aweso...
by mrplow
Fri May 07, 2021 8:04 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

If your still is a larger diameter than your hot plate just cut some 2x4 to the right height to support the still. I had the same worries that the hot plate would not be designed to hold a still plus 6 or so gallons of wash. Mine turned out to be the same height as a 2x4 so no cutting was involved....
by mrplow
Thu May 06, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Man, racking my wash was a pain without a cane. Ordered one from amazon. My wash for the sacrificial run has been in my outdoor fridge for a few days. The gravity dropped to 1.000 somehow, guess the yeast didn't mind slowly eating away with the low temps. I started a 85L BW wash, oh boy does it ever...
by mrplow
Sun May 02, 2021 7:32 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

There is another potentiometer inside the box parallel to the pot that is adjustable from the outside. This was mostly cause it was hard to find anything other than 470k ohm pot and having one on the inside allowed me to adjust the main dial so it went from 10v to 120v. I also cut a slit in the box ...
by mrplow
Sun May 02, 2021 4:47 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I wasn't desperate to run in on any specific day. Just trying to figure out the best use of my time. If it is for a sacrificial run I figured it was done enough.

But I got caught up making my SSR controller insteading of the cleaning runs. I'll post some pics in a bit.

The current gravity is 1.006.
by mrplow
Fri Apr 30, 2021 10:36 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

SG down to 1.026 8)

That's probably good enough for the sacrificial run eh?

Think I should rack it into a carboy and put it outside now so that it's mostly cleared by Sunday? It is still getting pretty cold at night up here (around 5°C).
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by mrplow
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:32 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

howie wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:00 pm
yes, sometimes people swim in my 'reservoir' :)
Ha ha nice!

Kinda wish I hadn't gotten rid of our above ground pool after the kids moved out.
by mrplow
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:00 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

...bearing in mind i have a good submersible pump and a 55KL reservoir.... I think something went sideways if you converted 55 K L from imperial... Unless you're using a pool for your reservoir (55KL = 14529 gallons) ...that Distillex mob make some good stuff, i've been very impressed by their weld...
by mrplow
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:12 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I started fermenting my first bw for the sacrificial cleaning run yesterday. Exciting times! It's been bubbling away and looks happy. I started it in a warped plastic 18.5L water jug that I was going to throw out. After I got it going I found a guy selling used carboys pretty cheap. I bought 4 x 6ga...
by mrplow
Tue Apr 27, 2021 10:31 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I have been thinking of using an induction cooktop as well. I was planning on making a wood frame just larger and a little higher than the cooktop for the pot to sit on. Then lightly spring load or use some kind of counter balance to hold the cooktop against the bottom of the pot. I actually was th...
by mrplow
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:41 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Forgot to mention that I picked up a used (but looks brand new) 1800W induction cooktop for $20 CAD. The element has a pretty small diameter but it does help. I'm sure it's not meant to have 100lbs of weight on it either, but it was cheap so I won't be too upset if it breaks. I also picked up some p...
by mrplow
Tue Apr 27, 2021 8:27 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

My idea above worked. Now I have all my hose fittings and all I'm waiting for is the short 8" spool to go above the tee for the CSST. I think it's time to go to costco and pick up some vinegar, sugar, yeast, and tomato paste. Oh, and a project box for the SSVR controller. I made a prototype and it d...
by mrplow
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I think I have an idea that should work. Currently have a bunch of those not-so-great-but-maybe-good-enough 1/8" bsp push to connect fittings. My column came with 4 of 'em, 2 for each condenser. 1 was damaged and they sent 2 replacements. I don't need to use the reflux condenser 'cause I'm going CCV...
by mrplow
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Thanks for the tips guys, now that you mentioned BSP I think you're right. It looks like it'll just be cheaper to get 1/8 bsp barbs than getting bsp to npt adapters; but then if I ever wanted to get quick disconnects I'd be annoyed at myself for not just getting adapters in the first place. The sear...
by mrplow
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I've ordered the tee, CSST and 8" strait spool to build my CCVM! I also bought the fittings I'll need to directly connect the CSST to a garden hose. Now I'm still having issues still trying to figure out how to get my product condenser fitted to a water source. The crappy fittings that come with it ...
by mrplow
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:04 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

So.... The original plan was to get everything else I needed to get this still going as a CM type reflux and down the road convert it to a CCVM. I was aware that CMs are hard to control and would need a separate pump to the reflux condenser with a needle valve. While looking for pumps, needle valves...
by mrplow
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:32 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

SomethingObscure wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:31 pm
Try search for 1/8 NTP to quick connect, barb or pagoda

Cheers SomethingObscure
Beauty. TYVM
by mrplow
Thu Mar 04, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

My guess is that's it's 1/8 NTP to push fit. Like this. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Straight-Push-to-Connect-1-4-OD-Tube-x-1-8-Npt-Male-Fitting-Pneumatic-Stud-/122669419917 I'm sure if you ask the seller on AliExpress they'll tell you what part to buy. But I agree you should look to either get a bar...
by mrplow
Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:23 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Replacement or not, I'd ditch those in favor of a true quick-disconnect or, at the least, a male-threaded hose barb. The connectors provided aren't really intended for repeated connection/disconnection and those metal teeth are going to bend and break before long ... and then you have leaks. Thanks...
by mrplow
Wed Mar 03, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

I am not 100% familiar with that part but I am thinking it would still work. I'm thinking that the threaded end screws into the condenser(use teflon tape on the threads) and then the hose pushes into the other end of that connector. The blue part is used if you want to pull the hose out. you would ...
by mrplow
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:49 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Earlier I realized that one of the house adapters is damaged. If one thing had to be damaged in shipping, I'm sure this is the cheapest piece :clap: The seller is sending a replacement, but couldn't answer my questions for the sizing if I wanted to pick it up locally. I measured with my calipers and...
by mrplow
Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

The inductive hotplate may work if the bottom of your boiler is magnetic. If a fridge magnet sticks to it you should be good to go. The inductive hotplates that I have used do have temperature control but you can also just use a straight power setting which is what you would want to do. Costco has ...
by mrplow
Wed Mar 03, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

... I'll be running it in my shed and 240v isn't an option as it's quite far from my electric panel and I expect the cabling alone (and conduit, and running it over a cement pad) would be pretty pricey. So 120v it'll have to be. ... How far is it to the shed from the house? Around 20 meters. I'm th...
by mrplow
Wed Mar 03, 2021 2:41 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

It arrived today!

Fast shipping too, 10 days from payment.
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by mrplow
Wed Feb 24, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Well I ended up ordering a CM column from alibaba, the price was too good to resist. I did a custom order, added an extra 500mm spool, and got them to knock the shipping down. So, in the end it's a 1m column with a sight glass, a reflux condenser and a product condenser. $155 USD shipped to Canada, ...
by mrplow
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:08 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Tummydoc wrote:
Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:53 pm
That enclosure will work fine. And I agree with SOCD that I'd go with a CCVM reflux design. Less temperamental than a coolant management column.
Thank you sir, I'm leaning CCVM now too.
by mrplow
Sun Nov 08, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

This should work fine for my still right?
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4001014869891.html

It's just a simple 2" TC adapter for a standard water heater element
by mrplow
Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: My First .....
Topic: My first still
Replies: 60
Views: 2999

Re: My first still

Hello, How are you getting on with the DES Subotica still? I’ve looked at their site and wondered how the quality is? That's not my still, I'm not exactly sure why it was posted to this tread... You boil your drinking water because it ?tastes bad or because you are worried it has bacterial contamin...