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by rad14701
Thu Jan 24, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Continuous Stripping stills
Topic: Please review the continuous still design
Replies: 56
Views: 16096

Thanks for the clarification, Nykter... True, such a column would only be good for stripping runs... Although you wouldn't really need to worry about tails you would always have heads in the output...
by rad14701
Thu Jan 24, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: Continuous Stripping stills
Topic: Please review the continuous still design
Replies: 56
Views: 16096

Now, if I have my head wrapped around this correctly, Nykter, this setup never actually pumps wash into the bottom of the column, where you would have a bubbler in a standard continuous column like a Charles 803... Instead, you are relying on the steam in the column to pre-heat the mash... Am I corr...
by rad14701
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: Continuous Stripping stills
Topic: Please review the continuous still design
Replies: 56
Views: 16096

I have contemplated a similar design, except using a hot water heater element screwed vertically into the bottom of the column... Granted, such a setup would require that enough wash covers the element, but it sure would speed the overall process as long as you could maintain adequate reflux... I di...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: Forum Rules, Notifications and Helpful Hints
Topic: Posting Pics
Replies: 23
Views: 30753

Ill try that type answer next distilling question ya ask :| :lol: Well thats xp covered .Somebody else chip in on one they know. I run a software support forum myself, so I wasn't being wise with my answer, unlike you, Tater... But no offense taken... The best practice is to point people where they...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:10 pm
Forum: Forum Rules, Notifications and Helpful Hints
Topic: Posting Pics
Replies: 23
Views: 30753

I am a computer consultant by trade so I have no qualms in stating that the idea of giving ambiguous resizing help is beyond the scope of these forums... There are many different image software packages, and each one takes different steps to resize images... All Windows XP machines should have both ...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:37 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: New Store Bought fixes...
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

The bowl is not large enough to fit on the pot alone. You can tell by the holes on the lid where the bowl is bolted on. I'm still leaning on cutting the hole in the lid or getting a bigger bowl. Thanks! I'd butcher the lid up before searching for a larger bowl... What you have there is bought and p...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 10:29 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: New Store Bought fixes...
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

Yeah, if I was going to modify the lid I'd probably cut out as far as possible and then drill holes or cut notches so that no cooled distillate pools on top of the lid... Although any ethanol would re-vaporize into the column, water would only accumulate and possibly compromise your flour paste seal...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: New Store Bought fixes...
Replies: 5
Views: 1084

Yeah, I can see the problem you might have... I have a similar setup but my stainless mixing bowl is large enough to rest in the lip where the pot lid originally sat... Your bowl is smaller in diameter and I can't tell from the images whether there is even an actual lip on the pot itself... From the...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:17 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Yet Another Electric Element Controller Idea
Replies: 16
Views: 5619

I have a number of control circuit schematics. Do you want one with temperature sensing feedback control, or just single ended control like the light dimmer idea? Probably the temperature sensing one would work well sensing steam temperature, but it would have to be incremented as the alcohol deple...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 22, 2008 6:39 am
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Yet Another Electric Element Controller Idea
Replies: 16
Views: 5619

you can buy dimmer controls for lights 1200 watts cheep. Not in Australia. Even standard 300 w ones are not real cheap. They aren't cheap here in the US either... Well, 600W and under are below $20, but they go up quick when you go bigger than that... The exact pricing is irrelevant... I can buy co...
by rad14701
Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:18 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Yet Another Electric Element Controller Idea
Replies: 16
Views: 5619

you can buy dimmer controls for lights 1200 watts cheep. Higher wattage ones get more expensive. I've never seen a high wattage dimmer that was cheap, nor have I seen one that would hold up as well as expected, but thanks for the news flash... In fact there was an adequate dimmer in the parts box r...
by rad14701
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:54 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Yet Another Electric Element Controller Idea
Replies: 16
Views: 5619

Yet Another Electric Element Controller Idea

I've been kicking around controller ideas for years, and not just for still control either... My hobbies vary and many of them include power control for one reason or another... After reading all of the information on this site, as well as everywhere else I could find information on the internet, I ...
by rad14701
Sun Jan 20, 2008 5:02 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Heating Element Control
Replies: 1861
Views: 450785

would this not work??? Pinto can you let me know I don't think bouncing the topic with re-posts is going to get your question answered any quicker, and is against the guidelines of conduct in most forums... Now, that being said, are you referring to the use of a diode for cutting power output in ha...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 15, 2008 6:02 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Electronic thermeter and compression fittings
Replies: 2
Views: 1052

Actually, using the compression fittings ferrule could definitely result in the loss of proper calibration and is not recommended... All that is needed is a means of reducing the loss of steam past the thermometer shaft... Either teflon tape or flour paste would be better choices... You might even b...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 15, 2008 3:48 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: cant get temp below 81 degrees
Replies: 33
Views: 3962

You will find that the sensitivity to the outdoor temperature will be reduced if you use scrubbers in your column... The further up your column they extend from the bottom, the more consistent the temperature will remain... Scrubbers, or expensive mesh, will definitely make better packing in smaller...
by rad14701
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:21 pm
Forum: Related Electric Accessories
Topic: Charles803, Anyone used a PID and Solenoid valve??
Replies: 2
Views: 1264

As I see it, there would be a distinct performance difference between using one of the recommended temperature control valves versus a solenoid based control... A solenoid valve is either fully open or fully closed, depending on the threshold of the sensor... With the solenoid based control you coul...
by rad14701
Thu Dec 27, 2007 6:45 pm
Forum: Novice Forum Graveyard
Topic: How do you use the forum search functionality?
Replies: 10
Views: 1924

In any case both google searches don't return the latest results. The latest results won't be available using site: until after the next time search engines spider the site... Any posts added since the last time the site was spidered will only be found by the forums search routine because it search...
by rad14701
Fri Dec 21, 2007 5:20 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mini-still design improvements?
Replies: 25
Views: 5518

Well, I cut the plate slits for my 1.5" bok funny and the gap is less than 1/4" on one side and about 1/4" on the other. It chokes like crazy. If I were going to do it again I'd do two things: make straight cuts cause they look nicer and increase the gap so my still would actually work with high po...
by rad14701
Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:14 pm
Forum: Still Related Hardware
Topic: Mini-still design improvements?
Replies: 25
Views: 5518

I am in the process of building my own variation of the mini-still... The finished column will be 28" tall, 1.25" diameter copper, with both plates installed at a 30 degree angle, a 7" condenser with 15 coils of .25" copper tube, and a .25" take-off... I should be able to insert up to 18" of copper ...
by rad14701
Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:02 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Small home ethanol plant
Replies: 53
Views: 35602

Re: well

You don't need a permit in California to make ethanol for fuel uses. The Federal permit is not hard to obtain and I do not believe this alcohol is taxed though you'd need to send in reports of your denaturing operations. As for fire safety codes and so on, that's all local stuff and of course your ...
by rad14701
Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:23 pm
Forum: Alcohol as Fuel
Topic: Small home ethanol plant
Replies: 53
Views: 35602

I've been lurking these forums for quite some time now but have registered now in order to comment here... The main reason for posting here is to voice several concerns which have been overlooked in several threads regarding the manufacture of Ethanol for fuel... Where to start... Hmmm... Unless I'm...