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Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Boxcutter » Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:44 am

How do yall store yall colums and condensers when not using after cleaning them ? Do yall stuff cork in the ends to keep unwanted things out ? Is a rag good enough ? Fixing to do a couple cleaning run today and looking for ideas to keep it all clean on the inside after till my first sac run next weekend. I couldn't find anything when I search it

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by The KYChemist » Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:20 am

I keep my keg stored upside down, with a piece of loose paper towel stuffed in the neck. My reflux coil, I keep wrapped in a couple of paper towels. My detachable Boka head, I just leave it out loose since it is super easy to just rinse out before a run. I do use a small 4" fan to dry it out really well, after rinsing it. My column, I set it on a clean towel and move it around to dry spots at least once a day, and cover the top with a piece of paper towel and a rubber band. All parts, I just rinse with water, after a run. Never had a problem with mildew, or anything else. Hope this helps.
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Fastill » Sun Dec 21, 2014 7:23 am

I rinse mine out and lay it right back on the copper pile, looks like plumbing supplies. Condensor is wraped up and locked in a drawer in my tool box.
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Boxcutter » Sun Dec 21, 2014 8:04 am

Thanks guys ! The mildew never crossed my mind. I was thinking about getting some cork and plugging the ends off but if it's not completely dry mildew will form. Just trying to come up with something to keep the inner works clean while storing in between runs.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by corene1 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:06 am

I pull my column off directly after the run while it is still warm and wipe it dry. The residual heat will evaporate any moisture, then when it is cool I wipe it with a rag that has been moistened with foreshots, this will eliminate any possible moisture in the column.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by bearriver » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:50 am

When running consecutive washes, I just remove the entire column and put it in my closet. The boiler sits wherever I find space for it.

I'm under a informed impression that copper makes for an inhospitable enviorment for bacteria and fungi.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by T-Pee » Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:56 am

I rinse and throw it all back in the garage. It's a capped column and I live in a very dry environment so I remove the cap for a few days to let it dry out standing up on the boiler.

I'd just stuff a rag in the column so it can breath but like bearriver I believe copper doesn't promote growth of anything biological. I've killed willow stumps by pounding a copper stake in them.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Brutal » Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:32 am

I put a 2x4 on the opening to my keg boiler. The rest I give a good shake and stash it out of sight. Sometimes I rinse it. I don't run packed columns currently. If I did I'd have a lot more to say about this. Pretty much all the stuff I use now is just hollow tubes.
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by still_stirrin » Sun Dec 21, 2014 11:56 am

I just "run a coat hanger" up the pipes and hang it from the floor joists in my furnace room. No mildew in there.
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Rng4 » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:20 pm

I don't let mine sit very long. Leave it on the boiler after runninv it and rinsing it out.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Tokoroa_Shiner » Sun Dec 21, 2014 12:44 pm

I just tip a glass of water it the top of my boka While it's still warm. Column sits on a folded up towel leaning against my bench and the keg sits next to it.
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by shadylane » Sun Dec 21, 2014 2:57 pm

Stuff a paper towel in the ends and hang them up.
And since my shop isn't heated, I make damn sure the condensers have been drained of water. :oops:

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by Hound Dog » Sun Dec 21, 2014 5:41 pm

I leave mine assembled and hanging from the rafter for the next run but I do pull my condenser out and stuff a rag in the top. I stuff a piece of cloth in all the other openings. Don't want bugs or critters getting in. In these parts the past few years Stink Bugs have been a major pain in the ass. They get into everything and don't think they would do much to flavor your liquor. :sick:
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by moosemilk » Sun Dec 21, 2014 6:30 pm

I have a pot still with worm. I just flush it well with hot water after, leave my pot semi-inverted to let it all drain but still allow air flow to get it dry. Same with my cap. My worm I flush with hot water, then blow some air through and don't plug it. I check it before each run by blowing in it to make sure nothing crawled I'm and clogged.

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by The KYChemist » Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:47 pm

One thing I would warn against... Using compressed air, from an air compressor, to dry out internal parts of your still. My fears may be unfounded, but I will express them anyways. The main reason being the oil used to lubricate the piston and internals, which compresses the air. I would bet that this ends up finding its way into the compressed air. The amount may be miniscule, but I wouldn't want a single bit of it in my equipment I worked so hard to build and put cleaning runs through. Just my $0.02...
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by bellybuster » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:11 am

I. Learned that one should tape the ends of a packed column if living in earwig territory....eewwwww

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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by hawgwrench » Wed Jan 28, 2015 4:44 am

Prolly not a bad Idea to seal it off someway or another. I ended up with a batch that was accidentally flavored with a granddaddy longlegs. Damn thang dint come out in one piece either.....
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Re: Question for the seasoned novice

Post by aquavita » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:40 am

Prolly not a bad Idea to seal it off someway or another. I ended up with a batch that was accidentally flavored with a granddaddy longlegs. Damn thang dint come out in one piece either.....
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My components have been in storage for so long that I am going to do the full vinegar and sac runs to clean it out. Better safe than sorry.

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