From bubble plates to pot still

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From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:18 am

So, I have a 3” stainless steel column with 4 bubble plates. My issue is that I want to make a flavourful rum!

I could just remove the bubble plates and leave the sight glasses in but as my still is stainless steel, there would be no copper in contact with any of the vapour. I am considering replacing the bubble plates with perforated copper plates and taking off the dephlegmator that is above the bubble plates.

Would this work or do you have any other suggestions on cheap ways to make this into a viable pot still?

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Deplorable » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:28 am

I'd just build a 3 inch pot head from a ~18 inch spool, a 90° elbow, and whatever is needed to mate to your product condenser. Put in a roll or two of copper mesh and call it good.
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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by NineInchNails » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:35 am

If you are using a dephlegmator, you could just stick a couple stacks of coiled copper mesh well above the dephleg. That's what I've been doing.

When I'm just stripping or not using a dephleg, I just put a few stacks of copper mesh at the base of the riser.

Some like to use copper bits, but I find mesh to be convenient.

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:42 am

Wouldn’t packing with copper create reflux which would remove some of the flavour?

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Deplorable » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:02 am

Without some induced reflux, the roll or two of mesh will be negligable.
I have a 13 gallon milk can boiler with a 2" by 20" column and a jacketed condenser "combo head". With no water running through the RC, and three rolls of 4" copper mesh in the bottom of the column, I get a nice full flavored spirit on a strip and spirit run. Its a fine Pot still, but I've not run it yet in reflux, simply because all I've made is Sweet Feed sugar shine. When I get around to an all feints run, I'll pack the column all the way with mesh, and run it in reflux and double or triple run the feints to clean up as much of the crap as I can while I collect the parts to replace this head with a CCVM.
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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:35 am

Okay, I think I understand. The mesh packing would need a dephlegmator directly above to cause noticeable reflux?
Here is a link to the still for reference:

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Deplorable » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:42 am

PotterWTF wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:35 am
Okay, I think I understand. The mesh packing would need a dephlegmator directly above to cause noticeable reflux?
Here is a link to the still for reference:
Yep, and that rig is what I was imagining you had. Replace the plated section with a SS spool and a couple rolls of copper. remove the deflag, and you have a pot still.

Edit to add, Sexy still porn there. ;-)
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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:51 am

Deplorable wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:42 am

Yep, and that rig is what I was imagining you had. Replace the plated section with a SS spool and a couple rolls of copper. remove the deflag, and you have a pot still.

Edit to add, Sexy still porn there. ;-)
Thank you, just need to order the spool from China and wait 5 months for delivery...

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Deplorable » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:57 am

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Tue Sep 22, 2020 10:53 am

I’m in the UK and on amazon.co.uk I can only find 2” SS spools

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Deplorable » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:11 am

Ha! In the US, the 2 inch are out of stock from that seller unless you want 36 inch, or little stubby ones.
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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Saltbush Bill » Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:00 pm

Only read a bit of the thread so maybe its already been mentuoned.......no need to remover the defleg.
Just dont run any water to it. Pack some copper mesh in the column.......instant pot still.

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by PotterWTF » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:16 am

Saltbush Bill wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:00 pm
Only read a bit of the thread so maybe its already been mentuoned.......no need to remover the defleg.
Just dont run any water to it. Pack some copper mesh in the column.......instant pot still.
So leave in its current config (with defleg off) but swap plates for packing with copper mesh? That does sound like the cheapest option.

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Re: From bubble plates to pot still

Post by Saltbush Bill » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:19 am

PotterWTF wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:16 am
So leave in its current config (with defleg off) but swap plates for packing with copper mesh? That does sound like the cheapest option.
Yes

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