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Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 10:15 am
by bum.jug
First of all: Hi and thanks. I've been lurking for a while and y'all have been a great help over the years.

What do y'all think of this condenser? It goes on top of a 900 gallon pot and is glycol cooled. Note the 2in outlet to reduce pressure. This baby can rip. Theoretically.

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Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 10:24 am
by stillvodka
And your still only a Novice :lol:

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 10:54 am
by eternalfrost
thats pretty impressive but no offense....

K.I.S.S. :roll: just a simple single coil would have done the same thing without 8 miles of soldering, expensive joints, and what looks like a fragile-ass design...


what sort of power input?

do you have a way to exchange the coolant? with 900 gallons of wash, that small reservoir is going to get saturated and overheat

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 11:05 am
by punkin
How long is a 900 gallon run gunna take you?

Looks like about 40 or 50mm coming in at the lyne arm?





I would have chosen a double shell condensor myself, much more ease of construction and large flowthrough, huge surface area too.
As in my punkindensor and there's some others on the board too.
But no reason that thing won't work.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 2:30 pm
by Hack
Holy crap. Dr. Seuss would be proud. :D I hope it lives up to your expectations.

900 hundred gallons? That's well beyond hobby stillin in my book.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:05 pm
by violentblue
900 gallons, you must be selling, in which case hope ya got a licence.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:07 pm
by rad14701
Hack wrote:900 hundred gallons? That's well beyond hobby stillin in my book.
+1
+1 on most of what eternalfrost said too...

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:09 pm
by HookLine
What Hack and violentblue said. That kind of volume is waaaay past hobby distilling.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 3:32 pm
by schnell
You wouldn't happen to be in New Orleans?

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 6:33 pm
by violentblue
schnell wrote:You wouldn't happen to be in New Orleans?
good eye, just clicked in my mind too, in which case, 900 gallons and a licence aren't a problem.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Mon May 04, 2009 6:48 pm
by Mud
What's the deal with New Orleans?

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 6:17 am
by violentblue
Mud wrote:What's the deal with New Orleans?
RUM

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 8:30 am
by schnell
That big white monster in the background looked like something I saw in a video once...

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:42 pm
by manu de hanoi
thanks for the pics, I like big stuff.
I'd like to see a diagram of your pot, is the glycol in the pipe or in the bucket ? There seem to be teflon here and there, arent you scared of glycol leaks ?

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 10:12 pm
by Wai‘ona
schnell wrote:That big white monster in the background looked like something I saw in a video once...
Dat big white buggah in da picture looks like a lagering tank.

Maybe used to be Acadian?

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:25 am
by bum.jug
Okay, so I am a hobby 'stiller, this picture is from work (yes, a DSP, please don't blow it up), cant go into any more details than that. At home I run just a 15.5 gallon pot with a much simpler condenser, and a 2in LM nixon stone column. I was just blown away when I saw this thing in person, thought y'all might get a kick out of it.
Eternalfrost: this thing has constant coolant in and out via a glycol chiller system. I don't really understand how the chiller itself works but I bet it's kind of like an air conditioner. Glycol is similar to antifreeze coolant.
I get the double shell condenser idea, like it a lot, actually. Probably woulda used that design, Punkin, if i designed this. But, I'm stuck in the bottling room for now. Guy who made this beast used to work in nuke subs. 3/4 in off the lyne. 900 gallons takes 3 12hr shifts.
Anyway, just wanted to see what y'all thought.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 12:05 pm
by schnell
I like it!

I love seeing the tools people build to solve their own problems. Nothing sexier than a built to suit still.

The glycol fluid is just a heat exchange medium used in the circulation system. The actual cooling part of the apparatus is pretty much built like a refrigerator thats optimized for liquid cooling instead of air cooling. I've also used similar chillers in the lab that just use water as the fluid. Glycol lets you work an extended temperature range compared to water though.

My only aesthetic criticism is that the 8 different tubes don't exit seperately into a marble fountain, while recombining the parrallel flows into a sculpted parrot that looks like a gargoyle spitting a constant stream of white dog. Otherwise it kicks ass.

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 12:59 am
by Wai‘ona
Hey bum.jug, weren't we supposed to judge BOS meads at the '96 NHC together? I was there but you didn't make it. Too bad. You missed some really good meads! Everyone was wondering why you left the building.

If you are who I think, I've tasted your meads (and beers) and they Rock! Glad to see you doing what you're doing now!

Wassail bruddah!

Re: Octuple parrallel compound coil

Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 1:57 pm
by bum.jug
Nope, not me... I'm just some low level peon...