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Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:06 am

Hello!

First of all I want to excuse my bad english.
I've been distilling for a while and reading here tons of hours, want to say thank you and share some pictures of my equipment. I'm writing much on the german-speaking forum http://www.schnapsbrennen.at/diskussion.php. Here on homedistiller I think i will seldom because of the for me huge effort of writing in english...

The potstill is for stripping neutrals and grain, the LM for spirit runs and fruits/brandy:

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The 17l-boiler is heated by a 2600W hotplate. The parts where I soldered copper on stainless steel I painted on the outside with liquid-zinc (95% Zinc, 5% paint) as a sacrificial anode to prevent corrosion.

The liebig for the Potstill is 22/28mm (OD) 81cm effective length, the column 1m/54mm, the liebig for reflux 28/35mm 47cm eff. length, the product-liebig 8/15mm 30cm.

It's my second reflux build. My first was a LM/VM-combination, a mixture of the Nixon VM and rads concentric LM. One problem was, that i got flooding above the pool with more than 1500W. The other, that the temperature-mesuarement was not completely independent from the reflux-ratio, with much reflux the °C and the vol% didn't match as usual. The new head solved the problems. And I seldom do neutrals, only to get alcohol for "Geist", so I left off the VM-option.

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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby thecroweater » Mon Jul 13, 2015 8:44 am

Welcome here from what I read your English is not too bad. I hope you do take the time to contribute as I think a fair number of our membership would be interested in hearing what and how spirits are made over there. I see you joined on the day of my 45th birthday, my mothers family left Prussia some 170 yrs ago but I can't help but to feel some effinaty to Germany
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby skow69 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:35 am

Hey der wo, somebody tied your still in a knot!

That's pretty cool, man. I like it. Is there some magic to that shape, or was it just fun to do? Do you have a name for it? It sort of reminds me of a mobius strip.

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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:08 am

Der woo, a belated welcome to the forums. I enjoy reading your contributions here.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:23 am

Thank you both!

There was a little discussion about my design here:
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Seperation of the thermometer from the reflux and not narrowing down the diameter less than 28mm by a pool were my goals. And perhaps no overweight to a side, because the lid of the pot is not so massive (I considered to build a 45° offset LM with external reflux). And fittings over 28mm are expensive. But I don't know, perhaps a simple bokakob :tired: would give me the same spirit quality...

In the german speaking forum I wanted to name it "Loopo", but a member, who has a twice as large column diameter and three times more boiler volume as me, named it "Loopinchen". If you don't understand this, Loopinchen means the same as Loopo but female and small...

If you want, name it Knotty or Moe(bius) :lol:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby raketemensch » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:26 am

Yeah, I gotta say that you've been a very helpful member here, too. Good stuff.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby thecroweater » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:08 am

how about erpel schwanz :lol: sorry couldn't help myself :P
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby Beerdude » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:23 am

Aye, a neighbour :)

Viele Grüße :wave:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:27 am

No. Definitely not. "Erpel" is a male duck. I think you mean "Eber", the male pig?
But anyway, "Ringelschwanz" or "Ringelschwänzchen" is what you mean. That's ok for me.

Thank you too, raketemensch.

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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby thecroweater » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:31 am

pigs and ducks got a similar trait in that respect so I meant drake but was all in jest :lol: :thumbup:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 7:52 am

Really?

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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby thecroweater » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:58 am

:D ok I'm thinking my 160 yr old Prussian slang for "schwanz" might not translate to modern German, I should have checked google translate :oops: :P
check under those creatures for a "Ringelschwanz" :moresarcasm:
Although I grew up in a very German area still steeped in Prussian / Silesian Lutheran heritage but most of these peoples ancestors (mine included) left Prussia between 1838 and 1860 and their language no doubt reflects that . My grandfather had a heavy accent and yet his great grandfather is buried in Hahndorf south Australia. My grandmothers brothers names were Franz Erhardt, Felix Clarence and Johannes Herbert and their Great Grandfather is buried in Lights Pass South Australia, a culture frozen in time until only a generation ago. As for me I have forgotten more than I remember
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby bearriver » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:15 am

der wo, another belated welcome. I have enjoyed your posts here and found your English to be quite good.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby raketemensch » Tue Nov 17, 2015 9:36 am

thecroweater wrote::D ok I'm thinking my 160 yr old Prussian slang for "schwanz" might not translate to modern German, I should have checked google translate :oops: :P


I'm not sure if you're wrong or if he's messing with you, but it's funny either way.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:26 am

You mean, the penis of a drake is formed like a ringlet?
Would that be a proof, that Darwin was wrong perhaps? Perhaps we should not discuss about that further because of rule Nr.5.

Oh god, I googled it... It's true, my still looks like the penis of a drake!!!
The lake duck has the longest with 42cm. Fuck! Oh no! Please don't! His penis dimensions would be sufficent for a 4" monster column, but I think, I have to stop here because of rule Nr.4.

"Rule Nr.10: Enjoy the information offered here and share your knowledge with us."
Dear thecroweater,
I have to admit, I don't feel able to follow this rule, it's not possible for me to enjoy the information offered here at the moment. And I would like to request you, to break this rule in such cases and NOT share your knowledge with us.

Regards, der wo
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby skow69 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:20 am

Uh huh. I KNEW "schwanz" sounded dirty.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby Kareltje » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:19 pm

Krulstaart, or, if it is small: krulstaartje.
And staart has no connotation. For that we could use slurf (the trunk of an elephant).
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby Kareltje » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:56 pm

der wo wrote:Really?

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Doch:
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It is a surprising intricate and nicely build column. :thumbup:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:41 am

So cute ducks...
Perhaps you all are right and I am duckophil... or even worse drakeophil...
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby frdlturner » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:38 am

der wo
I like your still it has character of it's own
in the 70's I was in navy and went to Stuttgart many times for October festival
that needs to be on everyones bucket list
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Fri Oct 14, 2016 7:54 am

Oktoberfest is in Munich! But every city in Germany has a similar event. In Stuttgart it's called "Canstatter Wasen".
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby just sayin » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:39 pm

Der Wo,
A much belated welcome! I have followed your posts with great interest. Rereading this post I was shamed by realizing I neglected to welcome you. You have improved our site with your posts. Thank you for broadening and enriching our base of knowledge.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:00 pm

Oh. Now the quince brandy tastes even more better...
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby just sayin » Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:54 pm

As does the Warsteiner Oktoberfest!
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby jb-texshine » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:17 pm

der wo wrote:Oktoberfest is in Munich! But every city in Germany has a similar event. In Stuttgart it's called "Canstatter Wasen".

Every time i see stuttgart all i can think of is standing in waist deep flooded timber shooting ducks. The duck hunt to break all other duck hunts....Stuttgart arkansas
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:48 am

You really want to talk with me about duck hunting???

But anyway, better don't try it in Stuttgart/Germany.

Oh, and you are off-topic now. This is the thread where all members can make compliments and praise my equipment and skills. :lol:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby jb-texshine » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:33 am

der wo wrote:You really want to talk with me about duck hunting???

But anyway, better don't try it in Stuttgart/Germany.

Oh, and you are off-topic now. This is the thread where all members can make compliments and praise my equipment and skills. :lol:

Sorry,got sidetracked
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:01 am

A little update:
A half year ago I build a coldfinger to increase the efficiency of my reflux liebig.

It's not a pipe in pipe coldfinger, there is only one pipe divided by a inserted copper sheet. The water flows one side of the pipe down, the other side up. The sheet is soldered only at the top, where the in and out pipe is. The cap has two vent holes.
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby rad14701 » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:28 am

der wo wrote:A half year ago I build a coldfinger to increase the efficiency of my reflux liebig.

A cold-finger in a concentric... :thumbup: I might try putting a cold-finger in mine to see how much more efficient it makes my concentric considering that I have everything I need to make one... :think:
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Re: Hello from Germany!

Postby der wo » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:47 am

Without the finger I was able to knock down 2.6kW. But only with much water, which then went cold down the drain. The cooling power was definetely not enough (even with a scrubbie in the upper half) and to tune it up with more water is wasting a lot.
Now I can use much less (almost half) and it really gets warm or hot without vapor escaping the liebig.

The finger is diameter 12mm, the liebig 26mm inner diameter.
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