Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

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Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:11 pm

Im preparing for my first run and I keep reading about a alcohol cleaning run , I did a vinegar cleaning run , is it necessary for a alcohol cleaning run ? I do have a a few half bottles of wine that no one is drinking, would that do with some water added ? I'm rimming a 6 gallon stock pot with a 3/4 inch pipe, about 12 inches rise and about 2 feet off the elbow with a 36" liebig arm ,
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby cranky » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:34 pm

Yes a sacrificial run is necessary to clean out anything missed by the other cleaning runs. Personally I think it's best to make a full size sacrificial wash and run it just like you will be running regular runs.
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby fizzix » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:37 pm

You've been a member since 2008?
Yes. A sacrificial alcohol run is absolutely necessary if it's a new still, a long-idle still, or one that's had solder/welding modifications.
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:55 pm

Yes , since 2008 but on and off , had some health issue and lack of funds , hopefully I'm better now, I just wanted to double check my reading , Thank You
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby fizzix » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:27 pm

I wish you the best, and welcome back!
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby StillerBoy » Sat Feb 03, 2018 3:38 pm

demon00 wrote:since 2008 but on and off , had some health issue and lack of funds , hopefully I'm better now,

Want to wish the best with your health and fund issues..

Your 6 gal stock pot is of a nice size, but in the future, you may want to change the 3/4" column for a 1.5 -2".. it would improve greatly the efficiency output.. just something to thing about.. your present setup will work, but will not be efficient time wise..

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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:09 pm

I kind of feel like its going to take me 3-4 hrs a run , I dont mind that to much.... I am thinking of upping it to a 2" column and elbow and attach to my liebig, it should run ok on the same arm, its a half inch inner and 3/4 outter jacket
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby StillerBoy » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:26 pm

A 2" column would greatly improve the efficiency and your present liebig would be good.. just don't put the liebig so far away from you column elbow, a few inches would be fine..

The cost of 12" DWV copper pipe would not be expense, just call around scrap yard or call plumbers in your area, sometime they have end from a job..

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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Sat Feb 03, 2018 7:25 pm

1I may change it sooner... Thinking on it more 3-4 run time or longer may be a pain especially since its only 6 gallon boiler.... Thinking , like you said, 1.5 to 2" column, maybe 5-6 inches up elbow, 5-6" off the elbow then a reducer or 2 to my arm , should work ok
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:10 pm

On another note I bought a fire extinguisher today, just in case, better to have and not need, than to need and not have
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby Shine0n » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:00 am

Very wise decision :thumbup:

A simple sugar wash will clean the residual Flux from the tubes. How long a run is debatable but I'm with Cranky on doing a full run to get back to speed of things.
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Thu Feb 08, 2018 2:09 pm

I am planning a full run, so I know it's all clean and safe, I'm thinking with what I'm running it's going to be a 3-4 hr run
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Re: Is a cleaning alcohol run necessary ?

Postby demon00 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:38 pm

Anyone give me an idea of about how much product I can expect from a run with what I'm using ? It's just a straight sugar wash , was 10 lbs of table sugar and a lb or so of some left over confectionery sugar my wife had .. guesstamation ?? Lol thanks
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