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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Alchemist75 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:35 pm

Pot still configuration. 5 gallon boiler with a purifier. The purifier utilizes 2 through condensers with a 3" X 1" scrubby packed section below it. It pulls about 60% abv on a full power stripping run. More photos soon.
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Post by Alchemist75 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:59 pm

Column configuration. 16" X 1" column, only 28" total with rc. Cm style, very skinny and short. Pulls about 90% if I bleed the run. I only use this for spirit runs, with 55-60% low wine charges.
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Post by steelmb » Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:45 pm

Let's see how long this takes.
I believe MCH may have said it best. "It's your hooch, you get to choose."
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Post by Alchemist75 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:03 pm

steelmb wrote:Let's see how long this takes.
How long what takes?
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Post by Alchemist75 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:01 pm

Actually I'm tempted to increase the length of that purifier, maybe push it to 70 on a strip. Kinda weird but an interesting reflux/pot hybrid concept.
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Post by Shine0n » Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:38 pm

I'm sure he's talking about someone that will say something about the rules.

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Post by Alchemist75 » Sun Jul 15, 2018 6:43 pm

Oh I already know, he was polite enough to pm me :wink: .
For those reading what I wrote above, never put spirits stronger than 40% in your kit. I've done many a thing most on here wouldn't ever consider doing and I'm definitely a mad scientist more than a perfect role model. Be safe, seriously.
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Post by The Yeasty Boyz » Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:12 am

Modular 3" 4 plate flute. 24" packed column,7" inline gin basket.
Since the pic I added two heating elements, 4500w and 1500w.
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Post by cariboux » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:23 pm

My set-up is a 10 gal alembic with an 'onion-head' and 'swan's neck' vapor line. I run into a wooden 5-gal charred oak thumper keg, then the worm. My still produces ~130 proof and slowly declining without the thumper. Running with the thumper charged with distillate (eg. 2nd gen sour mash), the worm streams 160-170 proof. I really like the wood thumper as it is relatively quiet and won't burn me if I accidentally touch it like copper does.
Anyway, Mrs. cariboux bought me the pot for my birthday, elevating her to 'Greatest Wife Ever!!!!' status.

No greater satisfaction than exercising a personal liberty and being self-sufficient. Sorta fits right in with hunting, ranching/farming, gardening...........

Also, I've started using 3/4" monster ptfe tale instead of the 'dough paste'. It works really well, a working temp of 700 degrees f. The white stuff shreds when removing, but the blue comes off clean.
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I run my distillate off a 'bear's bone' to keep it from dripping off the copper.
I run my distillate off a 'bear's bone' to keep it from dripping off the copper.
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Post by VLAGAVULVIN » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:15 pm

cariboux wrote: No greater satisfaction than exercising a personal liberty and being self-sufficient. Sorta fits right in with hunting, ranching/farming, gardening...........
Well done / said / posted :thumbup:

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Post by Monero Mustang » Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:17 am

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Post by cariboux » Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:06 pm

This week I completed the fabrication of my new bigger, badder worm condenser. A 228 L oak barrel with 30' of 1/2" I.D. copper tubing. it was a bit of a struggle getting the coil elevation correct with no 'flat' or 'high' spots. After finishing, I ran a vinegar wash through it to clean. Looking forward to my next distillation using it.
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Post by fizzix » Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:53 am

cariboux wrote:This week I completed the fabrication of my new bigger, badder worm condenser.
Nice touch!

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Post by Monero Mustang » Sun Sep 30, 2018 2:45 pm

Shown without the recirculating water system for the flake stand.
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Post by Swedish Pride » Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:23 am

I like the air cooled bit, big fan of that
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Post by Monero Mustang » Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:12 am

Yes, I'm a new convert to air-cooled components. Takes a tremendous load off the water-cooled condenser. When you're off-grid and don't have a flowing source of water nearby, it makes a great difference.

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Post by fizzix » Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:09 pm

Nice approach, Monero Mustang.

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Post by Swedish Pride » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:52 pm

Monero Mustang wrote:Yes, I'm a new convert to air-cooled components. Takes a tremendous load off the water-cooled condenser. When you're off-grid and don't have a flowing source of water nearby, it makes a great difference.
Swedish Pride wrote:I like the air cooled bit, big fan of that
actually , if you pointed a big fan at it, you could possible do away with the water condenser.
not sure if electricity is readily available since your offgrid, just throwign it out there
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Post by Monero Mustang » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:21 am

I don't have the electricity to support a fan for it. The breeze blowing through the shack works pretty well. My cooling water BARELY gets warm and almost isn't needed as it is, but I keep it there as insurance.

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Post by Monero Mustang » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:22 am

fizzix wrote:Nice approach, Monero Mustang.
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Post by RimaNTSS » Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:52 pm

I am building my new still at my friend's place, it will not be so sophisticated as one he is working on though :D
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The main column is 100mm in diameter.

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Post by cariboux » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:29 pm

Just completed a 'stripping' run through my new worm. I filled the 235 L oak barrel with 50 F water and ran 15 gallons of molasses (rum) wash through it, boiler-thumper-worm. Without ever changing out or circulating additional water, the distillate came out at a steady 50-51 F. Quite a change from my 5 gal copper worm.
Mrs cariboux just finished putting up rose hip jelly. There is great satisfaction in a 'self-sufficient' lifestyle.
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Post by Little Hank » Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:05 pm

cariboux wrote:Just completed a 'stripping' run through my new worm. I filled the 235 L oak barrel with 50 F water and ran 15 gallons of molasses (rum) wash through it, boiler-thumper-worm. Without ever changing out or circulating additional water, the distillate came out at a steady 50-51 F. Quite a change from my 5 gal copper worm.
Mrs cariboux just finished putting up rose hip jelly. There is great satisfaction in a 'self-sufficient' lifestyle.
That looks sweet, love the truck in the back. She probably has a few stories.

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Post by Deerhunter » Sat Oct 27, 2018 4:27 pm

2" Boka with sight glass and 13 gal stainless milk can. Has a graham condenser for product cooling. It does the job. As a reflux and pot still.
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Post by cariboux » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:23 pm

cariboux wrote:Just completed a 'stripping' run through my new worm. I filled the 235 L oak barrel with 50 F water and ran 15 gallons of molasses (rum) wash through it, boiler-thumper-worm. Without ever changing out or circulating additional water, the distillate came out at a steady 50-51 F. Quite a change from my 5 gal copper worm.
Mrs cariboux just finished putting up rose hip jelly. There is great satisfaction in a 'self-sufficient' lifestyle.
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Post by OtisT » Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:39 pm

RimaNTSS wrote:I am building my new still at my friend's place, it will not be so sophisticated as one he is working on though :D
IMG_20181020_113412 (Large) (Custom).jpg
The main column is 100mm in diameter.
I got all kinds of questions about that still picture. I’d look for a simpler, proven design for the rig your building for yourself. It looks to me like a lot of unnecessary stainless on it, like ol lady Winchester had it built to her specs. ;-). I reserve the right to be wrong, but at this point I’m confused.

First question: What is that second, smaller diameter column coming out of the boiler for? With the valve closed, it is useless. Above the valve will fill with condensed liquid, starting with your foreshots. With it open, it looks like a second redundant column that will also feed the next section (Teets on a boar.). Strange to me, but Maybe I’ll learn something.

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Post by RimaNTSS » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:39 am

OtisT wrote:First question: What is that second, smaller diameter column coming out of the boiler for? With the valve closed, it is useless. Above the valve will fill with condensed liquid, starting with your foreshots. With it open, it looks like a second redundant column that will also feed the next section (Teets on a boar.). Strange to me, but Maybe I’ll learn something.
First column is packed, second one is just a pipe. When valve on second column is open then all vapor goes through it So, second column is used only for first run. During second and third run valve is closed and all vapor goes through first column. First column when it is at such a size and weight not so easy to be removed very often.
I am building my new still (smaller) where same principle is used.
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Post by OtisT » Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:19 pm

RimaNTSS wrote:.
Thanks Rima. That makes sense now.
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Post by rubelstrudel » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:58 am

cariboux wrote:Just completed a 'stripping' run through my new worm.
I just love how you are flaunting your still on the porch. And the use of wood barrels. It's a piece of art.
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