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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Maxximus Flavius » Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:56 am

My seven year old build isn't as shiny as it once was, but continues to work it's magic at least twice a year. The only change I'd make is a larger boiler. I added a SS ball valve to facilitate easier charging and draining, especially during stripping runs.









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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Swedish Pride » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:21 am

you can tell your cooler to start paying up alimony.
No way in hell this is not his offspring
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Maxximus Flavius » Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:50 am

Fantastic, is there anything SS bowls can't do?

Here's a shinier time.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Dewstiller » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:59 am

That's very cool how you uploaded the zoomable picture. :D

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by IMALOSERSCUMBAG » Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:39 am

The Loser Scumbag's rig. It has evolved quite a bit over the past year. All the big components are in place. A few tweeks in order.
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by tombombadil » Tue Dec 08, 2020 9:55 pm

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The copper is 1 inch and 2 inch.

The 8 gallon can has a 5500w 240v heat element. Not in the picture but it's running through an scr for power control.

It pushes steam in to the 16 gallon can which holds the mash.

Then condenser is a 2 inch shotgun condenser.

The cooling water reservoir holds 18 gsllons, it's recirculating through a transmission fluid radiator that's been zip tied to a box fan. Doesn't work as well as I hoped it would. I wonder if it would work better if I found one without the black paint?

So far this is working very well.
No more squeezing out my mashes and no more scorching.
Also, stripping runs are fast so I can run down pretty far.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by shadylane » Tue Dec 08, 2020 10:15 pm

Good looking set up you have there Tom
Your going to like steam stripping

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by RC Al » Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:10 am

Nice set up mate

Black radiates heat more (theres a small % in it vs other colors), thats why car radiators are that painted that way, lighter colours are used to reflect heat, useless for a condenser

What you do need is a shroud sealing the fan to the radiator, the air will mostly flowing around the cooler as it sits

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Phathead » Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:59 am

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plans said 12 gallon i never run more that 10 gallon and a 4 gallon thumper. hyd cooling fans cooling condenser water.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by acfixer69 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 6:19 am

RC Al wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:10 am
Nice set up mate

Black radiates heat more (theres a small % in it vs other colors), thats why car radiators are that painted that way, lighter colours are used to reflect heat, useless for a condenser

What you do need is a shroud sealing the fan to the radiator, the air will mostly flowing around the cooler as it sits
Black absorbs heat and car radiators are black to make them out of site. Yes a shroud will help the heat transfer. :thumbup:

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Zeotropic » Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:13 am

acfixer69 wrote:
RC Al wrote:
Wed Dec 09, 2020 6:10 am
Nice set up mate

Black radiates heat more (theres a small % in it vs other colors), thats why car radiators are that painted that way, lighter colours are used to reflect heat, useless for a condenser

What you do need is a shroud sealing the fan to the radiator, the air will mostly flowing around the cooler as it sits
Black absorbs heat and car radiators are black to make them out of site. Yes a shroud will help the heat transfer. Image
It absorbs and radiates heat more effectively. It has higher emissivity.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Zeotropic » Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:18 am

tombombadil wrote:
steam_stripping_small.jpeg
The copper is 1 inch and 2 inch.

The 8 gallon can has a 5500w 240v heat element. Not in the picture but it's running through an scr for power control.

It pushes steam in to the 16 gallon can which holds the mash.

Then condenser is a 2 inch shotgun condenser.

The cooling water reservoir holds 18 gsllons, it's recirculating through a transmission fluid radiator that's been zip tied to a box fan. Doesn't work as well as I hoped it would. I wonder if it would work better if I found one without the black paint?

So far this is working very well.
No more squeezing out my mashes and no more scorching.
Also, stripping runs are fast so I can run down pretty far.
The radiator will be more efficient with hotter water coming in to it so if you can slow the water down more you may be able to get it to work better. Of course a shroud or smaller fan would be great too.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by RevA » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:02 am

This is my small setup (Kentucky style still), it can hold ½ gallon of wash.
The other is my 20 gallon pot mostly for fruit washes.
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Swedish Pride » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:22 am

lovely work RevA
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Hornetlm42 » Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:15 pm

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My DIY pot still and liebig condenser for my t500 and parrot
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Saltbush Bill » Sun Dec 27, 2020 5:09 pm

Good job Hornet, One thing I would do is put some sort of support near the end of that Liebig.
The added weight of the copper condenser , water and water lines adds up and those T500 lids are a bit flimsy imo.

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Post by tauren58 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:40 pm

Here is my grandpa's old copper still that I resurrected. I don't know much on its build as he is gone and my grandma doesn't remember. There are a lot of cool old stories about it like being run in the basement on a wood stove, dumping gallons of wash in the ditch behind the house cause the sheriff was coming, and things like that. I replaced a few old parts and found zero leaks and went to boiling. I have done 5 runs through it and it works great. I still have lots to learn, but been having a blast and making some good hooch along the way.
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Post by Oldvine Zin » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:12 pm

That's a great bit of history in that still, while it will be cool to run, there are much better (more efficient) designs out here now that you might want to consider, run a few for your grandpa and think about building a better one for yourself.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by cob » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:20 pm

tauren58; have you checked that still for lead solder?
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by tauren58 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:41 pm

I forgot to mention this still has a max volume of 27 gallons. I run it with a max of 20 gal of wash.

Thanks for the suggestion OVZ, I have thought about making a newer one.

Cob, I have thought about that, but have not done it. How would I check to see if the solder has lead on this old still? Thanks for the question!

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by tauren58 » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:55 pm

I just did a quick net search and it looks like I can get some lead check swabs to rub the solder and test for it. That what you understand Cob?

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by LWTCS » Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:43 am

She looks like a mail box.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Bushman » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:38 am

I would definitely check it for lead. My wife’s cousin found his grandfathers still (only about 5 gallons) I wanted to buy it from his and use it for a display but that is exactly what he is doing.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by tauren58 » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:00 am

Tested it with some 3M lead check swabs and it tested red (positive) for lead. Darn it! Guess it now becomes an antique on the shelf. I have about a gallon of drinkable produce from the last run. Probably should toss it yeah?

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Post by Jstroke » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:30 am

ABSOLUTELY---TOSS IT
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Post by jonnys_spirit » Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:52 am

That's too bad! Looks like you have two stills in that last photo. Do they both contain lead solder?

If you really wanted to you could painstakingly take them apart, remove all the solder and re-seal with silver solder... Might be worth it for grandpa. In any case it looks like you have a good bit of copper there if you want to clean it up.

Ditch or burn the lead contaminated product.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by cob » Tue Jan 05, 2021 1:16 pm

tauren58 wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 10:00 am
Tested it with some 3M lead check swabs and it tested red (positive) for lead. Darn it! Guess it now becomes an antique on the shelf. I have about a gallon of drinkable produce from the last run. Probably should toss it yeah?
good that you checked. sorry to hear the lead test was positive,

that's a good looking piece of history especially being a family heirloom.

the product and the container are both contaminated now.

better to be safe than sorry.
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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Prairiepiss » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:15 pm

Fu Man back in the day. He is still all packed up waiting for me to get him out.
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Post by Deplorable » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:32 pm

Prairiepiss wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:15 pm
Fu Man back in the day. He is still all packed up waiting for me to get him out.

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Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

Post by Beerswimmer » Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:51 pm

Excuse the mess. I still haven't fixed the broken solder on the arm, so flour paste to the rescue!
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