My first braumeister still.

Many like to post about a first successful ferment (or first all grain mash), or first still built/bought or first good run of the still. Tell us about all of these great times here.
Pics are VERY welcome, we drool over pretty copper 8)

Moderator: Site Moderator

Post Reply
Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:14 am

This is my still. 20 litre braumeister with 3mm stainles steel top with 2" and 1.5" ferrules welded on that. I have run two batches wit that. A sacrificial run and a turbo yeast sugar wash with reflux. So far so good. The gin basket I just bought and it is on there just to see if it is safe. It is quite top heavy. I use pump to circulate the chilling water. Water returning from the condenser will first go through a coil sitting in a bucket of water after which it returns to the actual chilling water reservoir. That way I have been able to keep the chilling water temp low and really steady. Banana for scale.

Image

greggn
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 881
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:59 am
Location: East Coast

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by greggn » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:42 am

Do you have a separate power controller or are you using the Braumeister's temp controls ?
________________

I drank fifty pounds of feed-store corn
'till my clothes were ratty and torn

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:50 am

greggn wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:42 am
Do you have a separate power controller or are you using the Braumeister's temp controls ?
Using the braumeisters controls. I've noticed that finding the balance can be rather tricky.

v-child
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 240
Joined: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:56 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by v-child » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:04 am

Is the banana part of the gin basket?

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:15 am

v-child wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:04 am
Is the banana part of the gin basket?
It'll go in for my Pisang ambon clone.

The Baker
Master Distiller
Posts: 3784
Joined: Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:48 am
Location: Northern Victoria, Australia

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by The Baker » Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:22 am

Anything even a little top heavy needs support.

Geoff
The Baker

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Tue Sep 29, 2020 1:10 pm

The Baker wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 7:22 am
Anything even a little top heavy needs support.

Geoff
Yeah. I have to do something about that.

User avatar
Yummyrum
Global moderator
Posts: 4307
Joined: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:23 am
Location: Mid North Coast Aussie

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Yummyrum » Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm

Jorma wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:50 am
greggn wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:42 am
Do you have a separate power controller or are you using the Braumeister's temp controls ?
Using the braumeisters controls. I've noticed that finding the balance can be rather tricky.
Indeed you will . Temperature controllers are not the right tool for distilling .... perfect for mashing though :thumbup:

You may find you need to do a modification to the bypass the electronics so you can run it off an external power controller

Guys with other temp controlled beer making boilers are having similar issues
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 4#p7628454

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Wed Sep 30, 2020 7:33 am

Yummyrum wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm
Jorma wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:50 am
greggn wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:42 am
Do you have a separate power controller or are you using the Braumeister's temp controls ?
Using the braumeisters controls. I've noticed that finding the balance can be rather tricky.
Indeed you will . Temperature controllers are not the right tool for distilling .... perfect for mashing though :thumbup:

You may find you need to do a modification to the bypass the electronics so you can run it off an external power controller

Guys with other temp controlled beer making boilers are having similar issues
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 4#p7628454
Thanks! That kind of info I was trying to find :thumbup:

v-child
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 240
Joined: Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:56 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by v-child » Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:38 pm

Jorma wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:15 am
v-child wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:04 am
Is the banana part of the gin basket?
It'll go in for my Pisang ambon clone.
Is that the girly drink with the little bamboo umbrella?

Sorry can't resist.

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Thu Oct 01, 2020 10:30 am

v-child wrote:
Wed Sep 30, 2020 2:38 pm
Jorma wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:15 am
v-child wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 5:04 am
Is the banana part of the gin basket?
It'll go in for my Pisang ambon clone.
Is that the girly drink with the little bamboo umbrella?

Sorry can't resist.
Something like that. :D

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:16 am

Yummyrum wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:01 pm
Jorma wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:50 am
greggn wrote:
Tue Sep 29, 2020 4:42 am
Do you have a separate power controller or are you using the Braumeister's temp controls ?
Using the braumeisters controls. I've noticed that finding the balance can be rather tricky.
Indeed you will . Temperature controllers are not the right tool for distilling .... perfect for mashing though :thumbup:

You may find you need to do a modification to the bypass the electronics so you can run it off an external power controller

Guys with other temp controlled beer making boilers are having similar issues
https://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtop ... 4#p7628454
Getting there. Bypassing Braumeisters electronics is easy peasy. Next job is to ferment something.

Image

Image

User avatar
Deplorable
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 2099
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:10 pm
Location: PNW

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Deplorable » Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:47 am

That grolsch lamp is pretty cool!
Use all your senses, and its not that hard. You just have to pay attention.
Lex iniusta non est lex

ratdog01
Novice
Posts: 38
Joined: Tue Nov 24, 2020 11:59 am
Location: nottingham england

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by ratdog01 » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:12 am

love the grolsch lamp
i got a controller i was thinking if i could test it using a lamp thanks for showing me i can



enjoy your still

Jorma
Novice
Posts: 10
Joined: Tue Sep 29, 2020 2:35 am

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by Jorma » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:26 am

And it works! Did couple runs with the pid side and no puking whatsoever. Next I'll try to turn that distillate to gin with pot mode.

greggn
Site Donor
Site Donor
Posts: 881
Joined: Sun Jul 27, 2014 11:59 am
Location: East Coast

Re: My first braumeister still.

Post by greggn » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:40 am

Jorma wrote:
Wed Dec 02, 2020 12:16 am

Image


"Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning"
________________

I drank fifty pounds of feed-store corn
'till my clothes were ratty and torn

Post Reply