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Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Tue May 07, 2013 4:09 pm

Hi Guys and girls,

Thought it was about time to show off my bubbler, her name's Paris Stilton, 4" perforated plate column sitting on 50L keg boiler. This has been up on Aussie for a while but sharing's caring.
So far I've used it to make Brown rum, white rum, neutral and Gin, the gin has been the favourite, but after a few months the brown rum is coming up pretty nicely as well.

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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby emptyglass » Tue May 07, 2013 10:07 pm

Good work mate. Its always nice to see a new still.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Wed May 08, 2013 5:01 pm

GTH wrote:
blond.chap wrote:Hi Guys and girls,Thought it was about time to show off my bubbler, her name's Paris Stilton


Welcome Sir ... "Paris Stilton" ... :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Thanks to you sir, you just gave me a much needed laugh.

GTH



You're most welcome mate, she's got a lot of jewlery, chews through the booze and puts out whenever I want. So seems pretty accurate.

Cheers EG, means a lot coming from you after seeing your builds (goddamn they're pretty).
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby BareKnuckles » Thu May 09, 2013 12:32 pm

NIce work... Love it... I like the use of the rotometer also....


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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby cacticlayton » Sun May 12, 2013 3:04 am

nice still blondie what does that gpm lpm gauge do for you?
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby BareKnuckles » Sun May 12, 2013 4:36 am

Cac. The rotometer is for water flow regulation. Liters or gallons per minute. Correct me if I'm wrong blond.chap.

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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby cacticlayton » Sun May 12, 2013 8:40 am

Wow thats neat, I have to have one.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Sun May 12, 2013 10:27 am

Yep that's right, they're really handy for controlling the amount their reflux. I did a run with is yesterday, for my system (2400kw) about 1.5lpm gives full reflux, 1.0lpm is right for taking off foreshots slowly, and about 0.75lpm is a good takeoff rate for a flavored wash.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby cacticlayton » Sun May 12, 2013 12:59 pm

Wow thats cool blond.chap, that really takes the "guess work" out of it.
And by the way, cool still man.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Sun May 12, 2013 9:10 pm

Cheers mate, yes I'd definitely recommend putting one on, much easier to run.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby emptyglass » Tue May 14, 2013 12:52 am

cacticlayton wrote:Wow thats neat, I have to have one.

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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:12 pm

Some quick updates for you guys, I got a bit restless so decided to add a second rectification column. It's a batch modified version of the Barbet still, with the following design intentions:
- Never needing to break the column down
- Quick switching between flavoured and neutral washes
- Option to remove foreshots before adding gin basket
- Minimise head space while achieving good neutral

It's about 90% finished, not cleaned yet, but shouldn't be too long now.

First off here are some drawings:
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Thu Jun 20, 2013 7:13 pm

Forgot to add the other design drawing (I know, my MS paint skills are unmatched):
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby emptyglass » Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:06 pm

Give it a go mate, WhyTF not?

Only thing I can see is you might loose some gin botanicals, as when they get to the bottm plate, they have the chance to dissapear into the boiler again.

I'm assuming its going to run similar to a VM come time to take the product off, yes? Split the 3 way valve?

Maybe the basket could still go in the PC path downwards.

Disclaimer; I've never made gin, lol.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:01 am

Hey mate, I've tried above the rc and above the PC, and above the pc you end up with an oily mess, above the rc gives a nice pure but flavourful gin.

Nah it's not a vm, its basically 2 cm columns in series. The 3 way valve is just a selector, pointing right for rum and whisky, pointing left for neutral and gin.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby heartcut » Fri Jun 21, 2013 12:22 am

Nice rig. A reflux flowmeter is the way to go, made my runs more consistent.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Mon Jul 29, 2013 6:05 pm

Hi guys, just a quick update on this build. It's a bit delayed as I've been pressed for time and some of you may have seen it on AD or HD, but I like to get a good cross section of opinions.

The 2 column still is up and running, it's got some really handy features, with the main one being a quick switch between flavoured and neutral spirits (by the 3way valve). The next little thing is the open-able gin section, it makes it really easy to remove the fores then throw the botanicals in so you avoid wasting gin flavours in the foreshots and heads.

It's still got a few quirks (minor water leak, rotameters don't go low enough) and she's dirty as anything, but I've so far made quite a nice gin and a flavourless spirit (would call it neutral, but didn't reach azeo).

Here's a quick video of it running with ethanol (I ended up ditching the thermocouples, really inaccurate):

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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby Yummyrum » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:51 pm

Thanks for sharing your run Blondie.
How was the product out rate as say compared to your old bubbler and a VM ?


Good to here it tasted good :handgestures-thumbupright: Is it tricky having two condensers to control ?
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:19 pm

Hey yummy, the output was about the same as my previous bubbler, I'll try running it slower once I have lower range flowmeters (mine bottoms out at 0.5lpm). Can't compare with a vm unfortunately as I haven't run one before. It's not as hard as I would have thought running with 2 rcs, just have to equalise one then do the 2nd be after a quick wait.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby cacticlayton » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:09 am

10 points for originality blondie, your doing some very inspirational work here keep it up. Now go polish that thing, unless your going for that rustic aged look ;-) It will make some fine product either way.
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby blond.chap » Tue Jul 30, 2013 11:08 am

cacticlayton wrote:10 points for originality blondie, your doing some very inspirational work here keep it up. Now go polish that thing, unless your going for that rustic aged look ;-) It will make some fine product either way.


Thanks mate, yeah I'm in the process of polishing now. Had to take a few runs with it to make sure it didn't need more soldering (nothing worse than polishing up then finding you have to resolder).
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby cacticlayton » Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:39 pm

Been there more times than ones
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Re: Blondie's bubbler

Postby Kapea » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:00 pm

One polished, it shows hard earned experience by allowing a fine patina to form a nice passivation layer.
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