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Postby emptyglass » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:20 pm

cacticlayton wrote:This turned out to be a real pain in the ass. I forgot to drill the water line holes before I put the tubes in. When I went to drill them I went to far and punctured one of the inner tubes.


Well you won't be doing that again, will you!
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Postby cacticlayton » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:55 am

Only if I feel that I need to have a good cry :crying-yellow:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby emptyglass » Thu Jul 25, 2013 2:32 am

"he who makes no mistakes, makes nothing"
And it takes a man to admit they need a cry.

Its funny how everyone is happy to make claim to a new idea that worked, but no one wants to claim mistakes.

Good on you for sharing with others the little things that can turn into big things.

Still building can involve some serious swear words. There has been many still parts that have become airborne and ended their journey with a short sharp shock into a solid wall, an exploding grinding disc or missing finger prints due to scorching. Its hard to see how the ends justifies the means sometimes...
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Postby Kapea » Thu Jul 25, 2013 4:32 am

I have found, by being a habitual mistake maker and teacher, that I learn more from making mistakes than doing it right the first time, and I learn more as a teacher than as a student.

I've also learned sanding off finger prints on a circular or belt sander makes me cry. :oops:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby Runningman » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:16 am

Heres my poultry effort. Cant be bothered polishing it. Just like running it. its a bubble cap.
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Postby Runningman » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:57 am

Hi Guys made a hash of that last post.
Heres my effort its a bubble cap. Cant be bothered polishing it.
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Postby cacticlayton » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:57 am

Tell me about it, Ive had to learn a lot of things the hard why due to the type of builder that I am. Never once have I put pin to paper to design a still, I just do the research talk to the experts and give it a go. To me that is the most fun way to do it. Its not the cheapest way to do it though. To each his own I guess
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Postby Googe » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:56 pm

:lol: that looks just like my still build grave yard!. I did all my building the same.Clayton but never drew a proper plan, it is rewarding.

Nice work.runningman :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Postby Kapea » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:44 pm

Runningman wrote:Heres my poultry effort. Cant be bothered polishing it. Just like running it. its a bubble cap.
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Nice looking flute there RM!

You're trying to distill with an un-polished chicken? Yikes!

I've heard of choking your chicken, and getting your helmet polished, but I've never heard of polishing your chicken... :-o :lol:

Could be fun, yah? :handgestures-thumbupright:

(sorry, I find it diificult to resist low hanging fruit)
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Postby Linny » Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:20 pm

Runningman wrote:Hi Guys made a hash of that last post.
Heres my effort its a bubble cap. Cant be bothered polishing it.
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love it !!! function over form :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Postby Yummyrum » Thu Jul 25, 2013 10:52 pm

Hi Runningman,

Love it . Are those sight glasses made from "Cap and Liners" .

How did you do them ?

Just that I've got some waiting to use on my build and keen to learn what you did .

Cheers Yummy

Oh and Re: the planning ,I find that even when I do do up drawings and designs ,when it comes to cutting copper ,I just seem to throw it all to the wind and redesign there on the spot WTF .Oh well adds to the challenge :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Postby emptyglass » Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:51 am

Yummyrum wrote:Oh and Re: the planning ,I find that even when I do do up drawings and designs ,when it comes to cutting copper ,I just seem to throw it all to the wind and redesign there on the spot WTF .Oh well adds to the challenge :handgestures-thumbupright:


You don't hold the copyright on this method mate! 3/4 of the world works like this.

In fact, I can see some treasures in Clays scrapbox. That dont go to the scrappy in my shed. Maybe the bucket is scrap, but the rest still has another life.
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Postby Googe » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:55 am

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Postby Runningman » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:52 am

Hi Yummy
The sight glasses were made from 54mm brass straight connectors. 2 from each connector which I was lucky to obtain free of charge.
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Postby emptyglass » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:03 pm

Good stuff googe. Seems a bit shiny???...whats going on?
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Postby Googe » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:32 pm

What do you mean empty?.
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Postby emptyglass » Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:05 am

I dunno, just looks like you got the polishing bug
Look good.
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Postby cacticlayton » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:18 am

Im with you googe, I can be a bit of a polishing bug myself.
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby Googe » Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:54 am

Oh, yeah I'm over the polishing bug now.empty, doesn't make it work any better lol. It's good at first Clayton, but I always get my greasy dirty fingers all over it and defeats the purpose lol.
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Postby cacticlayton » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:02 pm

Heres my plated still pic of the day. Almost done just need to pick up some 90°s and figure out what I want to do for a parrot on this one.
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I do my best to not polish it.... To much
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Postby Stainless dude » Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:15 pm

Your a building machine c, nice work :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Postby Yummyrum » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:19 pm

Nice cacti but why you close the windows ? :think: You expecting huricanes :grin:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby cacticlayton » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:15 am

No glass at the moment yum, it has been an on going problem for me as I never order enough.
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Postby nwshiner » Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:41 pm

man i love a pot still, but all these plated columns and dephlags, and perf plates and shotguns and modular stills. the possibilities are endless really. after i finish this build im gonna have to start up on a bigger still.
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Postby emptyglass » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:27 am

Looking good cacti!
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Postby cacticlayton » Sat Aug 03, 2013 7:32 am

I wish I could finish one still before I start another.
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Postby Stainless dude » Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:08 pm

So tell us about the boiler c..
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Postby cacticlayton » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:31 pm

Well it's nothin to special, found it at an antique store for $30. I had to strip it down and re solder it to avoid any lead. It will hold a max of 6 gallons of wash. It was the boiler of the first still that I ever built, that just had a 1" riser to a liebig. Now it will be repurposed into a small test batch still for my summer time harvest fruit brandy.
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Postby cacticlayton » Sun Aug 04, 2013 10:03 am

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Postby Jimbo » Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:49 am

Drool....
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Postby the Doctor » Thu Aug 08, 2013 4:39 pm

Damn that looks good EG.
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby emptyglass » Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:21 am

in an effort to keep the thread going,,,,,

what i've been up to;

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Postby wv_cooker » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:31 am

Pretty fancy stuff there. Copper Porn at it's finest! :text-coolphotos:
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Postby FullySilenced » Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:44 am

:text-coolphotos: Amazing work.... maybe the best there is....

Can't wait to read Doc's review of the copper pieces he has for testing... I am sure it will be in the next Magazine ISSUE.

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Postby Stainless dude » Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:30 am

I anxiously await that issue, to see the results of the test and review, great job empty :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby sup-bro? » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:18 am

Been using this one for a few months.

It does a good job.

Originally looked like this

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Looks a little different now that I've changed the coolant lines.

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Postby WVSHINER » Thu Nov 21, 2013 3:42 am

EG, is that a modified gasket ? I don't see a rib on the back side.

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Postby emptyglass » Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:28 pm

No WVS, its not modified. Its a standard triclover style silicone gasket.
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Postby cacticlayton » Sat Dec 14, 2013 8:11 am

Nice looking still SB, I love the patina.
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Postby sup-bro? » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:58 am

Thanks Cacticlayton
I'm in the making of a new 6" still at the moment.

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The 4" is OK just a little slow.
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Postby cacticlayton » Sun Dec 15, 2013 12:06 pm

Wow you must be doing some serious stilling if 4" is to slow.
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Postby sup-bro? » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:15 am

It's more about the amount of time required to make something decent.
I'd like to try some of Doc's gin or vodka styles and even bitters.
For that you need very clean spirit to start with.
So making up 30ltrs of 95% to play with takes a long time even with the 4".

Time is the issue.....
That and I like to build things. :grin:
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Postby emptyglass » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:57 pm

It seems copper was sooo last year, but I still like the traditional material.

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Postby Kapea » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:34 pm

emptyglass wrote:It seems copper was sooo last year, but I still like the traditional material.

Well, call me old fashion too. I prefer my stills in copper.
Ferment in stainless. Distill in copper.
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Postby cacticlayton » Tue Jan 07, 2014 2:27 pm

Not sure what you mean here empty, I believe that "Sup-Bro`s" still is made of copper that he put a patina on to give it a deferent look. Besides Empty most all of the stills that are being built these days, yours included, consist of both copper and stainless. Its not a competition as to which material is better, I've seen some great things being built from both here. :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby emptyglass » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:06 am

Not really saying anything mate, just a lead in really. Just sharing some pics.
And your right, its not a competition as to which material is better.
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby Kapea » Wed Jan 08, 2014 1:32 am

Same here. My still heads are copper, but my boiler, clamps and packing are stainless.
I ferment in stainless, glass and plastic.

I look like a jack russell , but in my mind's eye I see myself as a mastiff... :roll: :lol:
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Re: plated column still pics.

Postby emptyglass » Fri Jan 10, 2014 10:44 pm

This is the same still with a little erection on top.

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