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Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Tue Dec 17, 2013 4:22 pm

We finally put our new 5 Star 8 inch still still together today. Tomorrow is our first Gin run through the new Carter head... Very exciting times for our distillery.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby waza » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:55 pm

That is massive Doc you need a forklift to put it together, hope all goes well tomorrow.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby jonnir » Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:37 pm

Looks good doc, so can you explain the idea? Open valve to the left and you've got a gin basket in there? Open valve to the right so you can change the basket over and not lose any hearts?
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby 1 2many » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:25 pm

Man that is insane love the pics, makes it look very intimidating , what is total height Doc. :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby emptyglass » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:02 pm

Well done Doc, you must be happy now! Looks fancy
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Kapea » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:50 pm

Toggles between gin and vodka, nice!

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:47 pm

Total heigt must be getting on 4 meters ...copper is plentiful with 8 inch copper plates and risers and copper sleeving in the carter head...so sulphides are taken care of.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Woodsy71 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:03 am

Sweet Doc :handgestures-thumbupright:

If that doesn't give a man confidence at the trough....nothing will 8-)


Impressive kit mate :clap:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Bushman » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:10 am

Nice, we have a distillery that has 1 large still and probably 7 stills in the 30 gallon range. They all have names, do you name your stills?
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Postby FullySilenced » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:15 am

:-o Good Luck with it! Has it run yet? :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby harley » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:26 am

Looks good Doc,

Looking forward to follow what you get out of this, both in strength and product per hour.

Smart solution so you can maneuver the cranes from the floor and a relly like both the size and the thickness of your sight glass, feels safe for commercial use ...

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:25 am

The still is named Methuselah...I am just starting my first run now... which will be vodka till hearts then swing over the valves to the Carter Head for our first gin run... WE used a prototype carter head to develop the recipes so am quite confident that it will go quite well. Heating up now...6 x 3600 watt elements sight glasses starting to steam up at 40 minutes...good.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby halfbaked » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:12 pm

So nice Doc. Methuselah is a girl, right? I like my cigars soaked in single malt. Nice addition to the family. Beautiful baby girl!
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Maheel » Wed Dec 18, 2013 3:46 pm

halfbaked wrote:So nice Doc. Methuselah is a girl, right? I like my cigars soaked in single malt. Nice addition to the family. Beautiful baby girl!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methuselah

a guy , thought to be Noah's (the Ark builder) Granddad was 969 years old when he died just as the Ark was finished but before the flood

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a six liter champagne wine bottle

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sometimes used when describing vampires (immortal beings / men)

Doc might have another meaning ?

hope the run went well doc :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby fifan74 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:44 pm

Shes a beauty, i look forward to hearing how she runs doc.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:11 pm

halfbaked wrote:So nice Doc. Methuselah is a girl, right? I like my cigars soaked in single malt. Nice addition to the family. Beautiful baby girl!

Just a name perhaps I should have named it Barry or Gweneth...no meaning, just a name.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Kapea » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:23 pm

Methuselah - a 4845-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine

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Postby Maheel » Wed Dec 18, 2013 6:39 pm

Kapea wrote:Methuselah - a 4845-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine


now thats amazing !!!

it had a brother a little older in the same area but it was cut down :geek:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:01 pm

The Gin is beautiful though I did make one change on the fly... I dropped lavender flower and replaced it with Elderflower... When I tested the lavender the flowers were really nice and fragrant...but the ones we picked this morning were not so good, they smelt like cardboard...sort of a mouldy smell... Elderflower is a nice light floral, and complement the David Austin rose petals really well.

Only two hiccups ...The cable loom was heavy enough to cause 3 of the elements to become unplugged, which slowed down the heat up...and I forgot to pre heat the Carter head which meant a lot of reflux in the oil reservoir till it got up to heat... Both problems fixed the run was an absolute pleasure... Quick to AZ and held there all day. The product was pure and clean...

Loved the ease of operation and the stability of the column...and the valve system is excellent...being able to switch on the fdly between Vodka and Gin makes changing botanicals and trimming recipes a breeze. A bit buggered so off to bed with book and dog. Cheers all.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Bushman » Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:41 am

Great, seems like it always takes a few runs to figure everything out but all and all sounds like it went well :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby halfbaked » Thu Dec 19, 2013 3:08 am

Maheel wrote:
halfbaked wrote:So nice Doc. Methuselah is a girl, right? I like my cigars soaked in single malt. Nice addition to the family. Beautiful baby girl!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methuselah

a guy , thought to be Noah's (the Ark builder) Granddad was 969 years old when he died just as the Ark was finished but before the flood

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a six liter champagne wine bottle

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sometimes used when describing vampires (immortal beings / men)

Doc might have another meaning ?

hope the run went well doc :handgestures-thumbupright:



I actually know about Methuselah. I was saying Methuselah was a girl because it has 2 holes like a girl not a boy. 1 vodka and 1 gin. I was trying to be nice and not a perv. What I ment to say was nice addition to the family Doc.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Mr. Rat » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:12 am

Two questions doc first how many watts did you throw at it while running not heat up? How many gallons does that boiler hold? Oh and one more what was the liter per hour on that behemoth. Great job on that baby it looks fantastic.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:42 pm

I run at between 12000 watts and 14000 watts depending on the side I am on...say 3 elements (3600w) for vodka and 4 elements for gin... I have not measured the take off yet The boiler is about 360 liter taking a 300 liter charge.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby bellybuster » Fri Dec 20, 2013 2:29 am

WOW, thats all I have.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Rummonkey » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:50 am

Very nice! I hope we will see one of your well done videos of it running.
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Postby FragmagnetEOD » Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:27 pm

Rummonkey wrote:Very nice! I hope we will see one of your well done videos of it running.


x2, looks majestic!! :clap:
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:05 pm

And I must say it runs as sweet as it looks. Sold a stack of London Dry Gin over christmas. Could not be happier, this is without doubt the best still I have ever owned, A pleasure to run.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby sandsquirt » Wed Jan 01, 2014 1:43 pm

Rummonkey wrote:Very nice! I hope we will see one of your well done videos of it running.


X3, Beautiful rig you have there!
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Zombie » Wed Jan 01, 2014 2:16 pm

Hi Doc, I just found your other site with the Single Malt video. I must say your talents seem endless. I can only assume you are a man of true passion.
Thank you for your service to us common folk, and a truly Happy new Year to you, and yours.

Oh yeah, That's a kinda nice still you have there :@)

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:04 pm

Thanks for the kind words Zombie. Cheers.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Jaybird » Thu Jan 02, 2014 4:14 pm

Holy smokes Doc! That bad boy ROCKS!!!! Keep it up man....

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby the Doctor » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:39 pm

I expect the next few weeks to be very busy as we have to fill some large orders for the Sydney and Melbourne markets, So there will be long days of blending and making tinctures and steeping herbs. Hopefully when it calms down a bit and I have done a delivery to our distributor. I can get some down time to get a video on gin making on Methusulah produced... I think people will be blown away when they see how well this still compresses heads and tails... It is just so stable once into the run. I have come up with some changes to the basic layout which are working well, with a separate satellite still run concurrently beside the main still just to process the hot botanical oils.

Like all stills this one has a personality, It is easygoing and reliable, where my previous still was temperamental and ornery. I like that I can trust it to stabilise so quickly, and I love that you can rely on the thermal mass to give reliable runs without the constant finessing the old hunk of junk required. My days are less stressful and I find that I can get more done while the run is on.

We got a really good review for our Le Caf liquour which has already led to more orders and I have realised that it is impossible to keep 26 products on the shelves and maintain the high standards we expect...So regretfully I decided today to take our bottled beers off the market to allow us to concentrate on the fast growing spirits line. We will still have 8 Craft brewed beers on tap at the bar ...but the demands placed on us to bottle and freight the beer was eating up almost as much time and man hours as the spirits for much less return.

So that is all the news thats fit to print. I stride confidently into a new year, at last equipped with the tools to enable our little distillery to punch well above it's weight... Cheers to all.
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Odin » Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:53 am

Great set-up, Doc! Congrats!

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby rickyd » Wed May 14, 2014 11:42 pm

What a rig looking forward to the video of it on a run. Man you really are living my dream Doc
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby RandyMarshCT » Fri May 16, 2014 12:53 am

What an awesome rig! I must join in the chorus of followers hoping for a video. That's some serious power going into that boiler!
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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Zombie » Fri May 16, 2014 7:19 am

:text-worthless: They are you smilies! :grin:

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Re: Our New Still finished today.

Postby Jaybird » Fri May 16, 2014 12:21 pm

Zombie wrote::text-worthless: They are you smilies! :grin:



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