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new 2-plate rig

Postby heartcut » Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:39 am

Just finished my first to-drink run on a 2-plate bubble cap rig. There's a detachable 32" x 4" top column for neutral, probably won't see much use but it looks impressive. There's a 12" x 2" extension under it so the liebeg can stay above ground. A little more flavor and a little faster than my old packed setup, I'm happy with it. The video of the dephlegmater is poor quality but the phlegm dripping from the coils in a circle is fascinating. Back in the 60's I would have watched it for a couple days.
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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby Zombie » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:46 pm

I have no idea what I am looking at in the first Pict.!
Are those flow meters for the cooling water? What is the electronic doodad?

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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby heartcut » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:40 am

Hey, Zombie
The flowmeters and thermometers are for the dephlegmator and product condenser water- controlled flow to the dephlegm makes it lots easier to drive a CM. The electronic device is reading product temperature at the parrot to correct the proof reading.
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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby Zombie » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:05 am

Ok. thanks for explaining that. I take it none of that is Nesc. to running but you added it all to better monitor/run your rig?

Like a VW with a Lamborghini engine?

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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby heartcut » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:40 am

I would recommend anyone using a dephlegmator use a flowmeter- it makes consistant runs much easier. The rest of the stuff helps some, but that's the big one.
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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby Zombie » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:40 am

Pricey stuff tho. l looked into flow meters for thew product output side, and found 300-400.00 USD. But to be fair I was looking at fuel flow meters. (Flow Scan)

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Re: new 2-plate rig

Postby heartcut » Thu Feb 13, 2014 8:28 am

Grainger, high priced as they are, has this from a quick search:
http://www.grainger.com/product/KEY-INS ... =P2IDP2PCP
Cheap tool shops and pawn shops sometimes have flowmeters intended for torches or plasma cutters, these can be pretty affordable. Mine were industrial surplus and downright cheap.
A 0-50 scfh air flowmeter is will read equivalent to a 0-8.9 gph water, air scales are more common. Conversion is ~ scfh * 0.18 = GPH.
About 10 gph is the max I could imagine a hobby size distiller for would ever use for equillibration and my spirit runs on the 2.5" and the 4" start around 2 gph and end up about 5 gph right before tails.
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