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Is a boka a good first still?

Is a boka a good first still?

Postby Panda » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:07 am

Hey planeteers

A workmate is keen to get into Stilling but doesn't know anything about it. I have given him some reading. He wants to start out on TPW then move onto making rum.

I recommended a 2inch boka on a keg for his first with a flange just below the plates and takeoff so he can later use.the same column for a pot still. Do you guys think this is the way to go? If so do you have a total height, plate & take off height and coil size that is tried and true you can recommend for a 2 inch 50 liter keg boka?

Any help will be much appreciated.
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby timmyjane » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:25 am

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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby Panda » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:31 am

Cheers, Have read that and a couple of others. Hoping to hear from some members that have built / uses them
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby Maheel » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:26 am

I used to be boka only. Now i reckon VM is the only way to go.
VM / Boka / ?
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby Panda » Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:22 am

Thanks guys

Time to start reading again.
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby Spud1700 » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:19 pm

Or a boka head sitting just above a VM....
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby timmyjane » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:17 pm

Spud1700 wrote:Or a boka head sitting just above a VM....


That's what I did. Not a slant boka but a version where the column pokes through the reducer to make a reservoir. Seemed a lot simpler than plates.
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Re: Is a boka a good first still?

Postby rkr » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:01 pm

Elliptical Plate Inline head aka. Bokakob is the easiest still head to build and a good way of learning the basics of distillation. The downside is that the product comes out really hot and you are probably going to add a product condenser to the system at some point. When you do that, you are in a point where building a VM still to begin with would have been better option.

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