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Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby kimbodious » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:02 pm

I am slowly collecting components for my modular VM project. My questions are about plumbing the cooling.

I am used to operating my Keggomax CM reflux still. I have separated the plumbing to the reflux condenser and product condenser. I have a Parker needle-valve controlling the coolant flow to the reflux condenser and a cheapie ball valve to the product condenser.

My questions are:

Is it better to separate the plumbing for the coolant in the same way for the VM?

If I should separate, will I need 'needle-valve level of control' for coolant to the reflux condenser (big baby shotgun-style depleghmator)?

If I won't need a needle-valve anymore I will sell it as part of the Keggomax still system (the new owner will certainly appreciate it).

Thanks,
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Re: Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby kimbodious » Fri Mar 11, 2016 7:56 am

Kiwi to the rescue http://bit.ly/226AWGF
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Modular SS Pot Still 2"
Modular SS CCVM Reflux Column 2"
Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby Desvio » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:19 am

I am curious about the difference performance-wise of of running the lines from the condenser direclty into the reflux collar versus running them separately (I have been doing). I know from my take it a bit fiddly controlling them separately, but so far I've been doing okay. Is there an advantage to driving hooked up as Kiwi has that I'm missing?
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Re: Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby kimbodious » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:28 pm

More reading and am now planning to split the feeds of cooling water to the condensers, see updated horrible one-fingered sketch (on an iPad)
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50L Beer keg boiler, 2200W element
Modular SS Pot Still 2"
Modular SS CCVM Reflux Column 2"
Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby kimbodious » Sun Apr 17, 2016 8:58 am

I read someone else said it was best to have the needle valve on the outlet on the Dephlegmator. Is this to ensure the jacket of the condenser keeps full?
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50L Beer keg boiler, 2200W element
Modular SS Pot Still 2"
Modular SS CCVM Reflux Column 2"
Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Plumbing questions for modular VM build

Postby kimbodious » Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:00 pm

This is where I have ended up. Ball valve on input side of Liebig condenser. Needle valve on output side of the dephlegmator. Clear hoses wherever possible so I can check on the flow. Just need some triclamp fittings for the Liebig side of the gate valve and she's all done!
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Modular SS Pot Still 2"
Modular SS CCVM Reflux Column 2"
Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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