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Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:08 pm

Have start to collect/buy part for my ”ginhead/infusion chamber”
It’s a small SS “container” 290*90mm and brass thread 1 ¼” (I already have 1 1/4" thread on my bowl)

The plan is to weld brass threads to the bottom and lid. (the incoming/outgoing holes in the jar/lid is going to be 1 1/4")
Weld hocks/small rings on the lid and jar outside for fasten exhaust springs from a mc, they are going to hold the lid on place ( I’m thinking on use 3 springs)
Make a seal from aqua silicon for the lid.

I want to have thread on top and bottom because then I can change the head to what I want, going to start to use a stripper as head, but I don’t know what I’ll do in the future so it’s for the possibility to change the head to what I feel is right for the moment.

If everything goes well I can weld it next weekend :smile:

Any last suggestions?
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:09 am

So, finally I had access to the workshop :grin:
This is what I "silver solder" together last evening!
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The only thing missing now is a gasket between lid and jar, I have to do my own with aquarium silicone.
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby FullySilenced » Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:17 am

Beautiful work sir :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:55 pm

Question?????

Should I mount some kind of net in the bottom of the "infusion chamber" to hold the herbs 2-4cm from the bottom in the chamber ??
Just if there should be any "fluids" in the bottom of the chamber the herbs wouldn't get "soaked" and the steam "hits the herbs better" if they are a bit up in the chamber.

It can easily be done with a SS strainer, just cut of the net and form it like "a cup upside-down" inside the chamber.
But that's the question, I don't know if its recommended or not......
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby Bushman » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:58 am

I use a 3" stainless steel tea basket.
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:55 am

tks, I'll build a net in my then.
The shape is going to be like a "coffee mug" and I put it in the "chamber" "upside-down".
I thinking of 40-50 mm hight on the "coffee mug" then I'll still have abut 90mm(D) * 250mm(H) to use for herbs.

sounds right or......?
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Sun Feb 17, 2013 3:35 am

Now I have build a "basket" and a distance (so the basket is a couple of cm above the bottom)
I do a test run tomorrow If the silicone has fully dried :smile:
(almost 3 days hardening now.... )

all parts
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bottom distance
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basket, topview
basket_top_view.jpg


how the are mounted in the "chamber"
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby Bushman » Sun Feb 17, 2013 9:09 am

I plan to fit mine just above the dephlagmater and below the flange I built.
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:08 am

My progress today :-)

I have done 2 batches of gin today to test my "infusion chamber"

8% mash abut 13litre total

I "stuffed" my "FAT-FOA" on top, just because I was quires how the product would be....

chamber mounted
ginhead_monterad.jpg


recipe
Orange, peel 34gram
lemon, peel 16gram
dried juniper berries 50gram
(the berries should be crashed a little bit)
anise seed 3gram
dried corriander leaves 4g

spices weighted
kryddor.jpg


the result wasn't bad but not as good I hoped for.... but I have to say, this is my first time trying to do "infused gin" so I think it went well :-)

the taste was a little to week for me, I have compared to a bottle of "Gordons dry gin" (the only original I had home... ) and I miss the aftertaste, gordons gin is a bit "spicy" (probable the anise )
So over all I'm happy with my first run but I'm not finished, now I have to make some neutral so I can tray again!

One thing I also discovered was that if I diluted the product to below 40% it become "smoggy/milky" .... but if it was 41-43%, clear as water...
Next time I'll do a "gin run" I will be putting in more of juniper and anise, probably twice as the recipe for both
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:59 pm

Last evening i run a batch with very god result :smile:
I loded the ”chamber with:
89g Orange peals
43g lemmon peals

I had a 12 litre “mash” from water + vodka about 8-10% and added
750 baking syrup (syrup you have when your baking bread)
500g Moldavo suger
I run this with my “FAT-FOA” on top and the result was really good, I now have a orange vodka with more taste than the commercial brands!
I cant say what the suger/syrup did or didn’t do for this but the result was tasty, this is a keeper :smile:
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby sup-bro? » Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:27 am

jokkman wrote:Now I have build a "basket" and a distance (so the basket is a couple of cm above the bottom)
I do a test run tomorrow If the silicone has fully dried :smile:
(almost 3 days hardening now.... )



Did you read the label on the silicone cartridge?
Cause I think it might not be a good idea to put that in the vapour path.

Making a solid walled basket and putting a mesh bottom in it would be a better option IMHO.
That way the vapour can't bypass the botanicals and you get rid of any possible contamination from unwanted chemicals that you will find in the silicone.

Just a thought.
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby jokkman » Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:15 am

sup-bro? wrote:
jokkman wrote:Now I have build a "basket" and a distance (so the basket is a couple of cm above the bottom)
I do a test run tomorrow If the silicone has fully dried :smile:
(almost 3 days hardening now.... )



Did you read the label on the silicone cartridge?
Cause I think it might not be a good idea to put that in the vapour path.

Making a solid walled basket and putting a mesh bottom in it would be a better option IMHO.
That way the vapour can't bypass the botanicals and you get rid of any possible contamination from unwanted chemicals that you will find in the silicone.

Just a thought.


Yes I did. It’s a nontoxic silicon I use. I don’t want to poison my self with my gin ;-)
The “basket” has a “tight fit” to the chamber so no steam goes on the side of it. I always put the peals in the bottom and the smaller herbs on top.
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Re: Starting to build a "ginhead/infusion chamber"

Postby Zombie » Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:47 pm

I just wanted to say I like the spring retainer idea. I will be using the same technique to mount m reflux condenser.
A comment about the Silicone too.Some say it's safe. Some say it's poison in vapor contact. Some say they are unsure. I am in the last group.
What I did find that everyone agrees is safe is eptef. Expanded (foam structure) Teflon sheet. You can but it in many different thicknesses/densities/sheet sizes.
I use this for my boiler/thumper lids, and plan to use it through out my dual column build.
Here's a link to more info n it. http://teadit-na.com/catalog/index.php? ... ucts_id=56

I am basically a mechanic by trade, and I use this for all sorts of seals. There are a thousand places it has a use in boats alone. Just saying if you buy a large sheet for just one small gasket... Don't worry. You will find loads of other uses for it. Even as pads for moving heavy furniture. It's good stuff for sure.

I may need to be "put down" soon.
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