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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:11 am

Thanks S-Cack, yes intuitively, the CCVM set up is sensitive to setting changes but rock solid after that - it helps promote a degree of cofidence when operating. Yes for me the sight glass is very important - others say they can tell by listening what is happening inside the column but I don't have that level of experience yet.

I had a thermometer installed but didn't refer to it much. The thermometer has an auto power off so whenever I wanted to look at it, it seemed to be always powered down. When I turned it on the temperature was always rock solid. I did check the thermometer when I was wondering if I'd reached tails.Next time I will not use the tee with the thermoport and just run by the sight glass and the output
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:59 am

Had my second CCVM run on the 23rd & 24th using low wines from the kale recipe. Fairly different to the first run operation-wise. I had to have the RC in both lower and higher positions than the previous run. Settings on the power controller were no different to the previous run. The remperature on the thermometer and the rate of product output fluctuated quite a bit though in small margins. Product yield and quality is excellent however - it was just a different run! I put it down to it being a very hot day where there was likely to be fluctuation in the domestic water supply. I have the water tap barely cracked open which I believe makes effects of domestic water supply fluctuations even greater. I was pleased to catch and stop the run just before tails could taint the product to any degree. I am happy to recommend Googe's Kale recipe for neutral spirit :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby FullySilenced » Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:14 pm

Post it in the Kale thread
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:30 am

I believe my CSST RC on my CCVM can knock down more vapour than I am currently sending it. I have had to throttle the rate of vapour flow to avoid flooding the column.

Yesterday I unpacked the SS scrubbers from the 2 x 300mm spool sections. There were 16 of the small Choreboy scrubbers in one section and 17 in the other section. The scrubbers looked good with no sign of rust and no residual odour. I was able to repack the columns using the same scrubbers. I use a mattock handle to pack each scrubber in place. This time I did not pack the scrubbers as tightly. I reduced the number of scrubbers per section to 11. We'll see how that goes as far as reducing the risk of flooding.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:52 pm

More botanical baskets this time using #30 stainless steel mesh (30 apertures per linear inch)
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Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:13 pm

Testing out a couple of recent mods on a CCVM spirit run (30 litres of kale recipe low wines at 30%ABV).

First mod was an attempt to reduce the risk of flooding by reducing the amount of packing by 33% (22 instead of 33 SS scrubbers). Result; I can run at higher power, slightly greater output but still at azetrope.

Second mod was a hardwire bypass of the power controller i.e. run power directly to the element without the power controller in the circuit. Result; a much shorter period between power in and reflux. When required I can simply connect in the power controller. From the success of this mod, I have just ordered a cam bypass switch (on-off-on) to wire in so that I don't have to physically plug and unplug the controller in the heating circuit.

It is breezey here on the verandah where I am running my still. Even though the boiler and the column is insulated at least up to the sightglasses the breezes are knocking the vapour column about a bit
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:53 pm

Sounds like the mods have given some significant improvements. By how much have your run times improved?
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:43 am

Heatup I saved 20 minutes. Outputwise I was getting an extra 20% in the same period. I'd say conservatively I saved an hour and a half on a regular run. This neutral will be diluted and used for the first run with my offset gin head.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:13 pm

The time seems a little more tolerable than what you were getting before. I'm anxious to hear how the gin head works out. Not that I'll be making one any time soon. For now, I'll live vicariously through your experiences.

Seems that your next big project should be a wind screen. Or, maybe enclose the veranda.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:37 pm

6.5 litres of hearts at 94% ABV made the final cut; all in readiness for the first run with the offset infusion chamber!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:59 pm

That seems like a goodly amount. For me, that would translate to more than a year's supply of gin after tempering down to 45%, or so. Great results Kimbo.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon May 01, 2017 7:27 pm

Beaut mod to the power controller. I put in a SPDT switch. This has three positions - 0 bypasses the SSVR, 1 (centre) no power, 2 routes the power via the SSVR. Testing it out just heating some water - happy me :handgestures-thumbupright: The SSVR gets warm when it is opened right up. I figured why not bypass it altogether if I am just wanting a quick heatup.

I downloaded an App iCircuit that allowed me to set out and visualise the circuit, also a good thing :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Modular SS CCVM Reflux Column 2"
Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Tue May 02, 2017 5:13 pm

You really should have a heat sink on that SSVR. I learnt that the hard way...
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue May 02, 2017 9:55 pm

The SSVR already has a heatsink, a big one, easily twice times the width of the SSVR and nearly three times the height. The only time the SSVR gets warm is when it is set for maximum power.
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Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue May 02, 2017 10:10 pm

Next bit of bling to be added to my power controller... gotta love ebay and cheapie chinese electronics!
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Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Wed May 03, 2017 10:09 am

You got a link for that one mate?
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Wed May 03, 2017 2:40 pm

kimbodious wrote:The SSVR already has a heatsink, a big one, easily twice times the width of the SSVR and nearly three times the height. The only time the SSVR gets warm is when it is set for maximum power.
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Good one. :handgestures-thumbupright: I'm currently putting a box together to control my HLT (beer brewing) and I've ordered a PC fan to help keep the SSVR cooled. My previous experiment resulted in a melted box! I bought a pre-made box out of Aliexpress to control my still boiler, haven't tried it yet.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Wed May 03, 2017 7:48 pm

Here's that link Lowie, plenty to choose from on ebay, I chose this one because they offered to get it her by next week... https://tinyurl.com/lgw3bqz
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Wed May 03, 2017 7:49 pm

I'll post up a pic once the controller is all modded up. :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Thu May 04, 2017 9:32 am

kimbodious wrote:I'll post up a pic once the controller is all modded up. :handgestures-thumbupright:


Cheers fella :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon May 15, 2017 10:00 pm

here is the blinged up power controller, in this photo it is set to (1) bypass the SSVR
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon May 15, 2017 11:12 pm

give us a hoi Lowie when you get yours so I can give you the go on the wiring if you need that sort of help? beats me how I didn't blow the meter up first and second go round!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon May 15, 2017 11:35 pm

Great looking meter Kimbo! Do you have any pics or details on how you wired it? I think I have that same one in my ebay watch list, but not sure there will be room for it in my controller box.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue May 16, 2017 12:00 am

I can help you via PM for wiring up the meter when you show me a pic of the meter. I do not want to be responsible for providing general advice re electrical connections - I have no real skills or knowledge in that field but I am very cautious when it comes to electrickery - I learned that the hard way through getting two boots in the one afternoon - it hurts, a lot
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue May 16, 2017 12:30 am

Fair enough. I need to make sure it will fit inside the box before committing. If I decide to go with it, I'll send you a PM. Thanks, S-C.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Tue May 16, 2017 9:54 am

kimbodious wrote:give us a hoi Lowie when you get yours so I can give you the go on the wiring if you need that sort of help? beats me how I didn't blow the meter up first and second go round!


Cheers mate, will do :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Wed May 17, 2017 7:00 pm

I found this schematic helpful when connecting up my meter ;)
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Modular SS Gin Head 2"
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Lowie » Thu May 18, 2017 1:32 pm

What do the blue wires connect to?
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Thu May 18, 2017 7:03 pm

they connect to the donut thingie, but the wites on mine were red and black
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Thu May 18, 2017 11:59 pm

kimbodious wrote:they connect to the donut thingie, but the wites on mine were red and black


:laughing-rolling: That's awesome Kimbo! :laughing-rolling:

You have the same amount of sparky talk as me :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

Cheers mate :obscene-drinkingcheers:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Hooky » Fri May 19, 2017 9:18 pm

kimbodious wrote:they connect to the donut thingie, but the wites on mine were red and black

Just a bit of useful/useless info. The 'donut thingy' is labelled on the schematic diagram as a CT, which is a current transformer. This is what allows the amount of current being drawn by the load (boiler) to be displayed on your meter :handgestures-thumbupright:
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