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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue May 24, 2016 7:21 pm

I am using 2 X 24" spools for my packed section - ordered from a Chinese vendor on eBay. Each spool came with a triclamp and a ptfe gasket all up cost $103 AUD delivered.

I have lots of jars so I'll run the VM without a thermometer initially and see what I can learn from the cuts - besides I manage just fine on the pot still without a thermometer
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Wed May 25, 2016 10:15 pm

In my effort for absolute neatness I used compression fittings on every joint possible. Not so clever on joints I needed to keep disassembling. The more times you put compression fittings back together the tighter you need to do them up and with one slip I cracked a soldered joint! :angry-banghead: To avoid a repeat of that schemozzle I have put garden hose tails on any plumbing fitting that needs to be reassembled a number of times - these very clever Australian designed fittings https://www.hoselink.com.au/buy/hose-end-connector/2420, What is even better is that I already had the fittings! :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Thu May 26, 2016 8:37 pm

Tonight, stripping what was left in the boiler after black Sunday - a very clean tasting 75% ABV, smells amazing!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon May 30, 2016 10:51 am

Giving it another crack today, still heating up. Things I have changed, removed top centering ring, rerouted plumbing, reconfigured where the valve goes, put a scrubber below the off take in the tee and found a place to install the thermometer. One removeable centering ring at the middle join between the sections of column. Plumbing now goes in PC out and up to RC and out to waste (swimming pool). Valve is now in a horizontal position immediately after the tee and put in a 45 degree bend in 1/2" pipe to offset the Liebig. Oh and there are no more leaks in the plumbing.

I have changed so many things, if I get a good run, I won't know exactly what change made the difference!

Yes there is a triclamp connection after the 45 degree bend so that I can use the same Liebig on my pot still
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon May 30, 2016 3:14 pm

All good with this run, just a few tweaks with vapour pressure and cooling to experiment.... and so ends the saga of kimbodious' rigs!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon May 30, 2016 11:04 pm

Congratulations on your ultimate success. It's been a good learning thread to follow.

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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue May 31, 2016 7:24 am

Cheers S-Cack! I was able to do the run without the still puking but I reckon I pushed things a bit hard and got some smearing of tails. I hadn't really understood the significance of the small jump in temperature. Oh and you most definitely need a thermometer with this style of still. You live and learn aye. Anyway, I reckon I have an understanding of this still now! I am glad you have found things to gain from this thread, cheers!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Jul 02, 2016 11:33 pm

When I decided to build a modular VM still I believed plenty of people had gone before me. Turns out not all that many at all?! Based on the interest and comments, Sal and I made a Youtube animation of the construction process, it has a beautiful song for the soundtrack!

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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:25 am

Spirit run this week - so slow - achieved azetrope no worries! I learned heaps but still I have questions....?

Firstly, I learned that I can use a much lower flow of cooling water. The tail on the water outlet on the RC is copper so I was able to monitor outflow temps by feeling how warm the copper tail was.

Now I have the sight glass I observed that I can maintain a good few inches of condensate on top of the packing for the vapour to bubble through - it is quite a spectacle! I did not get to the point at any time where product overflowed out the top of the column. So I am running my column in a semi-flooded state even when I had it in full reflux for the hour before taking off foreshots.

My understanding is that with a Boka condensate pools on the slant plate and drawn off via a needle valve?

Then my question is, with my column running in a semi-flooded state, is it a bad thing once I am at the stage of taking off hearts if it is condensate as well as vapour that is being drawn off at the takeoff? All other things were good, temperature was rock steady and product was at or just below azetrope.

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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby bigfoot » Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:26 pm

So you did buy the site glass then - pretty cool aren't they...
Any vapour that comes off the slant/take off area, will be condensed in the lieberg regardless...
You only have so much "heads, hearts and tails" in any 1 wash, the trick is to be able to seperate the fractions as best as possible with minimal contamination...something that is an ongoing learning process.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:08 am

thanks mate, it is all good aye! Yeah the sight glass lets you see how things are working.

Stripped out my first All Bran wash last night, it smelled amazing. I am going to run a few generations of it and see what it turns out like. I found out last night that the little Liebig Maheel made can handle full power from my element, yay.
The more experience I gain with this hobby the more confident I am to test things out a bit more!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby bigfoot » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:51 am

That's cool, the lieberg can handle full power, makes settings things up a bit easier. Keep in mind - additional water flow or even better - colder water- will further empower the lieberg. I have a pretty big lieberg that knocks down 2400 watts when I'm in boka mode but when in pit mode and no boka head to help, i need to knock power down just slightly or I have vapour and liquid exiting.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby bigfoot » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:09 am

Can you confirm something please? You are running a small shotgun Condensor on top yeah? Is that vented to open atmosphere as it looks in pic or do you put a small cap over it when running, to trap some escaping vapours? Or is the Condensor so efficient it can be open and vapour never even looks like exiting?
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:39 pm

Open to the top, looks to be 3 x 1/2" tubes. I have some teased out SS scrubber loosely packed in the top half of each tube.

Even if I reduce the tightness of the packing up the column I doubt if the RC will knock down full berries at the boiler. When its all coming up to temp you can smell when the highly volatile compounds exit from the top but by the time you get to foreshots the only place you can get any smells is the collection vessel. In other words in regular circumstances I am not losing any of the good stuff (as vapour) out the top. In irregular circumstances, i have sent hot condensate out over the top!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Arnie » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:51 pm

Thanks for the info Bigfoot & Kimbodious. I have remade my ezy flanges and drilled the main column take off out to 1in tonight. Now just need to install the 1in valve, then give it a good clean, pack the column and shotgun and then let the fun begin!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:30 pm

Looking good Kimbo :obscene-drinkingcheers:

Geez, that rig has come along way from the Keggomax!! :lol:

Love the Big Baby Dephleg...they go well :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:41 pm

All the best Arnie, from one Taswegian (former) to another! To get your VM cranking you need lots of refluxing action, a bit of the old up down Ludwig Van and a lot of vapour going up towards the takeoff. That means you'll want to get as high a rate of vapour flow and the lowest rate of cooling you can maintain without losing product out the top. Good control of the heating is the key to it all. I had to have a few goes to learn that but hopefully you can profit from my learnings.

Hey there OE, we're still drinking product from the Keggo and it is really quite good. On the other hand, drinking some Pimpinella now made up tonight from product from the VM and it is smooth as, dangerously smooth :handgestures-thumbupright: I made just enough money from the sale of the Keggo to buy the Big Baby kit. I sold a Maxie two-burner metho stove to pay for the column etc etc. We got there in the end! So lucky to have the support and encouragement of my wife and partner in crime!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Sep 06, 2016 6:55 pm

Going to go CCVM. Looking for greater rate of output. Just waiting on some 3/8" CSST from the UStates to twist up for my RC. I found the 2" SD Big Baby shotgun condenser is up to the task as a product condenser on my Pot Still so it will be repurposed as PC for the new CCVM.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sun Sep 11, 2016 2:47 pm

Destroyed my Keg King element yesterday. It did not run dry it is beause the keg and it's lot of hot spent wash took a tumble off the hand trolley and broke off one of the wires doh! I've pulled the ekement down, cleaned it up and worked out a way to rewire it but I doubt if I'll ever be anle to fully trust it. Any way I'll have a crack on rewiring it and test it out with water first. I'll buy a replacement and have already worked out a way to better protect where the wiring exits from the body of the element.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:15 pm

Kimbo, if it's one of the old style KK elements, i wouldn't play with it. They were renowned for being dodgy and dangerous.

I had one blow on me mid run. Fucking scary mate. Left a scorch mark on the keg :shock:

I use the new style and they are much better. I wound duct tape around the wiring to stop the flex.

Works well :handgestures-thumbupright: touch wood
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:28 am

It was a new style KK element OE and just a serious case of shit happens. When the keg hit the ground a jet of scalding backset ejected from the keg just missing my leg so in that case I guess I was lucky. When I removed the element it was as clean as a whistle, surprisingly when you see the washes of the generations I've run with :-o
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Mon Sep 12, 2016 8:17 am

Near miss that one mate

It's easy to become complacent. I know i do.

The occasional kick in the ass helps keep your mind on the job :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:48 pm

Just waiting now on a triclamp :oops: and the CSST and the latest iteration of my VM reflux still will be complete. The top of the column is now 2.4 metres high, yikes! Once I twist up the CSST for the RC I will test whether I can raise and lower the RC with a pulley system :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:50 pm

Going to have a heap of plumbing and other fittings for sale real soon.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:46 pm

Be sure to shoot us a pic when you get it all together.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:40 am

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Pot still run. Not a fast strip this time. Today's run is a double-distillation for slowly collection final spirit from the All Bran Low Wines. There are now no components left from my original pot still (except for boiler and controller). The chunky piece of stainless steel on the diagonal with the two clear hoses is a Big Baby shotgun condenser that I also use on the tall still. In fact all but one component you see here is used in the tall still. The idea has been for a completely modular system with the minimal number of components to configure to the type of still required for the job.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Sep 24, 2016 9:46 am

Hey S-Cackalacky, the riser will be used to house the RC on my CCVM, the tee will be the takeoff including the elbow PC and output hose. In other words invert my pot still, ditch the cap, and you have the top half of my CCVM!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:10 pm

Super stuff K :handgestures-thumbupright:

Maximum gain with a minimalist strategy....sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet :grin:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:24 pm

Plumbing hotness,

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whacky run this one, 8.2 litres collected still coming off at 65% ?
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sat Sep 24, 2016 11:18 pm

Nice work Kimbo. I like the idea of flipping the top section to make a pot still. That would eliminate the need to unload the packing to go to pot still mode. In my case, with 3" piping, I might need to invest in an additional 3" X 2" reducer, but at $10 from Hillbilly Stills, that's doable. The reducer I currently have in the configuration also holds the retainer (sink strainer) for the packing. Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:29 am

No probs S-Cack, I figured you would appreciate the simplicity of it, I just had to buy the endcap to make it happen!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:41 am

Thinking infusions... I have a source for some great native botanicals. I have an idea for a carter? head? using two 2" tees and a couple of extra endcaps I have kicking around... see diagram... didn't draw in the basket but I figure you'd know where I'll shove it.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sun Oct 23, 2016 5:30 pm

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Nearly there with my two-tee gin head based on parts I already had at hand :handgestures-thumbupright:
I need one more triclamp. I am waiting for a 1/2" BSP plug for the top endcap reducer, a 1/2" BSP male to 1/2" hose barb adapter plus the #20 SS mesh (for the baskets).
In keeping with the ultra-basic style, there will be no sight glass in the gin head but there will be some clear PVC tubing from the spigot at the bottom of it. There'll be a plug in the tube which I will remove when the oils and condensate build up in the tube.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:38 pm

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Botanical baskets made! All I have to do is attach a piece of clear tube and a valve to the spigot and its done! Oops need to come up with a basket stand.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:23 pm

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Stripping run tonight but I have added on the completed gin head (left side vertical piece). We have mixed up one basket of lemongrass stalks plus kaffir lime leaves. The other basket has cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and cardamon pods. Once the product is flowing, I will first drop in the herb basket and collect one litre. Then I will replace that basket with the spice basket and collect one litre. Tonight this is about proving the concept and not so much about the finished product.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:10 pm

Yeah this will work :banana-dance: ! I ran off 500 mls of product before turning the power to the boiler right down. Within 4 minutes the flow of product stopped showing me that the vapour column had collapsed and it was safe to open the gin head. Then I put the first basket in (herb) sealed it back up and turned the power back up. Within 4 minutes product started coming out and another 4 or 5 minutes it was lovely lemony-limey hooch. I ran off 1000 mls of the lemongrass kaffir lime infusion before turning down the power removing the basket before sealing it back up to run off 500 mls of product to rinse the condenser. Now I am running the spice basket - wonderful smells!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:52 am

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Inaugural run CCVM. See you on the other side!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:25 am

Just a slight tweak had to lower the RC just a bit further, all good now - sitting at full reflux with no flooding (got to love the reassurance of the sightglass). :grin:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:19 pm

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How tall? This is me (187cm) standing beside the CCVM. Height to top of column, from ground 255cm (8'4")
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Sat Dec 03, 2016 1:43 pm

Pot Still? - check!
Gin head still? - check!
CCVM reflux column still? - check! (except for one coolant leak)
Anyway that's me done with building! :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:22 am

Good looking rig Kimbo! Now it's time for some fun.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:15 pm

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This is the RC I made from 1/2" OD CSST; the twisted section is about 25cm or 10" long. I enmeshed a couple of SS scrubbies in for even greater surface area. I could not overwhelm this condenser, it is good for anything my 2200W element can send it.

Note for S-Cack, the uppermost yellow ziptie is the position (top of the column) for tital reflux. The lower ziptie is for optimum output (purity vs rate).
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:46 pm

After ditching 150 mls of foreshots, collected 8.1 litres in 300 ml cuts. 1.2 litres heads discarded and 0.6 litres tails discarded leaving 6.3 litres of hearts. I combined the first two and last two jars of hearts and got a temperature-corrected 94%ABV, gotta be happy with that!
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:43 pm

Those numbers are gold in anyone's language K :grin:


Good on you bro :handgestures-thumbupright:
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:56 pm

Cheers OE! I am sort of happy&sad to be at the end of the construction phase although I have the whole world of gin thing ahead of me!
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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: Kimbodious' rig

Postby Otago Elvis » Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:31 pm

The Gin thing will keep you busy mate :smile:

I'm 30+ batches into my journey and i'm still chasing the Holy Grail
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:09 pm

Congratulations Kimbo! Sounds like a very successful inaugural run. Time to start enjoying the fruits of your labor.
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Re: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:18 am

cheers S-Cack, your turn will come soon enough!
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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: Kimbodious' rig

Postby kimbodious » Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:41 pm

Running my CCVM for the first time, here's what I did/ observed ....

Turned power on to the boiler (heating up takes more time than assembling the still)

assembled the still from all the modular components

connected the plumbing for the water-cooling

turned water on 1/4 turn (the swimming pool needed topping up)

lowered RC to the level I'd estimated to be where it was covering over the takeoff

kept a close eye on progress of heating by feeling where the heat was up the column (column is insulated but if you squeeze the insulation you can feel where it is hot)

I kept notice of the sound of the element heating the liquid (it goes quiet as the liquid reaches the boiling stage)

Yikes #1 notice drips slowly coming out the output!
lower RC coil some more, drips stop, raise RC a bit drips start, lower RC just a centimetre or so - drips stop
put a zip-tie around the coolant lines just where it emerges past the top of the column to mark height setting for total reflux

Yikes #2 check sight glass - level of condensate had risen past top of the sight glass!
reduce power to boiler (a lot) - condensate level drops below bottom of sight glass
increase power again but only to the stage where the level of condensate is maintained halfway up the sight glass

left RC and power setting alone for an hour of total reflux while checking for drips and monitoring the level of condensate via the sight glass.

eventually the level in the sight glass dropped away so I ever so slightly increased power to the boiler until the condensate level was back at halfway

I raised the RC by just the width of a finger and I observed a drip every few seconds from the output pipe.

I kept the RC at that setting/ drip rate until I collected 150ml of fore-shots.

lowered the RC back to the zip-tie level and the drips stopped

left the RC in place for 15 minutes for another session of total reflux

raised the RC gradually keeping an eye on both the drip rate and the condensate level in the sight glass.

left the RC at the height where the output was a faltering toothpick sized stream and marked that on the coolant lines with another zip-tie

increased the power to the boiler a smidgeon because the level in the sight glass was fading slightly then I left all the settings alone (water power and RC position) for the next seven hours!

started collecting in 300ml cuts

measured ABV after taking the third cut- squeaked like a girl at the temperature corrected 95.5%

started taking 600ml cuts after the first five lots of 300ml

after the tenth 600ml cut I went back to 300ml cuts

imagined I could detect tails in the first 300ml cut but couldn't be sure

I noticed the level in sight glass had suddenly dropped, Lboosted power to boiler but could not get the condensate level to reappear

check output - yes tails had definitely and suddenly arrived

shut down power at the end of the second 300ml jar - smell of tails so strong I was gagging.

48 hours of airing and my run yielded 150mls foreshots, 1.2 litres (1200mls) heads, 6 litres (6000mls) hearts and 600mls tails.

I combined first two and last two cuts of hearts for a temperature-corrected 94% ABV
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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: Kimbodious' rig

Postby S-Cackalacky » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:19 am

Great detailed description Kimbo. I like the way you used your own intuition to figure out how to run it and make the adjustments it needed. Sounds like the addition of the sight glass was a wise decision.
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