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  2. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    Agree with meerkat, this can not be easily vented. Very odd design. Are you sure you didn’t overlook a valve on the backside of the condenser. Put it together properly? Sorry, gotta ask. I think you are going to need a good fabricator/welder to fix that. Easy fix, parrot needs to be entirely below the condenser output and vent. Maybe you can do it with triclamp fittings but you’ll probably need custom lengths. Who built the still?
  3. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    It appears that the stainless vessel to the right of the parrot in the photo is the condenser. If that is so, then you will have a problem installing a vent. In order for the condensed liquid to develop sufficient head to flow over the top edge of the parrot the level of liquid in the condenser will have to build up to slightly higher than the top edge of the parrot. This will create a liquid seal at the bottom of the condenser and gas will not be able to get to the outlet. If you were only concerned with flushing trapped air at startup then the suggestion by PeteB to open the bypass would be adequate. But there will also be dissolved air and CO2 in the fermented beer and this could continue to come out during operation. There will also be light ends (aldehydes etc) that some operators allow to escape from the vent by setting the cooling water flow to get a fairly high temperature for the condensate. Colder isn't always better. By creating a seal at the bottom of the condenser you will force the pressure in the still and condenser to gradually build up (due to incondensible gases) to the point where the seal is blown and you get the surging you are seeing now. In my experience the outlet from the condenser either flows to a small vented pot and then drains from the bottom of the pot to the parrot, or else the vent is mounted on the body of the condenser itself. This second option is common when the condenser is mounted at floor level. We cannot see the other side of the condenser in the photo - perhaps there is already a vent mounted there?
  4. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    The vapor can push strait through the the condenser without spending enough time in it to even heat the water. Just because you have cold condensing water coming out doesn't mean its cooling all the vapor. What is the condenser look like? Call the still maker and ask them WTF.
  5. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    @whiskeytango, we are just running water now for testing, and the condensed water is cool to touch. So I doubt any of the vapor is not condensing.
  6. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    @Dehner Distillery, Thanks for the suggestion. Will give that a try.
  7. Continuous Still Video by Red Boot

    When will you have that up and running? Single pass with heads cut?
  8. we are looking for a 300 gallon steam piped or jacketed with agitation mash tun. We do not currently lauter so that is not necessary for this unit. What are my options out there for under 15k
  9. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    It looks like maybe its not cooling all the vapor back down to liquid and its forcing a bubble out the parrot. As mentioned a breather would help but it might just start spilling out vapor into the air. Id put a breather on first and see if all the vapor is condensing back down and if it is still pulsing then add a surge breaker. Good luck that looks scary
  10. Continuous Still Video by Red Boot

    You should come down when I get the new unit here in West Des Moines, Iowa up and going.
  11. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    Yes a surge breaker or a atmospheric breather............ just put a tee fitting with a tube going up about 4' at the first joint coming off your condenser.
  12. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    All, thanks for the input on this issue. @Silk City Distillers, Here are some pictures and a video of the parrot/condenser and another one showing how violent the bubbling gets. It seems to be the air in the system which is escaping. parrot bubbling.mp4 @PeteB, if I bypass the parrot initially, I am wondering if I might miss the initial cut-in for the heads. Also I won't know the temp for the condensate to adjust the cooling water. @Southernhighlander, It is a bunch of tri-clamp connections. However I wonder if the air vent will have to be somewhere higher than the height of the jar so air can escape above the fluid level. @GeekSpirits, lots of cooling water running. @meerkat, 1 inch pipe coming down from the condenser. As the video shows, it seems that the air builds up and eventually breaks through.
  13. Barrel Costs

    Good advice. Thanks Tom. You have anyone you like in particular?
  14. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    I have had this happen once or twice when I didn't turn on the condenser cooling water.
  15. How to keep cooling water from going bad

    years ago we toured a place that had a huge tank filled with exotic water plants as a cooling reservoir , the plants were not only very cool but each one had a job to do to clean and purify the water , very cool addition to a eco friendly tasting room . we were also in a hotel in montana a few years back that had a moat all thru the lobby and restaurant full of fish , my first thought was that would make a cool cooling system lol . tim
  16. Distillary Equipment needed

    you may want to be more specific as to the size and use, are you talking commercial batch equipment or home distilling use . also may help if you specify what product you plan on making also where your located this forum has a huge following covering the entire globe . there are some very well stocked vendors that im sure can help you as well as some very good used goodies that show up . hope find what your looking for . tim
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  18. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    You need a surge breaker. Email me a picture of your parrot and description of the connections and I will fix you up with something. paul@distillery-equipment.com
  19. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    Has the still maker had any advice?
  20. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    It'll probably fix the startup problem, but there is still a good chance that @vsaks ends up dealing with huffing or cycling distillate over the long term.
  21. How to keep cooling water from going bad

    Pretty sure he didn't mean to add fish. I mean, totally cool idea, but I think he meant to keep your cooling system running in a reasonable temp range, keep pumps running to keep the system from becoming stagnant/anoxic. Nothing worse than letting it go anoxic, and then cooking your bacteria soup with high temps.
  22. How to keep cooling water from going bad

    My cooling water tank is an old concrete 35,000 gallons. It was initially filled from the river with a windmill pump that must have sucked small fish or eggs into the tank. There were some quite large fish in there. Then I started circulating warm condenser water I assume they didn't appreciate the heat because they have now vanished. There is now a freshwater plant called azola growing on the surface. The water appearance and smell is now much nicer than when the fish were there.
  23. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    If I am understanding your setup correctly then leave the drain open at the bottom of the parrot, with a bucket to catch initial condensate, until condensate starts flowing fully.
  24. Distillary Equipment needed

    Let me know if you have a full or in part distillery equipment for sale.
  25. VENDOME - 400 GALLON STILL FOR SALE

    can you send me the pics .
  26. 480 Gallon Proofing Tank on Load Cells

    We got the load cell/weighing modules directly from Rice Lake...they have a bunch available here: https://www.ricelake.com/en-us/products/load-cells-weigh-modules/weigh-modules I purchased the GSE digital readout from Ebay.
  27. Violent bubbling in the parrot

    When I have seen this in the past it has always been because the product line from the condenser down to the parrot (or flow meter) has been too small and the liquid flowing down entrains air sucked in via the condenser vent. The solution is just to use a larger diameter drain pipe from the condenser. But it seems this is not the reason in your case. If you genuinely do not have a vent after the condenser there is nowhere for the air that is in the system at startup to escape - except via the parrot. As the water is turned to steam and displaces the air, the air will be forced out via the parrot. Seeing that it stops after 10-20 minutes I suspect this is the cause rather than the small drain pipe I mentioned above.
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