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  1. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    Have you tried running it with the steam trap in place, but the condensate line disconnected? (Just capture the condensate from the trap in a bucket) This would tell you if the problem is with the return piping. Drawling also shows an agitator. Have you tried agitating while heating up?
  2. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    I dont think you ever mentioned how large of a batch you have in the still at the moment. Is it possible you have a partial batch in, and that you have plumbed the upper jacket for steam, meaning that most of your mash is not in contact with the heated surfaces? This might also explain the heat patterns you are showing on the exterior of the still... Other options along this line is that you mixed up the the inlets and outlets for the two jackets? (although I think that was ruled out earlier as you mentioned your getting steam out the outlet when removing the trap...)
  3. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    I have a similar trap to the one in this photo, and it is installed in what seems to be the opposite direction, with the drain plug thing pointing towards the inlet side... I also have this small trap installed on a 150 gallon still and have a much larger trap on my bigger still thats still not as large as yours. Are you 100% sure that thing is not backwards? Is it possible its undersized for this jacket?
  4. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    This may mean he wont be able to heat up both still and mash tun at the same time, and will have a longer heat up time, but if the jacket is holding 13.5psi and not getting hotter. than thats not the specific problem here. Def sounds like a problem with the trap or return piping..
  5. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    So your boiler is low enough that condensate can gravity flow back to the boiler? If your just heating up now, perhaps try switching the condensate trap on the still with the one on the mash tun. That would be a good test to figure out if the trap is your problem. (assumes they are the same size trap and can be changed out without changing piping, and that you have unions where you need them to change them out, and that you have a pair of pipe wrenches, and pipe dope )
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    Mash Tun not Heating

    15hp boiler is about 500,000 btu right? That does seem small for a pair of 600 gallon tanks..
  7. HedgeBird

    Mash Tun not Heating

    Do you have pressure gauges installed on your still and mash-tun jackets? What PSI is the mash tun jacket holding while you are trying to heat? Knowing this would help narrow down the problem. (presumably you have a pressure relief valve, vacuum relief valve, and pressure gauge on the jacket after the steam input valve.) Is steam trap installed in the correct direction/flow? (They typically have an arrow on the cast iron housing.) Do you have a condensate return pump? (can you hear is cycling on/off) Whats the pressure on the boiler itself once you top out at 126F?
  8. HedgeBird

    Facebook Fan Pages

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    Wanted: 330g IBC tote, potable!

  10. HedgeBird

    How to Pressure Test a still?

    Doing the water thing makes a lot of sense!
  11. HedgeBird

    Spirit Storage Vessels (Small Volume)

    https://www.amazon.com/Bucket-Eight-White-Gallon-Buckets/dp/B01MT5S6V9/ref=pd_sim_b2b_6?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B01MT5S6V9&pd_rd_r=3744263f-ecec-11e8-8e2e-49ff07944d9e&pd_rd_w=OhzfK&pd_rd_wg=oCrK6&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=0b6f8745-66e2-4766-8b44-154b13ee4892&pf_rd_r=8ZYPX80XKYPGYC3DJB3C&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=8ZYPX80XKYPGYC3DJB3C For a budget option on collection off the still these 5 gallons buckets with the "Gamma Seal Lids" are pretty nice. Lots of color options you can use to differentiate between heads/hearts/tails, etc. bubbasbarrels.com also has some 50/100 gallon stainless drums with fittings.
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    How to Pressure Test a still?

    https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Disconnect-Clamp-Industrial-Stainless/dp/B075RS5GB6/ref=sr_1_4?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1542735354&sr=1-4&keywords=tri+clamp+to+air+fitting Assuming you have a 1.5" tri-clamp fitting on the end of your condenser you can use the above fitting. Just remove the parrot, replace with the tri-clamp to air adapter fitting and pressurize the still with compressed air. Make sure your still has a pressure gauge you can view, and slowly fill her up until your relief valve pops. Then just let the still sit under pressure for an hour (or overnight) and check that you dont have any noticeable drop in pressure.
  13. HedgeBird

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Just curious, what type of material is the blue/green piping you are using for your cooling water? I cant tell if its painted cast iron pipe, or some type of plastic.
  14. HedgeBird

    Best options for cooling mash

    Along with what other have said this also means you have to wait longer to add your yeast. Our fermenters have very small jacketed areas so it would not be practical to use ours for the initial crash cooling.
  15. HedgeBird

    Best options for cooling mash

    Thats good to hear as I purchased this tank from you! I have been thinking over the plumbing and it seems like the big downside is that the cooling water in the jacket when you are finished cooling will need to be drained and wasted (or pumped back to cold water tank). FYI - For some reason I am unable to get your phone number to ring. When I call it just gives me static. I have tried from two separate cell phones with the same result. Give me a call if you get a chance! andrew @ Thistle Finch Distilling!