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  1. PeteB

    Finding the right alcohol-proof rubber

    What was the result when/if you re-tested the gaskets?
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    Changes to CFR

    As an Australian I am not particularly interested in TTB regulations, but age statements can be misleading. For example I have some barrels of 9 year old brandy in my distillery. Still quite young when compared with some from Europe. I think a purchaser would expect a reasonable product but still not with the age characters of some older ones. This brandy is totally undrinkable. It is waaaay over-oaked . It is in 50 litre barrels and has been stored in Australian dry and temperature fluctuating conditions. The 3 year old barrels are very drinkable. Is a customer going to buy the 9 year or the 3 year if they know nothing else?
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    Rye fermentation yield

    A refractometer has the same problems as a hydrometer when trying to measure anything that is not a simple mixture of just 2 compounds. A refractometer and hydrometer can measure accurately the amount of sugar dissolved in water, or just alcohol plus water, but when you have 2 or more compounds in varying amounts, plus water, they don't measure well. OG and FG as well as original and final refractometer readings assume that it is only the sugar that has been turned into alcohol, and no other compounds have been altered.
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    Rye fermentation yield

    The final gravity reading is not measuring sugars only. It is measuring all sorts of soluble compounds. In my experience rye has a lot of dissolved compounds that are not fermentable sugars, and I assume these also have something to do with the high viscosity. 1.008 could be as low as it is possible to go with rye. In my opinion each different grain will have a different original and final gravity.
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    How to Pressure Test a still?

    To check the pressure release valves the safest way is to remove them as Tom suggested. Screw them onto a manifold along with pressure gauges off the still and check them against an accurate gauge. I would play it a bit safer with HedgeBird's suggestion by filling the still with water to at least normal operating level, or even safer fill as far as practical before adding compressed air. If there is a large amount of compressed air in the still and it ruptures then there could be quite a BANG but if there is mostly water then there will be far less excitement in your day.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    I haven't forgotten you Jedd. Can't work out how to get photos off my phone to this forum. Have a guy who can probably show me tomorrow.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    The overflow pipe starts at the bottom of the conical boiler so it purges solids before they build up.
  8. PeteB

    Continuous Column Distillation

    The bottoms kettle is the boiler, I am feeding the column with flavour filled steam, not with clean steam. I am making whisky, not neutral spirit. The kettle overflows and gravity feeds through tube in shell heat exchanger to re-claim the heat. The outflow does surge a little but I don't think it is a problem.
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    Thanks for the suggestions guys. The problem I have experienced with centrifugal pumps is if there is still some CO2 in the beer they cavitate especially if trying to push to a reasonable height ie. with back pressure. The flow control valve and column height would cause back pressure. Also any solids in the feed could obstruct the control valve. The centrifugal would be fine if no residual CO2 or solids. I think the rubber type impeller pump which is a positive displacement type would be far less likely to have problems, Jo Dehner suggested the same. Can you give me a lead about where I can buy these with VFD? I have 240vAC or 12v DC. Ideally I want to connect it to a temperature activated PID controller Cheers
  10. PeteB

    Dephleg hotter than column

    Thanks for those translations Paul. My confusion was Jen said "The second column won't get up to temp unless I overheat the still and then it pukes." but later he said in a reply to me "I do not have antifoam in the pot and haven't seen any foam build up at all." It doesn't matter now because it appears he has it running. As I said above, I know very little about the type of still Jen has. I learnt quite a bit from this thread but don't understand why the dephleg could be hotter than the column?
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    I have changed my settings, hope PM will work no but not convinced. or email me pbignell@belgrovedistillery.com.au Except for a file for CNC cutting of simple plates the rest of the plans are in my head
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    Continuous Column Distillation

    I designed it myself with 5 main things in mind. 1 to make whisky 2 cheap 3 easy to build 4 energy efficient 5 throughput of about 2,000 litres in 8 hours. I had some help from meerkat with calculating number of plates, and have spent a bit of time talking to Dehner. It runs on waste fryer oil, doesn't need any cooling water, in fact at the end of the day I have well over 1,000 litres of hot water at about 90 deg C To date I have not run it for full 8 hours. Still playing with correct pump to control feed rate.
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    Sediment in finished bottles

    Firstly I am not concerned about the Flocc or whatever it is. Jim Murray's Whisky Bible has scored 7 of my whiskies Liquid Gold in the last 4 years including best whisky in Southern Hemisphere this year. I don't plan to change my production methods. That is not quite right because I am continually developing new products. I was intrigued when Bluestar said the flocc was caused by barrels only, but from what he said since, I think the reason I get Flocc in white spirits is because I cut further into tails than most people. I have not tested the pH of my rainwater, but whatever it is I doubt that I will attempt to correct it because if it "aint broke dont fix it" Thanks for the discussion, we should never stop learning. Pete
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    Dephleg hotter than column

    Maybe we speak a different language in Australia, to me what you have described is foaming in the still pot that rises up into the helmet then eventually into the column, but in your reply you said no foaming in the pot. What do you mean by "puke"? With all these tests you are running I assume you have alcohol in the pot and not just water? I know very little about this type of still but wondering if trays will fill with just water. How much heat are you putting into your pot? Too few Kw. could cause some of the symptoms you have.
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    Sediment in finished bottles

    Thanks Bluestar. Sorry about slow reply I have been travelling. (visiting distilleries and marketing in Japan) I dilute with carbon filtered rain water that has been stored in an old large concrete tank. I have a simple pot still and do run feints quite late when compared with some. Especially for rye, peated and the ginger.