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  1. For Sale: 8" Crystal Dragon Dephlegmator 4" Condenser Parrot Original Price: $5,748 Asking Price $3,000 obo http://stilldragon.com/index.php/8-procap-crystal-dragon.html
  2. Hi Everyone, We have a 1000L Kothe still we just hooked up. A local brewery gave us a wash and we ran our first ever batch through the still. We're still learning our equipment and I wanted to reach out to the forum to get some help with some of the issues we're having. 1) Dephlegmator - When the guys from Koval came to set up the still, they said we wanted to run our dephlegmator at around 77C. This has proven very difficult. The dephlegmator is cooled by the water that exits the condenser - the condenser temp is controlled by a thermostatic valve on the ingoing cooling water. As the distillation progresses, the temp of the dephlegmator will increase and the ABV in the parrot will drop significantly (seemingly way before it was supposed to). We had to then increase our cooling to compensate, long story short the temp and our ABV ended up being all over the place for most of the distillation. Has anyone else run into this? Since other factors play a role in the dephlegmator temp (vapor temp, volume of vapor) do you think it would be a good idea to get the dephlegmator on it's own, separate control system that can self regulate the temp of the dephlegmator itself? Also, is it a good thing that the dephlegmator temp increases as the distillation continues? Will this allow for compounds with a lower vapor pressure and higher BP which could add valuable flavor components to make it through into the tail end of the hearts? 2) The plates - What effect have you all found in terms of adjusting the liquid level in the plates? I have in my notes from when the Koval guys came here is that having the plates more closed (high liquid level) gives higher separation (cleaner distillate) that having them all the way down. Is this because it forces all of the steam to condense when it hits that plate? Wouldn't having the plates more open force more liquid to drain back into the previous plates and into the still and also have a purifying effect? What effect to do see in ABV off the parrot with the plates? Effect on the flavor? Difference in upper plates vs lower plates? Any recommended ways to run it? Thanks everyone, hopefully I can repay the favor with some needed info for you one day! ADKdistiller
  3. Hi, So we have been running a Still Dragon Single 8' Column attached to a 200L boiler for about a year now. At the present time we are almost running it around the clock to keep up with demand. We would like to invest in a larger still and after some research i have seen that most of them are Split Column Stills. The split column stills featured on Artisan Still Design look amazing, but I am a little perplexed as to how they operate. Is the first 4 plate column used for rums and whiskys, and the second 16 plate column used for vodka? or are the first and second column used in conjunction to give a total of 20 plates for Vodka Production? Thanks
  4. Hi Everyone, We have a 1000L Kothe still we just hooked up. A local brewery gave us a wash and we ran our first ever batch through the still. We're still learning our equipment and I wanted to reach out to the forum to get some help with some of the issues we're having. 1) Dephlegmator - When the guys from Koval came to set up the still, they said we wanted to run our dephlegmator at around 77C. This has proven very difficult. The dephlegmator is cooled by the water that exits the condenser - the condenser temp is controlled by a thermostatic valve on the ingoing cooling water. As the distillation progresses, the temp of the dephlegmator will increase and the ABV in the parrot will drop significantly (seemingly way before it was supposed to). We had to then increase our cooling to compensate, long story short the temp and our ABV ended up being all over the place for most of the distillation. Has anyone else run into this? Since other factors play a role in the dephlegmator temp (vapor temp, volume of vapor) do you think it would be a good idea to get the dephlegmator on it's own, separate control system that can self regulate the temp of the dephlegmator itself? Also, is it a good thing that the dephlegmator temp increases as the distillation continues? Will this allow for compounds with a lower vapor pressure and higher BP which could add valuable flavor components to make it through into the tail end of the hearts? 2) The plates - What effect have you all found in terms of adjusting the liquid level in the plates? I have in my notes from when the Koval guys came here is that having the plates more closed (high liquid level) gives higher separation (cleaner distillate) that having them all the way down. Is this because it forces all of the steam to condense when it hits that plate? Wouldn't having the plates more open force more liquid to drain back into the previous plates and into the still and also have a purifying effect? What effect to do see in ABV off the parrot with the plates? Effect on the flavor? Difference in upper plates vs lower plates? Any recommended ways to run it? Thanks everyone, hopefully I can repay the favor with some needed info for you one day! ADKdistiller
  5. Bellewood

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    Alright Guys I'm looking for some answers and thought there's no better place than to post them on the ADI forum! -I have been distilling for awhile and have made some good apple brandy using our 4 plate vendome column. I typically utilize 1-2 plates since I like a richer flavor and four plates is way to much, it seems to strip much of the flavors out of the finished product but thats just my opinion. I started to pay more attention to our cooling head water outlet temperature and I noticed it tends to be anywhere between 140 degrees f to 160 degrees f and I get good runs out of those temperatures. Also this is for brandy runs not for vodka distillations so I want maximum flavor using the column. My questions are: -What temperature do others run the dephlegmator water at (the out water not the in water) -should I be paying this much attention to it at all and why or why not? -What is the purposes of the dephlegmator? (i.e. to fill the plates, to knock as much water/oils back) -what is the most important temperature reading when using a column (i.e. after the cooling head, the cooling head water temp, or anything else) I'm sure I will get some great answers so thank you very much for posting below! -J
  6. **SOLD** Thanks Everyone! I have a 6 plate 4" Hillbilly still with Dephlegmator, Gin Basket, Condenser, Column Temp Gage with Parrott all for sale. I will include all the gaskets, sight glass tool and tri-clamps. Below is the description from the Hillbilly website. Unit was purchased last year and I have ran it 4 times. Like new condition. You can e-mail me directly at iraywest@hotmail.com for more details. Only reason for sale is I am wanting to purchase a larger unit. Unit currently goes for $1,600 + 225 (for gin basket) = $1,825. I will sell for $1,600 even plus shipping from TN. No international shipping please. No wait time. From Hillbilly Website: Look no further!!! The Hillbilly Flute is handmade using the highest quality copper components on the market. This design has been around for many years on the commercial level, but was scaled down to a hobby sized still. Just like the commercial perforated plate distillation columns, the 4” Hillbilly Flute has an astounding take off rate while producing a high alcohol content, full flavored distillate. Peering through the site glasses, you can see the reflux in action! Like most large commercial stills the Hillbilly Flute is an easy still to run and maintain. It features a 4” copper column with 4 perforated plates, shotgun dephlegmator (“The Rain maker”), full irrigation plumbing to the dephlegmator, condensate condenser (13” shotgun condenser), and a in-built parrot's beak. This column if for use with any boiler, just specify what size connection you require at check out. This column has a 16 week build time. It is made by hand as they are ordered. Included: Tri- Clamp EDPM O Ring seal Instructional DVD sight glass tool The Hillbilly Flute is made from only the best high grade copper available and LEAD FREE Silver Solder.
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