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Amphora Society PDA-II Copper Packed Reflux Column


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For Sale:

"PDA-II LM Medium Power Distillation Device" constructed by the Amphora Society. (The Amphora Society literally wrote the book on artisan distilling, see the Compleat Distiller, http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/0476008190). For sale is the copper column (incl any hoses, attached copper parts, and brass flange pictured) only, anything stainless in the picture is not included.

About the PDA-II's time with us: We purchased this unit new from Mike McCaw and the Amphora Society in 2006 leading up to the license of our facility. We played with this piece a little while we were in our recipe-development phase. It was purchased with the intent of being an integral part of our process, however after all of the pieces finally came together, this unit was not part of the final plan. The unit works well, it's just not something we have a use for, or can foresee a use for. It has sat unused (clean and dry) for about 12 months, and now it's time to find it a good home.

More details about the PDA-II are best copied from the introduction to the paperwork that will accompanies the unit:

"The PDA-II family of distillation equipment is intended for pilot plant and small commercial scale use. The PDA-II LM can operate with 4-10 kW of boiler power. The design is optimized for 5-6kW. It is intended for professional use, by persons trained and familiar with distillation procedures. Licensing, registration, and adherence to local rules, regulations, and laws are the responsibility of the purchaser.

The Liquid Management (LM) version of the PDA-II family is fully adjustable for the production of all types of spirits.

When operate at high reflux ratios, it produces ultra-pure azeotropic ethanol, suitable for laboratory use, or for the compounding of medicines, essences, or spirits. This degree of purity is obtained by restricting the device to very high reflux ratios, in the range of 90-100%. This allows the column to be equilibrated, and for any methanol or ethyl acetate ("heads") present to be drawn off most efficiently at very low collection rates before beginning to collection of purified ethanol.

When operated at lower reflux ratios, it can achieve any desired degree of separation or purification along with the corresponding flavor profile. IT can operate as a simple pot-still, a whiskey still, brandy still, rum still, or any other type of beverage still, all by adjusting the reflux ratio and the amount of packing in the column."

Measurements & Dims:

Height: 56 inches

Diameter: 3 Inches

Packing: Structured Copper Mesh. Included with purchase is a large quantity of unused mesh (pictured). More details on why structured copper mesh, and how to obtain more: http://www.amphora-s...-pound_p_6.html

Unit will be shipped disassembled. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to re-assemble. Original instructions are included, and no fancy techniques (like soldering or brazing) are required.

Asking price: $3,200 (includes shipping and insurance to anywhere in the lower 48).

The picture attached and uploaded has been scaled down to meet forum posting requirements. Full size pics can be found at www.twenty2vodka.com/ADI/PDA2/

Additional questions, please post below or send me a priv message through the forum. Thanks!!

-Scott

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