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tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:12 pm

done plenty of tpw`s before , but for some reason this one is taking AGES to distil , all the temps are normal just like before...

any clues as to why the tpw is taking ages to finish ?
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby Doubleuj » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:14 pm

Do you mean it’s taking ages to distill off your spirit run or it’s taking ages to finish fermenting?
Temp or ph would be your biggest factors if it’s fermentation time
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:23 pm

Doubleuj wrote:Do you mean it’s taking ages to distill off your spirit run or it’s taking ages to finish fermenting?
Temp or ph would be your biggest factors if it’s fermentation time


its taken ages to distil before it use to take around 2 hours , now its been 5 hours ..its nearly done 2.5 litres with about half a degree rise from starting temp.
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby RC Al » Sat Jul 07, 2018 10:47 pm

Maybe your element is on the way out?
Have a good look for leaks
Have you checked the Abv of the output?
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:07 pm

RC Al wrote:Maybe your element is on the way out?
Have a good look for leaks
Have you checked the Abv of the output?


abv is bout 98 % .no leaks , element seem fine, but one thing i did just now is i tapped the thin copper pipe and the colum then it started coming out like it usually does...dribbling fast.. maybe some air lock or something ?
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby The Stig » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:15 pm

I call BS on the 98%, your temps going to be way up there
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:54 pm

The Stig wrote:I call BS on the 98%, your temps going to be way up there

????? bs ?? what do you mean temps goin to be way up there ? temp steady at 78.1 , 78.2 and i took first 120 ml off , i let it get to about 78.9 ( sometimes i let it go to 79.8 ) i been doin it this way for the last 5 years... ohh i think i get it the " bs " when i took the reading the spitits was luke warmish.. so reading most prob out a bit.
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby warramungas » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:29 am

Is it an lm still? Is it possible the takeoff valve had some crap blocking it?
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:49 am

warramungas wrote:Is it an lm still? Is it possible the takeoff valve had some crap blocking it?


lm?? what is that ?
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby RC Al » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:21 am

Liquid management, It sounds like a t500 still
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:43 am

The Stig wrote:I call BS on the 98%, your temps going to be way up there


double checked and its still 98 %...
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby krawczuk » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:07 am

RC Al wrote:Liquid management, It sounds like a t500 still

hi, here is the pic of the one i have :
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby db1979 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:20 am

You can't get 98% from a still unless you add other chemicals to break the azeotrope... And you won't want to do that.

If you've checked the abv at 20 degrees C and it still reads 98 then check your alcometer in tap water. If it doesn't read 0 then your alcometer is out.
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Re: tpw taking a while do distil

Postby warramungas » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:01 pm

Yep. Lm still. Maybe when finished pull the valve off and check there's no obstructions. Other than that it could be the element on the way out (as stated here before) if it was all running fine on a previous run.
Don't stress the 98% (maximum you could get is around 96%). You'll probably just need to temperature correct the hydrometer you're using or wait until the liquid cools to room temp to get close to the right reading.
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