So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

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So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Boomgate » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:21 pm

I bought this just over a year ago and finally got around to using it. The main delay was simply mounting it somewhere, and I took a break from distilling.

So anyway, I wanted my TPW wash (through a reflux still) to be even more neutral.... and WOW... It smells like water... and any remaining flavour is gone...

I ran it through at about 45% alcohol. not sure if I can run it through at 93%.


Here is a photo (aka, stainless steel porn). The Stig custom made this for me for the size I wanted.

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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Rolls912 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:38 pm

Nice :handgestures-thumbupleft:
How much carbon did you use?
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby The Stig » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:10 pm

Just to clarify, this was purchased from the Macs well before we took over.
But thanks for the plug boom :handgestures-thumbupleft:
But if anybody wants one of these we can still have them made to measure
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Boomgate » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:40 pm

The Stig wrote:Just to clarify, this was purchased from the Macs well before we took over.
But thanks for the plug boom :handgestures-thumbupleft:
But if anybody wants one of these we can still have them made to measure


Oh, lol, I missed that corporate take over :)

Mrs Boomgate is incredibly happy with the result..
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Boomgate » Mon Jan 28, 2019 5:40 pm

Rolls912 wrote:Nice :handgestures-thumbupleft:
How much carbon did you use?

Not sure, just filled up the stem..
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby wynnum1 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:56 pm

What carbon are you using.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Boomgate » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:07 pm

wynnum1 wrote:What carbon are you using.


Not sure sorry, threw the box out. I bought it from brew barn in Hoppers...
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby wynnum1 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:54 pm

Gold industry, uses activated carbon that may be a cheaper option to buy.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Rolls912 » Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:08 pm

Could you load up a pic of the unit from the side please? Keen to see how its suspended off the bench. Might make one up!
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby scythe » Fri Feb 01, 2019 5:06 pm

The answer your after is in the first pic.
Appears to be held by a clamp/broom holder attached to a board.
Main thing to think about is the weight it is required to hold.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby JayTee » Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:51 pm

Presumably there is a fine mesh filter holding in the carbon at the top and second top tri-clamps?

Couple of questions please:

1) My only experience of carbon filtering was from my T500 Still Spirits days where I used their carbon filter arrangement to make neutral (carbon cartridges). It really only worked with 25L batches due to how slow the neutral moved through the filter. It took hours to go right through. Is that also the case for this sort of filtering? Or is it possible to filter larger volumes of spirit in a sensible timeframe (without loss in filter quality I mean)?

2) I've heard some folks filter brown spirits. My rum is already very clean due to the cuts I make, so I'm not sure whether I'm wasting my time in trying or not? I don't want to rip the flavour out. Presumably you would filter the white dog, before putting on oak?
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Lowie » Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:30 pm

I built my own carbon filter (looks very similar to yours), and yes, there are mesh filters at either end to encapsulate the carbon. You can re-use the carbon, simply by steam cleaning the stuff whilst it's in the tube. If you have a look in the book section you will find an article all about carbon filtering and how to clean, etc. And yes, I agree, they are quite effective, but I wouldn't tip my brown spirit through it as it would strip too much flavour. I've actually put a tap on the bottom of mine to slow the spirit down too.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby scythe » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:16 pm

Don't all carbon filters have taps on the outlets?
My reading that it needs to be filtered fairly slowly, not just tipped through.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby gad » Sun Feb 03, 2019 9:16 am

Yes, needs to be very slow, the slower the better, a drip every couple of seconds at least. You want as much contact with the carbon as you can.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby StillBrewing » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:33 am

Hey Lowie

Do you have a picture of your filter build please. Looking for a bit of inspiration.

Cheers
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Lowie » Mon Mar 04, 2019 6:56 pm

Sure mate, here you go. I see you're in the UK. You can buy all the parts off ebay or Ali Express. The mesh filters are squashed between the tri clamps. I bought a few different sheet sizes to experiment with. Cheers.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby StillBrewing » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:11 am

That really looks the business, cheers Lowie.

Got to make myself one of those.
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Re: So happy with my 5 Star Distilling carbon filter...

Postby Bullrout » Tue Mar 19, 2019 8:33 pm

Are these still available?
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