Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby OzzyChef » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:40 pm

So you just Dip it in, thumb over the hole and lift it out just like that? It's like when I was a kid playing with chocolate milk and a straw!
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Dig Brinker » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:41 pm

Finish the HOG first Zak :teasing-tease:

And nice work, DBV :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:01 am

Daimn, that was quick! Well done. Can't wait to see it cleaned up!
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Swedish Pride » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:48 am

dogbreath vodka wrote:Aaaaand

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Just need to put it through some pool acid tommorrow and clean it up...

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Nice work mate, was thinking of making one out of the keg spear, in no way artistic and smaller than yours but should work well
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby coffe addict » Sat Jan 14, 2017 6:51 am

Well bugger me you really don't mess around huh... Well done dbv.
I was reading this last night and thinking I've got the scrap copper I might give this a go while I wait for the boiler to heat up in the morning. You know what they say about the early bird an the worm. Well it 6.47 on the weekend and I'm still too late lol.
I'll still have a crack but I'll have coffee and eggs first no rush no huh I'm jus another copy cat :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:08 am

Thanks gents..
Truth is I'm a lazy bastard and if I don't do it when I think of it, the excitment wanes and nothing gets done.
You know the routine... start making excuses etc.

The main reason for the wine thief over the dipper is volume.... it takes forever to pull out a bottles worth of booze. :handgestures-thumbdown:

Now it won't..... not sure if that is a good thing :think: :think:

So under 2hrs, some scrap pipe, a couple of hammers and some 2% silver solder.... wine thief finished. :D :D
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:08 am

That's a great wine thief DBS but I would have thought it would be much slower than the dipper as it takes a number seconds for the liquid inside to reach the same level as the liquid outside due to the small size of the holes through which the liquid and air enter and leave.

You have inspired me to have a go at making my own copper one even though I have repaired my glass one which is way too fragile and I suspect will break again the next time I so much as look at it.

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:18 am

Hey P G
The dipper takes forever to get a bottle of spirit out.
Haven't measures the whisky, rum,vodka thief yet, but I'd say two dips and I'd have a bottle.
Depending on how full the keg is..... and less mess.

Was easier to make than I thought.
I'm sure you can do better..... just take some time.... unlike what I did :D
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jan 14, 2017 11:43 am

Professor Green wrote:... I have repaired my glass one which is way too fragile and I suspect will break again the next time I so much as look at it.

Cheers,
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now heres a curve-ball: why not combine the copper with the glass, that way you can see the liquid level ... ?

dogbreath vodka wrote:...Was easier to make than I thought.
I'm sure you can do better..... just take some time.... unlike what I did :D


So, ... have you made it shiny yet? :D
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:35 pm

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Just needs a few more washes to remove any unwanted bits in the tube.
Likely will hit it with the gernie just to make sure.
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:44 pm

That's looking really nice!

Did you use silver solder or (?is it?) soft solder?
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:01 pm

2% silver solder

No need for flux or fussy cleaning of metal before soldering. :handgestures-thumbupleft:

Also easier for filling small gaps.
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:34 pm

dogbreath vodka wrote:Hey P G
The dipper takes forever to get a bottle of spirit out.
Haven't measures the whisky, rum,vodka thief yet, but I'd say two dips and I'd have a bottle.
Depending on how full the keg is..... and less mess.

Was easier to make than I thought.
I'm sure you can do better..... just take some time.... unlike what I did :D


You're probably right about the speed, I didn't take a close enough look at the size of your pipe (ooh err missus!). It will probably be much quicker.

I'm all thumbs as far as metalwork is concerned so what I end up with is anybody's guess!

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:37 pm

I reckon a copper and glass combo would look brilliant ET but getting the glass to seal with the copper might be a touch difficult.

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sat Jan 14, 2017 7:44 pm

Anyone know where in Melbourne a chap can get a short length of 1" copper pipe? Bunnings sell 25mm capillary bits but not the pipe!

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby dogbreath vodka » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:17 am

Local scrappy won't help?

Airconditioning places?
The piece of tube I used was from an aircon place that did industrial stuff...

Worth a try
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:01 pm

Thanks dbv, I suspected that was going to be the answer. Due to my work hours and location (working in the CBD can be great but it's not conducive to being able to pop out to anything in the suburbs) I have difficulty getting to scrap yards and such during their business hours. Might have to wait until I can take a day off.

In the mean time, I'm going to try my hand with some 20mm I have left over from a liebig I built for my boka.

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:25 pm

Et Voila!

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Still need to clean it up but it works very well.

Build pics to follow for those that are interested.

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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:33 pm

Because I know you guys like build threads...

All the parts:
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The parts laid out ready for assembly:
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The parts assembled ready for soldering:
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The nozzle - a short length of 15mm copper rod with a small hole drilled up the centre:
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The thumb hole - a 4mm hole in the top elbow which is where I found it to most comfortable to use:
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Re: Wine thief and spirit decanting discussion

Postby Professor Green » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:39 pm

For anyone who wants to make one like mine, you could use a 20mm end cap with a small hole in it in place of the reducer and copper rod that I used as copper rod is difficult o find. I just happened to have some and decided to do it the hard way.

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