Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

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Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Wed May 31, 2017 9:53 pm

Hi Gang

I was hanging around the local second hand shop and happened across a deal i couldnt turn down. For $60 i picked up a secondhand Pure Distilling Ultra Pure Still.

I am in the process of sourcing stuff for a keg boiler and the 5Star modular pot but since i currently have a SS super reflux detuned for a pot i figured this will only be an improvement for my tpw and i can devote the detuned ss for stripping runs when i get around to it.

Unfortunately it is missing 2 pieces, its missing the little ball valve or needle valve and take off tube and also the tiny digital thermo. Im pretty sure i can use almost and digital thermo with an external diameter that fits internal of the little recess but i dont know any specs of the ball vale like thread, size, etc etc. Is anyone able to provide this info?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby Zak Griffin » Wed May 31, 2017 10:17 pm

Nice pickup mate. The ball valve Is probably a 1/4" job but don't quote me on that. The thermometer isn't entire necessary anyway, just block the port if you get stuck :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby CyBaThUg » Wed May 31, 2017 11:03 pm

What does the internal hole size measure
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby crow » Wed May 31, 2017 11:28 pm

No need to block the port, its a sealed thermo-well. You can but those thermometers for 10 is so bux if you want to use one. If you got to get another valve anyway I would suggest a needle valve as the ball valve is a bit crappy and also will need to be restricted (they block it with solder and drill about a 1.5 mm hole through. This still will benefit from about 600mm packed column extension and will work fine all be it slow on a keg boiler.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:29 am

The thermometer hole is 4mm and i figured it was sealed since i couldnt feel air flowing through it and i couldnt see any torch light. I think I'll fit one anyway to have a very basic understanding of where things are at.

I had read that the outlet is restricted so i guess that lead free solder will be suitable for that. Thanks for the info.

I was considering just buying the "high yield conversion kit" (https://www.distillspirits.com.au/catal ... egory/199/) just because it will fit without mucking around to much.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby PeterC » Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:05 am

Hi, The kit you link to looks to be a 1/4 inch ball valve similar to this one in Bunnings https://www.bunnings.com.au/jflex-1-4-b ... e_p6270747 You are better to get a needle valve made in stainless steel. eBay has them for a similar price as the Bunnings nickel plated brass ball valve. I notice your other fitting is brass which is frowned upon here. eBay or some HBS have stainless steel fittings such as 1/4 inch nipples or sockets to make up the connections. They may just state 1/4 inch or maybe mention BSP (British Standard Pipe) which is common here. Much less common is NPT (National Pipe Thread) which is US sizing and not compatible.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:50 am

Thnks for the link petec, yeah definitely my intentions set to getting rid of the brass, why is it in a commercially available still anyway? I would assume once i know the specs i would be able to source almost all the parts in stainless.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby crow » Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:45 am

It would be a lead free potable liquids brass, I'd be more inclined to use it before anything nickel plated. These are good little stills, I have one myself although I haven't used it for years. They are slow but all 2" reflux stills are but the job they do it bang on and they are by far the best HBS still of their type. A few simple mods like a needle valve and extending the column will really improve everything that bit for you to run bigger charges faster.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:17 pm

Thanks for both your posts crow, ah ok that makes abit more sense. I had a quick google search and was there seems to be a load of options out there.

I figured for the money paid this was a decent step forward over the old ss super reflux i had and even once i get the bits and bobs i need I'll still be infront, use the sssr detuned for stripping the tpw and the and the ultra pure for the spirit runs. Which is still going to be large time saver over just the sssr anyway.

Should probably fix the taps in the laundry and start working out were the setup will go. Been well over 2 years since my last beer run and just over 12 months for spirits...
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:00 pm

Well i couldnt be arsed trying to source a needle valve in this damn town that wasn't,

A- drastically over priced
B- told "brass and zinc plated is fine"
C- purchasing the the needle valve online and than having to source the little fitting with the hole and etc etc blah blah which with shipping makes it all more expensive than buying the bit that i know will work prefectly from factory.


So i bit down on the wooden spoon and purchased the "high yield conversion kit" from brewmart (which were a delight to deal with) fits perfectly.

Went to reece plumbing and got some 1/4" annealed copper for the take off tube. Asked how much he wanted for it and he said not to worry it was only a couple of bucks. (Guess that guys on the gift list once up and running).

Just leaves me with sorting out the temp probe. I know The manufacturer has their "automatic timer and thermometer which looks to be drastically over priced for what it is. So after reading and watching a few reviews and a teardown video (the best channel of youtube uses one in almost every video) i figured I would by a TM-902C K Type Thermometer Meter Single Input + 2 Thermocouple Probe Set. They seem pretty accurate according to all the reviews and i got two for $13.98 with free postage.

Next step will be a power controller. A "friend" purchased a power controller kit and loves it so my next quest is to investigate that aide of things.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:39 am

Received my TM-902 thermocouple today, fits perfectly in the thermowell with the tp-01 and the tp-04 probes. Found a calibration guide online if they are drastically out but they seem to be very accurate already. I purchased two and they both read the same temps.

Just have to wait for the ambient temp to get up alittle.more and start a tpw or ffv then the real test can start.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby Kenster » Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:56 pm

skurvey, nice path u r taking... its all falling into place. I noticed you mentioned you are about to suss your laundry tap out etc... My Still spirits T500 (in its original condition) uses around 300 lit per 25 lit wash. Thats a LOT of wasted water. A lot of us here have some form of tank/recycle setup... maybe just a thought for the future.
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Re: Pure distilling ultra pure thingy that makes things pure

Postby skurvy84 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:32 pm

Yeah all sorted, i have a a couple ibcs which i plan on running the cooling water into to use on the our wicking beds or wash the car etc.
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