FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby vsboost » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:53 pm

What you got boiling there mac?
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby 1 2many » Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:55 pm

Nice Mac but you put the triclamp on upside down :teasing-tease: :teasing-neener:
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Sun Jun 23, 2013 4:21 pm

vsboost wrote:What you got boiling there mac?


Pears :D
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Sun Jun 23, 2013 5:04 pm

I've just done the maths on the pricing of this rig, you can have one of these 6" Mac 4 SSG's for $2890.00 plus postage :D
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FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby BackyardBrewer » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:32 pm

I have to say at that price I wish I could say to all lurkers and new members who are weighing up what to buy if you did the math on 6 months of drinking commercial spirits and buying something like this over a home brew shop rig you would never ever regret it.

2 x 50 bottles of spirits a week is a hundred bucks a week. That doesn't include give aways or parties.

$400 a month ? That is $4800. Imagine being able to push out litres and litres of your own custom made booze for life...if you even think for one minute this hobby is for you and your entry level kit was this rig? Shit you would be laughing all the way to the bank and all the way to the most popular dude in your crew.

...unless your mates distill and then you'll be like me saying "damn - that is a magic drop. How did you make that?"

This price? It will save you a fortune in the long run.
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby Jonno » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:44 pm

You just need a boiler big enough to run a 6" :laughing-rolling:
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:47 pm

Jonno wrote:You just need a boiler big enough to run a 6" :laughing-rolling:


It's quite happy on the 18 gallon keg I'm using :D
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:32 pm

Geez it's hard not to be impressed with this rig, I think I've hit my distilling nirvana :dance:

Currently getting 6.25 L/PH from a 12% plum wash.... :teasing-tease:
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby Ryno » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:37 pm

Holly crap. That is high.
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FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby Dominator » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:42 pm

MacStill wrote:Geez it's hard not to be impressed with this rig, I think I've hit my distilling nirvana :dance:

Currently getting 6.25 L/PH from a 12% plum wash.... :teasing-tease:



Can you imagine how CC feels when he is running Cindy?
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6

Postby MacStill » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:43 pm

Dominator wrote:
MacStill wrote:Geez it's hard not to be impressed with this rig, I think I've hit my distilling nirvana :dance:

Currently getting 6.25 L/PH from a 12% plum wash.... :teasing-tease:



Can you imagine how CC feels when he is running Cindy?


Yes, he rings me everytime he runs it..... so I get to hear all about his 11 L/PH take off rates :laughing-rolling:
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:23 pm

For all you drip drip drip guys :teasing-neener: :teasing-tease: :teasing-neener:

The spout on the parrot is 1/2" tube & the red line on the alcometer is 100% :D

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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby tipsy » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:26 pm

:o :clap: ^:)^
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:20 pm

I ran some pear through this rig today, then pulled it down for a good clean out..... shouldn't have bothered :teasing-neener: :D :teasing-neener:

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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Wed Jun 26, 2013 10:26 pm

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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby tipsy » Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:58 am

Lovin the pics Mac. Putting me a little on edge though with anticipation :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:25 pm

After running this rig in various ways I've learnt a lot about larger volume stills, this things runs by itself basically and is so easy to drive.

The last few times I've run this has been by power management and not by controlling the reflux valve, by this I mean building the power up until it overwhelms the reflux condenser and adjusting the flow rates via the controller.... for now I'll say that the carry over of flavours by running so hard while slowing the output is excellent.

From a 80L boiler charge today I started off collecting fores drip by drip until the 250ml mark, then powered up a bit for heads to about 2 L/PH, once 800ml of heads was taken I powered up again to around 4.5- 5 L/PH for the body of the run.

Where things got really interesting was once the alcometer hit 90% ABV I slowed the output to around 3 L/PH and collected another 900ml before the output became irregular, then powered up, changed jars & collected 400ml from 90% down to 20% in 3 minutes :scared-eek:

Overall run time from turning power on until turning off was just over 3 hours for an 80L wash for a total of 5.5L of really beautiful hearts.

Couldnt be happier :dance:

So with all the feints from the pears and plums I've been getting I've been tipping it back in on the marc from the best plum ferment, I figure by the time I get a boiler full of marinated feints to run at 40% ABV I'll have this baby purring like a kitten and cant wait to see the take off rates with a 40% ABV boiler charge.

What a still this is, it fits right in perfectly between the serious hobbyist and the pro micro distilleries, I truly believe the 6" rig has a very bright future :D
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby Urrazeb » Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:30 pm

:handgestures-thumbupleft: :o Nice...
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby the Doctor » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:21 pm

I must admit that this is a really beautiful rig Mac... I love the look of those screw off sight glasses, it is just all so easy. I really think that this is the future of our craft. I would be proud to show that off on our distillery tour. It is just so classy...well done.
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Re: FSD Mac 4 SSG - 6" has arrived

Postby MacStill » Fri Jun 28, 2013 10:40 pm

Thank you Doc, nothing would make more proud than to have you showing a rig like this on your distillery tour.

I have another little new release arriving next week, ok well maybe two new releases that will cater just as well for the DIY builder :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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