Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

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Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby ThePaterPiper » Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:46 pm

Hi guys,

My mate and I have finally got enough copper together to build our still. It is going to be 50L keg pot with 19l Corny keg thumper going into a liebig condenser.

As the name suggests, we are making this on a shoestring budget and as such are using the bits and pieces we have had lying around with a few bits and pieces bought. I will warn you now, she isn't going to be pretty, but hopefully, even with our limited skills, she will be effective.

Anyway, work today saw us build the liebig and part of the column from the boiler. As we have very limited materials, the column is 200mm of 2" copper followed by another 250mm of 1" which will turn to a 1/2 " lyne arm across to the thumper. At the bottom of the thumper is a 100mm T section drilled with 1.5mm holes to disperse the vapour bubbles. This is all finally cooled by a 700mm long liebig made of 1" and 1/2" tube.

As I have read many of times, this post is worth nothing without photos, here is what we completed tonight.

2" cap with 1" pipe soldered. First time soldering, so be gentle, please!
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Water inlet or outlet for liebig
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The completed liebig
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The soldered thumper T piece (yet to be drilled.
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We hope to get a bit more work done tomorrow, as well as putting a sacrificial TPW down so we can use her in a couple of weeks.


Please feel free to provide any advise/comments on the build.. it is our first go at this and there is a lot of improvisation. The best bit is with such a simple build, as we find better lengths of 2" we can always re-visit the design :D
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby Doubleuj » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:41 pm

Awesome mate :handgestures-thumbupleft: shoestring budget, that's the beauty of a pot still, it is only a cheap simple still that can make good quality spirits for less than $100 :handgestures-thumbupleft: spend more than that and you should get a bubbler.
Are you going to run gas or electric?
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby Dig Brinker » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:22 pm

As above, and how are you planning on joining to the keg & the corny??
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby ThePaterPiper » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:07 am

Oh yeah forgot to mention that, gas for us, and with the corny, we drilled out the inlet/outlet holes to 13mm but we had the age old problem when it cam to the soldering. Couldn't get it to stick to the stainless. Looks like we might have to shell out for the right flux :angry-banghead:
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby bluc » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:08 pm

Do you get it built?
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby ThePaterPiper » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:27 pm

Oh hi Bluc,

Thanks for the interest. We haven't yet, between work commitments and trouble with brazing the copper pipe into the corny keg (can't get enough heat into it with the propane torch) we are stuck. Have our stockpile of vinegar, at TPW sac wash ready and a Nutrigrain wash just about done, so it is fair to say we are chafing at the bit!!!

I have tracked down a mate of a mate who said they can do the brazing for me so I see him on Monday. After that, there should be no holding us back. Nutrigrain is on sale this week at coles so I dare say we will buy a few boxes for gens 3 - 5 +

Can't wait!!!
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby bluc » Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:07 pm

Great to hear its going ahead cheers :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby ThePaterPiper » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:32 pm

Oh yeah! There's no holding us back after tomorrow (hopefully!) :happy-partydance:
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Re: Scottish build i.e. tight on the coin!

Postby ThePaterPiper » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:46 pm

Finally, some success with the soldering of copper to the corny keg. A mate of a mate had an oxy setup and was good enough to do the job for us.

Here's a pic as proof! lol


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