Brand New FSD 4" Pot

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Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:00 pm

Hi All,

Just wanted to post a pic of my new FSD 4" Pot. Clean as a whistle and ran like a breeze on her maiden run.

Thank you for all the help and advice Andrew, 5 star service :clap: . The brass fittings for the cooling line and the sealant you gave me worked an absolute treat!

Zero leaks and best of all no thread tape required :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Andrew » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:36 pm

Im glad your happy Georgio and thank you :handgestures-thumbupleft:
She looks the part on top that clean keg :happy-partydance:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby bluc » Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:57 pm

I am sure it will make you plenty of tasty booze :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby woodduck » Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:54 pm

Nice rig mate. Best thing is she's modular so you can build a bubbler from here :dance:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby j0sh2008 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:52 pm

Nice and shiny :drool: looks good mate :handgestures-thumbupleft:

What are you aging in the bottles on the table ?
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby dans.brew » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:31 pm

The booze has to taste good flowing out of that shiny beast! :obscene-drinkingdrunk:
I've had the privy of looking at one of these up close and its a credit to 5 Star for the quality they sell... they are a nice bit of gear. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:26 am

Stripped some cfw on first run and was super impressed. Starting ABV %75 and ran boiler upto 99c and it was still knocking down vapor, distillate was still cool...just awesome gear.
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby db1979 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:31 am

woodduck wrote:Nice rig mate. Best thing is she's modular so you can build a bubbler from here :dance:

Yep, I can see another bubbler in the making :dance: :happy-partydance:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:41 am

j0sh2008 wrote:Nice and shiny :drool: looks good mate :handgestures-thumbupleft:

What are you aging in the bottles on the table ?


Thanks mate. The bottle closest to the new rig is gen 5 UJ on 3rd use bourbon cubes. The UJ is actually 6 months old already (I left it white). The bottle at the back is a 100% Malt Whisky, on med toast AO, 4 months old. I was checking the oakiness whilst taking in all the shiny new gear :obscene-drinkingchug:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby dans.brew » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:00 pm

Georgio wrote:
Thanks mate. The bottle closest to the new rig is gen 5 UJ on 3rd use bourbon cubes. The UJ is actually 6 months old already (I left it white). The bottle at the back is a 100% Malt Whisky, on med toast AO, 4 months old. I was checking the oakiness whilst taking in all the shiny new gear :obscene-drinkingchug:


Your making us all thirsty Georgio :laughing-rolling:
Where did you get your mash tun from... i assume thats what the red water tub is? It looks like what i need, especially with the temp guage in the side. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:57 pm

It is a cooler mash tun indeed. Works a treat. It was a pressie from the mrs....which she now regrets given the amount of time I spend working on my hobby :obscene-drinkingdrunk:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby dans.brew » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:49 pm

Georgio wrote:It is a cooler mash tun indeed. Works a treat. It was a pressie from the mrs....which she now regrets given the amount of time I spend working on my hobby :obscene-drinkingdrunk:

Yeah but if you have the right gear, you can do it more efficiently which should make it quicker which means more time with the Mrs.... if only they would believe it! :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:09 pm

:-D
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:13 am

Quick update...
Just completed my first spirit run with my new FSD 4inch pot.
Approx 32L @ 40%.
Ran one element at half power through fores and heads down to 80abv then upped power to around 65% through hearts/tails down to 60abv then one element at full noise down to 30abv.
I have kept from 80abv down 70abv. Once proofed down i ended up with just over 8L at 65% ready for aging.
The spirit produced is superior to that of my home made job in every way. Big thanks to Andrew/Stig. Awesome gear. :clap:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby The Stig » Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:21 pm

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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby mako » Sun Nov 04, 2018 5:01 am

Very nice Georgio - a friend of mine has the same setup.
I've been wondering if a 4" 500mm packed section would act as a thumper on this this?
Maybe even a 1 or 2 plate unit?
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:05 am

I have noticed my ABV starts higher and holds much more steady than my old non packed 2" copper pot. I have packed the two inch piping at the top of the still with copper mesh that 5Star supplied. Starting ABV of 85%. The ABV held super steady between 85% - 70%. Largest hearts cut I have had to date. True hearts was definitely 80%-72% but I kept power up through hearts to try to intentionally smear some early tails up into the cut (bit of an experiment, have been doing heaps of heavilly peated AG). Ended up keeping 80%-70% ABV. I have noticed this early tails has the peaty/Iodine flavour I love but when I run slower and get more definition in the hearts/tails boundary the hearts are great and tails are just too strong to blend in, given that I want to drink this stuff between 6-12 months.

I am definitely considering adding in some plates atm...... :dance:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby bluc » Sun Nov 04, 2018 12:36 pm

Sounds like your all over it. Would love to hear about your all grain adventures :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby Georgio » Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:04 pm

Thanks Bluc, I learnt heaps reading your AG thread. Trying out a new a new brand of heavilly peated malt. CRISP malt, just arrived in the country, I was lucky enough to get my mits on 30kgs. Going to run this with the addition of some malted Rye at 10% in the next few weeks, so will keep you let you know how she runs :-B
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Re: Brand New FSD 4" Pot

Postby bluc » Sun Nov 04, 2018 2:48 pm

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