FSD 2" Boka

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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:23 pm

I'm pretty sure that imbibers will be living "on their backs."

I just had to reference Bowie....
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Pedro1970 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:38 pm

i'm very happy... no, ecstatic is the word... to :text-welcomeconfetti: the latest member of the family and introduce 'Barry the boozie Boka' to his new roommate... 'Frankie 4 plates'.

Now boys, I want you to play nicely with each other... if only i'd been to the hardware store already Frankie would be getting his first bath :angry-soapbox:
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby The Stig » Sun Oct 06, 2019 12:53 pm

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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Sam. » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:56 pm

Good looking still but fark it’s dry where ever you are
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby The Stig » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:19 pm

It's the same all around Brisbane and the surrounding areas Sam, even my backyard is crunchy
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby bluc » Mon Oct 07, 2019 4:59 pm

And here about 200km north...
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Pedro1970 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:24 pm

Sceninc Rim... home of the fires... came home to 40degrees and to a very blood orange sun at this arvo... nothing like the smell of a big grass fire :angry-extinguishflame: :angry-extinguishflame: :angry-extinguishflame: :angry-extinguishflame:
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:07 pm

In fairness to Andrew and all at 5-star, I decided to cancel the current order (which was being part-paid), and just use Zip-pay for The Gin Genie. So 5-Star gets paid, I gets the Boka, and I can take even more time paying it off, but without inconveniencing anyone.

Order is done. Once Zip give the green light, I can wait impatiently for the still to arrive. I'm having it sent to work, so that I can get any need brass attachments, right there!

Exciting. Plus, the brews are starting to back up! I have 60 litres of sugar washes, just waiting to be released.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Andrew » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:20 am

Shano592 wrote:just waiting to be released.

It will be Shipped tomorrow some time so with any luck you should have it before mid week.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:04 pm

Cheers, Andrew.

As the posties are in the same complex, I'm hopeful. But then I have seen them in action, so insurance may be mandatory! x_x

Well, now to wait...
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby wynnum1 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 7:47 pm

Shano592 wrote:In fairness to Andrew and all at 5-star, I decided to cancel the current order (which was being part-paid), and just use Zip-pay for The Gin Genie. So 5-Star gets paid, I gets the Boka, and I can take even more time paying it off, but without inconveniencing anyone.

Order is done. Once Zip give the green light, I can wait impatiently for the still to arrive. I'm having it sent to work, so that I can get any need brass attachments, right there!

Exciting. Plus, the brews are starting to back up! I have 60 litres of sugar washes, just waiting to be released.


They where talking about these time payment like Zip-pay seems like there are many more coming on to the market and that they charge 6% from the seller and that not making payment and getting hit with a penalty is not there main income.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 8:33 pm

Yeah, I use ZIP and Afterpay as a vendor as well.

A lot of their income is from buyers who miss payments. From the vendor's perspective though, it is yet another avenue to get paid. Unfortunately, in this current climate, that 6% (plus GST) is a hard thing to pass on, like credit card fees, paypal fees etc.

Anyway, all of this is moot. It is offered by 5-star, it was taken up by this guy, and soon I will have some shiny to place atop the keg monster!

One question, for those who have one of these... Can I loop a temperature probe down through the top of this thing? I have a controller that will adjust the power to the heater element, according to a set temperature. It has one of those simple loopback probes, and I'm hoping it will be a simple thing to drop in from the top.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Professor Green » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:23 am

I don’t think there will be anywhere for a temperature probe and you should not be controlling the boiler by temperature anyway, you want a constant rolling boil for best results. A power control for spirit runs to reduce the ferocity of the boil would be a better way to go.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:12 am

Hi Prof,

I do have that already. I have a rotary controller that I can set from 100% (2400W) down to zero. Plus I use a power meter, to see what the exact wattage is being used at any time.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby db1979 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:15 am

Shano592 wrote:Hi Prof,

I do have that already. I have a rotary controller that I can set from 100% (2400W) down to zero. Plus I use a power meter, to see what the exact wattage is being used at any time.

Then you're good to go, forget about the temp probe.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:11 pm

Noice.

Just exploring all potential avenues. Cheers
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Carol » Mon Oct 21, 2019 4:40 pm

Not long now and you will have an exciting new toy to play with. Further back in this thread I posted a description of my first spirit run which you might find helpful. I have the pot still to do the stripping runs and the boka for the spirit run. I have 3 x 25 litre fermenters. Pot still takes around 2.5 hours for each fermenter. Then I have enough for a spirit run - currently I am adding tails to the run but I might change that later. Today's spirit run (Teddy's FFV) was low and slow and took almost 7 hours. I have 22 jars sitting on the bench airing to make my cuts later. I usually end up with the equivalent of 10 x 700 ml bottles of vodka (plus heads and tails). Heads are being saved for an experimental run when I have enough.
I keep notes as I go so I can refer back if I need to.

Happy to share my (limited) knowledge if you need it.

Cheers
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Shano592 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:28 pm

That's great, thanks Carol.

I have a pot still being built. The Drunk Pelican. Hopefully, the engineer will be done soon.

EDIT: Where did you get your jars from?
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby Carol » Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:51 pm

They are vegemite jars that I have collected over lots of years!!! I use kmart measuring jugs on the still to get approx 300mls and then transfer them to the vegemite jars. If you cannot find enough jars maybe stubbies would do - or glasses from the op shop.
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Re: FSD 2" Boka

Postby The Stig » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:11 pm

I use the old tomato paste jars from woolies
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