Temperature probe placement

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Temperature probe placement

Postby Walker » Sat Mar 07, 2020 6:47 am

On a VM style still where the product condenser coil is placed above the tee to the product condenser where would be the ideal placement of a temperature probe? Make sense? Thanks
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby scythe » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:39 pm

Depends what temp you are trying to see.

Most important place to put it would be on the boiler.

You can't run a still by temperature, but it is nice to know how long till vapour will start to generate.
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby db1979 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 5:57 pm

Temp of vapour before the PC can be used to determine abv.
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby bluc » Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:45 pm

If you want one for vapour temp between main body and pc would work out of falling reflux and in vapour.. :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby bluc » Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:48 pm

Walker wrote:On a VM style still where the product condenser coil is placed above the tee to the product condenser where would be the ideal placement of a temperature probe? Make sense? Thanks

On a vm the product condenser goes after the tee the condeser above the tee is a reflux condenser , prob just a typo :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby Walker » Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:01 am

Bluc what I was trying to picture and explain was the still I saw on a YouTube video, Stillit. Now I know it’s called a CCVM still and that’s the direction I’m heading in. That’s where I was wondering where a good place would to for a thermometer for checking vapor temperature. I’ll have one on the keg also. I know they aren’t necessary but I like to visually see everything that’s happening.
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Re: Temperature probe placement

Postby Maxxx » Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:38 am

Hey Walker
I have done tho odd one of these, and just a couple of things I have found
Most people use a T piece at the takeoff - personally I like to use a cross piece, it puts a bit of extra volume at the takeoff point and you can mount a thermometer horizontally (on the opposite side of the cross to the takeoff)
Also I have found it invaluable to have a thermometer exactly half way up the column - you can see the rise in temp/ tails coming
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