DIY build help

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DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:54 pm

Afternoon all.

I am going to build my own pot style still, for the most part i can find a good % of what i need local.

What i need advice with is column size, diameter and length? and a reducer from said size down to 3/4" pipe.

And what are the ways of attaching it to the keg.

Sorry if already been asked and thanks for all help...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby woodduck » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:16 pm

Start here

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viewforum.php?f=41

Sorry mate but there aren't any quick answers around here. Time and patience will be your friend in this hobby. You need to research and work out what it is exactly that you want and need this will mean time spent reading. You will learn so much more reading threads than you will getting a one line answer.

Best of luck, keep up upto date :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:48 pm

Cheers for that.

Been doing lots of reading, head startin to hurt from info over load...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby Plumby » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:57 pm

ozzy rum wrote:Cheers for that.

Been doing lots of reading, head startin to hurt from info over load...

Just wait for the sleepless nights spent mentally building your still thinking about: Condensers', size of still, the height out of the keg, the height of your collection point ( where your cut jars are ), power controller, element size, do I go gas or not, insulation for your boiler. The list goes on into infinitum :laughing-rolling:
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Re: DIY build help

Postby woodduck » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:58 pm

Yep that will happen :laughing-rolling: just give it time and it will all make sence. Don't rush in.
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:50 pm

Picked up a 50lt keg today for $30

For heating i will be using a gas burner.

Back to do some more reading...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:39 pm

Afternoon all.

Can some one please point me to the info i need to remove this spear pls, dont seem to be having much luck finding the rite info.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: DIY build help

Postby bluc » Sat Jul 07, 2018 1:12 pm

make sure you degass it and have its pointing away from you when you remove spear. Looks like the one I did pull middle bit up and turn it 1/4 turn and it should come free, easy peasy :handgestures-thumbupleft: :D
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:15 pm

Unless i doing something wrong i can turn it and it will drop in side it but to turn it yo get it out just wont happen.

When it drops inside there 3 tabs that fit into slots that stop it coming all way out...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby bluc » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:34 pm

From memory yes it drops inside but when you screw the cover off you can remove it, the big circular thingo unscrews leaving a fitting that will fit a triclamp.
have a look at this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kNQ27XWHpA
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:46 pm

Bingo, cheers for that...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby bluc » Sat Jul 07, 2018 3:56 pm

:handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:32 pm

Picked up a mapp torch at aldi today and a few copper bits from bunnings for the condenser.

Slowly coming tougher, the plan is to have the column 400mm high with a 1 meter condenser, going to ring reece plumbing tomorrow and price the 2" copper and reducer i will need.

I am good with with the understanding of building and the workings of a basic still, i have done a lil bit of home brew beer in the past so have a small understanding of some of what goes on, 1st few runs will be just sugar run to get the feel of using the still wile i do more reading and learning on the doing of the rum run...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby bluc » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:48 pm

sounds good. You going to use a ferrrule or easy flange on the riser? :-B also if you put an elbow and flange on end of condenser and same on riser you can adjust the angle of the condenser :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:22 pm

Wile i am in the learning stage i think i will just set it to 45 angle, from what i have read that seems to b the the go.

Tomorrow i am going to order a tri clamp and 2 2" ferrules if i dont have any luck soldering the ferrule to the copper i will do the easy flange, i have a lil know how with the soldering i use to offside with my uncle he was a plumer.
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Re: DIY build help

Postby RC Al » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:03 pm

Check out my posts at the end of this thread
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Re: DIY build help

Postby Nathan02 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:05 pm

Easy flanges are pretty straight forward mate. My vote I'd have a crack at the easy flange, you'll get there! If not then order the ferrules but you'll save some $$
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:02 am

Have been ringing around some scrap yards no luck rang reece holy snapping aholes, $77 for a 1m length...
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Re: DIY build help

Postby RC Al » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:06 pm

Pm'd you
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Re: DIY build help

Postby ozzy rum » Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:41 pm

Afternoon all, the build it slowly coming along just waiting on mail
Picked up a 3 ring gas burner today for heating, would like some advice on a contact temp meter, something i can use to contact the out side of the keg or column to give me my temps.
Going to pick up a 200lt blue drum for my water rez, but not 100% sure on pump as yet, have some angle iron i going to make a stand for keg and the burner.
With using a gas burner for my heat what can i use as a thermal blanket?
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