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Hi From Perth

Postby DavesBackyard » Fri Feb 16, 2024 10:37 pm


I'm not distilling yet. I have brewed Beer and currently fermenting Mead from my own Honey. I am tossing up with getting a T500 or Making a Reflux still from a beer keg. I am here to learn and not in a big rush to start distilling right away.
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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby Wellsy » Sat Feb 17, 2024 5:55 am

Welcome Dave
Plenty of info on here to help you on the journey.
I would suggest rather than starting with a still type in mind you work out what it is you want to make. Once you get that sorted the still type, reflux or pot, will be determined for you.
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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby Carol » Sat Feb 17, 2024 7:49 am

Welcome Dave
Lots of information here. Have a look through the newbies section. That is a good starting point.
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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby The Stig » Sat Feb 17, 2024 7:55 am

Welcome Backyard.
Sorry to say this but you can’t make a reflux still out of a keg.
You can however make a boiler out of a keg that you can then mount a reflux still head onto it.
Enjoy the ride , it’ll all become clear as mud the more you read
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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby indenial » Sat Feb 17, 2024 1:05 pm

Welcome Dave.
With that beer brewing experience, do you think you might make a whiskey in the future?
T500 not ideal for that. A keg boiler is more adaptable.
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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby tacman1970 » Thu Feb 22, 2024 1:47 pm

Welcome Dave,
You'll get lots of info to help you on your journey.

When I started I did something similar to what it sounds like you want to do. Converted a 50l keg into a boiler with 2 * 2200m elements and built myself a modular still ( almost exactly the same Jessie from Chasing the Craft in NZ did when he started). With my modular set up I can make whiskey/rum/etc when set up in pot still mode and can also make good neutral when it is in reflux setup. If you're reasonably handy and can braise copper to stainless steel it isn't too hard to put something together.

Don't make the same mistake I made though. I thought it would be much cheaper to build rather than buy, but by the time I made a few mistakes & had to start things again I could have bought an ok starting setup for less!!!! :laughing-rolling:

Have fun with it!

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Re: Hi From Perth

Postby BigRig » Sat Feb 24, 2024 11:13 am

Welcome Dave
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