Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:42 pm

So I just got hold of a 4" stainless ferrule so I can finally get access into the keg and attach the drain at the same time. But none of my boily mates have stainless Mig wire.

Will hard or soft solder do the job? Or should I just externally source someone to do it?
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby bluc » Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:32 am

Personally I would get it tigged. Or buy a roll stsinless mig wire. Pretty sure bunnings sell small rolls of it..
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:17 pm

So I've been a bit busy of late. Renovating a full kitchen and putting floorboards through the whole house. There's shit everywhere but I managed to do my 3rd gen (I ended up binning the trub) of MrsMacs Knockoff Bourbon and have enough to do a spirit run...if I ever get time with cleaning the whole house/patio/shed/garage with reno rubble.

So I currently have a functioning pot still, a half finished keg (which I don't want to touch until I do the spirit run).

I also have a half finished CCVM column (just need to make the packed section which a mate kindly donated me a whole box of copper scrubbers). And a half wound coil condenser.

But my offsider at work today dragged me out into the carpark before my shift today to give me a present.

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About 140cm of 4". For freeeeee :dance: :happy-partydance:

It has a bit of damage in places but should be right. Looks like I'll be busy (in about 12 months) when I get to it!
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby bluc » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:20 pm

:dance:
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Lesgold » Mon Jul 06, 2020 8:43 pm

Now that’s a mate.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:41 pm

Probably a bit backwards but an idea popped in my head this morning while I was rattling around at work.

Could you make a solid column 4" bubbler using glass tubing as windows instead of a protruding faced flat sight glass?

Make it so it looks a bit like a balaclava if that makes sense.

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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby bluc » Tue Jul 07, 2020 8:50 pm

yes magnus did his build log is in plated column section :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:40 pm

bluc wrote:yes magnus did his build log is in plated column section :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Is that the 3" perf plate glasser?

What I was planning was cutting the 3" or 4" hole to attach the site glass ferrule to... But slipping a glass sleeve inside above the plate.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby chipboy » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:26 am

The units on other sites using glass (Borosilicate = pyrex) have it a lot thicker than the display image, perhaps 5 or even 6mm thick to manage the stresses of clamping them down, then there are the seals you will need.

Good thinking all the same.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby scythe » Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:37 am

Might need to sketch a picture, i dont understand what you are trying to acheive, as it does not sound like you're wanting to make a glass walled module.

What would the advantage be?
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby bluc » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:24 am

Birdman85 wrote:
bluc wrote:yes magnus did his build log is in plated column section :handgestures-thumbupleft:


Is that the 3" perf plate glasser?

What I was planning was cutting the 3" or 4" hole to attach the site glass ferrule to... But slipping a glass sleeve inside above the plate.

Yea 3" glass tube all plates in single length. Hardest thing with doing what you say would be getting vapour proof seal between glass and copper/stainless. Maybe a classic glasser would suit you better?
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Doubleuj » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:30 am

Just sounds like a glasser to me.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Andrew » Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:40 am

Stay tuned for the Visualizer Mk2 :laughing-rolling:
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:29 pm

Finally found myself a spare 10mins and quickly wound my first attempt at a double coil condenser.

I wrapped the first around the spear from the keg, and then I tried a paint roller (which was as unsuccessful after 2 winds) and ended up using a thin cardboard (which you can see still embedded in it in the pic).

I think it was a success but I can't be sure until I get a 2inch cap and some way to connect a hose to it. But a quick few puffs of air flowed through it really easy.

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Now to get the cardboard out??? Burning?
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Wed Mar 24, 2021 6:30 pm

So I only have one more ez flange ferrule to knock up on the packed section and then my CCVM for running neutrals will be finished.

No pics sorry... Hopefully get it finished tomorrow because I've started to run low of whiskey and have got some motivation back... For now.

Has anyone ever built their still and then thought, I think I might stick with my old T500 because I'm worried what I created won't work/as good??? And my T500 is just so easy to use.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Lesgold » Wed Mar 24, 2021 8:55 pm

You’ll get a better product out of the CCVM in a shorter time period. I think you’ll also find that the CCVM will be much easier to use than the T500. Hang in there man, you are almost done.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:03 pm

Thanks Lesgold.

Just jumped out to the shed for 45min and knocked up the 2 eziflanges for the packed section. Now just let them cool, give them a hit with the grinder, attach my two hose connectors to the cool and I think I'm going to run the FFV wash that I put down 9 months ago through it as a sac run.

Oh wait, my mate took my keg to tig on a tap and 4inch opening :angry-banghead:

Atleast I'm ready to go when he's back from Easter holidays.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby RuddyCrazy » Thu Mar 25, 2021 6:19 pm

Well Birdman as you haven't put a location in your profile no'one knows where you are. Like if you're in SA I could weld up your boiler easily but not knowing where you are just gives a guess.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Thu Mar 25, 2021 7:03 pm

RuddyCrazy wrote:Well Birdman as you haven't put a location in your profile no'one knows where you are. Like if you're in SA I could weld up your boiler easily but not knowing where you are just gives a guess.


I swear it used to say where I was. I'll go and redo it.

But I'm from Maitland NSW.
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Re: Birdmans epic adventure of creation.

Postby Birdman85 » Mon Apr 05, 2021 8:44 pm

Had a quick play in the shed today.
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Still no hose connections on the coil but that's only a quick task.

And I dropped my condenser by mistake and bent the ez-flange. Hopefully it didn't break the seal, although I'm thinking about trying to make another one... Just because.

Now when my mate finishes up on my keg I'll be able to do a clean run and strip my latest experiment
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