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All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

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All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:24 pm

It's been a LONG time in the planning, but I finally finished my pot still.

I have a 15.5 gal keg for stripping and a 7.75 gal pony keg for a VM reflux column.

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I have a variety of Tri-Clamp fittings so I can mess around with what type of configuration or angle I want to set the lyne arm at. Here's one configuration using two 90 elbows just prior to the Liebig:

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Here it is using just one 90 elbow prior to the Liebig:

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The 3" column coming off the keg is 15" long. The Tri-Clamp fittings allow for the lyne arm to be tilted anywhere from 45° up, 45° down or any angle in between.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:31 pm

Here's the plans.
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Postby minime » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:50 pm

Well, that's either your basement or YOU are living the single life. Ain't no self respecting female gonna have ANYTHING to do with that kitchen. :lol:
Nice pot still too!
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby zedzedtop » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:04 am

Ha yes, you should see my kitchen. I'm in 500ft^2 house with tiny backyard and shed - barely enough room to turn around. Too many hobbies and tools. Kitchen counter is overflowing with tools and often dirty dishes.

That is a nice pot still. I wonder if you could get most of the copper advantage by dumping lots of shavings into the boiler. I've heard that copper is more important in the strip than the spirit run.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby vb » Sun Feb 13, 2011 1:31 am

Now you're just showing off
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby Decoy » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:01 am

pretty... :8)
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby Copperline » Sun Feb 13, 2011 7:25 am

Very nice! I like the versatility all the tri clamp connections provide.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:11 am

:lol: No it's not my kitchen. It's in my garage. That's gonna be my stillin area. It was a lot of work to put that sink & counter there. I had to tear up the back yard pretty bad to run a water line in and a drain out.

Bustin out the concrete:
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Cabinet doors, hinges & trim. Yes I cut out holes for the cabinet doors too :D :
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My wife found a piece of granite for $100 so that's what got me started on this.
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Cut the sink hole in the granite and installed the sink. I used a diamond hole saw for the corners and a diamond blade on a skill saw to cut the sink hole. I had to temporarily brace the cutout from the underside.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:56 am

zedzedtop wrote:Ha yes, you should see my kitchen. I'm in 500ft^2 house with tiny backyard and shed - barely enough room to turn around. Too many hobbies and tools. Kitchen counter is overflowing with tools and often dirty dishes.

That is a nice pot still. I wonder if you could get most of the copper advantage by dumping lots of shavings into the boiler. I've heard that copper is more important in the strip than the spirit run.


I certainly hope so. I'll definitely chuck a bunch of pieces of copper into the boiler. I'm considering using some copper wire, coil it up and use the coil to line the inner wall of the column to see if that works too.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby Bayou-Ruler » Sun Feb 13, 2011 11:45 am

NineInchNails wrote:
zedzedtop wrote:Ha yes, you should see my kitchen. I'm in 500ft^2 house with tiny backyard and shed - barely enough room to turn around. Too many hobbies and tools. Kitchen counter is overflowing with tools and often dirty dishes.

That is a nice pot still. I wonder if you could get most of the copper advantage by dumping lots of shavings into the boiler. I've heard that copper is more important in the strip than the spirit run.


I certainly hope so. I'll definitely chuck a bunch of pieces of copper into the boiler. I'm considering using some copper wire, coil it up and use the coil to line the inner wall of the column to see if that works too.




Copper is beneficial in the vapor path to remove sulfides. Not sure about in the boiler.................
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Sun Feb 13, 2011 8:32 pm

Bayou-Ruler wrote:
NineInchNails wrote:
zedzedtop wrote:Ha yes, you should see my kitchen. I'm in 500ft^2 house with tiny backyard and shed - barely enough room to turn around. Too many hobbies and tools. Kitchen counter is overflowing with tools and often dirty dishes.

That is a nice pot still. I wonder if you could get most of the copper advantage by dumping lots of shavings into the boiler. I've heard that copper is more important in the strip than the spirit run.


I certainly hope so. I'll definitely chuck a bunch of pieces of copper into the boiler. I'm considering using some copper wire, coil it up and use the coil to line the inner wall of the column to see if that works too.




Copper is beneficial in the vapor path to remove sulfides. Not sure about in the boiler.................


I definitely can't argue about that one. I've read that pot stills benefit more from copper in the vapor path and I've also read that it could be more beneficial for copper to be inside the boiler itself. I'll likely do both.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby big worm » Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:32 pm

nice!
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby NineInchNails » Tue Apr 12, 2011 2:41 pm

I had this steel 4-wheel bench in the garage so I added 3 little sockets to set hold my burner frame while in pot still mode. The stand is held nice & solid. I know ... those are some ugly welds :lol:

The only thing I would like to add is a few little fasteners to ensure that the keg cannot flip over. I might weld a few bolts to the big ring on the burner stand, drill some corresponding holes in the base of the keg and install some thumb screws. I wish I could find a thumb screw with something attached on the opposite end to press against the keg. That way I wouldn't have to drill holes in the keg and the thumb screw would act like a C-clamp to hold the keg nice & snug to the buner stand.

When fiddling with the assembly while the keg is empty it can get a little bit tippy with the Liebig extended all the way out at a 45° angle. The Liebig will be heavier with water inside too.When the keg has some wash inside it won't be tippy at all, but I don't want to have to worry about that kind of accident happening.

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I may replace that plywood with a piece of aluminum diamond plate or something like that.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby Hammers » Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:13 am

You have a granite counter top in your garage? I wanna still at your place.

I'll bring donuts.
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Re: All Stainless Tri-Clamp 3" Pot Still

Postby Fishtech » Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:33 pm

Hmmmm... I may have to duplicate your stand for my setup, I'd love to be able to adjust burner height like that.
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