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Re: copper milk can

Postby Kapea » Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:16 am

Near here they practice live fire on M777s. BIG BADDA BOOM! I love that shit!
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Re: copper milk can

Postby bobrun4172 » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:41 pm

check out the swedish version......in....out....no guys outside...no spreading trails.....no camo nets....cool.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Kapea » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:40 am

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Re: copper milk can

Postby bobrun4172 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 1:00 pm

Good news!.......I just scored a 15.5 gal. Stainless keg for 30.00. I stopped at my local beer distributer, and he had a few for sale. I am going to do bob z design with the 6qt stainless pressure cooker. Gonna have to take the plasma cutter to cut the opening in the keg, and probably use a cut off wheel to cut the bottom off the pot. I will then take it out to my buddys shop to tig weld in on. The copper pipe I will have to order at mcmasters. So yeah......going for the upgrade :rkn:
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Kapea » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:23 pm

Before you go cutting up your keg you might want to consider building something like this. All you need to do is remove the keg's spear and triclamp the still head on. You can use it for a pot, column, flute... Whatever you get a mind to clamp on there. Once you cut it you limit your options:

http://www.artisan-distiller.net/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=30&t=6463&hilit=walking+wolf#p93574
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Re: copper milk can

Postby dad300 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 3:25 pm

As a full fledged member of the ASPKA (American Society for the Prevention of Keg Abuse), don't cut that keg my friend. You'll be able to use it over and over gain....

Once cut it will sooner or later become just a big ol' pot.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby bobrun4172 » Sat Jan 03, 2015 4:59 pm

when i read bobs book he did what he did to access inside the keg to clean it....ie if you scorched it, and using the pressure lid to dismount the riser....etc. thats why i was heading in that direction, but i also understand driving your still, and doing things right to begin with.
after reviewing what you guys said that certainly makes sense.
i also see that is the general consensus on keg type boilers via its multiple application. kinda like changing drill bits :D
thanks guys!......
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Kapea » Sat Jan 03, 2015 5:42 pm

I've been using the same keg as a boiler for 5+ years. The only scorching is on the outside where the propane flames touch it. Inside of the keg is still clean as a whistle.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Sun Jan 04, 2015 12:37 am

Just for the record, I use the opening keg boiler because sometimes I put solid stuff in my boiler, grape pomace for grappa, pulp-in fruit for some eaux-de-vie, and sometimes fermented on the grain whiskey wash, which I stir (like the old-timers) until it reaches the boil, and then I clap the lid and still head on. Also, once for a recent class, I had to distill 10 gallons of fresh beer, which had to be stirred, heated, and de-carbonated before I put the lid and head on, or I would have had a huge puke. On the other hand, if all you'll ever distill is clear liquids, any old vapor connection will work.

Some may be comfortable with fishing a hundred pounds of wet grape pomace or peach chunks out through a 2" hole, or cleaning the odd starting scorch spot (through that same 2" hole) from distilling on grains, or maybe even some day removing the macerated gin botanicals through that 2" hole (a job I currently do in my little glass coffeepot still), but I'm just not up to that hassle.

Would you buy a Holstein or Carl still without a big filling/emptying port.?
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Kapea » Sun Jan 04, 2015 2:37 am

Oh Bob, you know I love you more than my luggage! I didn't mean any disrespect.
If I were going to have a boiler for heating solids I would go with a milk can. The big opening is built in.

And I've been holding up a picture of a StillDragon carter head with one hand a lot lately. :shock:
(Santa said I was not a good enough boy this year to leave one under the tree)
I'm afraid if I put the botanicals in the boiler, every run after that will have hints of gin-ness.

My wife made a batch of hazelnut flavored coffee in my french press once. I had to buy a new french press. The hazelnut flavor would not go away. I like my coffee to taste like coffee, not candy.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby bobrun4172 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 8:26 am

thanks for the input guys :D
i can see by the price of them stilldragon carter heads you would have had to be a real good boy!
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Rebel_Yell » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:15 am

If you try to distill rye that has had the grain removed on propane in a single walled keg... you will want to have a big hole in the top for cleaning.
Oats maybe the same, I have not dared. I had a large tri clamp ferrule welded onto my keg.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby bobrun4172 » Sun Jan 04, 2015 10:54 am

does anyone know a good supplier of kits if i decided that route on my new pot still with my keg? by the time i get done pissing around getting individual parts i may as well just get a kit. lyne arm, liebig condenser with everything to include the tri clamp o ring etc...i am from nw pa
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Re: copper milk can

Postby Mud » Sun Jan 04, 2015 11:41 am

We need a flow chart for these types of questions. I'm gonna start working in one. This ought to be good.
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Re: copper milk can

Postby punkin » Sun Jan 04, 2015 1:35 pm

Mud wrote:We need a flow chart for these types of questions. I'm gonna start working in one. This ought to be good.




Looking forward to it :roflmao:
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