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Re: Getting frustrated

Postby S-Cackalacky » Mon May 14, 2018 8:02 pm

The liebig seems a little small. I would recommend at least 24" of 1/2" inside 3/4". Longer would be even better - 36", or so. Keeping the water cooler using a larger reservoir might help to shave a little time off the strips. If I were you, I wouldn't lose any sleep over it. Just continue to practice and learn and upgrade when you can. How long it takes doesn't mean much in the big scheme of things.

I recently ran about 100L of apple brandy through a pot still with a 50L boiler. I did two strips with a charge of about 40L each. I saved another 20L, or so, of the wash to add to the charge for the spirit run. The two stripping runs took about 6 hours from charging the still (twice) to heat up (twice) to shutdown. I run electric and was running at about 4400W with a 36" dimroth condenser using well water for cooling.

I used to run a 19L pot still with a 24" liebig (1/2"copper inside 1" PVC). It was also electric, but only ran at 1375W flat out. It took about the same amount of time (maybe longer) as you're getting with your strips. Took an hour+ just to get up to heat. Just keep in mind that we were all noobs at one time and just want to help you through your frustration.

It also helps to have a fill port and a drain on your boiler to cut time off the strips. Also saves a lot of work.
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Re: Getting frustrated

Postby Double D » Tue May 15, 2018 1:58 pm

Trying to improve
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Re: Getting frustrated

Postby just sayin' » Wed May 16, 2018 8:42 am

Nice rig!
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Re: Getting frustrated

Postby minime » Wed May 16, 2018 3:34 pm

Double D wrote:Trying to improve

I run a very similar setup for stripping. I put an upside down double wound coil in vapour path ahead of the reducer......allows a shorter cooling condenser as it's already liquid when it gets there. :8)
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