we talked about in the wire on the nettle manure ...
a superb achievement here accompanied by a 'howto'
It is possible to make any still with little things, like a pressure cooker, plastic buckets, a copper coil ... The option chosen here wants to be more serious, more technical, but proven. The stills described below work well and enable effective control of the finished product ... It is not about becoming intoxicated with his house hooch!
As you've already read, there are many types of stills, and it is possible to manufacture many models ...
Whoever wants to produce neutral spirits, build a reflux still or fractionating. If he wishes to produce flavored spirits (whiskey, fruit brandies ...), it will build a traditional alembic (pot still). The enthusiast will want two or three! We'll have to think from the beginning, as some parts are the same ... We can make early 2 2 bowls and flanges (or 3)!
Except for-yourselfer, it is best to start with a "pot still", which is less complicated!
You find here some tracks, but there are many others. While the following information has been proven by the New Zealand fans, we can not guarantee any results (depending on the skill and expertise of each).
We recall once again: if you live in a country where it is illegal: DO NOT DO IT !!!
It is impossible to explain everything by the text, therefore, observe the pictures, study the map ... and be sure to have understood before starting!
It is essential in any case to be a good handyman or get help.
Take your time: before embarking, it is imperative:
- Have all the necessary tools,
- Have all the necessary equipment,
- Depending on the material found, make a plan,
- If one begins (eg welding): training on waste.
There are a lot of websites that can explain the necessary plumbing basics, check them out!
But coming to the point: how to build a still?
The still: 3 parts
Your still will consist of 3 parts:
- The boiler: the pot in which it will heat up and boil the wort to be distilled.
- Column: the copper tube in which the alcohol vapors rise to the condenser. As said above, there are 3 column types: simple, reflux, fractionation.
- The condenser: As the name suggests, this is where the vapors condense into liquid alcohol. There are of two types: tube coil or tube (Liebig).
This subject is very controversial even within the moonshiners community! The general opinion is to avoid contact between the vapors of alcohol and alcohol at a high% ABV with materials such as plastic, rubber and other synthetic material. Similarly, non-stainless steel, zinc, galvanized, aluminum ... are prohibited. Lead in solders is obviously to be avoided also.
To summarize, it is easier to retain what is "safe": stainless steel, copper, tin solders and silver, cork, paper and flour paste for joints. That's all! You people may find to say the silicone is safe, that this type of plastic is also ... But to put it bluntly: if one breaks the ass to make an artisanal product, so do not take risk to put the m ... e!
It is useful to organize:
- The boiler can be built entirely separately from the rest.
- The condenser can be built entirely separately from the rest.
- The boiler column link can be built entirely separately from the rest.
- The column of a still pot can be entirely constructed separately from the rest.
- The column of a still reflux can be built entirely separately from the condenser, since it requires a high accuracy of alignment of the cooling tubes with the condenser water inputs.
The following: http://www.fairesagnole.eu/page39/construire.html
Other Greenest stuff or do it yourself: tips-and-tricks-Greenest-vf61.html
to its canned food
Edit: a small still available for sale: https://www.econologie.com/shop/alambic ... p-566.html