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I didn't say build, cause I didn't really build anything. I bought all the 2" SS tubes on Amazon 24 and 12" for the column, a sight glass, 6" T, 90* elbow and 6" on top of the tee. This is a Column Controlled Vaper Management (CCVM) still. The reflux condenser is made out of 70" 3/8ths OD Corrugated SS tubing used in gas lines. The product condenser is a 2x24" shotgun, and I'm using a submersible pump in the pool as the cooling water supply. Everything goes together with a TC fittings and I'm using a 15 gal keg with the 2" TC as the boiler. I have only run it once yet, but it is fairly easy to control. I really like the modularity of it. I can run it in full reflux and hypothetically get 95% out the top when in reflux, and break it down and cap the top and use it as a pot still. I was looking at Milehi or one of the other still makers when I thought to myself I can put one together that is exactly what I want and this so far is working for me. Can't wait to get it cranked up this holiday weekend. I've got 8 gals for 10% sugar wash ready to go. Just wanted to let folks know that you can put one together for cheeper that buying one. :mug:
 

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I didn't say build, cause I didn't really build anything. I bought all the 2" SS tubes on Amazon 24 and 12" for the column, a sight glass, 6" T, 90* elbow and 6" on top of the tee. This is a Column Controlled Vaper Management (CCVM) still. The reflux condenser is made out of 70" 3/8ths OD Corrugated SS tubing used in gas lines. The product condenser is a 2x24" shotgun, and I'm using a submersible pump in the pool as the cooling water supply. Everything goes together with a TC fittings and I'm using a 15 gal keg with the 2" TC as the boiler. I have only run it once yet, but it is fairly easy to control. I really like the modularity of it. I can run it in full reflux and hypothetically get 95% out the top when in reflux, and break it down and cap the top and use it as a pot still. I was looking at Milehi or one of the other still makers when I thought to myself I can put one together that is exactly what I want and this so far is working for me. Can't wait to get it cranked up this holiday weekend. I've got 8 gals for 10% sugar wash ready to go. Just wanted to let folks know that you can put one together for cheeper that buying one. :mug:
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Brew on :mug:
 
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Here is the requested picture. It is really tall when on the keg and the burner. I want to get it electrified, but I need 220 first. Propane works though. :mug:
 
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In the column I originally had small pieces of copper mesh holding in 36" of lava rock packing. I just recently got some copper wool to pack the top 12" of the column. I'm going to give this a good soak in some star san prior to running anything, then I figure the fores and heads will clean it the rest of the way. How tight am I supposed to pack the copper? Thanks :mug:
 
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Now I gotta figure a way to connect the PC to some kind of extension so I can collect the product away from the burner. LOL. The reducer is to a 1/2" FIP male threaded TC fitting. I have a long piece of .5" OD CSST that I can use, but it has a flared female fitting and finding a female fip to a male flared SS fitting is difficult. Any help would be appreciated. :mug:
 
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Love the sight glass, adds so much fun when it's running. I use two of them with screens in between and fill with ceramic raschig beads or with chopped fruit when I run fruit wines.

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Where did you get your condenser?
Its from Affordable Distilling Equipment, got it on Amazon. Ran it this weekend, jut put the PC at about 45* and used a ladder to hold the jar. This thing is tall when on the burner. I have 14 small cut jars sitting in the garage airing. One run was a dumper beer that I put too much spruce flavoring in. I'll do some tasting/blending tonight hopefully. :mug:
 
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Love the sight glass, adds so much fun when it's running. I use two of them with screens in between and fill with ceramic raschig beads or with chopped fruit when I run fruit wines.

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Yeah, I need to get at least one of those screens. I look forward to using mine as a gin basket. :mug:
 
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