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A FEW OF MY "SPECIAL" PROJECTS

SPECIAL PROJECTS

Often I find myself at scrapyards (where I spend more time than I care to admit) where I buy stuff that I think(!) I can use to build something distilling related but I don't know what yet and then, some day, I eventually figure it out and make a "special project" of it. These are just a few of my many "special projects".

LARGE GIN STILL
I found this old milk filter (and it's parts) in a bin at the scrapyard one day and immediately liked it so much that I just had to take it home. It sat in my scrap bin for years and one day a guy with a brewery asked me about a Gin Still. The light bulb went on in my head, and I decided to build a Gin Still out of the milk filter and mount it on an old keg I had lying around. This still also had a removable botanicals basket and can be used to make Essential oils.

50 litre beer keg boiler
SOLD

HEADMASTER POT STILL HEADS
I built these Pot still heads as a special project to make a pot still that would be able to stand up to heavy use and abuse. This was an all stainless pot still head with Tig-welded joints and a flush thermowell. It had a double wound copper condenser inside the head. It was easy to take apart and clean and very few parts outside that could be damaged. Only 10 of these pot stills heads were built and I sold 9 and kept one for myself. I stopped making them as they were expensive and very labour intensive to build. Designed to fit on T500/Copperhead boilers or keg.

Youtube video: https://bit.ly/3rFb0UL
SOLD OUT
Vapour Management still, lourens van der merwe

VAPOUR MANAGEMENT STILL 
I have always wanted to build a VM (Vapour Management) Still with which I could experiment to make ultra clean alcohol in one run. The only element in the VM still design that is adjustable is the gate valve that controls the amount of vapour you can take off. Restriction of the vapour is either controlled by fixed blanking plates/collars (Nixon & McCaw - The Compleat Distiller 2001) or a reduced T-joint where the take-off is. I speculated (not "calculated" - you must be clever to do that!) that if I can make a "restrictor" of some sorts that is adjustable I would be able to control the flow of the vapour. I made the "restrictor" from a 1" tri-clamp ferrule and the retaining rings from a thin piece of stainless sheet. Column packing = 370g of STAINLESS SCRUBBERS and NOT SPP. Designed to fit on T500 boiler or keg.

Youtube video: https://bit.ly/3tW8w6u 
In my private collection

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