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Offline Haverwilde

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Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:19:48 PM »
I have brewed beer, wine, vinegar, and hard cider. I have those basics down.

When the SHTF day comes, I want to be able to produce the hard stuff.
Which means I need the equipment.

Since brewing for me is usually done in 5 gallon batches, all I need is a distiller that can take those five gallons and reduce it down to about a gallon of 50% alcohol give or take.

I have seen a couple of interesting possibilities on the net, but would love some recommendations.

(Again, I want this for preparedness, not to produce rotgut now. [Although my brother is experimenting with wood chips and improving real cheap whiskey into a smoother drink; but that is another thread.] I wouldn't want to break the law, until there isn't any.)
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012, 10:08:44 PM »
Another one of those malum prohibitum laws, ostensibly for our own good.

If'n I want to make white lightning, what's it to Uncle Sugar, as long as I'm not selling it?  (And where, exactly, does the fedgov get the authority to prohibit me making it for myself?)
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2012, 12:54:03 AM »
From the Supreme Court, courtesy of Antonin Scalia, friend of liberty.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 12:11:45 PM »
Isn't distilling alcohol similar to distilling water? It's been many years since I read about it, but IIRC, the equipment is the same.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 12:53:03 PM »
The process is the same, heat liquid until you get steam, condense the steam to a liquid.
Water boils at 212 degrees, alcohol boils at 173 degrees (that is why you can concentrate the alcohol through distillation.
Also, if a lot of water vapor leaks out, who cares; but if the alcohol vapor leaks out, well you are losing what you wanted.

So distilling alcohol needs a more enclosed process, and slightly lower temperatures. At least theoretically.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2012, 04:00:48 PM »
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I think Haverwilde unerstands the theory okay.  What he's looking for is practical advice from somebody who is actually distilling homebrew alcohol.  Which is probably illegal, so I doubt he's going to get much of a response, at least publicly.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2012, 05:47:30 PM »
Well Thank you all.

I took Bill's words to heart, and decided that no one was going to give me specifics....

So I bit the bullet and ordered one.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012, 07:51:35 PM »
Well I am the proud owner of one less tooth--oral surgery--so I haven't been exactly with it for a couple of days; and one new still.

Of course I can't use the still, unless there is an emergency or the SHTF, or some other reason. But if something like that happens I will report on it. But don't hold your breath, it will probably be awhile.
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Re: Distilling equipment--any recommendatios?
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 09:00:35 PM »
I'm seeing a correlation here...

...
So I bit the bullet and ordered one.

Well I am the proud owner of one less tooth--oral surgery--...

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