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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    From where and what was the price?

    Is this 2" with ferrules either side?
    I ordered from amazon, landed at around R550 but maybe benson can do it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    I ordered from amazon, landed at around R550 but maybe benson can do it for you.
    I PM'd Benson, no reply yet.

    Have signed up an Amazon account. How high is the unit in total, from ferrule to ferrule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    I PM'd Benson, no reply yet.

    Have signed up an Amazon account. How high is the unit in total, from ferrule to ferrule?
    I sold Over The Hop october last year.
    Check on the website. Not sure if the new owners are still making these.
    My wife is simple, in a complicated way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    I PM'd Benson, no reply yet.

    Have signed up an Amazon account. How high is the unit in total, from ferrule to ferrule?
    It is about 160mm from ferrule to ferrule, the sight glass is around 90mm high.
    Below is the link to what I ordered, was pleasantly surprised that the final leg was with buffalo logistics and not the post office.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Ok that the same one in my basket. Going to order now thanks.

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    So did a sacrificial run today after doing some soldering and cleaning, sight glass works a charm.
    Packed it with a roll of copper mesh, the bottom 2-3 cm that are "clear" was full of bubbling liquid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    So did a sacrificial run today after doing some soldering and cleaning, sight glass works a charm.
    Packed it with a roll of copper mesh, the bottom 2-3 cm that are "clear" was full of bubbling liquid.
    Are you running a CCVM or a different configuration?

    Curious as to why you packed the sight glass?

    What ABV were you getting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    Are you running a CCVM or a different configuration?

    Curious as to why you packed the sight glass?

    What ABV were you getting?
    Running a reflux column above the sight glass, I pack in the copper to aid with reflux as it gives the water more surface area to grab onto / cool on as it goes up.
    Started at 85% and around the first 50% of my run was above 70%
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    My sight glass is taking painfully long to get here as is my packing material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    Running a reflux column above the sight glass, I pack in the copper to aid with reflux as it gives the water more surface area to grab onto / cool on as it goes up.
    Started at 85% and around the first 50% of my run was above 70%
    Nice well done.

    What is your column packing? I have ordered 6mm Raschig Rings, rather expensive due to them only offering one shipping option.

    Did you run low wines or a wash directly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    Nice well done.

    What is your column packing? I have ordered 6mm Raschig Rings, rather expensive due to them only offering one shipping option.

    Did you run low wines or a wash directly?
    Because it was a "sacrificial" run I ran the wash directly with maximum reflux as I will use the product as sanitizer.
    For a normal run I will leave in the copper in order to remove sulphates, with no refulx.
    I use rolled up copper mesh like the below which so far seems good, has not gone black unlike the "pure copper" scrubbers I had previously tried.
    https://yeahbrew.co.za/product/copper-mesh-500g/

    Looked up the rings, interesting but all these fancy products I dont think anything other than copper will make distillate taste better.]
    Ceramics etc just help to do higher refulx for things like vodka, but if you making a whiskey or a rum you dont want to run refulx, just remove sulphates.
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    for those of you that make rum, I did my first 100% rum wash this past week, but it appeared that the ferment had stalled at 5% sugar still left.
    Only had a starting SG of 10% so I doubted it was because there was too much alcohol, tried adding water, heating the mix, adding more nutrient and adding more yeast but nothing
    made it ferment any more.
    My previous rum washes with molasses were about 50/50 molasses & sugar and they had all gone down to 0%
    Have any of you that do pure molasses washes ever noticed something like this?
    I read an article claiming that pure molasses washes don't go down to zero due to "carmalized" sugars in the molasses which yeast can not convert, but not sure if it is true.
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    Riaan insisted that I sit and watch how to make the rum. I also had to taste each batch. I am glad I did because now I can make it just as lekker as his. The color is perfect made with scented thorn seeds... He also add half a spoon glycerin with each batch that made a huge difference. He did not use sugar at the end. I am still using sugar, will do so untill I get to where he was with his stages....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hester van Wyk View Post
    Riaan insisted that I sit and watch how to make the rum. I also had to taste each batch. I am glad I did because now I can make it just as lekker as his. The color is perfect made with scented thorn seeds... He also add half a spoon glycerin with each batch that made a huge difference. He did not use sugar at the end. I am still using sugar, will do so untill I get to where he was with his stages....
    Hey Hester,
    How are you and supergirl doing?
    I never could follow all the steps Riaan was doing, he had really taken it to the next level.
    My all molasses wash bubbled out the top of my bucket, I remember Riaans videos he used to send me with his always bubbling over and I would tell him he was filling too high, he would have had a good laugh
    at it happening to me.
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    95% there. Just need to get the quick release fittings for the RC coil and then to figure out how to route the plumbing. I have both a 30l and a 50l I can bolt the column to.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    Hey Hester,
    How are you and supergirl doing?
    I never could follow all the steps Riaan was doing, he had really taken it to the next level.
    My all molasses wash bubbled out the top of my bucket, I remember Riaans videos he used to send me with his always bubbling over and I would tell him he was filling too high, he would have had a good laugh
    at it happening to me.
    Good evening

    Riaan was taking everything that he started to the next level. Here I am making Rum....
    Supergirl and I are going to Durban again tomorrow. She said to me today she is looking for a specific "prit" it says Supergirl on the outside.. because dad always called me Supergirl. It is "####"to say the least. But there is no choice as to carry on. Luckily he recorded all the steps and what percentage he got from whatever. I managed to get up to 87%. Once I had the proper time to look at all his steps I will post it. But for now, I am doing it my way and I am sure he would have been proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hester van Wyk View Post
    Good evening

    Riaan was taking everything that he started to the next level. Here I am making Rum....
    Supergirl and I are going to Durban again tomorrow. She said to me today she is looking for a specific "prit" it says Supergirl on the outside.. because dad always called me Supergirl. It is "####"to say the least. But there is no choice as to carry on. Luckily he recorded all the steps and what percentage he got from whatever. I managed to get up to 87%. Once I had the proper time to look at all his steps I will post it. But for now, I am doing it my way and I am sure he would have been proud.
    I have no doubt he is watching over you and is proud.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Leigh View Post
    95% there. Just need to get the quick release fittings for the RC coil and then to figure out how to route the plumbing. I have both a 30l and a 50l I can bolt the column to.


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    I see your sight glass arrived
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColeGP View Post
    I see your sight glass arrived
    Yip, only the 6mm Raschig Rings are outstanding. Will do a cleaning run this weekend and prepare 150l Wash.

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    I prefer this to copper scrubbers
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