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    Default Ethanol still project

    I finally have all this together and am ready for a test run.
    Here are the 3 main components,

    LP gas boiler,

    The boiler will be outside and the tank and still will be inside for safety.

    This heats up water that will circulate through the tank that has the mash.
    I am able to get a clean 40 - 50% ethanol mixture made from waste beer for about $ 1.70 / gallon locally.
    That is going to save a lot of time and effort as compared to fermenting it myself.
    I got the 75k btu boiler off Craigs list for $ 250.00

    100 gallon Mash tank,

    I made a 1" thick aluminum cap that bolts down tight on top of the tank.
    You can see the red PEX tubing lines that go between the boiler and the tank.
    There is 150' + of the same PEX tubing coiled inside the tank that will transfer heat to the mash.
    It takes 173 * to boil off Ethanol.
    I got two of these tanks from a farm supply for $ 100. each. They are a low grade stainless.

    Ethanol Still,


    The Ethanol steam comes in the base of the still and rises up though a bubbler section about 7" deep that is packed with copper pot scrubbers and then up though 600 + marbles to get to the upper section that has a 1/4" copper condenser coil. The Ethanol drains off the 1/2" copper tube from the upper section. This should make 95 - 96% Ethanol.

    The principal is that as the steam rises up though the column water vapor collects on the marbles and falls back to the bottom where it drains off.
    I made this a year ago and it has been a conversation piece up to this point.
    I have about $ 350. into materials for the still.
    This has been a fun project.

    Stay tuned for a video hopefully next week.
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    Now THAT.....is cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiat48 View Post
    Now THAT.....is cool.

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    I've been waiting for this thread to pop up on here! I'm looking forward to hearing more about this and how it works out for you. I'm not to the point of wanting to do this yet, but at some point I think it would be sweet to make my own fuel. I don't think the california big wigs and bean counters would like it much though, but I'll definitely have to look into it. Thanks for posting this stuff up Mark.


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    Any idea how long it will take to produce 20 gallons

    Will the first gallon be for boatin or medicinal purpose

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    I saw a new show series on TV just this week where they were constructing a facility very similar to this. Their tank was almost the same but larger. For some reason they wanted to be by a stream with good, cool and clear water and under thick trees

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    Thats looking pretty good Mark. It'll be interesting to see how long it takes to get that big tank up to temp and how long it takes to get all of the alky out of there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearhead View Post
    I saw a new show series on TV just this week where they were constructing a facility very similar to this. Their tank was almost the same but larger. For some reason they wanted to be by a stream with good, cool and clear water and under thick trees

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    There is just something cool about being able to have you fuel and libations in the same tank
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    This is AWESOME Mark!!! Keep us updated!!

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    Thanks.

    This Still is supposed to be able to produce 5 gallons per hour out of a 12 - 15% alcohol mash mix.
    Since I'm starting out with a higher ethanol content it remains to be seen how much it will produce.
    I certainly don't want to have to sit and watch this for hours at a time.
    I have controls on it so that it should be able to keep a consistent temperature range.
    Too high of a temp and it will take more water with it as the Ethanol boils off.

    What this produces is not going to be something you would want to drink unless it was thinned out a lot.

    Here's where I got the free still plans,
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    Pretty cool project Mark !
    Interesting how it will work out moneywise with the propane and water costs.They caught a water worker the other day with a still and water supply was mentioned->

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    Quote Originally Posted by DONZI View Post
    Pretty cool project Mark !
    Interesting how it will work out moneywise with the propane and water costs.They caught a water worker the other day with a still and water supply was mentioned->

    Employee allegedly made alcohol in pumping station - Boston News, Massachusettts News, WHDH-TV 7NEWS WHDH.COM
    I am a little confused by the "required constant water supply"
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    I would say the constant water supply refers to water to the condensor.

    I have a temperature controlled mechanical valve that turns the condensor water on.

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    No one cares about your buddies old antiquated garden hose technology. Tell him that nowadays if you don't have efi, turbos, or an LS you ain't got shit! Lol!!!
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    I think I could run more boost but it's a real hand full right now

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