Cooling water

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Cooling water

Postby Crazyk » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:26 pm

How are you all managing your cooling water on your stills?
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Re: Cooling water

Postby bluc » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:40 pm

Ibc and pump :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Cooling water

Postby Georgio » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:56 pm

Rainwater tank and pump :cool:
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Re: Cooling water

Postby bluc » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:05 pm

Advice: if your using a reflux still or bubbler use a tank and pump. Straight from tap sux. Pot still wont matter much :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: Cooling water

Postby Lesgold » Mon Nov 11, 2019 5:54 am

Straight from the tap (town water)and then run a hose into the house tank which is plumbed to toilets and laundry. No water lost that way and I don’t have to run a pump. You would need to check if your town water pressure is consistent.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby woodduck » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:03 am

Rain water and pump. Recirculating back into the tank.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby db1979 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:12 am

Recirculating about 20 L through a twin fan radiator with a little fountain pump.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby southern45 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:11 pm

Dedicated 500L water tank + recirculating pump. Very glad I upgraded from using the tap! Much smoother, better controlled runs.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby db1979 » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:48 pm

southern45 wrote:Dedicated 500L water tank + recirculating pump. Very glad I upgraded from using the tap! Much smoother, better controlled runs.

:handgestures-thumbupleft: consistent flow and temperature are key.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby Pedro1970 » Tue Nov 12, 2019 6:20 pm

bluc wrote:Ibc and pump :handgestures-thumbupleft:

:text-+1:
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Re: Cooling water

Postby Popcorn » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:18 am

20 000 liter house water tank with a $5 submersible pump. Heres the link to the pump.

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/DC-3W-5-5V- ... 2749.l2649

Has been running reliably for about two years(!!) now. A small DC power supply where I can select several voltages between 6 - 12V adjusts the rate of flow of water. The still is not large (10 liter), but I tried it recently on a bigger milk churn still and it worked well.
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Re: Cooling water

Postby The Stig » Thu Dec 26, 2019 11:35 am

Pool with Bunnings Ozito pump
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