Ice Packs

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Ice Packs

Post by billythekid » Tue Aug 13, 2019 9:18 pm

For those of you using ice packs to chill recirculated cooling water for a T500 during a distillation run, how many liters of ice do you typically go through, and how long does that last? Is there a ratio of ice packs to water?

I'm trying to figure out a way to save water where I'm not taking trips to the washing machine to dump 5 gallon buckets of hot output water.

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Bill

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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Easydrinker » Wed Aug 14, 2019 12:37 am

I can't help you, but I commend your effort.
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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Mash » Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:04 am

I think you are wrong.
Sell the t500 and buy an airstill and a freezer. You can have a day out in Blackpool with the change to celebrate your water and time saving. :D
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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Curmudgeon » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:05 am

Mash and his freezers!

It doesn't matter exactly how cold the water is as long as it is colder than the steaming not yet distillate, but obviously colder is better.

My water isn't metered and I'll be dead before the planet, so I don't pump/recycle. If I did I'd get some freezer blocks like this https://www.amazon.co.uk/EVELYN-LIVING- ... B07RQMPQNT
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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Northern Stiller » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:58 pm

Hi Billy

I used a 200litre barrel of water it was enough for a full t500 run no ice needed.

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Re: Ice Packs

Post by myles » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:42 pm

It makes a difference if it is a pot still you are using or a packed reflux column, as the reflux column heats up the water a lot more.

I used a 160 litre water reservoir with a 40 litre boiler charge. On the pot still it can easily cope with 3 runs before it gets too warm. Not so on the packed column - a single run was enough to get the reservoir very warm.

I am looking at putting in a 600 litre IBC reservoir. There is an alternative though. Some folks will cool the returning warm water (fan/radiator or cooling tower) before it goes back into the reservoir.

If you intend to do back to back runs then the Charentais option is definitely appealing Use your next boiler charge as the first stage product condenser.

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Re: Ice Packs

Post by gaza the instructor » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:44 pm

I just run it. In this country if we run short of
water, the companies in charge should be shot.
They are pumping the stuff out of flooded
homes and always repairing leaks.
If it was leaking best bitter we would all help. :lol:
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Re: Ice Packs

Post by myles » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:31 am

:lol:
True enough gaza.
I never bothered with cooling towers or radiator combos myself. When my reservoir gets too hot I just pump some of it out and top up with cold water.

In the past I have used blocks of ice that were stored in the freezer to replenish the water reservoir. If you have empty freezer space it makes sense to fill it with blocks of ice anyway.

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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Pinky » Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:42 am

Gaza! Respect - spot on.

I use 4l empty milk cartons for ice packs.

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Re: Ice Packs

Post by Easydrinker » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:24 pm

Pinky wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:42 am
Gaza! Respect - spot on.

I use 4l empty milk cartons for ice packs.
They may be more effective if you filled them with water! :lol:

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