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With Vodka being the main drink for the foreseeable future, I dug out my old carbon filter bucket yesterday. I managed to empty the old cartridge out of the old carbon, jezzus that must have been in there for 4 maybe 5 years.
I ordered a kg of activated carbon t'other day that turned up on Fri, so this morning I will spend an hour or two in the garage filling it ready and set it off with the last batch I did on Thur.

I've also dug out Gert's book, dusted it off and that will keep me quiet this afternoon.

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Nice one, what size carbon did you buy?
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My new bag from Richard at Love Brewing turned up last week.

I've refilled my Z filter, but used the last of the "shreds" from my last SS bag, then topped it off with some from the new bag.

Which is granules about the size of granulated sugar, and not the little extruded shreds like StillSpirits do (dunno if the slight difference in format will make any difference or not, but the filter seems to be flowing ok).........
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popalop wrote: Sun Feb 07, 2021 12:01 pm Nice one, what size carbon did you buy?
20=40 mate....seems to be the best for vodka (that's what I'll be doing.)

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Not wishing to diss. my friend Ice, I don't believe it matters what size you use.
As long as it suits your filter.
The last bag I bought was 0.4 - 1.7mm.
Works with my set up.
You have to experiment sometimes.

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Does the particle size affect flow rate?
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Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I re-read Gert's book over the weekend and IMHO yes it does, that's how it came across... the slower the flow gives the carbon time to do what's it's in there for.

I've also read the other day that a reverse flow is better than a gravity flow....I have no personal info on this thou.

Pore Size is also a matter from all accounts, 20-40 20-50....but as I'm getting back into filtering now I'm stilling vodka, I'm back at the start, haven't used a filter for years.

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Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:56 am
Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I've also read the other day that a reverse flow is better than a gravity flow....I have no personal info on this thou.

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I thought this was the reason for the z shape (like Mr P above) it does create an uphill syphon in the middle chamber.
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Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 9:07 am
Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 8:56 am
Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I've also read the other day that a reverse flow is better than a gravity flow....I have no personal info on this thou.

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I thought this was the reason for the z shape (like Mr P above) it does create an uphill syphon in the middle chamber.
Eggzackerly.....I'm now thinking that I have taken my filter out of the cupboard and using it, I'm thinking about building a reverse flow one.

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..a nice copper one. A bag full of elbow and you are away.
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Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
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Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:27 am ..a nice copper one. A bag full of elbow and you are away.
My thoughts also.. ;)

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popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:46 am
Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
Way to go dude...Mrs Popalop gin needs to be the best... :lol:

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Some of you may know of this guy and even watched some of his videos, this is part one of filtering....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeJCOROQlXo&t=666s

see what you think about it.

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Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:41 pm
popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:46 am
Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
Way to go dude...Mrs Popalop gin needs to be the best... :lol:

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I would run it through the courser ones first
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Some interesting points made in the vid clip. Hadn't thought so much about flow rate, but I now have both, the little extruded shreds of carbon from SS and the bags that Richard does at Love Brewing are smaller granules.

I'm thinking that a mix could slow the flow rate even more - will have to see how it goes.....
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Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 4:52 pm
Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:41 pm
popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:46 am

I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
Way to go dude...Mrs Popalop gin needs to be the best... :lol:

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I would run it through the courser ones first
Good idea half coarse first then the finer ones
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Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:41 pm
popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:46 am
Mash wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 7:50 am Does the particle size affect flow rate?
I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
Way to go dude...Mrs Popalop gin needs to be the best... :lol:

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No Mrs P hates gin, she only drinks rum which is why I have the molasses wash on as we speak, it is down to below 1010 now and no sweetness in taste so a few more days and I will run it.
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popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 5:24 pm
Icefever wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 12:41 pm
popalop wrote: Mon Feb 08, 2021 11:46 am

I mixed different sizes best of both worlds, or hedging my bets
Way to go dude...Mrs Popalop gin needs to be the best... :lol:

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No Mrs P hates gin, she only drinks rum which is why I have the molasses wash on as we speak, it is down to below 1010 now and no sweetness in taste so a few more days and I will run it.
Sorry Pop....you have told me before that Mrs Pop is into rum.. ;) my bad... 8-) great news on the wash....is this your first rum wash??

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Yes first one ever ice, looking forward to the strip
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I am sure that Ice remembers me presenting him with a bottle of unfiltered 94% neutral and asking if he thought it smelt and tasted clean?
I continue to make the same stuff and contiue to carbon filter it, because I can.
Carbon filtering or blowing air through your neutral, or maybe a myriad of other practices, not yet discussed, may make a neutral more neutral.
The only thing that really matters is the end result.
If you produce someting that is neutral enough for you, you have cracked it.
And you can achieve this with any type of still.
The wash may make a difference.
How you make cuts will, certainly.
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I do indeed...as I said I've been making grog for many years now, stilling vodka is like going back to school. Run a pothead for all these years so sorting out a new column is kind of exciting, and as you say, Robert, I don't have to filter but I can. it takes little time.

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Why would anyone not strive to produce the best produce of the best product that they thought they could make?
Numpty question.
Answered..
And if you don't follow that, you are a Numpty. :)

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