Screwing on the sink strainer (note that you should use teflon tape to ensure a tight seal)
The still can then be mounted onto any boiler via hole cut into the lid and the sink strainer mounted in through the hole. Here you can see one mounted to a 1/2 keg boiler via dog bowl. After the strainer is mounted, you can screw the still onto it. This make assembly and disassembly a snap!
Your 1/2″ outlet pipe accommodates a 7/8″ outside diameter (OD), 5/8″ inside diameter (ID) vinyl tube perfectly like this.
Another detailed shot of the cooling coil. It should be noted that this still can be built without the coil altogether. Simple install the water inlet fitting (the female garden hose fitting) onto the 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ x 1/2″ tee directly.
This is a stainless steel dog bowl that was used on a 1/2 keg boiler. Note the additional thermometer that has been installed for additional temp readings.
This is a 1/2 keg with an 8″ hole cut in the top. The dog bowl sits directly on the rubber/cork gasket to seal the whole thing up. You can find gasket material at your local automotive supply store.
The dog bowl on the keg. It needs to be clamped on to make a proper seal. See the pictures above.
The keg is heated by a propane turkey fryer burner. Electric heat is safer, but propane is faster. I like faster. 🙂
This is an abstract sketch of the layout of the still. The purpose is to help you understand how the still is constructed and operates. It’s not intended to be used as a guide for building it but rather a visual aid so that you can better see how the parts should interact.