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I want to build something crazy. I want to take all of the ideas we have on here, along with the history of still making, to make a modern still designed to create a high ester spirit. Not just rye or rum, but any flavorful spirit. I'm not sure grain in or not. Size - probably 1000 ltrs or so. I am open to any ideas. I'll present my idea but am willing to go where the discussion takes us.
So my idea v1: A thumper, equal in volume to the still but 10 feet tall. This will generate the same pressure as the 3 chamber still. For the thumper I want to have the vapor tube come down near the bottom and then have a perforated metal "hat" at the bottom. It would reduce the bubble size and allow for more contact with the spirit. It also would hopefully allow the bubbles to collapse completely. The pressure would allow the still to achieve higher temps and go way deeper into the tails.
@Smaug and I spoke a little about it today. It's kinda hard to visualize the bubble hat, but he, being awesome as he is, did a small drawing of it in a slightly different setup. Mr. @Smaug if you could upload that please???