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The excitement continues.
In the vein of Carter-Head style gin baskets (Google Carter Head), we've been working toward a modular setup for the hobbyist and the small distillery. Typically, these are quite large and this is our scaled down version.
A little background about the Carter Head (lets call it CH for short). The botanicals in the basket tend to slather oily flavors onto the distilling equipment. If a basket is placed inline with the boiler then the boiler gets contaminated with those flavors and must be manually cleaned. If placed above the product condenser then the fine particles of the botanicals contaminate the distillate. The off-set basket design is incorporated to eliminate or minimize these problems.
The idea is to be able to make rapid basket changes safely. With a boiler charge of clean neutral the goal is to extract the flavors from the botanicals into a potent distillate that will later be blended to create a fine spirit.
As shown is a 4" x 10" gin basket housing configured both left hand and right hand with a 3-way valve to control the vapor flow. The handle of the 3-way valve points to the active housing.
Obviously a stop needs to be fabricated to keep the handle from being placed in the unsafe position and blocking the vapor flow from the boiler.