Pot Still Designs There don't seem to be many instructions around for how to build pot stills. I guess this could be because there are just so many ways, and it really depends on what you have available to you. The first thing I built on my first still was my copper pot still liebig product condenser.
My copper sweating skills were minimal back then. I planed my work carefully, cleaned and fluxed all the joins carefully, and was deliberate in my application of heat and solder. Building a Keg based reflux still using the bokakob design, with some modifications courtesy of the distilling community.
Before you start check the laws in your local area, some places you cant even own a still let alone use it to make a drinkable product, check it out first. It is still open to the sky for safety. On the side there is a water inlet at the bottom and an outlet at the top for the cooling water.
In effect we have 3. 6m of vapor in 5mm tubing surrounded by cooling water rather than the other way around. Jul 01, 2012" Hi everyone! I designed a distiller after a couple weeks of research. I still need to decide what to use as a boiler, what Pot still condenser design pipe for the condenser, and how to connectdisconnect the condenser to the pot.
How to improve condenser performance? (self. firewater) but is starting to get annoying for stripping runs. I'm thinking I need to either get a new pump, improve my condenser design, or both. My pump is rated at 300 GPH with no head and is rated to a maximum head height of 7 ft. If the return temp is still cold, then the problem is the In a liquid management reflux still like the Bokakob design illustrated here, the vapor travels up the packed column, past slant plate A and slant plate B to the reflux condenser C, where it is completely condensed.
A Reflux still can produce high proof alcohol in a single run because it effectively redistills the alcohol multiple times within the column before it is drawn off by the condenser.
This is one of its biggest advantages over a pot still.