June 27, 2005
a real mountain still
What you see here is a rig similiar to what my grandfather always used. The wooden barrel in the middle is a "thump keg," strategically placed between the cooker (on the right)and the main condenser (on the left). A "thump keg" is a like a pre-condenser and it gets its name from the fact that it starts to make thumping noises when you run steam through it. POP! POP! Thumpa-thumpa-THUMP! Pop! Pop! That's what a thump-keg sounds like.
I by-pass the thump keg when I make 'shine. Cooker and condenser alone will get the job done. You don't really NEED a thump-keg, but traditional stills all have one.
To me, it's just an unnecessary step in the process. Plus, those little oak barrels are difficult to find anymore.
See, I knew you'd have a use for that picture!! Odd though, underneath a cavern in the Smokies w/ my family, see this still and think of a blogger in Effingham...LOL
Man. That brings back some memories. That rig looks just like one my papaw used to keep in the woods up in North Georgia when I was a boy. His was a lot bigger though. Goddamit Acidman you making me miss my younger days. I sure miss old papaw. He passed on about 15 years ago. He was a hell of a good man though.
I cant see it (the photo)...I use Firefox for my browser....but even with IE, and my firewall DISABLED, the picture is nothing more than a tiny red X......
Yeah, but I bet that oak barrel adds some nice flavor to the "home made wine".
I can find the oak barrels easy enough, but the fuckers are expensive. 2 gallon keg is $85, 5 gal. $100, 10 gal. is $110.
Those prices are pretty standard for every source I know (probably all getting them from the same supplier).
(Try Jas. Townsend and Son)
You're right, the thump keg is not required. But it does double the proof of the first run. You don't need a barrel, I use a glass jar and it works just fine...
Totally worth the extra effort. Quality beats quantity every time.
Have a good one
what else could you use for a thump keg? copper? a big mason jar?
My standards are enough for me you grumpy ol wanker and for the record I know who the hell Iam you sound like a communist