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Still Parrot

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So I was getting annoyed with not knowing the content of what was coming out of the still until I put it in a testing tube and put in my spirit hydrometer.

I knew about people who have made parrots and liked the idea of seeing the proof coming out in a more real time way than the way that I was doing it. I have been planning to make a parrot but most of them seemed very plain to me until I saw one on one of the facebook feeds I had subscribed to, I don't recall which one, may have been copper porn. anyway I figured I could make that and it looked kinda cool.

the basic princeable of a parrot is that you have a tube with your hydrometer in it, and new spirit comes in the bottom of the tube and the older stuff over spills the top of the tube and is caught by a funnel which then carries it away in a little tube and you can catch this with your jars or jugs. but because its always flowing through the main tube you can see more accurately what is coming out of the still proof / percentage wise.
 
 
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Step 1: Stuff you will need

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heres a list of what you will need

materials

22mm Copper pipe

6mm copper pipe

a small piece of 8mm copper pipe

125mm x 125mm copper plate 0.5mm thick

22mm copper end cap

35mm to 22mm copper reducer

45mm to 15mm reducer

15mm to 8mm reducer


tools

Blow torch

lead free solder

solder flux

heat proof mat

pipe cutters for the 22mm, 8mm and 6mm pipes.

a clamp

a small vice

a drill with a 6mm metal drill bit


for cleaning

dish soap

cheap vinegar

hot water

some alcohol spirit, foreshots are fine from a previous run.

metal polish and 2 lint free rags
lpandemic1 month ago
Nice parrot design. You mentioned that you think you may have seen a parrot on Copper Porn's page- I like that page. Have you seen my page, Uncle Lemon's House Of Homemade Hooch?
n1cod3mus (author)  lpandemic1 month ago
yes I have, because its your page ;-), I think you joined instructable's because I posted my Tennessee Whiskey instructable on your page.

I do like seeing all the stuff that comes up on your FB page, anyone else reading this its well worth adding this page to your list.
BARKing made it!2 months ago

Made 2 so far and I tried it out today and it works great. I didn't put a base on them yet as I didn't have copper plate and I was going to make a wooden base. I couldn't wait to try it so I tied it to the keg and now I am thinking of making a hook that will hang it from the keg.

One design change I made was to make the overflow cup just a little lower than the flotation chamber.

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n1cod3mus (author)  BARKing2 months ago
looks great, so pleased you thought my instructable was good enough for you to make your own
BARKing n1cod3mus2 months ago

So I took a section of copper pipe and hammered it flat in the middle, wrapped it around the top of the funnel and soldered it into place. I then placed the parrot against the keg and bent the ends over the lip to make a hook.

Works great.

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n1cod3mus (author)  BARKing2 months ago

Nice adaptation, the only thing that would concern me is copper is a great conductor of heat and you will get a different reading on the hydrometer when the fluid is warmer so it may not be as accurate, but I dont think it will be that far out.

Nice job ;-)

BARKing n1cod3mus2 months ago

It hasn't made enough of a difference to worry about. and it is really handy set up like that.

BARKing2 months ago

Great, I know what I am going to make this weekend. Thanks!

n1cod3mus (author)  BARKing2 months ago
awesome, don't forget to upload pics
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