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.
Step 1: Stuff you will need
heres a list of what you will need
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
lead free solder
heat proof mat
pipe cutters for the 22mm, 8mm and 6mm pipes.
a small vice
a drill with a 6mm metal drill bit
some alcohol spirit, foreshots are fine from a previous run.
metal polish and 2 lint free rags