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Offline mrpow2002  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 09, 2015 2:26:25 PM(UTC)
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I've done nearly 40 runs on my PSII-HC 8-gallon, with an appreciable amount of mighty fine rum to show for it. Now I'm looking for voices of experience on running a Brewhaus flute with 15-gallon kettle. The flute is on order, and could arrive early October. I've been cruising the usual forums, but haven't got a sense of answers to these:

-- Why does Rick show a valve going to the condenser, when my PSII successfully runs wide open to knock down vapors?
-- What is the effective difference in product between running 2, 3 or 4 plates on a flute?
-- Seeing that I'm happy with a converted natural gas burner on my 8-gallon kettle, would a heater band >significantly< reduce heat-up time for the 15-gallon?
-- I only know about using parrots in theory. I'm accustomed to the traditional "sniff it/taste it tomorrow" method for cuts. What makes using a parrot mo-betta? Any user tips from experienced people appreciated.
-- Being quite comfortable with my PSII, what are some of the fine points that will shorten the learning curve with the flute?

Many thanks in advance,
-- MPowell
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#2 Posted : Wednesday, September 30, 2015 7:49:58 PM(UTC)
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Hi Mrpow2002. I'm jealous. Don't have a flute but do have a psI, 15 gal. I don't see a valve going to the condenser. I do see tri clamps, and, cooling tubes. I use a parrot just for confirmation of when run is coming to an end. Have fun with your flute.
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#3 Posted : Monday, January 25, 2016 10:11:46 AM(UTC)
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Update --
I've now done 4 runs with the flute, and I am so very pleased to have it. First and foremost, it really is fast -- I do a 40l run in less time than a 20l on the PSII-HC. Typical for Rick, the fit-&-finish of the equipment is terrific. Operation is quite straight-forward.

I use a turkey fryer burner converted to NG for heat, and a Port-O-Cool 16" for cooling. Works just fine. I don't use the supplied pump, as I have a heavy duty unit on hand.

After living without a parrot, I've decided to not use the one that came with the system. I collect in small jars, informed by temps and flow rates, plus smell and taste. The parrot I got is well made, and looks very official, but doesn't seem to be essential. Personal call.

My next experiment is to not use all of the 4 plates that I have. I like the rum that get using all 4, but curiosity is lingering.
A question I have is the effect of leaving out a copper plate at the top, but keeping an empty section in the column. Will the product be different than if an entire plate/section is removed? We shall see.

This 4-section flute is a bit fussy to assemble. There are a number of gaskets and clamps, which all must be accurately placed and tightened. Nothing hard or difficult, but I got a drip after not paying full attention on my 2nd run.

Finally -- as Rick says, Bubbles! Not only are they fun to watch, but they help me get a better sense of how things are going. The sight glass also showed me that I was using too much heat when puke came up into the lowest section.

So count me as a Happy Camper -- my flute is certainly worth the investment for me.

-- MPowell
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#4 Posted : Monday, January 25, 2016 1:01:27 PM(UTC)
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wish I had a flute. they really look cool. So what is a port o cool ?
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:09:59 AM(UTC)
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I don't use all the plates in my setup either. Takes too much flavor out of my sweet feed. My setup has six plates, I use 4... 2 was not enough w/o copper packing so, wtf, I went back to 4 plates..

The best thing I can tell you is to experiment with a small 5gal wash and see...

Edited by user Tuesday, January 26, 2016 9:11:36 AM(UTC)  | Reason: I always think of more to say...

Offline mrpow2002  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:26:15 PM(UTC)
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A Port-O-Cool is an evaporative cooler. Mine has a 20 gallon reservoir and is no longer made, but similar to:
http://www.uline.com/Pro...18P8HAQ&gclsrc=aw.ds

Thanks for all the feedback.
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, January 26, 2016 2:38:04 PM(UTC)
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Those coolers are cool, and that looks a lot less hillbillae than my cans with pond pumps and flexi pipes.... I use 2.5 gal square ice cubed jugs for cooling...
Offline route66  
#8 Posted : Saturday, December 30, 2017 7:05:56 PM(UTC)
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MPowell - now that you have had your BH flute for several years, can you provide any additional information regarding:

1. the impact of using various number of plates on taste profile for whatever you make
2. ease of assembly/cleaning
3. have you added any additional equipment to your set up, ie more plates, etc..
4. do you use any packing above the plates?

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