How to install a Thermometer in a Moonshine Still
The number one question we get asked VIA email and over the phone is this: "How do you add a thermometer to the still and where is the best place to install it?" When making moonshine it isn't critical, or even absolutely necessary to measure temperature, but there are a few benefits. A thermometer can be used to help detect the presense of methanol in moonshine and can also be used to determine when to shut down the still at the end of a run
Here are the 3 best options for installing a thermometer in your moonshine still. Please note, we don't stock this equipment, but we've found the highest quality equipment for the most reasonable price and have provided links below.
GOOD Option: Measure Vapor Temp With a Digital Thermometer
This is by far the easiest method of installing a thermometer in a moonshine still. Measure vapor temperature by Installing a small digital thermometer in the column, or install one in the cap plate next to the column. Drill a hole through the copper just barely big enough for the thermometer. Don't try to solder it. All you'll do is destroy the thermometer. Just install the thermometer after the still gets warmed up at the beginning of a run and seal it with flour paste.
BETTER Option: Measure Liquid Temp With a Weld-less Thermometer
BEST Option: Measure Liquid Temp VIA a Permanent Copper Fitting
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