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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
Measure Liquid Temp and/or Vapor Temp with a Permanent Copper Fitting and 3" Thermometer
Top Secret Pro Tip: Use a Stepped Drill Bit For Boiler Wall Hole
After we created and published our thermometer video someone emailed us and mentioned that we should use a stepped bit to make the hole for the thermometer in the still boiler wall. If there is a right tool for this job, the stepped drill bit is it! We managed to get by with our tin snips, but it's not the easiest thing to do and also doesn't produce a very clean opening. Stepped bits are self piloting and they make a super clean hole in the copper. We definitely picked one up for the shop after seeing how awesome they are.
Stainless Steel Still Thermometer Options
If you have one of our 8 gallon stainless steel stills installing thermometers is a very simple process. You will need our 8 gallon stainless steel thermometer combo kit - simply attach the column thermometer with the provided hardware and screw the boiler thermometer into the provided fitting on the still.