WARNING!!! DRINKING PURE EVERCLEAR IS EXTREAMLY DANGEROUS!!! EXCESSIVE USE CAN RESULT IN BLINDNESS OR DEATH!!! I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY USE OR ABUSE OF ANYTHING IN THIS INSTUCTABLE.
Step 1: Materials
2. stand to hold beaker (optional)
3. Glass beaker
4. Collection cup
5. Glass tubes
6. thermometer (preferably one with a broad range)
7. Rubber Cork (with holes to allow for tubes and thermometer)
8. Ice (or other means of cooling)
Step 2: Build Basic Distillation Setup
1. Plug the top of the beaker with the cork.
2. Insert thermometer and tube (leading to the collection cup)
3. If you have the stand then use it to hold the beaker over the hotplate (or on it)
4. Set up the collection cup and the tube leading to it with your cooling system (or have the ice on stand-by).
Step 3: Operation
1. Fill beaker with vodka
2. Turn on hotplate
3. When thermonitor reaches about 174.5 degrees fairenhiet (the thermonitor should be positioned at the top) then your cooling system should be condensing the alcohol (of if your using ice, then you should be franticly trying to cool down the tube)
4. when the vodka stops boiling but remains at 174.5 degrees (at the top) then turn off the hot plate and let cool.
5. When the beaker is cool, taste the vodka in the beaker to see if it still has alcohol, if so, repeat process.
Step 4: Storage
Keep everclear in an air-tight container (to prevent loss of alcohol).
Step 5: Uses
1. Making an extract
methods may very for this, but alcohol is a very good solvent and this type of alcohol is safe for human consumption (in small amounts). You can make the extract stronger by putting it back in the distillation setup (to minimize alcohol loss), but be careful, if you let the extract get to hot, or if it dries out you'll have a mess to clean up.
2. Drying wet clothes
I know this works with pure alcohol, but I'm sure 95% will suffice. Simply soak the wet cloth in the alcohol and let the fumes evaporate. To me, this seems like a waste (I've never personally tried this) and I can think of better uses then this.
Because it's a good solvent, that means that it is great for cleaning, but you can buy rubbing alcohol for cheaper than you can make this, so I strongly recommend taking that option instead.
4. Making flavoring for candy
Make an extract (test the taste by adding a drop of it to a glass of water.) and use it as flavoring when making hard candy, gummy candy, suckers, lollipops (I'm not sure if there is a difference between suckers and lollipops), taffy, any tasty confection you can think of! Well, OK, maybe not chocolate...
5. Whatever else you can think of!
Get creative! If you find a good use let me know.