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I have enjoyed to watch some of your Youtube videos. I must say, again you've created a very useful tool. Thank's a lot for sharing it with us.
The Compleat distiller is one of my favorites ,too. It's an interesting book, but with a few minor inaccuracies. Mike Nixons "Reflux still and theory", is another book I can recommend if you ever want to produce high proof Ethanol. I must say, it's the first advance distilling machine I've seen out here...bravo..!
+1 On what you wrote.You seem to have a good basic knowledge about distilling, so do I. As you already mentioned synthetics like plastic is a bad idea, I won't write anything more about it. For all other readers...David Roseman really wrote a lot of good stuff. For those who want to find out a little more, I'd recommend this site: www.homedistiller.org
Just awesome..! However, not everyone has access to such a toolset. So for me it's impossible to fabricate.
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Just when you think you've seen it all...?That's one of the coolest watches I've ever seen..!You do your handle justice...thanks for sharing your piece of art.
Yep, you're right..! The more dead weight and mass there is, the better. I once made an anvil stand for a friend of mine, heavy steel pipes and square tubes. I filled the whole thing with concrete. It's rock steady and the sound is dampened significantly.
Awesome..! Like all the other stuff you make.
Awesome work..!Thanks a lot for sharing. I had some doubts about the glued table top, but I see it can be done and seems very sturdy.
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Oh yes, I see..However, if you ever want to improve it a little, you can build a condenser around the top of it. 100 mm would do. Wind a coil around it or build a shell, either with water running through it. As it is right now, it makes an excellent pot still. So you made a nice project with materials that were at hand.
The amount of Methanol produced in a ferment, ain't enough to cause serious harm...regardless if it's a fruit ferment. Worst case scenario, is a hell of a hangover and the spirits made taste like sh.. However, one should make it a habit to toss the first Ml of each run, as they contain a lot of unwanted stuff. If it smells like nail polish, it probably is. As it ain't supposed to be in there, just toss it. The good stuff can be diluted to 40% abv and be drank without any regrets.
Nice work..The design is an outdated one, though. The water connections going through the column, won't give a whole lot of reflux. Furthermore, the still will be a pita to stuff with packing due to those pipes running through the column. A better option for a reflux still, would be one with a reflux condenser on top of the column. It could easily be constructed with some thin copper pipe (breaking pipes for a car would do) 5-6 mm in diameter. The column diameter is also a little on the small side. Try to get some 2" copper pipe (50 mm) instead. It will cost a little more, but your takeoff speed will be a lot higher.
Yup..! Also, one would toss the first mL coming off the still, they are considered the "foreshots". With a still this size, I would say between 50- and 100 mL should be sufficient. One would run a stripping run first, only tossing the foreshots. Then the distillate is diluted down to 40% abv or less (for safety reasons) and a spirit run is done. That's also the point when cuts are made...heads (still some bad stuff in it), hearts (the stuff you want to drink), and tails (low proof). Heads and tails can be added to your next stripping run, so they are not wasted. The hearts are diluted down to 40% abv for drinking. Tails are collected down to 20% abv, as the remaining Ethanol in the still, wouldn't justify the time neither heat used.
Are you sure it's an essential oil extractor? Looks like a still to me..lol
A very nice looking build, one of the best..! I'm about to build something similar. My amplifier looks like your, but from a different brand (Cina anyway...). The difference is, I have a seperate module with radio, bluetooth and SD card reader hooked up. Also, no PC power supply, but a battery and solar charger.
A undetailed guide. Also, if one whish to utilize a solar panel, better think about an over-charge protection.
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