Distill Vodka to Make Everclear

Introduction: Distill Vodka to Make Everclear

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Making everclear (food grade alcohol) through the distillation of vodka.
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

Materials:
1. Hotplate
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)
9. Vodka

Step 2: Build Basic Distillation Setup

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

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

Storage
Keep everclear in an air-tight container (to prevent loss of alcohol).

Step 5: Uses

Despite the obvious use (getting drunk), everclear has many more 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.

3. Cleaning
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.

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    82 Discussions

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    stevedooher2018
    stevedooher2018

    3 months ago

    I like the little set up you created! If your truly interested in getting your alcohol into the 90-95% range you will need to do more than a basic distillation however. Using a fractionating column will give you that extra push towards your goal. Anything past that will need molecular sieves. That being said don’t let the haters effect your progress, just learn and get better. Science is filled with “know it all” jerks who like to flex their brain on others!!!

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    goldenskyhook
    goldenskyhook

    4 years ago

    OK folks -- My area of research is in the psychoactive effects of ETOH, but I also know a bit of the chemistry. Of COURSE, if you're being exceptionally anal about it, it's not quite 95%. It's perfectly reasonable to call it "Everclear." It will work FINE for the uses suggested, as well as being an excellent mordant for certain dyeing procedures using natural plant substances for the pigment.

    It is entirely possible to get methanol when distilling from mash, but there is NO methanol in a bottle of commercial vodka. Incidentally, NO amount of ethanol will cause blindness. Spinning, blurring, double vision, etc. on a temporary basis, yes certainly, but the blindness is strictly relating to methanol.

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    tymteiker
    tymteiker

    Reply 6 months ago

    Thanks for information regarding methanol not being in commercially sold vodka. Nice to know. Hopefully they wouldn't allow it to contain methanol.
    I tried double boiling the ethanol out using hotplate and a wine bottle with tube going several loops through a bag of ice then out into another wine bottle and can't get the 80 proof vodka to evaporate the ethanol out. Maybe you know what I did wrong ? I used a meat thermometer that for some reason went around several times during heating . Probably not working correctly or its correct and I'm in he'll and my torture is that I can't do a simple distillation of vodka to make an ingredient for a different project. It's probably just broken.

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    goldenskyhook
    goldenskyhook

    Reply 6 months ago

    I admit I never got decent results in anything over about 60 proof. I have a commercial water distiller, and it just boiled the vodka into the room. My guess is that the final distillation is extremely temperature-reliant. I gave up and just bought everclear.

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    RyanB138
    RyanB138

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you, you saved me the trouble of saying all of that myself.

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    tymteiker
    tymteiker

    6 months ago

    I never would have guessed it would need extreme heat to boil ethanol out of 80 proof vodka . 180° and still not boiling . Guess you have to use propane tank and burner like the professionals

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    tymteiker
    tymteiker

    6 months ago

    Would it not be easier to buy ever clear or have they banned it everywhere?
    Directions to where to buy pure ethanol would be very helpful at this point because I have wasted a few hours and still no ethanol. But was kind of fun for the first 45 minutes.

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    goldenskyhook
    goldenskyhook

    4 years ago

    Ha! I just realized that my first line suggested PERSONAL research. Well, YEARS ago I was still performing my "liver studies" but I have been sober for 30 years. I was referring to scholarly research, as part of my BA in Psychology with a concentration in Advanced Alcohol and Drug Studies.

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    tymteiker
    tymteiker

    Reply 6 months ago

    Did you know that one side effect of crystal meth is that if you have ruptured or degenerative discs in your back it will take away the pain so putting on socks and shoes and walking is possible. Extreme pain reducer.

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    SuzetteK
    SuzetteK

    1 year ago

    I use the stuff to make altered cherries with.
    Squeeze out as much of the juice from a container of maraschino cherries. Discard the liquid. Just don't mangle the cherries. You want them as whole as possible.
    Make sure the cherries are in the jar.
    Pour in about to the half way mark the everclear.
    Pour in the rest of the way to the top any flavoured alcohol. Be it whiskey, Durango, etc.
    Close the top tightly. Label the container with the date, and the mix used. Store for at least four months.

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    dafunk22
    dafunk22

    5 years ago

    You have to heat it to 235° to kill methanol. If you don't you'll go blind

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    SkottyG
    SkottyG

    Reply 3 years ago

    no methanol in vodka

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    trueacid31
    trueacid31

    Reply 5 years ago

    Why would there be methanol in vodka ????

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    milesfromneihu
    milesfromneihu

    4 years ago

    Love your pictures. That's the way things look to me, too, after a few shots of 'shine.

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    NATIVEBOY
    NATIVEBOY

    4 years ago

    you'll need molecular sieves to make it ~200 proof

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    trueacid31
    trueacid31

    5 years ago

    I dont think This method would produce ethanol that pure , but probably close to it , it might be viable to salt out the water then distill it . Just a shot in the dark but could work .

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    sk187
    sk187

    12 years ago on Introduction

    it is simply not possible to distill vodka @40% with this set up to 97.5%. By the laws of physic, molecular attraction and gas laws.

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    The Mollusk
    The Mollusk

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    I'm sure that you thought that out a lot, but if it's not possible, then how did I do it? After I used this process, I had someone of legal drinking age try a drop or two, and they claimed it was stronger than anything they have ever tried (keep in mind that this adult goes to a lot of parties and has probably tried everclear) and said "congratulations, you just made everclear". So even if its not at 97.5%, then it's pretty damn close

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    JustinG3
    JustinG3

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    sk187 is correct. If you want to know the actual proof of your distillate, purchase a hydrometer; being a drunk doesn't make your friend an expert on anything. Talk to anyone who actually distills spirits and they'll tell you you need a much more complex setup in order to produce ethanol at that purity. Even with a top of the line still setup, there is always going to be some water in there. It's impossible to make 100% pure ethanol with only a still. 95% (Everclear purity) is about as good as it gets without employing other methods to remove the rest of the water.

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    sk187
    sk187

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    It Science . Not to be rude, but I did a project on one. Look up, azeotrope, ethanol water attraction. Also, the increase in % alcohol is exponential -x2 chart. If you started at 40% u might have gotten 60% and that is iffy. The current set up you have shown is called a pot still. Such are not very effective in separating alcohol. Furthermore, (depending on the quality) but for the most part, you do not have to worry about over distilling this. The company will have removed the methanol and fusel substances. Also, using degrees C. You want the temp to stay below 100. @ 100 the water will boil too.