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== About ==
 
== About ==
  
This is about people who want to learn the art of building, maintaining, and/or operating a still
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This page gives people some info about the art of building, maintaining, and/or operating a still
  
== Class ==
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== The Equipment ==
  
Sean is planning on teaching a hands-on class on distilling basics, but needs to decide a time! Vote for your favorite below. I'll release the final choice to noisebridge-discuss. If you'd like to be informed and are not on -discuss, add your e-mail contact info below. You can vote more than once. Total time for the entire class will probably be about 3-4 hours or so since physics is a slow mistress. A basic outline of the class is as follows:
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=== Still Components ===
  
* Overview of what distilling is, and why it works
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A pot, and a condenser :). Optionally, a reflux column.
* Things you can distill, and what you can expect out of the other side
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* Intro to the still, and what all the crazy valves do
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* Post- and pre- processing operations, and why your really do need to do them (a.k.a. Brita filters are useful)
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* And of course...hands on use of the still, and a chance to try the fruits of your labor!
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Wednesday, January 5th @ 7PM
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=== Materials ===
* Namez
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* [[User:Miloh|Miloh]] 10:43, 21 December 2010 (UTC)
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* [[User:Lamont|Lamont]]
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*[[User:Zazenergy|Laura]]
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* [[User:Hephaestus|Hephaestus]]
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* [[User:Rosanna|Rosanna]]
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Tuesday, January 14th @ 7PM
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* [[User:Rikke|Rikke]]
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Wednesday, January 15th @ 7PM
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* '''Glass''' is awesome for teaching and for beginners, but has crappy thermal properties.
* Namez
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* '''Copper''' with integrated heating coils is the choice of many pro distillers, but it is a real bear to keep clean, and reacts very badly to acids and bases.
  
== The Equipment ==
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== Resources ==
  
For the class, a 20L custom designed glass still will be used since its a great teaching aid (you can actually see what is happening!) It can handle both reflux and pot distillation modes with just a couple of minor adjustments (if you don't know what that means, but want to find out, you should come to the class!). However, I'll cover how to "roll your own" out of a variety of different materials.
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* Graph of Vapor Phase composition vs. Distillate Temperature (EtOH / Water)
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* Graph of Vapor Phase composition vs. Pot Composition to assist in determining efficient reflux ratios when operating a reflux still (EtOH / Water)
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* Proofing table - relates specific gravity of a liquid to its US Proof value.
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* Everything you'd ever possibly want to know about Ethanol (from the Industrial Solvents Handbook...an engineer's bible for anything solvent related).
  
 
== Legality ==
 
== Legality ==

Revision as of 15:59, 5 January 2011

Contents

Noisebrige Distilled

About

This page gives people some info about the art of building, maintaining, and/or operating a still

The Equipment

Still Components

A pot, and a condenser :). Optionally, a reflux column.

Materials

  • Glass is awesome for teaching and for beginners, but has crappy thermal properties.
  • Copper with integrated heating coils is the choice of many pro distillers, but it is a real bear to keep clean, and reacts very badly to acids and bases.

Resources

  • Graph of Vapor Phase composition vs. Distillate Temperature (EtOH / Water)
  • Graph of Vapor Phase composition vs. Pot Composition to assist in determining efficient reflux ratios when operating a reflux still (EtOH / Water)
  • Proofing table - relates specific gravity of a liquid to its US Proof value.
  • Everything you'd ever possibly want to know about Ethanol (from the Industrial Solvents Handbook...an engineer's bible for anything solvent related).

Legality

Owning and operation of a still is legal in California as given by part 23367 of the ABC code. Full unabridged (read: annoying) text of the 2010 ABC code can be found here: [1]

Note: Still laws vary state to state, so check to make sure you aren't breaking any laws!

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