All -<br><br>I've received a ton of requests to teach people how to distill. So, now we're going to do it :). I've got a sweet 20L glass still that we'll be using for this. Its great for teaching since you can see everything that is happening, and thus control is much much simpler than those ones you see in the 'shiners backyards. A basic outline
of what I'm planning on teaching in the class is as follows:
<ul><li> Overview of what distilling is, what it does, and why it works
</li><li> Things you can distill, and what you can expect out of the other side
</li><li> Intro to the still, and why thermodynamics are your friend...even if you don't know what those are yet.
</li><li> Post- and pre- processing operations, and why your really do need to do them (a.k.a. Brita filters are useful)
</li><li> And of course...hands on use of the still, and a chance to try the fruits of your labor!
</li></ul>Vote for your favorite date for the class at the following wiki page:<br><a href="https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge_Distilled">https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Noisebridge_Distilled</a><br><br>A quick note on legality. The short answer is - *yes*. Owning and operating a still is legal in CA. Part 23367 of the ABC code allows for this. There are lots of things you can make in a still - like distilled water, or oil extracts...so yes, there has to be a provision to allow people to own and operate their own distilling equipment for these reasons. Full text of the current ABC code can be found here: <a href="http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=23001-24000&file=23355-23405.3">http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=bpc&group=23001-24000&file=23355-23405.3</a><br>