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Old 07-01-2012, 01:54 AM #1
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The Enabler BHO Extractor and Alcohol Fractionating Still

While messing around with passive butane essential oils extraction and recovery, it occurred to me that with very few extra pieces, the new Skunk Pharm Research passive butane extraction and recovery system could also be used to turn 80 proof drinking alcohol into 190 proof, for those of ya'll who are unable to get 190 proof for essential oil extractions.

If we use the butane storage and recovery tank for the boiler, and the lid from the BHO recovery tank, we can install a 36" tall stainless sanitary spool for a refluxing column, packed with stainless steel pot scrubbers.

A sanitary cross at the top will provide ports for a thermometer, a refluxing condenser, and a product bleed. A product condenser on the product bleed port will condense the vapors bled off from the upper chamber, and the temperature of those vapors will tell you what they are.

Check with your personal attorney for his read on local laws, but by using the butane recovery tank, the volume of the boiler is under one gallon (.86), the taxes on the alcohol that you are condensing have been paid for, and it is used for extracting essential oils, not drinking.

In theory, the still could just as easily make 190 proof out of a ferment sugar wash, but that is illegal at least here locally, so we are not recommending it for that use where prohibited.

Here is a conceptual of how such a system might work, and here is a picture of what a 36" column with cross looks like. More when the parts come back from the welder and machine shop.

As with the passive extraction system, most parts are off the shelf.

Taken from:http://skunkpharmresearch.com/enable...onating-still/

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Brilliant!
You lot are gonna cost me a fortune buying new toys.
Just bought a stainless steel super still.
(Say that ten times. )

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All I can get here is 151 proof.
Plan to triple distill, aiming at 190 proof from 151 Everclear.

The same still will recover the solvent as it boils off from the oil.
Plan to keep re-using the soilvent.

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There will be a lot of heat loss with a big chunk of steel, insulation is recommended, as one part of proper fractionation practice.
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Brilliant!
You lot are gonna cost me a fortune buying new toys.
Just bought a stainless steel super still.
(Say that ten times. )

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All I can get here is 151 proof.
Plan to triple distill, aiming at 190 proof from 151 Everclear.

The same still will recover the solvent as it boils off from the oil.
Plan to keep re-using the soilvent.

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Purdy! Where did you find it and for how much?
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:16 AM #5
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There will be a lot of heat loss with a big chunk of steel, insulation is recommended, as one part of proper fractionation practice.
Good point, and I plan to use steam pipe insulation on the column, but couldn't resist taking a purdy picture first.

I'm planning to use an existing glass Alhin condenser for refluxing and another existing Liebig for the product condenser, so the additional prototype costs are minimal. It would be easy however, to wrap copper reflux and product condensers.

With one meter of column below the refluxing condenser, I'm hoping that it will fractionate closely enough to redistill low octane drinking alcohol into 190 proof in a single pass.

Since I'm not planning to run mash or wash, I'm not planning to add any copper scrubbers in the mix to react with the sulphides, and so keeping the stainless clean, should be relatively easy.

PS: For ya'll in the parts of the world where it is legal, a meter of reflux column should also allow ya'll to distill off fermented mashes, beers, and washes, as well as wines, and you probably want to mix in a few copper pot scrubbers.

A meter of column should also be tall enough to easily fractionate off the methanol and ethyl acetate fore shots produced in those processes, as well as the heads and tails.
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Wanted to feel like one of the cool boys....

This still has an "herbal essence extractor" built in, its the fatter part near the top, always wondered if i could stuff pot in there....



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Hee, hee, hee, easy enough to find out what happens.............
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A lil off topic, but thats ok, cuz that thing is fukin awesome!
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Krunchbubble that's the still I use to turn vodka into 93-95% Ethanol. I've switched to making my own mash ( birdwatchers sugar wash) as 1.75l of vodka ( regardless of the brand) costs 55$ thanks to heavy taxes and gov controlled distribution. I haven't gotten around to experimenting with Ethanol recovery yet, although I do have some ideas ;_)
FWIW I didn't have much success with using it as a herbal extractor, very low yield ,
besides I don't want to use heat for extraction , that's why I have a tamisium .
GW. great post as always, I await your every post with bated breath :-)

Weezard That's a great looking still, what brand is it , where did you find it ? oh and IMHO I wouldn't re-distill anything over 40%ABV for safety reasons.
Which would mean that you'll need to cut the 151 down from 75% to 40% which would beg the question why not just buy cheaper 40% spirits in the first place. ( If you're already aware of this, then my apologies)
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