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The Hive => Chemicals & Equipment => Topic started by: LoW_JacK on October 26, 2004, 04:45:00 AM

Title: Distilling flask setup
Post by: LoW_JacK on October 26, 2004, 04:45:00 AM

After snatching this little timebomb off ebay I noticed two things.
1. That the dimwit seller shipped it assembled and caused the arm to snap clean off the boiling flask.
2. That there is but 1 coolant hole in the condenser and a small one at that.

After contacting the seller he sent me a new boiling/ditilling flask, no charge. So that left me with the single condenser coolant port.I'm leaning towars either attaching a two holed stopper and two identicle blue one-way check valves, but the water in and out lines need to be so small that its almost bound for problems.

The ad says it'll distill 1 ounce of ethanol/alcohol every 30 min. It's a cool little piece of shit. Makes for a good bomb or a much nicer conversational piece.
If your interested they run about $45.
The merchant sent me a replacement flask so they seem solid.

Title: looks pretty ol' skool low jack....
Post by: ApprenticeCook on October 26, 2004, 03:09:00 PM
looks pretty ol' skool low jack....
with a spirit burner and all (is that a spirit burner under the boiling flask?).
Pretty cool though when you look at it, everything in the picture for $45 USD??? not bad....

Might i ask though, what are you going to use it for?
But sorry i have no idea about your coolant woes....


Title: Vintage
Post by: Bond_DoubleBond on October 27, 2004, 07:18:00 AM
That would make a nice centerpiece for my dining room table.  Wish I had seen it.

Cool find.  Sorry to hear about it breaking.
Title: yes indeed.
Post by: LoW_JacK on October 27, 2004, 07:31:00 AM
Mostly I'll use it as a conversation piece. From time to time I've fermented my own mash and even though no serious alcohol distiller would use such a microscale apparatus for production, I just figured for anything I wanted to distill. Now its more like...errr, anything that cant explode from the condensers inadequate cooling principles its been built on.

It just looks pretty fuckin cool to everyone thats seen it so far.
And they still got all kinds of these suckers available.

Title: I've got a similar one!
Post by: indole_amine on October 27, 2004, 03:10:00 PM
Damnit, I own such a piece of "equipment", too - but from grandmas attic (and was very proud about having found such a treasure, at least until now..  ::) ). Nice decoration.

The condenser isn't designed to run water through it - just for pouring ice water into it, and thats everything.
Has to be changed every 20-30 minutes, and takes almost the same time to distill ~20ml ethylalcohol from mush... :)