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How do you carry out distillation?

Basic Procedure

  1. Check the calibration of the thermometer that is to be used.
  2. Fill the distillation flask.
  3. Heat the distillation flask slowly until the liquid begins to boil (see Figure 4).
  4. As the distillate begins to drop from the condenser, the temperature observed on the thermometer should be changing steadily.

When should you stop the distillation process for this procedure?

Collect distillate at a rate of 1 drop per second. Record the temperature where liquid is actively distilling and thermometer bulb is immersed. Record the pressure. Stop the distillation when the temperature changes dramatically or if the distilling flask is nearly empty (never distill to dryness!)

How can you minimize the risks in distillation?

Answer: Keep a fire extinguisher handy and collect the distillate securely so the risk of spilling it is reduced. Don’t smoke! * Before any distillation, please ensure that there is no obstruction in the piping that could cause excessive pressure build up in the still and cause it to burst.

Why is home distilling illegal?

According to federal law, making beverage alcohol at home is illegal, plain and simple. Distilled spirits like whiskey are taxed at the highest rate of any alcohol, far more than either beer or wine. (Actually, a tax on spirits as the very first tax ever levied in the United States.)

Is there any alcohol that is 200 proof?

There is no such thing as 200 proof moonshine. The strongest concentration you can make of ethanol by distillation is about 191 proof. Alcohol “likes” water, and at concentrations higher than 95.6%, it absorbs water from the air until the solution is 4.4% water.

What is 190 proof grain alcohol used for?

Everclear has solvent properties and can be used to remove stains from oils, ink, sap, grass, or vomit.

Can grain alcohol kill you?

Alcohol Poisoning / Death Drinking grain alcohol can rapidly result in alcohol poisoning. This is because many people drinking grain alcohol are unaware that even just a small quantity of the drink can quickly raise blood alcohol levels. If not addressed immediately, alcohol poisoning could lead to death.

Can you smell Everclear on your breath?

The scientific answer is the alcohol you smell on someone’s breath isn’t really from the alcohol itself. What happens is as the alcohol is metabolized the lungs expel the alcohol and the smell is from that so no matter what alcohol you drink your breath will smell the same.