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== About ==
 
== About ==
  
This page gives people some info about 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...as well as some other associated things.
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== Fermenting ==
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A lot of stuff in a still is fermented. We've been keeping [[fermentation logs]] of stuff we've brewed in the space and then distilled. If you are new to this whole thing, the logs are a good place to start for some guidance on how to run some of your own brews.
  
 
== The Equipment ==
 
== The Equipment ==
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=== Still Components ===
 
=== Still Components ===
  
A pot, and a condenser :). Optionally, a reflux column.
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A pot, and a condenser :). Optionally, a reflux column. Some [[Noise Extraction and Brewing]] equipment is available in the space, and could potentially be used to accomplish some of this.
  
 
=== Materials ===
 
=== Materials ===
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== Resources ==
 
== Resources ==
  
* Graph of [[Media:Distillation t graph.png|Vapor Phase composition vs. Distillate Temperature (EtOH / Water)]]
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=== Table of Boiling Points ===
* 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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* Methyl Acetate = 56.9C [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methyl_acetate]
* Everything you'd ever possibly want to know about Ethanol (from the Industrial Solvents Handbook...an engineer's bible for anything solvent related).
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* Methanol = 64.7C [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol]
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* Ethyl Acetate = 77.1C [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethyl_acetate]
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* Ethanol = 78C [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethanol]
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* 1-Propanol = 97.1C [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propan-1-ol]
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* Acetic Acid = 118C (though this and other acids can react to form esters!) [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acetic_Acid]
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=== Incredibly Useful Graphs ===
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* '''[[Media:Distillation t graph.png|Vapor Phase composition vs. Distillate Temperature]]''' - for EtOH / Water
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* '''[[Media:distilling_efficiency.png|Vapor Phase composition vs. Pot Composition]]''' - assists in determining efficient reflux ratios when operating a reflux still (EtOH / Water)
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=== Other Neato Stuff ===
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* '''[[Media:proof_table.pdf|Proofing table]]''' - relates specific gravity of a liquid to its US Proof value.
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* '''[[Media:ind_solvents_etoh.pdf|Industrial Data for Ethanol]]''' - otherwise known as everything you could have ever possibly asked about the solvent ethanol, in a 47 page document.
  
 
== Legality ==
 
== Legality ==

Latest revision as of 18:23, 1 March 2011

Contents

[edit] Noisebrige Distilled

[edit] About

This page gives people some info about the art of building, maintaining, and/or operating a still...as well as some other associated things.

[edit] Fermenting

A lot of stuff in a still is fermented. We've been keeping fermentation logs of stuff we've brewed in the space and then distilled. If you are new to this whole thing, the logs are a good place to start for some guidance on how to run some of your own brews.

[edit] The Equipment

[edit] Still Components

A pot, and a condenser :). Optionally, a reflux column. Some Noise Extraction and Brewing equipment is available in the space, and could potentially be used to accomplish some of this.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Resources

[edit] Table of Boiling Points

  • Methyl Acetate = 56.9C [1]
  • Methanol = 64.7C [2]
  • Ethyl Acetate = 77.1C [3]
  • Ethanol = 78C [4]
  • 1-Propanol = 97.1C [5]
  • Acetic Acid = 118C (though this and other acids can react to form esters!) [6]

[edit] Incredibly Useful Graphs

[edit] Other Neato Stuff

  • Proofing table - relates specific gravity of a liquid to its US Proof value.
  • Industrial Data for Ethanol - otherwise known as everything you could have ever possibly asked about the solvent ethanol, in a 47 page document.

[edit] 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: [7]

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

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