>..i just read the email where you said that you open the valve when you
>get to 79deg,what do you mean by that?
I use the Nixon-Stone type of condensor (see http://www.gin-vodka.com
Sorry I don't have a picture of mine yet, but Rob has posted one
previously, and its also at
. This uses a manual
needle valve to regulate how much of the distillate is collected, and thus
by default, how much gets returned back to the column. When doing a normal
run, I alter this split to ensure that I'm providing enough reflux to get
the high purity I desire. At the end of the run, I want to collect the
remaining alcohol, but aren't too worried about its purity. So opening the
valve means that I collect it all, and return none as reflux.
ALso what sort of still head connection and pot do you use
The connection to the pot lid is a 1.5 inch to 1 inch reducing joint, with
a thread on the outside. Put it through the hole in the lid, and screw up
the outer nut. The pot is a sterilizing unit (for boiling jars of jam or
fruit in) called a Vacola.