- hi everyone
What do you think of this idea - Is there something I'm missing?
I want to make a column that is as small as possible. am I right in thinking
that if I allow all the liquid in the boiler to hypothetically pass through the
column at least once and have a high reflux ratio I should be able to separate
my heads and tails as normal?
eg> if I have a 5 litre boiler and I allow all the liquid to pass through the
column ( worked out by knowing the power of the element and abit of guess
work) and maintained a high relux ratio. all the heads would start to collect in
this small column -( I would have to try and figure out the correct size of the
column) - I could then take off the heads as usual and start on the main run?
*Having a long column just allows more opertunity for the vapour to condense
and for the more volotile components of the liquid to re-vapourise and
therefore be higher in volitiles (%) than the liquid from which it came? -
higher % alcohol.
** So couldn't I just have a larger relux ratio which would make up for all the
~plates~ in the column??.