Am I ready to Sample?
- Hello all. I am in the process of distilling my first batch. I used
a can sugar was that read about 16.5% before I rendered it to the
distilling pot. Once the column head reached 158F, I noticed the
first droplets exiting the condensor. I then turned on the water
supply to the condensor, waited for the the colun head to level at
about 186F, then began collecting distillate. I discarded the 1st
100 ml (It does really smell like wet cardboard!). I have then been
collecting in 250 ml intervals (about every 15 minutes). I now have
about 2L distillate collected.
My questions are these. How do I know how pure my distillate is? Is
there a way of telling (or is there a special hydrometer for this?).
How much meth can come from a 25L was of 16.5%? Is it a few ml or
considerably more, ie., if I were to maintain the column head at the
temp. meth vaporizes, what would be the total meth production? What
should be my total production of potable distallate be? When will i
know to stop collecting, when it runs cloudy? Any help would be
greatly appreciated as this is my virgin run and I'm worried about
blindness and such nuisances. Brian