Re: Removing Methanol
- Your right Maxime,
but James is using the amazing still which
doesn't really have an easily separated heads. It's not like just
collecting and discarding your first 100ml that comes out of the
still in a reflux or pot still because the separation is no where
near as good. I think with the amazing still you just have to work
off the fact that with a sugar wash the methanol content is so low
that it's not worth worrying about. Methanol production is more of a
concern from fermentables containg lots of pectins.
James, do a search in the archives for "sugar methanol" and you'll
spot quite a bit of info on the amazing still and methanol as well
as info about methanol production. From what I can see from a quick
search through the archives this topic has been done to death. Also
do a search in the archive for the "amazing still" and you'll find
ideas and improvements and it'll answer all your questions. Use the
archives, that's what they're there for.
As for the activated carbon absorbing methanol, I don't think it can
remove the methanol, but I haven't check up on this for quite a
while and I forget now.
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, Maxime Belair
> The methanol will come out of the still
> at the beggining of the run. Personally, I trhow away
> the first 150ml for a 20L batch with my fractionating
> still before I start collecting the main run. If you
> fermentend molasses or white sugar, then it's not
> supposed to contain any methanol but throw away the
> heads anyway as it tastes bad.
> I think that activated carbon (not charcoal) can
> absorb a bit of methanol but probably not all if there
> is some in your ethanol.
> Solution : makes good cuts when you distill.
> Maxime Belair
> Lèche-vitrine ou lèche-écran ?