Re: WARNING! AMAZING STILL CAN KILL!
- Few observations based on my moderate experience with amazing stills:
The efficiency is quite similar to a potstill thus making amazing
still usefull as a slow stripper. The stuff you get can no way be
classified as neutral and really requires carbon filtering to be
The amazing still can be improved in various ways, a tap on the
bottom allows cuts, bucket-on-top-of-the bucket design can achieve up
to 75% ABV strength and so on.
One problem with amazing still is that it's made from plastic
(polypropylene). Although PP stands low ABV alcohol vapors you can
encounter problems with high ABV warm alcohol. This makes amazing
still not suitable for double or triple distillation you could do
with a regular potstill.
The aquarium heater creates a whole lot of new problems by itself.
Most aquarium heaters start to leak over time when submerged, as
seems to happen with brand Gert Strand sells. If you build amazing
still get a proper heater for the job, one that can be submerged.
Another problem not mentioned so far is the heater cord, it starts to
deteriorate over time and may also cause short circuit. This can be
fixed by wrapping or laminating the cord with PTFE tape and aquarium
I have one with all these improvements and I use it maybe once a year
for stripping. For making neutral alcohol or flavored drinks there
are much better tools that you can build/buy. Keeping al this in mind
the amazing still is suitable for some people, just use proper
heater, fix the cord and don't do high ABV distillations.
--- In email@example.com, "tcfromnz" <tcfromnz@...>
> Now a personal observation, which will probably upset some of ourmembers, nonetheless I will say it. I think anyone who wants to try
to cut corners or be lazy, with such an obviously inefficient method
of producing beverage ethanol, really needs to think about things a
bit more, or at least do some serious research on reputable sites
such as ours and homedistiller.
> regards Harry