Re: amount of relux and vapour purity
- First of all the HETP and reflux still calculators at homedistiller
give strange readings once you get close to azeotrope and are not to
Secondly, there is indeed considerable difference from 95% to 95.6%
ABV. You should always aim for 95.6% if you are after neutral ethanol.
Thirdly, use what has been found to be a working solution. 1 meter
packed column section. 2" diameter, 1kW power and potscrubbers or mesh
for packing. That will get you 95.6% stuff easily with proper
If you want to know why that solution works, read a book or two on the
--- In email@example.com, "tiretz" <tiretz@...> wrote:
> Hi All,
> The HEPT calculator on homedistillers.org shows me that the
> difference in vapour purity between reflux ratios of 1 and 10 is only
> 0.5% (93.4 and 93.9 respectively). This is for a 2" system with
> 700mm of structured copper packing.
> I have read suggestions that I should take the spirit off slowly in
> drips per second etc. So far I was going for approx 5 to 1 reflux
> ratio. This was 1 to 2 drips per second ( 12 ml per minute ). I can
> see the reflux flowing before it goes back into the reflux column and
> it looks like a constant stream, so i think that my reflux ratio is
> fairly high.
> Is 0.5% extra purity a big deal? Should I keep this slow take off or
> just let it pour out faster and sacrifice that 0.5%.
> I also noticed that increasing the heat power from 1000w to 2000w
> decreases the purity by 0.5%. Is this a quirk of the calculator or
> should I only put in just enough heat to get the column to the
> correct tempurature.