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  • Randy
    I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close to the 500 dollar
    Message 1 of 10 , Aug 29, 2002
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      I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique shop for 15 bucks.   What I noticed was that its shape was real close to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various webpages.  I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom of  the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage. 
       
      now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass without ending up with many unusable pieces? 
    • peter_vcb
      i have seen those coffee pots before. the work with some vacuum system. i think the water and coffee goes in the top and it is sucked into the bottom somehow
      Message 2 of 10 , Aug 30, 2002
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        i have seen those coffee pots before. the work with some vacuum
        system. i think the water and coffee goes in the top and it is sucked
        into the bottom somehow by the vaccuum its on a website if you want
        to bother searching. do you want to cut a section off the glass tube
        or drill a hole in it. a glass cutter will do the job of cutting a
        section of tube off. it is best done in a lathe. otherwise it slips
        too easy. if you have no lathe you can wrap lots of making tape
        around it to make a step/ridge that you can rest the glass cutter
        against. if you are drilling it use a ceramic/tile drill bit which
        will grind it out. do this underwater so it doesnt heat up and crack.
        much more expensive are diamond core drill bits.
        practise on glass bottles to get the hang of it. the drill or glass
        cutter slips very easily.


        --- In new_distillers@y..., "Randy" <cornfed15@h...> wrote:
        > I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique
        shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close
        to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various
        webpages. I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks
        down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom
        of the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot
        along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage.
        >
        > now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass
        without ending up with many unusable pieces?
      • John Vandermeulen
        Peter, cutting glass of any kind seems easy with the gizmos available in hdwe stores, but it isn t. I can suggest three routes. 1) go to the local plate-glass
        Message 3 of 10 , Aug 30, 2002
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          Peter,
          cutting glass of any kind seems easy with the gizmos available in hdwe
          stores, but it isn't. I can suggest three routes.
          1) go to the local plate-glass folks that do custom coffee tables, and glass
          tops for smaller tables. They have all the grinding gear.
          2) phone around to the universities (physics & chemistry depts) and research
          facilities for their resident glass blower.
          3) are there any drinking glass/bowls manufacturers in your area. Many turn
          out 'cut glass' items?
          John V
        • John Karuma
          John, Please let me know what substance or chemical i would add to my spirit/alcohol to give it a different colour and also a new flavour. Could u also please
          Message 4 of 10 , Aug 30, 2002
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            John,
            Please let me know what substance or chemical i would
            add to my spirit/alcohol to give it a different colour
            and also a new flavour. Could u also please locate for
            me a simple (small) mobile equipment to determine the
            alcohol content directly.
            John Karuma.

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            Peter,<BR>
            cutting glass of any kind seems easy with the gizmos
            available in hdwe<BR>
            stores, but it isn't.  I can suggest three
            routes.<BR>
            1) go to the local plate-glass folks that do custom
            coffee tables, and glass<BR>
            tops for smaller tables.  They have all the
            grinding gear.<BR>
            2) phone around to the universities (physics &
            chemistry depts) and research<BR>
            facilities for their resident glass blower.<BR>
            3) are there any drinking glass/bowls manufacturers in
            your area.  Many turn<BR>
            out 'cut glass' items?<BR>
            John V<BR>
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          • John Vandermeulen
            ... I do not understand your question. Are you wanting to colour and flavour a 95%pure spirit that you have produced? Why not just mix it with any of the
            Message 5 of 10 , Aug 30, 2002
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              John Karuma wrote:

              > John,
              > Please let me know what substance or chemical i would
              > add to my spirit/alcohol to give it a different colour
              > and also a new flavour.

              I do not understand your question. Are you wanting to colour and flavour a 95%pure spirit that you have produced? Why not just mix it with any of
              the soft drinks?

              > Could u also please locate for
              > me a simple (small) mobile equipment to determine the
              > alcohol content directly.

              Order an alcoholmeter (and glass measuring cylinder)from an on-line supplier such as Brewhaus. Or ask at the nearest brewing supplies store.

              > John Karuma.
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              > cutting glass of any kind seems easy with the gizmos
              > available in hdwe<BR>
              > stores, but it isn't.  I can suggest three
              > routes.<BR>
              > 1) go to the local plate-glass folks that do custom
              > coffee tables, and glass<BR>
              > tops for smaller tables.  They have all the
              > grinding gear.<BR>
              > 2) phone around to the universities (physics &
              > chemistry depts) and research<BR>
              > facilities for their resident glass blower.<BR>
              > 3) are there any drinking glass/bowls manufacturers in
              > your area.  Many turn<BR>
              > out 'cut glass' items?<BR>
              > John V<BR>
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            • spowell612
              Where if I might ask, did you secure the drip coffee maker from. I have looked for one of these here in the states and have not found one recently. I had one
              Message 6 of 10 , Aug 31, 2002
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                Where if I might ask, did you secure the drip coffee maker from.  I have looked for one of these here in the states and have not found one recently. I had one years ago.
                 
                Steve
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                From: Randy
                Sent: Friday, 30 August, 2002 0:29
                Subject: [new_distillers] Cutting Pyrex Glass

                I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique shop for 15 bucks.   What I noticed was that its shape was real close to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various webpages.  I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom of  the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage. 
                 
                now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass without ending up with many unusable pieces? 


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              • stillyaakman
                ... shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various webpages. I
                Message 7 of 10 , Aug 31, 2002
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                  --- In new_distillers@y..., "Randy" <cornfed15@h...> wrote:
                  > I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique
                  shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close
                  to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various
                  webpages. I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks
                  down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom
                  of the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot
                  along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage.
                  >
                  > now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass
                  without ending up with many unusable pieces?

                  Instead of cutting why not insert the stem into a drilled rubber cork
                  to raise it above the wash.
                • cornfed62
                  I found it in a antique shop for about 15 dollars. There were a few more of different designs there also. Some were made out of metal. ... have looked for
                  Message 8 of 10 , Aug 31, 2002
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                    I found it in a antique shop for about 15 dollars. There were a few
                    more of different designs there also. Some were made out of metal.


                    --- In new_distillers@y..., "spowell612" <spowell612@k...> wrote:
                    > Where if I might ask, did you secure the drip coffee maker from. I
                    have looked for one of these here in the states and have not found
                    one recently. I had one years ago.
                    >
                    > Steve
                    > ----- Original Message -----
                    > From: Randy
                    > To: New Distillers
                    > Sent: Friday, 30 August, 2002 0:29
                    > Subject: [new_distillers] Cutting Pyrex Glass
                    >
                    >
                    > I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique
                    shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close
                    to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various
                    webpages. I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks
                    down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom
                    of the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot
                    along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage.
                    >
                    > now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass
                    without ending up with many unusable pieces?
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                  • bbstinga
                    You can cut the glass with a masonary blade on a table/bench saw etc. But don t let the glass overheat, then fire polish the cut end with a propane tourch,
                    Message 9 of 10 , Aug 31, 2002
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                      You can cut the glass with a masonary blade on a table/bench saw etc.
                      But don't let the glass overheat, then fire polish the cut end with a
                      propane tourch, heat up end few cm's of glass with a broad brush of
                      the flame then concentrate the flame on the end to get it red hot.
                      cool slowly. I've only played around with glass a little bit and
                      smashed a fair few condensor coils I've been making etc along the
                      way. But in my opinion you are better off going to a glass blower,
                      they have an annealing furnace that they let the glass cure (for want
                      of a better term) to remove strains/fracture in the glass. I've got
                      the local university glass blower to make me up stuff and they are
                      pretty cool with homers. Only problem is in this day and age they can
                      be suspicious of people trying to make equipment for drug making. But
                      glass stills do look the most pimped out especially with polished
                      stainless so it is worth the effort.


                      --- In new_distillers@y..., "Randy" <cornfed15@h...> wrote:
                      > I located an old coffee pot of some strange design in an antique
                      shop for 15 bucks. What I noticed was that its shape was real close
                      to the 500 dollar essential oils stills that are for sale at various
                      webpages. I want to do a custom cut on the glass stem that sticks
                      down from the top urn and then put a simple screen into the bottom
                      of the top urn and then a cork and a vapor line to a condensor alot
                      along the same lines as tony's stovetop design on his webpage.
                      >
                      > now for the tricky part, how do you go about cutting pyrex glass
                      without ending up with many unusable pieces?
                    • Tony & Elle Ackland
                      John, ... There are many things you can add to flavour your alcohol. See http://homedistiller.org/flavour.htm Tony
                      Message 10 of 10 , Sep 2, 2002
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                        John,

                        > Please let me know what substance or chemical i would
                        > add to my spirit/alcohol to give it a different colour
                        > and also a new flavour.

                        There are many things you can add to flavour your alcohol. See
                        http://homedistiller.org/flavour.htm

                        Tony
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