Care of your still
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In some countries is legal to distill alcohol at home, and in some other countries it is possible to obtain licensing to do so. Distillation of alcohol requires special care. As high proof alcohol is explosive, it is important to note some safety guidelines for those distilling alcohol with their unit:
Always operate in a well-ventilated area
Never distill alcohol while intoxicated
Always keep a fire extinguisher nearby
Do not leave your unit unattended while in operation
Keep collection jars sealed in a cool, stable environment,
and away from heat sources
Never distill industrial solvents
During the cool-down process, any steam remaining the extractor will re-condense into liquid. This will create a great reduction in air-pressure inside the unit. It is extremely important to remove the thermometer and stopper from the top of the column as soon as the extractor is removed from the heat. This ensures that adequate air-flow is provided back into the unit, which will avoid potential damage. If adequate airflow is not provided, the large difference between the air-pressure on the inside of the unit versus the air-pressure outside of it can literally cause the unit to implode.
Once the unit is completely cooled, remove the column from the kettle. Run fresh, hot water from the top of the column to the bottom to clean any residual oils, etc., from the unit (and Raschig Rings, if applicable).
Empty the kettle, and clean it with hot water.
Never use abrasive or corrosive materials on your unit. Use only warm soapy water or a mild Glasrens solution to clean your unit. Rinse well with hot water and allow to dry thoroughly.
Care of your Stainless Steel still:
Stainless steel avoids corrosion and rusting by protecting it self through oxidation. In other words, if the protective layer is removed in whole or part, the steel can corrode. It is therefore important to keep a few points in mind in
caring for your stainless steel unit:
Never use harsh cleaning chemicals or abrasive materials on your extractor. These can remove the oxidative layer, increasing the risk of rust or
corrosion of the metal. We suggest using soapy warm water or a Glasrens solution only for gentle cleaning of all parts. After cleaning, rinse with
Dry all parts before storing. To thoroughly dry your kettle, place it in a warm area to fully dry. Alternatively, you can set your kettle on top of a stove burner. Turn the burner on to low for 5 minutes. Most of the water in the kettle will
evaporate due to the heat. Never heat your kettle when dry, nor place on a medium to high heat without a sufficient liquid level!
With proper care, your still will give many years of service.
The manufacturer warrants your still to be free from defects in material and workmanship for the life of the product. This warranty does not extend to cover misuse or abuse of the product. The manufacturer will repair or replace, at its option, any parts found to be defective.