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Tim has a bit about his garbage bag and rice cooker alcohol still…

“A still has two parts, a boiler and a condenser.

A rice cooker/warmer makes a great boiler.
It’s got a rubber gasket so all the steam goes out the vent. It’s insulated so all the heat goes into the mash.

A plastic garbage bag makes a great condenser.
It’s got lots of surface area, cooling and condensing the vapor very quickly.
In my experiments it didn’t need to be vented and hardly puffed up at all.

I tested my still by distilling a gallon of “rice wine for cooking” which has salt added to it to keep people from using it as a beverage. I put the bag in a tub to keep it from rolling off the table when it got heavy, and in case the bag leaked.

The whole system works great!
Finally I was able to use up that gallon of salty wine, which I inherited from a friend who moved back to China.”
Link.

Related:

  • HOW TO make Moonshine Whiskey – Link.
  • Homemade still… – Link.
  • HOW TO make a CPU moonshine still… – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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