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The Compleat Distiller (2nd Edition) - by Nixon and McCaw

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Worldwide, there is a growing interest in distillation by those who enjoy making alcoholic beverages, essential oils, botanical extracts and perfumes. We have read books that purport to describe how distillation works, but got it wrong in whole or in part, and some that detail how to build a particular type of still and operate it but which are based more on myth than sound scientific and engineering knowledge. We came to the conclusion that there was a crying need for a book that gives a detailed account of the entire subject, avoiding old wives' tales and dealing entirely in verifiable facts. We were proud to have recently received this tribute: I read your book. Excellent work! As a teacher of Chemistry I must admit that this book is truly a teaching book of the highest caliber. It is a proud member of my library! MC
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Fermentation

    How alcohol is created
    Fermentation
    Various types of fermentation
    The art of fermentation
    Special fermentation techniques
    Dr. Cone's methods for high alcohol fermentation
    Turbo yeast products
    Techniques for employing either the Cone Protocol or turbo yeast

     

   Chapter 2 How distillation works

    Vapor pressure
    Mixtures and solutions
    A graphical description for mixtures
    Cleaning and Polishing
    Maturation

     

   Chapter 3 Putting theory into practice

    Batch and Continuous Distillation
    Distilling water
    Boilers
    Condensers
    Types of Still

     

   Chapter 4 Equipment design

    Materials
    Solders
    Seals
    Flanges
    Boilers
    Boiler control
    Condensers
    Designing and building stills
    Compound still management
    Conclusion

     

   Chapter 5 Operating procedures

    General principles
    Pot Distillation
    Fractional Distillation
    Compound Distillation

     

   Chapter 6 Botanicals and essences

    The Flavors and Scents of Nature
    Definitions
    Essential oils
    Methods of Extraction
    The Product

     

   Chapter 7 The workshop

    Safety
    Some basic requirements
    Basic techniques
    Heating elements (control)
    Soldering
    Brazing (Silver Soldering)
    Annealing
    A final tip for the Distiller

     

   Chapter 8  The Science behind the Curtain

    Atoms and Molecules
    Moles and Mols
    Molecular structures
    Avogadro
    Volumes of Vapors
    Mol Fractions
    Dalton's Law for Gases
    Raoult's Law for Liquids (boiling of mixtures)
    Saturated Vapor Pressures
    Latent Heat of Vaporization (LHV)
    Logarithms
    Clausius-Clapeyron Equation
    Antoine Equation
    Equilibrium Curves
    Azeotropes
    Reflux
    Packing
    Surge boiling
    Supercooling and Column Stability
    They were wrong!
    A Final word

     

   Appendix 1 Weights & Measures

   Appendix 2 Carbohydrates for fermentation

   Appendix 3 Hydrometer table

   Appendix 4 Activated carbon

   Appendix 5 Vapor Management

   Appendix 6 Air-Cooled Condensation

   Appendix 7 Scaling Up and Speeding Up

   Appendix 8 References

   Index

   The Authors

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If you have any interest in distillation as a hobby this is not a book that you should have one your shelf. This is a book that you MUST have on your shelf. I read it cover to cover in 2 days. There is enough chemistry and physics in the book that you may not want to do that but if you don't have this as a reference then you don't have all the information you may need. The money investment will save you far more than you spend on the book down the road. Enjoy
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very interesting reading and very recomended! If you have any interest in distillation you should have it!:)
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