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Topic created by Anonymous
on Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 19:50

Anonymous said on Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 19:50...

I am just going to throw this out there. I just distilled some poppers with a hot pot of water, a glass syringe, and a polyurethane tube that emptied into a glass of salt water. I connected the tube to the syringe and put it in the pot of water and just let it drip into the glass of salt water. I suppose you could drip dry but I didn't know if the polyurethane would displace enough heat. I used twice as much alcohol to know if it didn't work I would smell it. The result was clean and didn't smell of any alcohol. I stopped the result early so I didn't get a full yield but you would just repeat the process and with the sous vide wand it is rather trivial. The wand let's you control the temperature very tight without much effort or fear of it getting out of control.

Anonymous said on Tue, 26 Sep 2023 at 20:30...

As trivial as this is, I might even suggest distilling poppers you buy from the shop or online to clean out all the residual alcohol they nearly all have.

Professor Emeritus said on Thu, 28 Sep 2023 at 05:24...

That's garbage. What does a "hot pot of water" even mean? You are distilling highly volatile organic solvents, not moonshine. I would take removing EtOH from water any day of the week.

Buy a distillation apparatus with a mantle and thermometer if you want to have credibility. Just me saying that probably is a bad thing because you will have too much credibility with that thing in your hands and no knowledge on how to use it. Forget that I even said that.

Kip said on Thu, 28 Sep 2023 at 19:04...

Professor Emeritus:

It is strange that you discount something you do not understand.

Kip said on Fri, 29 Sep 2023 at 00:29...


Anonymous said on Sat, 30 Sep 2023 at 13:30...


You can control the temperature of a the sous vide wand down to tenth to a tenth of a degree Fahrenheit. You can talk about volatile solvents and stuff but you are in no way racing the boiling reaction. It is trivial to control the rate of the boil by observation and if something goes wrong, you just pull the glass syringe out of the water. I am not really sure why you are trying so hard to discount how trivial this is and I don't think anyone putting a thermometer in a distillation lab glass is going to get anything remotely to 0.1 F temperature control. If you were pumping off the boil hard, it might be concerning because you wouldn't be able to stop it if there was a leak but that isn't really the case.

Anonymous said on Sat, 30 Sep 2023 at 13:33...


Anonymous said on Sat, 30 Sep 2023 at 14:54...

If you really wanted to, you could just use a distillation apparatus and use the wand for temperature control. Nothing stops you from doing that either.

Anonymous said on Mon, 16 Oct 2023 at 14:07...

At what temperature would one distill alkyl nitrite? Will the high temperature negatively effect the organic compound? Asking for a friend, lol.

anonymous said on Tue, 17 Oct 2023 at 02:21...

I was seeing around 160F ish. You can look up the temp but honestly you just should increase the wand's set point until you get a very slow boil near this range. The water is not going to be the same temp in the entire pot. The top will be a little warmer than the bottom. I believe a lot of this stuff should and can be done most on just visual cues and inspection. I just kept increasing the wand temp until I got a very slow boil. It is possible to put it just on the cusp so that it boil slowly and condenses easily. I am sure there are some losses and some claim you need a vacuum setup but I am not entirely convinced of this.

anonymous said on Tue, 17 Oct 2023 at 03:06...

Because you posted, I just ran a bottle of Jungle Juice platinum through it. I imagine there were some losses. The end result felt more potent. You are problem throwing a little a way to get a concentrated product but I don't think you are throwing away much.

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