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    Glass Alembic

    Does anyone know where to purchase a real, working, alembic head (not some pseudo-alembic like what is sold on eBay) for a reasonable price? Less than $200 preferably.

    Today I went to purchase a cheap, yet decent, alembic from Germany that I had been eyeing for months but to my dismay the website is down https://lederkram.de/category.php?cat_ID=539

    I am considering reaching out to local glassblowers since I cannot seem to find anything online for a decent price, although my search a year ago was unsuccessful. I might have to just end up ingenuitively rigging something up differently that will accomplish what I seek to accomplish.

    Getting even more specific, I would love for it to have a wide mouth but I realize this will certainly make things more expensive than I am willing to pay right now.

    Ordering overseas is totally fine with me; I am willing to wait 1+ months to receive my product if the price is good!


    If anyone has an alembic laying around that they are not using please reach out!


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    Example of exactly what I am looking for





    Example of what I am looking for but with a wider mouth
    http://www.crucible.org/distillation.htm
    also

    https://www.phoenixaurelius.org/prod...-kit-w-alembic





    Example of what I am not looking for
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Glass-Limbe...x/181713415414


    Example of what I might have to settle for
    https://www.pelletlab.com/alembic_distillation
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    Lederkram is not down. They just renewed their website (it was about time):
    Alembics and more

    The only thing that alembic head is missing, is a ground glass joint, but you won't find one in such a quality in that price range anywhere.

    Edit: To get it "well luted" as often required, I had the best results with teflon tape:
    Amazon Teflon

    I worked with self made fluor/water/oil/clay mixtures too, but for me it's too messy this way.

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    That last ad is the closest you will find.
    Ive done this mission many times myself.

    The alembic that i own cost almost $700 if i remember well.

    Considering that a regular 2ltr boiling flask with wide mouth is an astounding $350 per round bottom flask; your pricerange is barely suitable for this kind of purchase.

    Go with the last ad for sure.

    There is a great glassblower in Tasmania that ships world wide and did some good quotes on pelicans for me. Id recommend him; however, $200? Get a job bro you cant even do the groceries for $200.
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    I've had THIS / THIS custom-made a while back for a particular experiment.

    I couldn't spend too much on the width I wanted (12cm), so I went for half (6cm). It still worked for the purpose of that experiment.

    It cost me 400 Euros (probably around 500 USD or so). I'd guess you'd want a width of around 12cm (that's what I would recommend), so that would probably almost double the price...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    Example of what I might have to settle for
    https://www.pelletlab.com/alembic_distillation
    Looking at the size of the joint (55/50) and considering the price (only $70), your best option is this one above. They also seem to accept custom orders:

    https://www.pelletlab.com/terms

    Special Orders: Special orders are welcome. Our standard policy on special order items is a 50% non-refundable deposit. No returns of special order items.

    So, what you can do is send them a request to make you an alembic head like the one they sell but with larger glass joints. Of course, it's going to cost you more, but these guys seem to be the most reasonable when it comes to price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDP View Post
    Looking at the size of the joint (55/50) and considering the price (only $70), your best option is this one above. They also seem to accept custom orders:

    https://www.pelletlab.com/terms

    Special Orders: Special orders are welcome. Our standard policy on special order items is a 50% non-refundable deposit. No returns of special order items.

    So, what you can do is send them a request to make you an alembic head like the one they sell but with larger glass joints. Of course, it's going to cost you more, but these guys seem to be the most reasonable when it comes to price.
    I agree; ive never seen a deal this good actually. Not even close.
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    The design of the $70 alembic head is extremely poor ... a common distillation
    train would most probably work just as well.

    If you want it to work at it's best then look to the theory of how the head works.

    It is also good to remember what we are working toward ... The Great Work,
    buy what you need to do the work, Time Is Short.

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    I used these guys www.eirglass.ie for an alembic and a pelican (2L for both). I believe they charged me 475 euros for both. Nicest guys ever!! The borosilicate glass is also top notch. I didn't have to pay GST since I'm not in EU and shipping was $55 for both items.


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    Quote Originally Posted by elixirmixer View Post
    Considering that a regular 2ltr boiling flask with wide mouth is an astounding $350 per round bottom flask
    I found these guys with some unbelievably good prices but haven't used them yet: http://www.greatglas.com/RoundBottomFlasks.htm

    For example, a 5000ML round bottom flask with a 55/50 joint for $109. Not sure if I've seen anything cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    The design of the $70 alembic head is extremely poor ... a common distillation
    train would most probably work just as well.

    If you want it to work at it's best then look to the theory of how the head works.

    It is also good to remember what we are working toward ... The Great Work,
    buy what you need to do the work, Time Is Short.
    It depends on what you want to use the alembic for. If you are distilling things like alcohol, for example, then the others are better designed. But if you are distilling things like butter of antimony, for example, the $70 one is better designed.

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