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  1. #11
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    It's not bad to think about cleaning after experimenting and that depends on what you want to do.

    If you want to dry distill plant matter for example and manually clean the snout of your alembic afterwards, I recommend Zen Buddhism classes. That or Propan-2-ol or concentrated sulfuric acid. Or the best: all three of the above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Florius Frammel View Post
    Lederkram is not down. They just renewed their website (it was about time):
    Alembics and more
    Ah, thank you!

    I just went to purchase it. I am not able to read/understand German, but if Google Translate is treating me well, I understand that the alembic I want is "out of stock". Is that correct...?

    Sell me yours!

    Would you mind inquiring (in German) how long until they will have this product available again, FF? I completely understand if not; no worries!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    I understand that the alembic I want is "out of stock". Is that correct...?
    I don't see "out of stock" but rather "it takes a while" ("dauert etwas").

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    Thank you! Any idea how I would "Add To Cart" or purchase it? (I don't mind waiting) I couldn't figure out an option to purchase it like everything else on the page.

    I appreciate you helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmuldvich View Post
    Thank you! Any idea how I would "Add To Cart" or purchase it? (I don't mind waiting) I couldn't figure out an option to purchase it like everything else on the page.

    I appreciate you helping out.

    Your Alembic doesn't have the Add to Cart button like the other items.


    Apparently "it takes a while" is their polite way to say they it's out of stock, after all... Usually it says "nicht verfügbar" or something like that...

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    Schmuldvich,
    I won't sell you mine ;-) sorry!

    I suggest writing them a kind eMail and asking how long it will take and/or if they can reserve you one. I am quite sure they will understand your english mail.

    To be honest, I was foreseeing that this could happen and that they increase prices if all the alchemists start to order their alembics there. They are a very small/niche online store after all.

    And their alembics are "custom made" or "mundgeblasen" (means: blown with the mouth") by a glass blower using old images/pictures of real medieval alembics as "blueprints". Difference: They are using borosilicate glass.

    Don't forget to ask how much is the customs duty! You may really have better luck with that 70$ Alembic head you mentioned before and was recommended by JDP too.

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    Can you experienced practitioners here give me some advice on how to find the ideal size for this kind of device, please? Would it generally be advisable to acquire as big as possible an Alembic? (Especially if you were to get only one.)

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    But if you are distilling things like butter of antimony, for example, the $70 one is better designed.
    You have spiked my interest with this statement JDP.

    Are you suggesting the butter of antimony would pass through to the receiver
    or would it be collected in the alembic head ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by black View Post
    You have spiked my interest with this statement JDP.

    Are you suggesting the butter of antimony would pass through to the receiver
    or would it be collected in the alembic head ?
    Substances like alcohol are wholly liquid and pass over into the alembic head, side-arm and receiver as such. It is therefore better to use alembic heads that have "channels/ridges", where the liquid partly collects and then can just be poured out. Substances like "butter" of antimony partly pass over as liquid, while other parts condense and solidify on the alembic head, side-arm and receiver. It is easier to recover these solid parts with an alembic head designed like the $70 one, which doesn't have "channels/ridges" but instead is a plain balloon-shape with a side-arm.

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    @Michael

    Depends on what you want to do (also see JDP's post right above). Are you thinking about buying the small version at Lederkram? I don't know it's exact size, but for me it would be too small. The cooling effect is smaller too..

    Remember if you want to distill alcohol, even the big alembic alone won't be enough to cool it adequately unless you use a very mild heat and have a lot more time. I even used to build a DIY condenser with a silicon hose and "tin" can and attached it to the snout to not lose most of the volatile parts. It's even more a problem if you distill water alone I experienced.
    A more modern approach with a suiteable condenser (not the Liebig version - less effective than others) will give better results.

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