[Stoves] FW: pot skirt efficiency estimates, scale-up

Erin Rasmussen erin at trmiles.com
Thu Sep 20 17:12:01 PDT 2012


I've used biochar to filter distillate, it works very well at removing
impurities from ethanol. :-) It's terrible for regular wine making, as it
also tends to remove color and flavor components. 

I mainly used wood char (biochar) for filtering. Good distillers do between
3- 10 passes through the filters.  Particle size matters, but not as much
you'd think. 

cheers,
Erin Rasmussen
erin at trmiles.com

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[mailto:stoves-bounces at lists.bioenergylists.org] On Behalf Of Frank Shields
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Subject: Re: [Stoves] FW: pot skirt efficiency estimates, scale-up

Now I'm wondering about biochar with a high activity level. 

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[Default] On Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:23:04 -0700,"Frank Shields"
<frank at compostlab.com> wrote:

>Hi All,
>
> 
>
>I've done this type of test a lot in the past. I don't think you can 
>get better than 95% ethanol via distilling even with the right 
>glassware to separate out the fractions.

Yes that's what's known as the constant boiling mixture, technically it
means the distillate is an azeotrope.

>In the past we used sodium metal to remove water from solvents
>(benzene) and think it might work for ethanol. Not sure I would try it 
>as those were the 'exciting' days in the lab. There must be better methods.


I've never tried it but the distillate can be dried by passing it through
corn grits?? split cereal grains that have been dried at above 100C, they
absorb the water and pass most of the alcohol

AJH

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