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My Pot Still Condensor does not appear to be working properly

Not a lot can go wrong with this condenser other than the hoses being put on the wrong way around. It is important to have the water flow in from the bottom and the over flow to come out from the top. That way the condenser jacket fills with water. If the hoses are on the wrong way around then the water will take the quickest route and will not fill the entire jacket. This will reduce the efficiency of the cooling and could result in some alcohol lost in steam from the still.

The water flow required with a Pot Still is very high. Typically 2 3 litres per minute. This is required because the condenser is not very efficient. In warmer climates where the cold water is above 20o C. it may be necessary to fit a cooling coil to the water inlet tube and to immerse this in a tank with ice added to bring the temperature of the incoming water down.