herbal distillation

silvertipgrizz Posts: 1,990 ✭✭✭✭✭

Just found this site. Looks very interesting and in the past quite a few of us have had this discussion about some of the 'hows'.

Too pricey for me at this moment in time, but very interesting and lots of stuff to glean even if just shopping around her site.



  • MaryRowe
    MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

    It does indeed look interesting, and not too expensive considering what all is involved---but sadly out of my price range too at the moment. She has some interesting articles on her "Musings" page though, also some unusual things in her shop. The site is worth checking out. And we can always dream about having our own set-up for distilling aromatics...at least the dreaming is free....Thanks for posting this.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,402 admin

    I had thought about purchasing a still but as I am not an aromatherapist, I couldn't see myself using one enough to justify the cost. I have had discussions with others who were also considering buying one but didn't want to spend the money. So the discussion evolved to purchasing a "community" still. It hasn't occurred as yet, but it is something to consider.

  • RustBeltCowgirl
    RustBeltCowgirl Posts: 1,403 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wow, sounds awesome. But, not in my budget either. Only a couple hours drive south for me and I have several tents.

  • karenjanicki
    karenjanicki Posts: 947 ✭✭✭✭

    I think this is something that I would really enjoy learning. I have looked at old fashioned alembics before. The process in many ways seems simple enough though I'm sure takes practice to get down pat.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Interesting website, I wonder if there are cheaper stills made of something other than copper, I guess I will need to research it. Thanks @silvertipgrizz for the article, it got me curious.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,402 admin

    @Lisa K The other choice for a still is stainless steel which is cheaper.

    This is an explanation as to why copper is the preferred choice.

  • Lisa K
    Lisa K Posts: 1,756 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks @torey interesting article.

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 980 ✭✭✭✭

    It does look interesting. Just today I was dreaming of a copper distiller. I wanted to make a hydrosol and the brick I use at the bottom of my dutch oven had gone missing. I kept trying substitutes but then every bowl I tried to use was too high and I couldn't get a good seal. I ended up using a mug but it wasn't wide enough so all that effort and I barely ended up with any finished product. That's when I started dreaming about getting a distiller.