Only for about 30 minutes at the end. I was using a beaker inside the still with the top part on. The beaker is basically a liner for the still, the alcohol evaporates, leaving my treasure in the beaker, not all over the inside of the still. The still not only removes the alcohol, but it gives back most of it. The reason I left the top off at the end is there was hardly any alcohol left it the beaker. When the top is on. I'm working blind. I can watch how much alcohol has returned to know when I am close, but at the end I want to stop as soon as the alcohol is gone, when the distillate no longer moves in the beaker when I move it. I want to stop before the heat ends up effecting my end product.
If I just wanted a hotplate, I recently bought one with a magnetic stirrer builtin.
Maybe I am not understanding this correctly. I thought when you use a solvent to extract the goodies, you always must boil off the solvent. In my mind, that is distilling, whether you are collecting the liquid distilled off or not. I also assumed that the end result is distillate and that hash oil is distillate. If I am wrong, then I can't answer that question, because I don't know the difference between distillate and hash oil.
@Mr.Sparkle, I wasn't complaining that it took so long, afterall I want to recover as much alcohol as possible, Everclear is expensive. I only mentioned it to explain why I was just finishing up.
I'll look forward to it.
I am still distilling the 2nd extraction. I started by using to 250ml beakers because I had almost 500ml and they both fit in the still pot. My 500ml beaker is in the freezer at the moment. I am hoping it will come off the glass easier that way. I used the 2 beakers until they were both below 125ml, then strained each beaker, because there was some powdery looking stuff at the bottom, and left it all in a single 250ml beaker to finish.
I just took the 1st run out of the freezer. This stuff is crystal clear. Very nice. I like this QWET method. I just removed the saran wrap I covered it with. I smells heavenly! I'm going to leave it out for a while, it is still very soft, almost as soft as honey, so it must still have alcohol inside it.