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Unferth 06-17-2013 05:42 AM

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Thanks, Jay.

I did some searching and it looks like there is one more leg to essential oil distillation than water or vinegar distillation.

Apparently you have to steam the plants and then distill it and condense it in cooling hoses per usual.

It looks like the by-product of floral water in my scenerio might be a version of hop tea. Wort water anybody?

If my previous experience with vinegar is something to go by, it looks like this might add another full hour to the brew process, though it could be done a different day of course.

Unferth 06-17-2013 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Ryush806 View Post
A little bit confused by the picture I your proposed process. Does the distillate go into a decanter and then separate into an oil fraction and a water fraction? You didn't mention it specifically in the post so I just wanted to make sure.
I think so. The oils should separate from the water and float to the surface.

If, however, hop oils have a higher volatility than anything else, it would seem that once condensed in the cool water, one could simply collect the first runnings (heads) and keep them separate from the floral water. Then, use the floral water as wort!

This is a bit different pic From this cool article:

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