First go at the lilac was last year in 2012 here.... http://www.basenotes.net/t/300347/an-enfleurage-question-about-lilac-flowers
The lilac wine matured for a year.... and it was disgusting.... lol
It is nearly that time again. The weather is a bit sunnier and this year it is going to be an amateur distilling experiment... please bear in mind that I have never done this before... and you ARE allowed to laugh and suggest better.
We have a graham condenser, a still head, a scrounged vegetable steamer with a cut hole in the top and a funnel glued onto it. None of it fits together so I meant to order heatproof silicone piping but ended up getting some ordinary green pipe from the local tropical fish shop. The tank is cold water, a frozen freezer block and a top of a fish pump that has been recommissioned for a while. (The fish have another one).
This is all hanging in a wonderful Heath Robinson way from a childs highchair and an artist easel on top of a kitchen table.... we will see.
It did work after a fashion....
It made three types of hydrosol.
Left was the charred drip back into the steamer.
Centre was the coloured dripback from the still head that had landed in the drip tray within the steamer. It smelled the most lilaccy but not very nicely.
The right was the pure hydrosol and it smelled quite wonderfully of....
glue and plastic!!!!
I shall be back with attempt no 2 after some readjustments.... lol
Edited by mumsy - 5/19/13 at 4:02pm