I’m currently in the process of starting up my ethanol shatter extraction, and I’m bumping into what’s (likely) just a problem with the nature of the solvent.
What I’m referring of course is the azeotrope made by ethanol and the turpenes at a similar boiling point to the ethanol. I’ve noticed that the ethanol afterwards smells and tastes delightful lol, on account of all the turps that are in there and not in my shatter!
I’m curious if anyone has a remedy for this? If there’s something that would have a high affinity for turpenes to pull them out of the ethanol?
I know the obvious answer to this question is remove them beforehand (I’m building my co2 extractor but it takes time!). Or use a solvent with a lower boiling point!
I’m considering distilling all my solvent under vacuum and create a true fracking column to separate by boiling point (this seems like a bunch of work). If I kept it low enough I feel like I’d have some potential for success?
I’m assuming I’ve either hit a wall or a plateau in my thought process. I figure I’d check in to see if this is something I can even try tackling or if it’s just a fools errand even thinking about it. (I just wanna make the best S^#&!)