Hey everyone, as the title says, I’m unable to maintain my hot water bath temp (85*F) and not sure how to proceed. The problem is that when injecting the n-tane into the system initially, I forgot to have my slurry level on my jacketed column lower, and it started bubbling slurry out the top a little bit. It apparently caused some of my threaded tape (or fittings – not sure exactly) to break down (acetone and dry ice slurry) and I was getting very small gas leaks. Thankfully I didn’t have any ignition sources going anyways, but my next step would have been to put the sous vide in the bath to keep the 85 temp throughout recovery. Since it was not safe to do so because of low gas readings, I have just had to let it do it’s thing in the cold water. I’m still occasionally getting a small reading on one particular spot underneath the top of the collection pot. On the 1-5 scale of my meter, it’s a 1 and stays at a 1 when it picks it up.
I had a friend not use a hot water bath before and when he opened his collection pot at the end, he just had basically a yellow/honey colored liquid with a water-ish consistency. Any advice on how to proceed from here?