Well…I am obviously a newbie. I am a greenhouse hemp grower on the hunt for entry level equipment to do ethanol extraction and get the best value from my crop. I only want to do small batches up to 50lbs/week. Ideally I wouldn’t bother with it more than two or three of those days. Of course, my goal is to output a nice golden distillate. I am thinking a jacketed reactor of some sort plus chiller, filtration, rotovap and vacuum oven. My budget is maybe 40k max. I want to do it right, but don’t want to overpay either (cheap ass farmer).
So questions of the day…
- Simplest path to golden distillate? Thought is to go cold ethanol to avoid the chlorophyll.
- How to best filter before going to the rotovap?
- Will I need the oven post rotovap if I am selling the distillate raw?
- Here is the loaded question. I am seeing some interesting products over on Alibaba. I have bought equipment on there before, so understand the risk. I am more interested in your thoughts on the design of some of this equipment. They do process substantially more hemp than we do…
a) there are several larger units that could be used as a reactor and centrifuge…no jacket for chilling though https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Filter-Centrifuge-for-CBD-DEA-SLF_60742754212.html?spm=a2700.7724838.2017115.33.34b92c0294Xw7i
c) what the?
d) any idea how the two reactors work on this one?
e) this looks safe, but I how to best get the ethanol out of the remaining material? Can I heat up the material in the reactor and condense the ethanol out?
Any and all guidance and/or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!