Hello everyone! I would like to talk about the negative consequences of the hot condenser tech and the full bore system have and come up with solutions. The hot condenser tech idea/concept is to only allow your desired cannabinoids to condense while allowing co-distillates to continue past the liebig condenser and get condensed by a cold finger or cold trap. The full bore upgrades/models allow a similar negative effect. The increase of vacuum/CFM can allow things to shoot past the liebig condenser and cold trap that might of not made it before. I have seen my cold trap become over run with hot co-distillates/heads and I assume some vapors made it past my cold traps and into my vacuum pump.
To solve this I have placed a coil condenser (made by chemglass) in between my receiving flask T-joint and my heads flask. Im currently using an ice water bath and fish pump to cool the chiller. This small change allows all the hot co-distillates to be condensed into the heads flask. Before they would bypass the heads flask and reach the cold trap. My cold trap now looks clean again and I think I avoided needing a secondary cold trap. I would imagine condensing more volatiles and co-distillates would allow for a deeper vacuum as well. This is similar to summits laminar path kit but costs a lot less ($80 vs $550). It doesnt have a place for any vacuum gauge but personally I dont see any need for a vacuum measurement here.
I would like to hear from experienced distillers the pros/cons of adding a coil condenser after the receiving T-joint. Ill tag and link below the people ive seen do this and videos of cold traps being over worked.
@Kingofthekush420 (his account is private but if you follow check out April 30th or May 20th posts)