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Making Absinthe w/ distillation method - less thujone?

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Topic created by WermWuhd
on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 at 14:28

WermWuhd said on Tue, 25 Oct 2011 at 14:28...

Toying with making some absinthe. I have access to equipment (and know how) which could easily allow me to do the distillation method - but my question is this...

If I am re-distilling the [already tax-paid] everclear/vodka mix with the herbs in it, am I not leaving most of the thujone out of the distillate? Or is the thujone evaporated in the alcohol at a low temperature as well?

Can anyone with first hand knowledge share insight? Best to ask before trying!

THEABSINTHEPROFESSOR said on Wed, 21 Mar 2012 at 16:23...

Home distillation is illegal in most countries, period. On a purely academic point: distillation does not *miraculously* remove thujone. It depends on the thujone load in the original maceration. Many US distillers are having problems with keeping below the limit re "zero thujone' regulations. Of course you can find mutant wormwood with the thujone removed!

DrHack said on Fri, 31 May 2013 at 19:18...

As to the original question, Alcohol has a boiling point of 185 F at sea level, Water 212 F at sea level, Thujone 201 F at sea level. I'll leave the rest of the math to you (in the event that you actually check back on this two years after posting).

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