Traditional distillers or bouilleurs de cru are very difficult to find in France. Even though they work legally, their activity is strictly reglemented and as they don't sell alcohol but only provide the distillation service to those allowed to make alcohol from their fruits, they don't need to have a street shop in plain view. Many of them do that as a side job during the winter time and thus make the distilling in an outbuilding in their farm. | bouilleurs de cru/copper/hidden
How have you managed to elude my attention for the last 7 years, Ann Harman, Certified Organic Farmer, Botanist, Herbalist & Artisan Distiller, owner of IAG Botanics, a certified organic business in Washington State, USA. You've been making herbal products for decades & distilling hydrosols for more than 17 years. You love sharing knowledge of the world of distillation & hydrosols. You're speaking on the topic Hydrosols: Exploring These Ancient Medicinal Waters at the IAI Conf. in Aug. in NYC.
glossary of historical laboratory apparati from the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial collection at University of Pennsylvania "showing the history of Chemistry prior to 1850 through photographs & illustrations of scientists, apparatus and Laboratories." The figure shows a retort. See also Pelican & other distillation equipment.
DIY Distilled Essential Oils. Stovetop espresso pots are nothing more than a small steam still. (Don't buy a coffee percolator) They typically have a small lower chamber for the water, then a container that holds coffee grounds (the bottom is a perforated plate, keeping the grounds off of the water). Above this is a little spout that the steam (after going through the coffee) passes through, which empties out the espresso into the upper chamber. Allows only steam to pass through the coffee ...