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Alquitar

Distilling apparatus suitable for distilling eau-de-vies, essential oils and floral waters. The alquitar still is made up of 2 parts (pot and condenser) as opposed to the alembic still which has 3 parts (pot, swan neck lid and condenser). The head incorporates a vapour chamber inside and a bowl shaped condenser for holding cold water on top. The distillate vapours collect inside the vapour chamber and condense to liquid form once they come in contact with the cold surface of the condenser. Due to its characteristic shape, the space necessary for distilation is reduced considerably.