muckanic wrote:To put things into a bit of perspective here, hands up anyone who has a problem with plastic in stills but no problem with chlorinated swimming pools? with self-service petrol (aka gas for you yanks)? with driving on freeways with the windows down? with smoking? with painting your house unprotected? with spraying pesticides around the house unprotected?
And now we're back to the "tried and true" tired old warhorse folks always wheel out in the synthetics in stills holy war... and the reason the topic has been mostly banned in the past.
This is not a pool maintenance forum.
This is not an environmental hazards forum.
This is not a pulmonary health forum.
This is not a home improvement forum.
This is not a gardening forum.
This is a forum about the hobby distillation of spirit libations
A hobby with a terrible and mostly undeserved reputation for being unsafe.
A hobby which is unfairly outlawed in almost every country in the world.
We cannot and should not concern ourselves with the comparative safety of swimming, pumping gas, highway travel, smoking, using paint or exterminating bugs.
Because none of those things have anything to do with this hobby.
The argument of comparative hazard is fallacious.
It's not any different from refusing to wear a safety belt because there might be a swine flu epidemic or not wearing the lead apron during an x-ray because there's a %4 chance that the earth will be hit by a giant meteor in the next 20 years.
The smart money is on copper, stainless, glass et al because it's a sensible guideline. but it is just a guideline... you can make your still out of vinyl hoses, lead truck radiators, galvanized steel pails and spackled cat crap for all I or anyone else here cares... what's important to the forum (and to the hobby in general) is that when your social services caseworker is interviewing you to evaluate your need for a home health aid or meals on wheels or a rascal mobility scooter after your brain aneurism that you don't try to tell them (once you regain the ability to speak) that the folks at homedistiller forum told you it was safe.
And since... if you are stupid enough to use unsafe materials in a still against lots of advice not to do so... you might also be the type of person who needs to find someone else to blame when you ruin your own life... the forum has gone way way out of its way to state over and over in no uncertain terms that using materials that are not solvent inert in not recommended.
Just because we are opening a limited discussion to allow the subject of non traditional materials to be discussed does not mean we are throwing the doors open to the "why worry about plastics in stills when you use toothpaste with aluminum in it" line of benighted reasoning.
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