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Alembics - Lead Solder?

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I don't know much about the construction of alembics but am wondering about lead solder? Is it / was it used for the construction of alembics? Considering the age of many alembics used for absinthe (Like the ones used by Jade), is lead being leached into the product? :dribble:

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I can't speak to alembics in particular, but copper tubing historically as well as in modern times has been connected via compression couplings - a brass fitting that compresses a flange on the end of the copper tubing to form a seal. This would eliminate the need for solder in that particular portion of the alembic.

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Oh yeah! I know what you're talking about. I am having flashbacks to fixing my swamp cooler when I lived in Arizona now.

 

I shall drink easier.

Now all I have to worry about is that thujone stuff.

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No, sweet.

 

Cato:

Some people put the must in leaden vessels and by boiling reduce it by a quarter, others by a third. There is no doubt that anyone who boiled it down to one-half would be likely to make a better thick form of must and therefore more profitable for use....But, before the must is poured into the boiling-vessels, it will be well that those which are made of lead should be coated inside with good oil and be well-rubbed, and that then the must should be put in....The vessels themselves in which the thickened and boiled-down must is boiled should be of lead rather than of brass; for, in the boiling, brazen vessels throw off copper-rust and spoil the flavour of the preservative....Must of the sweetest possible flavour will be boiled down to a third of its original volume and when boiled down, as I have said above, is called defrutum"

Pliny:

"When copper vessels are coated with stagnum [a lead alloy], the contents have a more agreeable taste and the formation of destructive verdigris is prevented

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Welded with lead, right?

You can't weld with lead, only solder.

 

Welding is done with either an identical or very similar metal, using a flame or an electric arc that melts the base metals along with the filler metal.

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