Remember the scene in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" where the giant talking head insists that Dorothy and her stalwart crew should "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain"? Well, many of the books and articles available on distillation take that same approach, telling you how to build a particular piece of gear or perform a specific distillation, but never explaining WHY you would want to do it that way.
In this chapter, like Toto, we pull aside the curtain and reveal the inner workings of the process. Here are all the reasons why we design and operate the way we recommend. These explanations would disrupt the flow of the book, so we have collected them together here. You can successfully accomplish anything written about in other chapters without reading this chapter, but we believe that you will enjoy it a lot more if you have read it. This chapter will give you many of tools you can use to design, diagnose and operate a wide variety of distilling devices for almost any purpose.
But be careful! Experience teaches that the more you dig into a treasure trove of information like this, the more fun you will have, the more ideas you will generate, and the more insight you will gain into this most interesting of hobbies.
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