Hello! I need an electronics engineer to help me cob up one of these:
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I know, it sounds weird, but I am automating the 'dehydration' of one of my products ([url removed, login to view]). I want to minimize the amount of time that the extract is under heat. The process involves boiling a large amount of Wild Lettuce, and then boiling out the water and alcohol. To avoid doing something really expensive, I just want to rig up one of these water distillers to take 4 liters of raw extract at a time, and condense it down to 500 ml or 1 l at a time, then drain the concentrated liquid into a tank.
I will drill a hole or two in the basin of the distiller, where the raw and then condensed liquid will go in and out of. A pump will turn on and fill the distiller with 4 liters of liquid. It distills about a liter per hour, so after 3 hrs or so, a timer would cut power to the distiller and drain it. Then the pump would fill it again, and the distiller would be turned on again, starting the whole thing over. Then, after 20 hours or so, it would shut down.
I need a pump, a couple of solenoid water valves, some timing, maybe even a sensor. I could control the whole thing from a pc using a timing program.
I used to do this 'by hand', lifting 30 kilo buckets of boiling stinky liquid every few hours for 3 days. It is dangerous, backbreaking, AND boiling the extract for that long doesn't do the product any good. Then I made a condenser... let's not go there...
For more info, [removed by site administrator] It won't pay much, but the actual mechanism is super simple. I just don't know how to automate solenoids ect... My idea is that we collaborate on something, and then I pay you and you mail it to me. I live in Prague, Czech Republic, so best if you are in the EU.