Distillation of alcohol (aqua vitae)

Distillation of alcohol (aqua vitae)

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Caption: Distillation of alcohol (aqua vitae). Distillation took place in an alembic set over a furnace. The distillate was discharged through spout into a 'work' in a bath of cold water and was collected in the vessel at the left. From De la pirotechnia by Vannoccio Biringuccio (Venice, 1540).

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