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    new to forum need urgent advice !

    hi there i am a bio firsty, i really need some help, i am making my bio in a 205 ltr drum, with a tap on the side, about 1cm above base, i have reated my bio and added water, problem is when trying to drain the glycerol/ water off, i am getting the normal custard, but i am left with under 60ltr and its still coming out custardy, but more orange any ideas ? i think it maybe that the glycerol has set below the tap ? and so it mixing with the bio as it passes through the tap ? any ideas / help ? cheers

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    Re: new to forum need urgent advice !

    oh by the way this was for a 100 litre batch

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    Re: new to forum need urgent advice !

    Lukelandy looks like you need to do a lot more study on the basics of process & processors you will get a lot of help from one of your local sites as well as this one but the local will be for local conditions. www.vegetablebiodiesel.co.uk try this one

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    Re: new to forum need urgent advice !

    Quote Originally Posted by lukelandrover View Post
    hi there i am a bio firsty, i really need some help, i am making my bio in a 205 ltr drum, with a tap on the side, about 1cm above base, i have reated my bio and added water, problem is when trying to drain the glycerol/ water off, i am getting the normal custard, but i am left with under 60ltr and its still coming out custardy, but more orange any ideas ? i think it maybe that the glycerol has set below the tap ? and so it mixing with the bio as it passes through the tap ? any ideas / help ? cheers
    Luke,
    Can you please provide more information on what you have done.
    Is this your first batch?
    What oil are you using?
    Is it dry? (How do you know it is dry?)
    Are you using KOH or NaOH?
    What is your titration?
    What amount of caustic and how much Methanol was used?
    What temperature did you react at?
    How long?
    How did you agitate the process?
    How long did you let it settle?
    Did you drain off byproduct ?
    How much water was added?
    What have you done with what you drained off? (it may have good biodiesel in it)
    Did you do a 3/27 test for conversion before adding water?


    With this information, we will be in a much better position to form opinions and offer advice.

    Regards,
    Tony
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