snag the largest specimens from the boiler
after a small distillation run [2 quarts].
Everything coated in white mineral crystals..so...
clean off most of the crystals with citric acid ..
and take a closer look.
"Hey Vern, I think I know where my fiber infection
came from..looky here"
used the hand held scopecam to get most everyone into
the group mugshot.
yep...all the usual suspects are here..all in macro size
[ez to see with unaided eye; many mm long]
and all arrived in the tap water..that got boiled away
in the distillation process...leaving this motley crew
behind. pretty large collection of fibers from only
half a gallon of water. And these are just the ones
that were large enough to easily snag with tweezers. A lot
more crap in the boiler debris.
not everyone gets left behind..which is irritating.
somehow..a few of the smaller guys manage to ride the
steam thru the condenser and into the water catch tank.
not all that suprised..as every bottle of 'store bought'
distilled water that I've looked at
has tiny bits of microscopic life in it.
[...they may be dead from boiling..but they are still there]
..a bit annoying to keep reading the marketing hype on
how distilled water is 'totally clean..nothing in it but
one has hopes that the 'escapees' are dead from boiling..
but with these fibers..who knows?
"dead" only works if they were alive in the first place.