The basics of distillation are simple, you heat alcoholic
fluid until the alcohol starts to evaporate, then you cool it so
it condenses elsewhere into pure alcohol. To put it simply, the
key components are a heating device and a cooling device. Now the
average PC, has both a heating device (The processor) and a
cooling device (The fan). The question we asked was "By
separating the processor from its fan and adding a few small
components, could we convince an ordinary PC to distil alcohol?"
The article describes the hardware setup used (with pictures)
and the results obtained. After nearly an hour of operation our
makeshift still managed to produce about 2 cubic centimeters of
almost pure alcohol, not quite a viable moonshine operation we
know but the whole thing was a rather entertaining waste of a
Saturday afternoon. The main thing is we proved the still could
be made to work and had a good laugh.