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Where Can I Buy A Whiskey Still


We take the necessary time to ensure our copper moonshine stills, essential oil stills and copper whiskey stills are the best possible quality, while being produced in a timely matter. No imports here.All of our stills are made right here in the U.S.A




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In the process of distilling, sulfur (which has an extremely foul smell and taste) coming from the fermentation of yeast binds itself to the copper, producing hydrogen-sulfide, which in turn forms copper sulfate. The copper sulfate sticks to the inside of the still after distillation is completed. All of our stills are made with 100% Copper and lead free silver solder. Each still is also leak and pressure tested twice during the building process, to GUARANTEE a safe product so you can learn how to make moonshine at home.Contact Today!


The reasons that copper is often used for distilling are as follows: it is a great conductor of heat, it will remove sulfur compounds, and is an easy metal to work with. The main drawbacks of copper are higher cost and the fact that they are more difficult to keep clean.


Sometimes the best solution is a compromise. Depending on what the still is being used for and what features are needed, a stainless boiler with a copper column might be the best solution. Read on for more details.


So, copper or stainless? Well, there is more to consider than solely the material properties. The bottom line is that each type is slightly more appropriate at completing certain tasks. In other words, copper stills are better at doing some things while stainless stills are better at doing others.


This one is essentially a tie. Stainless stills aren't going to distill water any better than copper will, and vise versa. If looking to purify water by means of distillation, both are a great option. Copper and stainless will do the job equally well.


OK, this category has a clear winner, assuming that we're comparing a stainless steel still that is completely sealed with mechanical connections (ferrules, tri-clamps, etc.). If this is the case, stainless steel fuel alcohol distillers definitely beat copper.


Fuel alcohol distillers need to have reflux capabilities because the final product needs to be extremely high proof. Because of this, a still with bubble plates should be used and this requires a boiler / column assembly that can withstand a slight amount of pressure. Essentially, all of the parts of such a still need to be clamped, bolted, soldered, or welded together. Old timey copper stills with friction fit parts aren't appropriate for this.


Overall, copper is better for distilling spirits because the material removes sulfides from distillate, which produces a better tasting and smelling final product. Copper is definitely the better choice for products like Bourbon, Tennessee Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Scotch, and traditional Rum, because of the sulfur reduction, as mentioned above. These spirits are also most commonly distilled in pot stills (no reflux), which allows for lots of flavor to come through from the wash. Copper stills are great for high proof spirits like vodka too. Tito's Vodka, for example, is distilled in a copper pot. However, vodka is best distilled in vessels with a reflux column, as it can be done quicker that way.


This isn't to say that stainless stills can't be used to distill spirits. In fact, a stainless pot with a copper column, or a 100% stainless still packed with copper mesh, are both excellent options for producing spirits.


In their most simple form, stills consist of a boiler (where the liquid is held), some sort of a cone, cap, or dome (where the vapor initially rises out of the boiler), a lyne arm or a column (where the proof can be altered, depending on the style), and a condenser (where the vapor is turned back into a liquid). It sounds complicated, but stills are very simple.


Any vessel with all of these components is capable of distilling. Such a piece of equipment could be used to purify water, concentrate essential oils, and increase the proof of alcohol to make ethanol or distilled spirits like whiskey.


Temperature gauges can be added to copper or stainless steel stills, but adding ports (if they're not already built into the still) in copper is much easier. For example, adding a 1/2" NPT fitting to a copper boiler is as easy as drilling a hole and soldering in a bung. To add the same fitting to stainless, you would need to have TIG welding equipment and experience.


Bubble plates and sight glasses should only be added to stills that are able to withstand at least a slight amount of pressure without leaking. This rules out a lot of copper stills. For example, Clawhammer's copper stills use a friction fit connection and rye flour paste to join the boiler with the column. This type of configuration is not compatible with bubble plates, as it could potentially cause vapor to leak out of the seam between the two parts.


Bubble plates will be compatible with almost all stainless steel stills, because all of the parts on stainless stills are joined by mechanical fittings such as tri-clover fittings. So, stainless wins this one.


Electric heating elements are compatible with both copper and stainless stills. However, once again, they're probably easier to build into a copper still if there isn't a port for one already. Note, Clawhammer's stainless 8 gallon includes a built in fitting for a heating element.


Obviously buying a still is going to be more expensive up-front, because it takes a lot of time and effort to build a still, which is incorporated into the cost of a pre-built still. There are plenty of pre-built copper and stainless options out there. For example, Clawhammer Supply sells a pre-built Stainless Steel Still.


If the idea of building one of our DIY copper still kits sounds appealing then copper is going to be the best choice. Copper is malleable, meaning that it bends and forms easily. It's relatively soft and is very easy to cut with a sturdy pair of tin snips. It is also easy to build & bond copper parts to one another. Copper parts can be soldered with little experience and inexpensive tools.


The hardest part about building a still is going to be fabricating the parts. Our DIY copper moonshine still kits are a great option for folks who like to build and love DIY projects, but don't have the desire or capability to work out the geometry of the parts. The parts are machine cut and fit together perfectly.


It will be hard to go wrong with either type of still. Copper and stainless stills have slightly different properties and each excel at slightly different tasks, but they are also versatile enough to not be that different from one another. Hopefully the list above was helpful.


Clawhammer sells three different sizes of copper DIY still kits; one gallon, five gallons, and 10 gallons, along with a proofing parrot, which is a device that makes it easy to measure the proof of the product coming out of the still. Additionally, they sell DIY whiskey spice kits and other items that allow people to flavor and customize spirits bought off the shelf.


Many people want to get started with moonshining, but lose their nerve when they see the wide range of stills. Of course, going in with little or no knowledge of distilling can make investing in a still seem overwhelming. Of course, we are here to help you!


When it comes to space, it should be a major consideration before any still purchase. After all, you will need to have the room to both operate and store your still as well as any other equipment involved.


Size is an important factor to consider. If you're planning to use your moonshine still outdoors, a larger model will be more efficient and produce better-tasting liquor faster. However, if space is at a premium or you plan on taking it camping with you then size isn't as important as portability.


This is usually best accomplished on a simple still that is easy to operate and manage. Starting off on a premium still with all the bells and whistles could easily be lost on a shiner who is learning how to maintain consistent heat or learn how to fraction.


When it comes to making moonshine, you will need to make sure that your still is made from materials that will not only make shine that is safe to consume, but also tastes great.


Copper is able to neutralize the sulphur in your shine which converts into copper sulfate. This will line your stil and remain on your still instead of remaining in your moonshine. By removing the copper sulfate your moonshine will taste better.


By combining a stainless steel body with copper coils, you are able to produce a still that is both high performing and cost effective. It is for this reason that many moonshiners choose to purchase this type of hybrid still.


Many moonshiners want high performance with a great return on their investment. For those who want great tasting shine for an economical price a hybrid still is often the answStainless steel is much less expensive than copper and is also easier to clean. A clean still is extremely important when making moonshine.


Of course, a still with too large of a capacity is also not great. Of course, you could always double or triple your recipe to make the most of your still, but you also have to store all that shine as well as that huge still. It is certainly something to consider before making your purchase.


An air still is the easiest type of still to operate by far. If you are brand new to moonshining, an air still is not that big of a leap from your common kitchen appliances. In fact, our Mist 1 Gallon Air Still is only slightly bigger than the average kitchen kettle and just as easy to use.


If you are looking for press and play technology, the air still is a great option for you. Not only can you operate this still at the press of a button, running it is also fairly hands-off.


Air stills are also a safer choice for moonshine still. Safety is a big concern when running a still as you are producing an extremely flammable substance near an open flame. It is for this reason that moonshiners are encouraged to run their stills away from their homes and in open air areas to reduce their risk. 041b061a72


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