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I have been active in "illicit" home distilling for many years but operate now fully licensed. Over the years, I have made several stills, all in different shapes and styles. For most of my stills, I use propane burners and not an electrical heat source, just because I find gas easier ti regulate and I have natural gas available.

I have three type of stills, one for each purpose.

  • Stripping still: target of this still is run a first distillation of the fermented wash into a low wine (approx 20% abv).
  • Pot still: made out of a copper boiler, with a smaller volume which I use to do 2nd or sometimes even the 3rd run.
  • Lab glasware still: small lab set up which I use to distill herbs & spice to get spirits,
    which I use to blend with the Gin styles.

The Stripping still

The most basic distilling set up based on a beer keg. Also heated by a propane burner. Target is to perform a strip run after fermentation ended and not produce a very clean or odorless alcohol.

Target alcohol content is about 20% abv and I do not seperate the foreshots (heads & tails). The seperation into Head, Heart and Tails will be done in the copper still.

Stripping still

The copper pot still's

The copper pot still is definitely my favorite. It's gives the feeling that you are really distilling. I have a 25 liter and a 50 liter version. Both are based on old electrical hot water boilers which do have a copper boiler and not a steel boiler.

Small Copper Potstill

The 25 liter pot still

The 50 liter pot still


The parrot in action at the end of the run.

The lab glassware still

I am not using a full blown glass laboratory set up but only use a Pyrex erlenmeyer and made a very small counter flow cooler which I mounted on top. It is much cheaper and works the same (and less chance to break the glass). The hole in the rubber stopper on top is very easy to make, just put it in the freezer for a few hours and drill the hole with the required diameter for the cooler using a regular wood drill. I do not use a thermometer as I can see the progress.

I have several erlenmeyers if different sizes, up to 5 liters, which only cost around $25 and can be bought in any homebrewing store.