Batch and Continuous Distillation

These terms don't require any special definition, because they mean exactly what their names imply. Continuous distillation is characteristic of large, commercial operations, whether oil refineries or gin distilleries. The process just go on and on as crude oil or fermented brew is fed into the input and a distilled product is continuously withdrawn from the output.

Batch distillation is characteristic of smaller scale production. Small quantities are dealt with one at a time, and this is the process that we will be discussing. Commercial whiskey production is an interesting mixture of the two methods: large quantities are processed, but in a manner reminiscent of small batch stills. There's a reason for this, and we'll come back to it later.

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