Construction

Distiling Milk Cans

J n this section we are going to mix how the still is built with why it's being built that way. And while this may be an annoyance to those who just want to get something working, it might also provide enough background to allow anyone to make fine adjustments to the design to better suit their needs. Even better, this extra information might prevent some colossal hangovers. a a., Selecting the right materials for our home Components & Materials distillation apparatus is very important....

Introduction

O you're interested in building a still. In the US and many other countries I guess you know that doing that is just not the politically correct thing to do. Even if you are just a curious person and simply want to know what's involved, you probably feel some reluctance about discussing the subject outside of your own trusted circles. The reason you feel this way, most likely, is because a lot of laws have been passed over time that severely restrict the ways that you may refine products...

Where To Start

It doesn't take long after making the decision to build a still to recognize that there are a lot of things to be considered. A visit to the library, and some reading about the distillation process is a good place to start. However living in a small rural town without a significant library can make things more difficult. It's even worse if the nearest big university is about 100 miles away. If you find yourself in a similar condition you should consider starting with the Internet. Initial...

Heating Considerations

Now that the construction of the still is complete, the last remaining consideration for operation is the heat source. Initially you will have to decide whether to use electric or gas to provide the heat source to the boiler. Electric immersion heaters are readily available for hot water heaters in either 1500 or 3000 watt sizes. But regulating the heat delivered to the boiler from these devices requires a very expensive voltage controller. The electric heaters also require a separate 120 240...

Building The Condenser

Internal Parts Distillation Column

Except for those in the electronic business, everyone knows what a condenser is. It's a device that cools down whatever vapors that flow through it to the point where the vapors condense into a liquid. That liquid is what the rest of the still is all about. In the still we are building, it is also the heart of the cooling system. Condensers can be designed in many ways, but for a lot of reasons, as you'll see in the next paragraphs, a jacketed core condenser is particularly well suited for this...

What Kind ofStill

Pot Still Distillation Perfume

Pot stills were the earliest kind of stills. They simply had a pot to boil the fermented mash in, and an output tube that passed through something cooler air or water etc. which condensed the vapors coming from the pot. The copper pot stills like the ones shown are reputed to have been in use for over 500 years to make some of the finest Irish Whiskey in the world. While the pot still is enormously inefficient, it is uniquely simple and easily adapted for home distillation of everything from...