The pages that follow contain a step by step guide to building a relatively sophisticated still. It is directed at anyone who may want to know more about the subject, for hobbyists, tinkers, pure water enthusiasts, survivors, and perhaps amateur wine and beer makers.

The still involved in the chapters that follow is a unique distillation apparatus. At the time of this writing, there is only one like it. Designing and building this apparatus is the only subject of this manual and you will find that it confines itself to those areas. It does not enter into the domains of fermentation, recipes for making mash, beer, wine or any other spirits. These areas are covered in detail in other readily available books and numerous web sites.

My intent is to release this document into the public domain in such a manner that anyone may freely copy, modify, or distribute its contents. Experience has shown that ideas exchanged in this way can be refined into much better products when any number of authors get involved and make their own contributions.

However, the legal system being what it is, several issues can turn up in doing this:

1. Any free document containing patentable information such as this is threatened constantly by second party patents. I want to avoid the danger that re-distributors of this free document will individually obtain patent licenses, in effect making the document and it's contents proprietary. To prevent this, I've tried to make it clear that any patent arising from this document must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.

2. Also, for each contributing author's protection and mine, I want to make certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for the contents of this document. If the document is modified by someone else and passed on, its recipients must know that what they have is not the original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflect on the original authors' reputation.

To avoid these problems I've copyrighted the document but basically given anyone that wants to use, modify, or further distribute it, with or without fee, a license to do that. The license is in Appendix A, and must be included, without change, in any copies, modifications or distributions.

You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the document or its derivative works. Law prohibits these actions if you do not accept this License. Therefore, by modifying or distributing the Document (or any work based on the Document), you indicate your acceptance of this License to do so, and all its terms and conditions for copying, distributing or modifying the Document or works based on it.

So to put all these legal issues into practice, as you should do if you distribute it, here are the disclaimers:

Building a Home Distillation Apparatus.

Copyright (C) January, 1999 Small Still Engineering, LLC

This document is free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the License Agreement contained in Appendix 1.

This document is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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