DISCUSSION Alcohol Distillation How to Distill Spirits at Home

DISCUSSION Alcohol Distillation How to Distill Spirits at Home

In this DISCUSSION Alcohol Distillation How to Distill Spirits at Home users exchange experiences on the distillation of alcohol, stills construction, mash preparation, alcoholic fermentation, diluting alcohol, and other related topics. In short: how to make alcohol at home.


Material for still
by Udo on 2003-Jul-03 14:56:00
Region: Austria
 
I heard that a copper still would be the best to distill schnapps. Would it be possible to get also good results with a still made of other materials? I.g. steel, glass
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....by Mark on 2003-Jul-16 13:07:02
....Region: Spain
 
Yes of course! You could use also steel, glass and other materials you can use also for cooking. In same books you will find that copper has a good impact on the flavour of tha schnapps. But this seems to be s story.
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........by Sigi on 2004-Aug-04 17:47:50
........Region: Austria
 
As far as I know, is steel the best material to build stills.
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............by Sigi on 2004-Aug-04 17:57:57
............Region: Austria
 
Aluminium is also possible..
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....by Bernard Deham on 2005-Feb-16 03:25:44
....Region: Thailand
 
The best material is copper because it binds several undesirable fusel in chemical reactions during the process. The second best material is stainless steel (inox), glass is also OK but quite inconvenient. I would avoid aluminium wich oxidises very easily.
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........by Brian on 2009-Jun-27 03:37:30
........Region: Australia
 
Thank god you're here, Bernard.
Any steel other than stainless will rust. Aluminium will pit very fast, plastic is to be avoided and COPPER is the best for the reasons that you state.
When using Stainless it's best to put some copper chips in the kettle.

So I'm told.
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............by sammy on 2012-Dec-25 20:14:53
............Region: u...s...??????
 
Any material that would rust is not advised unless you plan on poisoning yourself and others!!
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............by Mista Too on 2013-Nov-17 08:47:23
............Region: NZ
 
We use a a Duplas Reflux still and have done for more than 10yrs . It has a copper head and the rest is food grade plastic . Between 2005 and 2007 we have won 23 Master Distiller awards including Best whiskey in NZ 2yrs running . If any still is to be avoided it would be steel and aluminum due to oxidation. Any one distilling should Carbon filter their brew that is collected . discard any brew collected up to 78 and after 85.

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