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The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

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With so many whiskey-making stills on the market, choosing one that will cater to your needs can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re simply looking to experiment or are on a tight budget. I’ve unboxed several stills throughout my craft. Only a handful have made it to my go-to list. In this post, I’ll{…}

The Best Still For Making Vodka (In 2024)

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I make a lot of gin, and to make gin you need vodka first. Over the last 10 years, I can pretty confidently say I’ve mastered making Vodka/Neutral spirits. Yeilding a smooth high-quality spirit that serves as a base to experiment with different botanicals for a smooth final product or simply to enjoy as a{…}

The Best Thermometer For Distilling (In 2024)

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One aspect that allows us to create high-quality spirits hinges on having a reliable and accurate thermometer. It helps us achieve optimal separation, avoid overheating, and produce consistent results.  With new brands and features flooding the market every year–or month–it can be a hassle to choose one to suit your preference.  To simplify your search,{…}

The Best Distillation Column Packing Material (For Reflux)

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Packing material creates a large surface area for the vapor and liquid to interact. The more interaction, the more reflux, and the more reflux, the higher the ABV and purity. But what is the best packing for a distillation column? Common choices for most home distillers are:  This begs the question: how do you choose{…}

The Best Condenser For Distilling (Shotgun, Liebig, Cold Finger, And More!)

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There are various condensers for distilling, each with its set of advantages and drawbacks. While it’s safe to say the best choice depends on personal preference–production rate, reflux needs–you’d still have to understand how the design and placement of the still affect condensation, which can be frustrating for the novice distiller. The best condenser for{…}

Our Complete Guide To Reflux Stills (Start Here)

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Reflux stills are excellent tools for producing high ABV (proof) alcohol with exceptional purity. A reflux still works by having a tall column containing either bubble plates or special packing material. There is also a reflux condensor or dephlegmator returning vapor back down the column which causes multiple distillations instead of just one in a{…}

Air Still Pro Review (What’s The Difference)

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The Air Still Pro by Still Spirits is a versatile and convenient option for both novice and experienced distillers. The key difference between the original Air Still and the Air Still Pro is a reflux mode to make high-proof vodka or neutral spirit. It also has automatic foreshots collection where the first 30ml is collected{…}

The Best Air Still In 2023 (Still Spirits Vs Vevor)

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Finding the best air still to meet your needs can be a challenge, especially as a beginner. Between different brands, models, and features, choosing a practical one that’ll carry you for most of your home brewing years can be overwhelming.  But I’ll guide you through the process by comparing two popular air stills–Still Spirits and{…}

Vevor Still Instructions (A Step-By-Step Guide)

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The Vevor still is a fantastic entry-level kit that produces high-quality spirits, making it perfect for novices and those on a budget.  To use:  The still comes in different models, with each requiring a slightly different setup and operation. Carry on reading to get started with yours.  Vevor Still Instructions: A Basic Overview The Vevor{…}

STC-1000 Controller (Complete Setup Guide)

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Home brewing requires attention to detail in every step to achieve the desired flavor and quality of the final product. One of the most critical aspects is temperature control.  Proper temperature control ensures your fermenter maintains the ideal fermentation conditions.  One way to encourage such an environment is to use the STC-1000 controller.  To set{…}

8 Vevor Replacement Parts and Upgrades (Master Distiller Advises)

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How to Make Pitorro At Home (Step-by-Step Guide)

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The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

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The Best Still For Making Vodka (In 2024)

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The Best Thermometer For Distilling (In 2024)

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How To Cut Heads and Tails When Making Gin

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