You can make your own brandy, vodka or whiskey (as well as essential oils for flavoring and scents) with a wide range of stills from Rainier Distillers. With sizes ranging from do-it-yourself home models up to commercial units, demand for stills has been growing rapidly, especially for home-sized units.
“In the last 18 months, interest in being self sufficient has increased unbelievably,” he says. “Everyone from 21-year-olds to baby boomers are calling.”
Zaca notes that once alcohol has been distilled from a mash, it can be used for everything from drinking to fuel for cooking or transport. He describes distilled spirits as a liquid asset with a ready market. However, in the U.S. it’s heavily regulated.
Alcohol distillation is taxed and regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Use of a still for alcohol for home fuel use requires a permit, but is not subject to a tax. Stills with capacity of a gallon or less can be used without permits or tax for water distillation and production of essential oils through steam or water extraction.
Legally producing alcohol with stills requires qualifying as a distilled spirits plant. Commercial craft or micro-distilleries have been popping up all over the country producing regional spirits. The American Distilling Institute says the number has risen from 50 to more than 280 since 2005 and they’re now operating in 45 states.
Zaca suggests getting a fuel alcohol production permit when first learning to use a still. He offers a low cost, air-cooled still for only $135. It’s a very basic unit made in South Korea, where it’s largely used for water distillation. If used for alcohol, it requires multiple runs as the first distillation will produce 35 to 40 proof alcohol. It can also be used for essential oils.
The company’s other stills are all handmade using traditional copper components.Most are custom-designed for commercial operations. However, he also sells component parts, kits and ready to go systems for both pot and tower stills.
“The Alchemist 2-inch is a handmade copper still that can be used with electricity, propane or over an open fire,” says Zaca. “It’s priced at $545 and will outlast the owner. It has no moving parts, and if you can heat it, you can run it.”
Zaca also makes the Alchemist line of ready-made stills for micro-distillers. It comes in 2, 3 and 4-in. sizes. The 2-in. Alchemist Copper Still with a 15-gallon. boiler and distillation tower will produce a gallon of 75 to 80% percent alcohol an hour or a liter of 92% percent alcohol per hour, which is the minimum needed for cooking or transport fuel. It’s priced at $610.
Although all the stills can be used for essential oil production, Zaca also makes a still designed specifically for that purpose. It can hold 6 to 7 lbs. of herbs, flowers or other plants.
“Regardless what you want to distill, it’s simple,” says Zaca. “If you can do pressure cooking, it’s the same principle.” He warns readers that handmade copper stills require a minimum of 4 weeks for delivery.
Farm Show Magazine 2014 – Volume #38, Issue #1 Page #35
Do-It-Yourself Stills For Alcohol, Essential Oil
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The Alchemist is our Moonshine Still Tower are alcohol stills. We also do Pot Stills in 2, 3 and 4-inch. We sell Boilers from a 15-gallon Keg up to 100-gallons. We also sell the best selling Essential Oil still. We sell a Medical Cannabis Still, using alcohol, which is the most natural. All our stills can be water distillers. We sellDistillation Products.
We are located in Yelm, WA. I have workshops all around Rainier as well. I do not have a physical store. Online orders only. We ship all over the planet.
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We make by hand the 2, 3, and 4-inch Alchemist Copper Moonshine Stills. These specialize in high proof. These boiler we sell are electrical, and we can put in whatever watts you like. You just take out the heating elements and cover with caps to use over propane or wood fire.
All size stills work the same. It is a copper reflux still, a compound. They also can be taken apart- and made into a pot still. We also sell Stainless Steel Boilers up to 450-gallons. We can put on any fittings you would like, such as windows and spigots.
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We sell the Witch Herbal Extractor as well as a SEPARATE process . It is not STEAM distillation. It is called an ABSOLUTE extraction. You can also use this Cannabis Still for your basic essential oil distillation business such as lavender, cedar, whatever you have growing in your yard.
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MY MOONSHINE STILLS ARE ELECTRIC and you just plug it in. The only thing that won’t last forever are the heating elements, you just replace them and screw in and buy from Home Depot/Lowes. Usually they go a few years. You can also heat your boiler with fire if ever a power outtage. Caps are sold to screw in over the elements. Dropped your moonshine still? I am available to repair it always, or send you to a local welder with instructions. But treat like lab equipment please.