Distilling Blog

Starting a Gin Distillery: What to Know

September 3, 2020

If you are seriously considering getting into the distilling business, the first thing you’ll need to understand is that you had better be passionate about spirits and all the work needed to gain traction.

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Scotch vs. Bourbon vs. Rye: Mash Ingredients, Flavor, Mouthfeel

August 31, 2020

Learn the difference between scotch, bourbon, and rye. Explore the nuances in the mash ingredients, flavors, and mouthfeels of these 3 types of whiskey.

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Cleaning Your Still Parts: Interior and Exterior

August 24, 2020

Hey newbie! Do you want to know some simple ways to keep your still clean? Here are some tricks that the distilling community has used for years.

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To Steam or Not to Steam: Jacketed Kettles

August 17, 2020

Jacketed kettles offer flexibility and allow distillation at optimal collection speeds. Learn why jacketed kettles are requisites for batch distillation.

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Why Are Hard Seltzers So Popular?

August 12, 2020

Many have swapped out their beloved ciders and beers with these beverages due to hard seltzers’ macro-friendly qualities and gluten-free ingredients. But what else is fueling the popularity of hard seltzer?

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Distilling Hand Sanitizer: Surviving Financially Through COVID-19

August 5, 2020

Distilling hand sanitizer is a lucrative endeavor right now. Learn how craft spirits distilleries are entering the hand sanitizer market.

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How to Set Up a Reflux Still

July 26, 2020

With StillDragon’s Modular Systems, setting up a Reflux Still is much like assembling a lego set (except it’s for big kids, of course).

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What Type of Still Is Best for Whiskey?

July 20, 2020

Pot stilling is probably what most people think of when they imagine how spirits are produced. However, in Kentucky, the column still is very much part of bourbon production.

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What Is a Hybrid Still?

July 13, 2020

There are a few competing definitions on what a true hybrid still is. Whatever your definition, knowing the difference between the types of stills and their strengths and weaknesses will help you run your equipment more efficiently and help you choose the right commercial distilling equipment for the flavor you’re looking for.

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Still Parts: What Is a Lyne Arm?

July 7, 2020

The simple answer is that a lyne arm is a pot still part that connects the still head to the product condenser. However, there are many different ways to configure this connection.

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What's the Best Alcohol Still on the Market?

June 22, 2020

Learn the ins and outs of how different alcohol stills work and how they can affect your final product. This can help you find the best alcohol still on the market.

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Why Use a Thumper on a Distilling Kettle?

June 10, 2020

A thumper allows for a secondary distillation without having to run the distillate a second time, but a thumper may require more BTUs to run.

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How Much Heat Do I Need to Run My Still?

June 3, 2020

Though the investment in an adequate still heat source can be dear, when it comes to distilling and heat, time is money. Learn why and get a rule of thumb.

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Looking for an Alcohol Still? You'll Need This Software for Your Distillery, Too.

May 18, 2020

Have you heard of Whiskey Systems? Their software makes TTB production reporting and audit preparation much easier. Here's why.

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What Causes Stuck Fermentation?

May 12, 2020

If you find that your fermentation stopped early, you might be wondering what could cause this phenomenon. There are several reasons why your fermentation might get stuck.

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How Do I Get a TTB License and Permit?

May 5, 2020

So you’ve decided to start a commercial distilling business and you’re doing your research on what to do to be within the law. First off, congratulations! This is a big step and, like any permitting process, it can be a challenge.

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Sustainability in the Alcohol Industry

April 17, 2020

Turning waste streams into revenue streams can help distilleries be more sustainable and profitable. Let's explore some sustainable initiatives in the alcohol industry.

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3 Building Requirements for a Distillery

March 22nd, 2020

Before you sign your lease or buy that shiny new equipment, there are a few easy-to-overlook building requirements for a distillery that may be worth double checking.

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How Does a Proofing Parrot Work?

March 15th, 2020

A conventional proofing parrot (for distilling purposes) is a small, cylindrical collection vessel that catches distillate long enough to get an “on-the-fly” measurement of ABV being produced in real time.

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How Big Is a Distillery?

March 10th, 2020

To help you calculate the space requirements for your distillery, follow these steps.

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Women of the Distilling Industry: Tara Cook

March 3rd, 2020

Exciting, yet humbling is one way Tara Cook describes her overall experience opening Tall Pines Missouri.

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Women of the Distilling Industry: Monica Pearce

February 27th, 2020

“Female empowerment is a trend right now…” Monica Pearce from Tenth Ward Distilling couldn’t have said it any better!

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The Beginners Guide to Thermometers for Distillers

February 20th, 2020

Besides the question of “what kind of still do I need?”, I feel almost certain that the second most frequently asked question is “where do I put the thermometer?”.

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Choosing the Right Bubble Cap for Distilling

February 13th, 2020

We’ve written about the pluses and minuses of copper, now let’s talk about the bubble plate column theory.

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself When Purchasing a Still

February 7th, 2020

When choosing the best configuration for your custom still, the primary tool of your craft, it's best to do your homework and understand what equipment you want, need, and why.

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Triple Distilled Whiskey Techniques

January 13th, 2020

Is triple distilled whiskey better than twice distilled? Does triple distillation produce a lighter, smoother finished product? Does it add complexity?

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Mixing Heads, Hearts, and Tails

January 9th, 2020

An all-Hearts flavored spirit can lack complexity. But, when mixing Heads, Hearts, and Tails, how much should be added back to the Hearts section?

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Excise Tax Relief to Continue

January 2nd, 2020

Hooray for excise tax relief! The Craft Beverage Modernization Act was prolonged into December of 2020. However, many distillers are proceeding with caution.

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Will 2020 Be the Gin Revival Decade?

December 23rd, 2019

The taste of 1920s hooch, rotgut, and bathtub gin forced speakeasy bartenders to get creative, essentially paving the way for gin to be the basis of many mixed drinks being revived today.

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Kale Vodka Explained

December 16th, 2019

What is kale vodka? Please tell me you’re kidding? Kale vodka sounds horrible, because, well, kale is horrible. All kidding aside, I really do like kale as much as I like kale jokes.

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6 Reasons Why Copper Is Used for Distilling Equipment

December 10th, 2019

Copper isn’t just a pretty face. When it comes to distillation equipment, copper also serves a useful purpose. Here are six reasons why copper is beneficial in the distillation process.

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Forklift Safety and Maintenance in a Distillery

December 4th, 2019

Forklifts are commonly used in distilleries large and small, and – according to OSHA statistics – forklifts are commonly responsible for serious injuries in the workplace.

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Why Is Redundancy Important for Distilleries?

November 29th, 2019

The Google dictionary defines redundancy in engineering as the inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components.

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What Are Heads, Hearts, and Tails?

November 21st, 2019

Heads, hearts, and tails in distilling are three common terms for the distillate being produced during a spirit distillation run. They are effectively the beginning (heads), the middle (hearts), and the end (tails) of batch distillation.

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The Still Is Coming!

November 12th, 2019

One of the most exciting parts of opening a distillery is actually receiving your custom commercial distillation equipment! All the well-spent money, and you finally get to see your dream in your distillery.

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3 Ways to Manage a Reflux Still Column

November 6th, 2019

Understanding and managing a reflux still column is just one of the basic skills needed to operate distillery equipment. Balancing the temperature and alcohol by volume (ABV) is important when managing the performance of the reflux column still.

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What’s in Your Glass?

October 25th, 2019

Many people who enjoy adult beveraging (our new, made-up word) really have no idea of the origin, composition, or even historical significance of their favorite distilled spirits.

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So You Want to Open a Craft Distillery

October 16th, 2019

While the craft brewing business has been on the up-and-up for the better part of two decades, craft distilleries are plowing their way into the market.

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How a Distillation Column Works

October 11th, 2019

The only real “moving” distillation column parts are the agitator, wash/beer, and the vapor, and boy does that vapor move! Column distillation is really just phase change over and over again.

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Batch Distillation and Alcohol Shifting

October 2nd, 2019

The thoughts and ideas contained here have been formed through fundamental batch distilling with the distillation apparatus more widely known as “The Humper Thumper”.

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Distillation Theory: Where to Pack Your Vodka Still Column

September 26th, 2019

Wondering whether or not to install packing material (random or otherwise) above or below the actual plate sections in your vodka still column?

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Copper vs. Stainless Steel Still: More Copper Doesn’t Mean Better Spirit

September 17th, 2019

Maybe you’ve heard the more copper, the better product, or maybe you’ve heard less is more when trying to make a great product. The truth is, it is all a matter of opinion!

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How to Choose the Right Distilling Equipment

September 10th, 2019

Buying durable alcohol distillation equipment is the foundation of running a successful craft distillery. To find the right craft distillery equipment, you must begin with a general understanding of what distillation is and where in the equipment the process occurs.

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How a Small Continuous Still Can Help You Get Your Life Back

September 3rd, 2019

Though there seems to be a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about continuous distillation, how it works, how expensive is it, etc., it is much less complex than one would think..

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Florida Craft Distillery Law Change

April 27th, 2015

Craft distilling is starting to go the way of craft brewing in popularity: up. In what was considered a positive law change in the craft distillery industry, the Senate passed a bill that would allow craft distillers to sell more to end users.

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