Craft Production
Distilling Systems

 

Distilling is a centuries old process that simply involves bringing a charge of fermented liquid to its boiling point and collecting the vapours that fall within a certain temperature range. Distilling leverages of the fact that individual constituents within the fermented liquid boil at different temperatures and by collecting vapour within a set temperature range the distiller can extract the desired constituents and leave the rest behind.

Any ingredient that can be fermented can be distilled into a spirit, including grapes, pears, plums, sugar cane and cherries, all of which have fermentable sugars. Some ingredients, including agave, potatoes and grains, have starch that needs to be converted to sugar before they can be fermented and distilled.

The pot still is where the wash is brought to a boil where the vapors coming off the free surface are condensed as reflux back into the pot, or in the product condenser depending on whether or not the vapor being given off at a specific temperature has the traits that are desired by the distiller.

  • The pot still can be constructed of a combination of stainless steel and copper, all copper, or all stainless steel
  • Heating options include steam jackets, steam coil, or electric element
  • Full CIP functionality
  • Optional agitator
  • Optional glass manway
  • Optional vessel light

We offer head styles specific to the spirit or spirits that you plan to make. Common Styles Include;

  • Stripping Head
  • Spirit Head with boil ball
  • Whiskey Helmet
  • Onion Head
  • Brandy and Rum Columns

As blended alcohol and water vapor rises from the pot, it enters a cool copper column. Most of the vapor condenses and falls back into the pot as reflux. Flat copper condensing plates the span the column control the pace of the process, and the taste of the product. The vapor with the highest alcohol content, and thus the lowest boiling point, continues to the outlet at the top of the column headed for either the product condenser or gin basket.

  • Copper construction
  • Multiple bubble cap tray design with replaceable components
  • Sight glass and individual tray by-pass on each level
  • Downcomers and full CIP on each level
  • Option lighting on every level
All of our columns are capped with a shell and tube style dephlegmator to give you control over the amount of reflux and also to get the column into equilibrium after start-up. 
  • Shell and tube styled condenser
  • Stainless steel or copper construction
  • Stainless steel or copper helmet/cap depending on preference
  • Water or glycol cooled
  • Stainless steel construction outer construction
  • Removable perforated copper basket
  • Sightglass
  • Valved condensate return line to pot still or collection tank
  • Bypass-able or inline
  • Full CIP functionality
  • Shell and tube style 
  • Stainless steel or copper construction
  • Water or glycol cooled
  • Full CIP functionality

The first 5 percent of the run, known as the foreshots or heads, contain large amounts of cogeners, or volatile chemical compounds such as acetone, aldehydes, esters, and fusel oils. Next comes the hearts, which is the high-proof alcohol base. Some distillers blend the hearts with small amounts of heads before diluting and aging to make spirits. With too high a percentage of cogeners, the drink tastes rough; with too little, it’s bland. The last bit, the tails, is a low-proof mix often set aside and re-distilled later.

Depending on the style of system you prefer we offer standalone distillate tanks when the columns, gin basket and condenser are supported individually on pedestals, or fully integrated tanks which are apart of the framing structure supporting the components above.

We also have a great selection or stainless IBC totes.

  • top formed head
  • top vent
  • hydration/malt inlet
  • top manway with glass cover
  • CIP assembly with 2 internal rotating sprayers
  • low shear mash agitator with variable speed drive; top mounted
  • 6″ drop cone bottom with 2″ mash outlet
  • thermowell for temperature monitoring
  • 3 low pressure (15 psig) steam jackets, 2 on sidewall, one on bottom (If steam heated)
  • sight glass with lower sample valve, guard and calibration strip
  • 4 stainless steel pipe legs with adjustable height feet and footpads
  • insulated and clad in #4 stainless steel
  • 304 stainless steel constructio
  • top coned head
  • top manway with glass cover; Customer’s logo etched in glass
  • 2″ mash inlet on sidewall located just above false bottom
  • internal vessel light located in top head on TC fitting
  • CIP assembly with downtube; 2 internal sprayballs
  • non retractable 2 arm rake assembly w/ variable speed drive
  • knifing blades; one arm lifting, other arm cutting
  • spent grain removal plow
  • shallow cone bottom (for minimum underscreen volume)
  • underscreen CIP flush
  • milled screen false bottom
  • multiport outlet leading to single common balanced flow outlet
  • side low pressure steam jacket
  • spent grain manway
  • spent grain chute
  • side entry vorlauf inlet with vorlauf assembly
  • side entry sparge inlet with internal sparge assembly
  • level gauge glass
  • portable thermometer with digital readout
  • 4 stainless steel pipe legs with height adjustable feet and pads
  • insulated and clad in stainless steel
  • 304 stainless steel construction

Just some of the companies we've had the pleasure of working with.

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