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April 11, 2014
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Distillery Equipment Guide

Owner of Clawhammer Supply

Distillery EquipmentClawhammer Supply started selling copper copper distillers in 2009. Since then we've become one of the most visited sites on the web on the topics of distillation equipment, fuel alcohol, and more.

We know you work hard for your money (we work hard too). That's why we engineered our still lineup to be as high quality, yet as affordable as possible. We're proud to offer a premium lineup of 100% copper stills, for sale at a reasonable price.

Before we get started, a reminder: Distilling alcohol is illegal without a federal fuel alcohol or distilled spirit plant permit as well as relevant state and local permits. Our distillation equipment is designed and intended for legal uses only and the information in this article is for educational purposes. Please read our complete legal summary for more information on the legalities of distillation.

We get a lot of questions on the characteristics and differences between the still in our lineup. The first thing we need to say is that they all function relatively the same. Each of our still kits comes with 100% copper parts. The're all hybrid stills consisting of a copper pot, a column still head, and an inline condenser. However, the sizes and prices are of course different. Here's a breakdown of our still line-up.

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Copper Still Size
Copper Still Size 1 Gallon Copper Still 5 Gallon Copper Still 10 Gallon Copper Still
Material 100% copper 100% copper 100% copper
Copper Thickness 16 oz. copper (.021) 16 oz. copper (.021) 16 oz. copper (.021)
Boiler Height 8" 22.5" 32"
Column Height 11" 15" 22"
Total Height 22" 37.5" 54"
Base Diameter 5.625" 9" 12"
Alcohol Yield 3-5 cups* 1-1.5 gallons* 3-3.5 Gallons*
Price $149 $249 $374

*Assuming starting alcohol of 20% ABV and final proof average of 100.
**Free shipping to lower 48 only.

Craft distilling is exploding in the United States right now. Walk into just about any one of these new distilleries and you'll see stills very similar to the ones we offer (ours are just a lot smaller and less complicated). Almost all of these distilleries are utilizing copper pots, a re-configurable column, and inline condensers. Why? This design keeps the best of old school tradition and new school advancements in distillation technology.

Using 100% copper improves the taste and smell of whiskey by removing sulfur during the distillation process. Using a versatile column (one that can be run empty, or packed with baffles) allows the still to be fine-tuned to match the spirit being produced. For example, if a full bodied whiskey is being made, running the still like a pot still (with the column empty) will be desirable. If the still is being used for a vodka run, column baffles would be installed. Clawhammer Supply's small scale pilot stills offer this functionality. Our columns can be left empty, in which case our stills function just like traditional pot stills. They can also be packed with copper scrubbers, creating a natural reflux action and increasing the proof of the final product.

With one of our stills you you'll be able to create one of a kind, micro-batch, ultra rare products. Or simply use the still a as pilot system to test recipes before scaling them up for larger equipment.

Remember, it is illegal to distill alcohol without the proper permits. Do not distill alcohol at home for consumption.

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • What goes. On the 2 top opening. I have copper packing do I need anything else?

    Posted by Dave on November 14, 2017
  • i see the price chart but how do I place an order

    Posted by Shawn on April 02, 2015
  • I have watched all of the videos and read almost everything on your site. I will be getting the 5 gallon kit as soon as I save the $$. I have a general question. It it true that the first quart or so has to be discarded and can be dangerous to sip? Thanks!

    Posted by Steve on August 15, 2014
  • I’m looking for a 30 gal. still can you give me a price on one ?

    Posted by Wess Shiver on July 23, 2014
  • I think this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.I’ll be contacting ya’ll for all ya’lls help.THANK YOU!

    Posted by Tim on May 20, 2014
  • Mike- It is a complete still kit. They don’t use a thumper and worm setup- they use an inline condenser which replaces the thumper/worm.

    Posted by StillDaddy on April 12, 2014
  • Is this a complete still with worm thumper ready to go?thanks.

    Posted by mike on April 11, 2014

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