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Essential Distillation Equipment Gear Guide
We aspire to provide the highest quality all-copper still kits at the best price possible. We also offer a beautiful 8 gallon pre-built stainless steel still. We’re 100% focused on that goal so we don’t carry much additional distilling equipment in-house. Basically, we don’t want to be distracted trying to manage a big inventory of odds and ends.
We’ve found the best priced, highest quality goods (the stuff that WE prefer using) and have provided info below. If you're interested in buying this stuff for yourself, just Google the title of the items.
Basic Distillation Equipment (Level 1):
Here is a turn-key kit (actually made for beer) that includes everything necessary to complete simple recipes (Corn Whiskey recipes, Honey Shine, Rum, Sugar Shine). It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles necessary to make all-grain batches (like Rye Whiskey) but it’s plenty enough to get started. You'll need to use a few items around the kitchen during, but most of the essentials are provided in the kit.
- Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (Available for about $90.00 on Amazon): Includes 7.8 gallon plastic primary fermenter, 6 gallon glass secondary fermenter, fermentation thermometer, stopper and air lock, hydrometer, bottle brush, sanitizer, and free bottle capper.
Intermediate Distillation Equipment (Level 2):
Keep in mind that there are higher quality versions of all of the items included in the “turn-key” kit listed above. Also there are a few additional items you'll want to consider picking up. This equipment will allow you to make the same beginner to intermediate recipes listed above, but you’ll be able to dial in the process a bit better with this stuff and the finished product should be a higher quality if you do things right.
- Distilling 101: Moonshine and Whiskey-Making Basics (An awesome online course that includes interactive quizzes) Highly recommended!
- Making Pure Corn Whiskey (A great intermediate to advanced book) Caution: this book can get pretty complicated.
- 8 Gallon Stainless Steel Boil Pot (for heating water or making simple 5 gallon mashes)
- 15 Gallon Stainless Steel Boil Pot (heating water or making simple 10 gallon mashes)
- Nylon Mash Bag (for making easy all grain mashes)
- Boil Pot Thermometer (measuring water temp during boil)
- Wort Chiller (for cooling mash before introduction of yeast)
- 6.5 Gallon Primary Fermenter - Plastic Bucket (for initial fermentation)
- 6.5 Gallon Secondary Fermenter - Glass Carboy (for more refined fermentation finishes)
- Carboy Thermometer (measuring fermentation temp)
- Carboy Brush (cleaning carboy)
- Rubber Stopper (for air lock / glass carboy)
- Air Lock (get two, one for both fermenters)
- Auto-siphon (for sanitary, easy siphoning
- Racking Cane (a must have for proper siphoning)
- Racking Cane Clip (another must have item)
- Vinyl Tubing (for siphoning, etc.)
- Beer Hydrometer (for determining starting alcohol)
- Spirit Hydrometer (for determining final proof of whiskey)
- Proofing Parrot (for use with hydrometer)
- Beer Sampler (for filling hydrometer test jar with sample)
- Cheese Cloth (filtering mash and wash)
- Star San (for sanitizing all equipment)
- PBW (for cleaning all equipment)
- Large digital scale (for measuring grain, etc.)
- Small digital scale (for measuring yeast, etc.)
- Copper Scrubbers (for packing your column)
- Digital Thermometer (for measuring mash temperature)
- Stainless Steel Thermometer (for measuring the vapor temp of the still)
- Stainless Steel Spoon (for stirring and mixing the mash)
Expert Distillation Equipment (Level 3):
For the advanced distiller or for the novice distiller who isn’t messing around, we’d suggest picking up everything on the “intermediate” list above AND all of the items in this category. You’ll be able to make any kind of spirit you want (everything from Sugar Shine to Scotch Whiskey).
- Grain Mill (for milling your own grain)
- 20 Gallon Stainless Mash Tun (for 5 or 10 gallon all grain runs)
- Mash Paddle (long paddle for stirring mash)
- Brix Refractometer (determines sugar content of liquid)
Get either a gas or electric heating system.
- Electric Heating Source (the preferred method if power is available)
- Gas Heating Source (for when power is not available)
- Wood Stoves 2.0 (guide to making ultra-efficient wood stoves)