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How to Assemble an Essential Oil Distiller | Clawhammer Supply Assembly Guide

August 18, 2021
Essential oils are commonly known for their wide variety of uses, from aromatherapy to cooking additives. Purchasing essential oils can be expensive, however making them at home with our essential oil distiller is much cheaper. Follow the six steps below to learn how to assemble our essential oil distiller kit.    Assembly Video  *Depending on what accessories... Read more

How to Make Bourbon with Silent Brigade Distillery

November 1, 2016
An Interview with John Brown We are so excited to share our most recent chat with you. This time, we got to talk with John Brown of Silent Brigade Distillery, a relative newcomer to the distilling game. Silent Brigade opened this past April in Paducah, Kentucky, a city with a rich history in distilling -- at... Read more

How to Make Rum - with Stillwagon Distillery

September 8, 2016
Making Rum: An Interview with Rick Stillwagon We recently had a chance to talk with Rick Stillwagon, owner of Stillwagon Distilleries in Charleston, Oregon. Rick is a scientist-turned-distiller, who came to love the craft of making spirits through, of all things, his love of  Koi. Rick is a student of aquaculture and loves Koi fish. He... Read more

How to Make a Small Copper Still - 1 Gallon

August 9, 2016
If you're looking instructions on how to make a small copper still or if you're simply trying to find a small copper still for sale, you're in the right place. In this video we show you exactly how to build a 1 gallon still by building one from start to finish on video. The entire build process is... Read more

Making Rye Whiskey - With Iowa Legendary Rye

July 6, 2016
An Interview with Iowa Legendary Rye: We recently chatted with Lisa Chase, co-owner of Iowa Legendary Rye, a mom-and-pop micro-distillery based in Carroll, Iowa. During Prohibition, Carroll County was home to serious bootleggers: Stubbornly self-reliant Midwestern folks who valued quality and their independence, and who’d be damned if anyone was going to take that away... Read more

How To Make Essential Oils Using Steam Distillation

May 31, 2016
About 700 different kinds of plants contain useful essential oils, and there are several methods employed to extract them, the most common of which are water and steam distillation. We'll focus on water distillation here. Essential oils can be costly to buy but they are relatively inexpensive to distill at home. Some botanicals store their... Read more

Home Distilling Legalization Update

April 4, 2016
The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2015 An Interview with Rick Morris: Founder of the Hobby Distiller's Association We get a lot of emails from different folks asking the same question: Is it legal to make moonshine at home? The answer, unfortunately, is no. In the United States, under Federal Prohibition-era law,... Read more

Distilling With Local Ingredients

April 4, 2016
An Interview with The Seattle Distilling Company Not long ago, we got a chance to sit down with Tami Brockway Joyce, one of the co-owners of Seattle Distilling, a family-run craft distiller in Vashon, WA, a small island not far from Seattle. Seattle Distilling focuses almost exclusively on small-batch liquors made with carefully selected local... Read more

Clawhammer Supply Still Design

February 26, 2016
Clawhammer Supply Anatomy 101: Components of a Clawhammer Supply Copper Still Boiler: Holds the low alcohol wash, which is heated and distilled into high-proof alcohol. Vapor Cone: Directs the alcohol vapor into the column. Cap Skirt: Allows the column to slide into the vapor cone. The cap skirt is attached to the bottom of the column. The cap... Read more

How to Clean a Copper Proofing Parrot

February 26, 2016
Clean The Proofing Parrot After Each Use A copper proofing parrot is an extremely helpful tool that can be used when distilling alcohol. A parrot is simply a device that holds a proofing hydrometer, making it very easy to proof the product coming out of the still. If you are not familiar with this tool, check out our... Read more

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