- I know this has all already been said, but I'd thought I'd toss my $0.02 in
(well actually, sit it on the fence!)
Aluminium - I'd agree with you all on this one. Aluminium wouldn't be the
metal of choice for a commercial distillery, because it would quickly lose
its passive oxide coating, and quickly pit & erode, due to an oxygen
depleated environment. However, for a hobby still it is ideal - light,
clean, and fairly easy to fabricate with. Provided it is cleaned after
each run, and dried well, it will retain its protective oxide film. Sure,
it bends a little easier, but just be carefull during cleaning. It all
comes down to how often its going to be used. I have trouble getting
through more than a couple of litres of spirit a month personal consumption,
so generally my still is left unused for months at a time.
The back-yard sellers i know,
who tend to produce up to 100L a week swear by the stainless steel stills -
more reliable for them (can take the repeated cleanings easier, etc). I
chose aluminium soley from a cost point of view. (It was also easy to get
back through customs - when dissassembled it makes a fantastic retro-looking
Sorry for the delay - two weeks in Oz caused the email to pile up a little.
The trip was well worth it - I now have a VERY nice 2L oak cask for Xmas.
Interesting to see how much stuff is now available (in Melbourne at least)
- pot stills (in copper), yeasts, flavourings, etc, and good advice.