John Stones new book - The Carriage Still
- John Stone has just put out a new book "The Carriage Still"
Hard copy US$18 or soft copy US$8
Details off the web site (http://www.gin-vodka.com) are ...
"This book describes the construction of an elegant top-of-the-line
fractionating still for amateurs. It was created by a research scientist
who has been designing and constructing stills for over 17 years, and
should be read by any hobbyist who likes to have the very best.
As will be seen from the book cover, the still is mounted in a cabinet
which holds the boiler. The top of this cabinet supports the glass column,
the collection bottle, the digital thermometer and the distiller's
The distillation column is made from 38 mm glass tubing so that the
operator and his friends have the pleasure of seeing the distillation in
progress. No glass-blowing is involved however --- just the machining of
brass couplings. There are 14 diagrams and photographs, many in colour.
The still can deliver 11 to 12 litres of ultra pure vodka per batch, using
ordinary cane sugar as substrate. Spirits such as whiskey, brandy, rum,
gin, schnapps and liqueurs can also be made using the appropriate starting
The book is very easily read, with heaps of clear explanations and
diagrams. The still design is that of his "top of the line" model - a
further development of the inline one in the Gin-Vodka book.