There are always stills for sale on ebay and at your local home brew
shop but they may be asking more than you wish to pay.
Before you build a still you need to decide what type of alcohol you
wish to make if you want to make a flavoured product the traditional way
i.e. whiskey then you will need a pot still. if you just want to make
neutral flavoured spirit i.e. something like a very smooth vodka you
want a reflux still, with the later design you can add essences to make
products that closely resemble your favourite drop. And there is nothing
stopping you having one of each design that you can swap onto your
boiler. You need to decide how much product you wish to make and how
long you wish to sit there while running it off, that will determine the
size of your boiler. I have a 50 litre boiler (a keg) that I half fill
with my fermented wash it takes approximately 10-12 hours to run it
through my reflux head but I get around 5-7 litres every time.
My still is constructed of mostly recycled bits and pieces with a few
adapted parts thrown in and I found scrap metal
yards an excellent source of pre loved goodies, My local one took a list
of all the parts I wanted and would ring me if something suitable came
in. The trick is to think laterally when choosing parts in theory you
should be able to build a still for next to nothing if you are patient
and can wait till the right parts become available at the right price.
from top to bottom it goes through all of
the theory of the main still designs it has Tips and recipes and most
find it invaluable.
> Hi, all well i hav been tryin to get into makin my own alcohol & hav
> tried a couple different things so far, but am havin alot of trouble
> tryin to understand how to make a still.I hav tried using the
> amazing still method, which is the bucket with-in a bucket mothed
> with a heater, but hav not been successfull at all, the heaters keep
> collapsing on me after a day & a 1/2 & they just crack & fall apart,
> would anyone know why at all.
> Would anyone be able to help me with how to make a still at all,
> relitively easy to make would be great.As i cant realy afford to go
> out & spend around $400 to $500 australian.
> Any help would be great plz.
> Also would anyone know of any one sellin a 2nd-hand still real cheap
> at all plz.
> godz@... <mailto:godz%40iinet.net.au>