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54 QT Sieve Plate Column Reflux Still 2" Sieve Plate Add-On Column Extension Assembly
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54 QT Sieve Plate Column Reflux Still 2" Sieve Plate Add-On Assembly
This is a professionally crafted high quality reflux still utilizing our innovative sieve plate distilling column. Two sieve plates are incorporated into a three piece column of 2" (2.125" actual OD) copper plumbing tubing that is sealed at the joints with our proprietary EPDM column sealing sleeves. The condenser is a tube within a tube water jacket type (Leibig style) ready for you to hook up to a cooling water supply. The condenser is made with copper FPT fittings and includes white nylon 1/2" hose barbs. A copper extension tube assembly is included so that you can collect your distillate away from the still. Maximum useable batch capacity is 54 quarts (13.5 gal) but is the perfect size for a 10 to 12 gal batch. It all starts with a 15.5 gallon heavy 20 guage highly polished stainless steel pot. The original stainless pot lid is also included so that you can use the pot as a brew kettle or for preparing your mash. Topping the pot is a custom crafted very heavy 16 guage copper dome. The dome seals to the pot by using a large silicone hollow core o-ring that fills the gap between the dome and the pot. It is a very slick system that seals well. A unique silicone band strap holds the dome securely into the pot. Also included is a digital thermometer for proper thermal management of the still. It features a swivel head that tilts for easiest reading angle and plugs into the top of the still using a pharmaceutical grade silicone plug. Sieve plate and tube extension for adding an additional sieve plate to our reflux stills.  Assembly includes polymer sieve plate with copper J tube, nine inches of 2" copper plumbing tube inserted 3/4" into a no-stop copper slip coupler and then soldered, plus one of our proprietary column EPDM column sealing sealing sleeves.  We recommend utilizing a maximum of three sieve plates on our stills that have a single reflux tube pass through at the top of the column.  To make efficient use of more than 3 requires additional generated reflux measures.
Ultimate Stovetop Still - Air Cooled Condenser 2" Sieve Plate & J Tube
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Ultimate Stovetop Copper Pot Still, 2.5 gallon stovetop still for making moonshine 2" Sieve Plate
2-1/2 gallon usable capacity pot still with air cooled condenser. Sieve plate and J tube assembly for use with a 2 inch copper plumbing tube distilling column.  Plate has a 2.12" actual OD and is meant to be sandwiched between tube ends within a slip coupler.  Plate is made from a high temperature tolerant chemical resistant food grade polymer with small holes penetrating all across the face of the plate.  The J shaped copper downcomer tube is friction fit into the plate.

Moonshine Still Pro Home Distillery Equipment.

If you’re looking to engage in the hobby of home distilling, Moonshine Still Pro is the online stop for you! We have custom designed still components as well as complete stainless steel and copper moonshine stills. Our “Ultimate Stovetop Still” has become one of the most popular small stills available in America. Our custom formed flanges and fittings have been used by over 1000 people in the construction of their own stills. We also offer wrought copper fittings in the types and sizes often used in still construction as well as copper tubing sold by the foot. Our focus is to bring home distillers the highest quality equipment and components they need at the lowest possible prices.

What is Moonshine?

Simply put, moonshine is untaxed distilled alcoholic intended for drinking. Traditional moonshine was made from fermented corn because corn was cheap and available. Although it can be made from a variety of fruits, sugars and grains. Products are now sold in taxed versions in liquor stores with "moonshine" or "moon" somewhere in the name. One can argue such products are not really true moonshine as they are produced in commercial distilleries often using processes not typically employed by the backwoods or home distiller. The government required classification at the bottom of the label will generally reveal the true nature of those products.

A Brief History of Moonshine.

Moonshine has a long, established history, starting just after the American Revolution. To avoid the federal tax placed on alcohol, some Americans began making their own whisky from their corn crops. Starting in the 18th century, moonshining (distilling untaxed alcohol) continued on as citizens became more angered at governmental restrictions on alcohol. Despite a failed Whisky Rebellion, the temperance movement and national Prohibition, moonshiners continued distilling and supplying moonshine whiskey. Because of the illegality, distillers used their moonshine stills at night, which lead to their name of “moonshiners.” After making the moonshine, “bootleggers” distributed the illicit whiskey to the demanding public often having to outrun police in high speed car chases.

After the Repeal of Prohibition, moonshine demand went down; however, recently there has been a groundswell of interest in hobby distilling to make homemade whiskey and other spirits. While using home distillery equipment to make whiskey or any alcoholic spirit is illegal, people are rarely ever prosecuted for making small quantities for personal consumption. The reason distilling is illegal is the government fears the loss of tax revenue. Prosecution then typically only occurs when there is a signidicant amount of tax revenue at stake or when people sell their distilled products illegally.

The Basics of Distilling.

Creating a distilled spirit is a two stage process; first Fermentation and then Distillation. Fermentation happens when microorganisms, usually yeast, metabolize (convert) sugars into alcohol. When starches from grain (corn, wheat, barley, rye) are converted into fermentable sugars by a mashing process and then yeast is used to convert those sugars into alcohol, we get beer. When the sugars from fruit (grapes, cherries, plums, peaches…) are converted by yeast to alcohol, we get wine. Beer is the pre-distilled form of whiskey and can also be the basis for vodka and gin. Wine is the pre-distilled form of brandy. So if you know how to make beer or wine, you're only one simple step away from distilling spirits.

Distillation is the process of attempting to separate the alcohol in an alcoholic drink from everything else. The form of alcohol that we enjoy in drinks is ethanol, and it boils and begins to turn to vapor at about 173 degrees. Water, on the other hand, boils at 212 degrees. So by slowly heating a mixture that contains alcohol and water (such as beer, wine or other fermented wash), it is possible to vaporize the ethanol while leaving much of the water in the liquid state. When ethanol is vaporized, it floats up and away from the liquid mixture. As this vapor is cooled it re-condenses and turns back into a liquid. A still is the apparatus one uses to hold your fermented wash, contain the steam vapors, cool them back into a liquid, and then let that distillate run out into a container.

Building a Moonshine Still at Home.

You too can build a moonshine still at home. All it takes is a little soldering skill and some basic fabrication aptitude. What you can’t buy at your local hardware store is likely to be available right here at Moonshine Still Pro.

Whether you're looking to build a simple pot still or are designing a more sophisticated reflux column still, we have the products for you. From stainless steel boiler pots with copper domes to custom designed copper flanges our goal is to provide the components you need that are unavailable or difficult to find anywhere else. And remember to check back often as we are developing new moonshine still products and adding them to our site all the time.

Need information on moonshine recipes and distilling procedures? We have that too. Moonshine Still Pro will be the site you’ll want to return to again and again as you progress in your new distilling hobby.