Moonshine stills have evolved a long way from the days of bootleggers. Modern stills use high-quality, refined materials crafted by experts to make sure you produce a perfect batch every time. Every moonshine still, from a simple DIY setup to industrial distilling equipment, primarily consists of three parts:
- A mash pot to make the mash through fermentation and heat the liquid
- A distilling column to help the collect the alcohol vapor and condense it
- A condenser to cool down the alcohol vapors.
Using the right distilling column for your still setup is critical to producing the highest quality booze. At Hillbilly Stills, we have a variety of moonshine pot stills made from high-quality copper that are great for any distilling setup. Today, we are going to discuss two distilling columns and their different applications so you can pick the one that suits your needs the best- the 3 inch Simple Pot Still and the Hillbilly Flute Column.
Before we get started, one should know the difference between a pot still and a reflux column. A pot still is a simple distillation device which gives about 40-60% purity alcohol by collecting and condensing the alcohol vapor from the boiler. To get a higher alcohol percentage, the alcohol vapors should be distilled again through the pot still. A reflux column combines these steps into a single-step process through some packing in the column.
The 3 inch simple pot still is a distillation column that is 3 inches wide by 12 inches long. It is made of high quality copper and has a stainless steel base for a perfect fit. It can easily fasten to an 8-gallon milk can boiler or 13-gallon milk can boiler. It also comes with a 2-inch Leibeg condenser to cool down the alcohol vapors that was collected. You can get one with a thermoport so that you can fit your thermometer to monitor the temperature. Designed with simplicity in mind, this copper pot still is great for beginners.
The Hillbilly Flute is one of our advanced designs aimed at experienced moonshiners. We modified and scaled down a popular commercial design so everyone can use it. The Hillbilly flute is a 4-inch copper column with four perforated plates – allowing you to see all the action – a13-inch shotgun dephlegmator with complete plumbing and built-in parrot’s beak. Handmade from high quality copper, it can produce about one gallon of 90% purity alcohol in an hour. Depending on the size of your milk can boiler, the hillbilly flute can be customized to fit it perfectly. You will definitely appreciate the craftsmanship that went into building this distillation column. We also sell a demo video for the Hillbilly Flute so that you can use it to its maximum potential.