So you’ve decided to get in the moonshine business, eh?
It doesn’t matter if it’s just a hobby or you’re looking getting in commercial micro distilling, the first thing you do is search for the perfect still. When buying a still, do yourself a favor and always ask the manufacturer where the copper still came from. Are they made in house, or do they order from China? This is a major decision point for you. If the still came from China there’s a very good chance that it will contain lead. If a still contains lead there is a good chance down the road it will cause issues for you! Nobody wants issues!
Chinese Made Stills
The Chinese make some beautiful equipment and at first glance, they appear to be very well made. Don’t let this fool you, do your research before you make this big investment! You want to save yourself from as many problems down the road as you can when buying a still.
When buying a still, ask yourself these questions:
- What kind of alloy does the company uses for the joining of the metal (Welding)?
- Who are you going to call when you have a problem with the equipment?
- How long will it take me to get any replacement parts that I may need?
- What is the best way to communicate? (maybe you work and can only communicate via email, it’s across the world will they be available 24/7?)
The last thing you want is a batch of ‘shine coming out tastin’ like metal.
Moonshinin’ is hard work, and nobody wants to see their hard work going down the drain. We hear it over and over again, “My moonshine taste like metal!” Well there’s an easy solution, BUY AMERICAN MADE! When buying a still, if you buy your equipment from an American builder you shouldn’t have any problems with customer service and replacement parts. You will also increase productivity and quality when you purchase a serious still. Plus who doesn’t want to support American Made Products and American Jobs? USA! USA! USA!
OTHER IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN BUYING A STILL:
- Do you make your copper products?
- Can I come by and take a look at your facility? (if not beware they are hiding something from the public)
- Are they willing to set down and discuss your options?
- Can you reach the manufacturer by phone?