How to Make Alcohol - Discussion

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Material for still

Udo am 03.07.2003 14:56:00 | Region: Austria
I heard that a copper still would be the best to distill schnapps. Would it be possible to get also good results with a still made of other materials? I.g. steel, glass

RE: Material for still

Mark am 16.07.2003 13:07:02 | Region: Spain
Yes of course! You could use also steel, glass and other materials you can use also for cooking. In same books you will find that copper has a good impact on the flavour of tha schnapps. But this seems to be s story.

RE: Material for still

Sigi am 04.08.2004 17:47:50 | Region: Austria
As far as I know, is steel the best material to build stills.

RE: Material for still

Sigi am 04.08.2004 17:57:57 | Region: Austria
Aluminium is also possible..

RE: Material for still

KH am 17.06.2019 00:45:58 | Region: DK
Aluminium WILL corrode.
The only suitable materials for a still is stainless steel, copper, or glass (Pyrex or similar).

RE: Material for still

Bernard Deham am 16.02.2005 03:25:44 | Region: Thailand
The best material is copper because it binds several undesirable fusel in chemical reactions during the process. The second best material is stainless steel (inox), glass is also OK but quite inconvenient. I would avoid aluminium wich oxidises very easily.

RE: Material for still

Brian am 27.06.2009 03:37:30 | Region: Australia
Thank god you're here, Bernard.
Any steel other than stainless will rust. Aluminium will pit very fast, plastic is to be avoided and COPPER is the best for the reasons that you state.
When using Stainless it's best to put some copper chips in the kettle.

So I'm told.

RE: Material for still

sammy am 25.12.2012 20:14:53 | Region: u...s...??????
Any material that would rust is not advised unless you plan on poisoning yourself and others!!

RE: Material for still

Mista Too am 17.11.2013 08:47:23 | Region: NZ
We use a a Duplas Reflux still and have done for more than 10yrs . It has a copper head and the rest is food grade plastic . Between 2005 and 2007 we have won 23 Master Distiller awards including Best whiskey in NZ 2yrs running . If any still is to be avoided it would be steel and aluminum due to oxidation. Any one distilling should Carbon filter their brew that is collected . discard any brew collected up to 78 and after 85.