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Spring Time Recipes for Success February 23 2018, 0 Comments
As our thoughts turn from snow and holidays, to spring time and garden parties, let us not forget how important whiskey and bourbon can really make your early spring brighten. Impress your friends and neighbors at your first garden party with your homemade whiskey. Imagine the curious faces when you mix something up using your very own moonshine.
Now is the time to buy on of our amazon copper stills so that you can be the heart of the party with an amazing batch of gin or vodka. So buy one now and never look back!
Mothers Day May 05 2015, 0 Comments
What better present to give you Mother or wife than a beautiful copper still! I know what you're thinking " a copper still for my wife...she'll kill me!"
Let think it through, you get to buy the special woman in your life a beautiful house decorating item, that is both unique and amazing. How impressed will she be that you thought about her and bought her a hand made copper still.
Now wait a month, and you can start using it to make your very own whiskey with the moonshine still you bought her! Genius if you as me. She gets a gift that is sure to wow her friends, and you get whiskey, truly the gift that keeps on giving.
So this Mother's Day don't forget the best place for a truly special Mother's Day gift, The Copper Still Company
Spring Is Here...for some March 27 2015, 0 Comments
Now that the weather is getting warmer for some, it is the time to starting brewing your own concoctions. Can you imagine a better time than to be sitting out by a fire, drinking home made whiskey with your friends? I sure can't! So don't wait, buy one of our top quality copper stills and impress your friends with amazing moonshine.
Looking for the Perfect Valentines Day Gift? February 05 2015, 0 Comments
Look no further than an amazing still from The Copper Still Company! Your Husband, boyfriend, or any SO will be amazed at this one of a kind gift. And if you don't have someone this holiday, buy one for the extra special person that has really earned it...YOU! All of our stills look amazing and can be used to make a variety of spirits. And isn't that what any man REALLY wants, to have unlimited whiskey? I know I do!
Have a very happy Valentines Day!
Our Antiquated Distilling Laws June 10 2014, 0 Comments
Prohibition Era Distilling Laws
The prohibition was a time when the law was more harmful than helpful. When the prohibition on alcohol was finally lifted, Federal law still refused to let go all the way and instead kept the distilling of liquor for personal consumption illegal, even though the making of beer and wine for personal use is fully legal as well as distilling spirits for fuel. If that sounds a bit illogical to you, you’re not alone. Let’s go back to a simpler time when the government decided to place blame somewhere for all of America’s problems, and that blame was placed on liquor. During the prohibition throughout the 1920s into the 30s the United States outlawed the manufacturing storage and transportation of alcohol.
The Government's Brilliant Idea
Outlawing liquor turned out to be more dangerous than helpful. You see, when people can’t get ahold of what they want, they find a way to make it themselves. What transgressed was moonshine, a drink created from several illegal liquor manufacturing operations done outside the knowledge of the law. These people were known as moonshiners or bootleggers, and once they started to share their product with their neighbors their operation just grew. The danger came when demand far outweighed supply and access to the ingredients necessary to make the drinks became increasingly smaller. The bootleggers started focusing on quantity rather than quality. This resulted in horrible ingredients being used like antifreeze, manure, and other dangerous items, which in turn resulted in illnesses, poisoning, blindness, and even death. Crime rates also sky rocketed with mobsters and other organizations realized they could have a hold on this illegal operation. When the Government finally pulled its head out and realized that prohibiting strong drinks was more dangerous than allowing them they finally lifted the ban with the 21st Amendment, repealing the laws previously enacted. However the Government, being the controlling power it is, refused to let go all the way and still made it illegal to distill liquor for personal use, even though beer and wine was allowed. Maybe this was because the government still felt like liquor was more harmful, or maybe it was simply to exercise its power. Whatever the reasons was here we are, nearly a century later, and this ban still exists.
The Regulations Today
Today there are many States that have their own laws on liquor and impose their own taxes, but when you break these laws you usually only face a misdemeanor. But the federal government still imposes harsh penalties for anyone it finds making liquor out of their home. If there is a law that was put into place decades ago, which has been proven time and time again to be ineffective, you would think it would have been changed by now, yet it hasn’t. Since the 1920s women have gained the right to vote, people stopped getting prosecuted for teaching evolution, and schools are desegregated. But don’t even think of making your own liquor because you might face the wrath of the United States Government. There is hope for our future though. New Jersey just passed a law to reduce the regulations of its distilling industry. The rest of the country will be now watching, and when New Jersey shows great success with these changes maybe other states will follow and show the Federal Government that a new century should not keep the useless laws of the old one.
International Shipping February 10 2014, 0 Comments
Hey everybody. We're excited to announce that we will now be offering international shipping on all of our copper stills! Because of the difference is sizes and regulations, we'll have to give quotes individually. So if you're interested in owning one of our fine copper stills, just contact us. Either send us an email at email@example.com, or use our contact page. It is definitely up to you to research your local laws.
Thanks to all of our customers for making us the best copper still company!
~SALE~ 10 Gallon Copper Still January 25 2014, 1 Comment
Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that we do have a slightly dented 10 gallon still in stock. UPS can get a little over zealous, so we sent the customer a new one and we'll sell this one at a great price. If you're interested send me an email Jason@copper-still.net and I can send photos to show the slight damage.
Split Top Copper Stills October 20 2013, 0 Comments
I can't believe how fast this tings are selling! I want to amend my last posting about which ones will be selling faster. It turns out there has been a lot of demand for better purity still. As always I want to thank our customers for making The Copper Still Company as successful as we've been. THANK YOU!
The New Design is In!! October 14 2013, 0 Comments
Alright everybody, the day we have all been excitedly awaiting has finally arrived! We now offer three sizes of copper split-top moonshine stills. We went with a 1 gallon, 2.5 gallon, and 5 gallon these are the sizes you guys asked for. We can also offer a 10 gallon, so if you are interested send us a line, or if we should carry it regularly let me and I'll have the team add it. You can find the new products up in the header under "Copper Split-Top Stills" or you can click here to see our new copper Split-Top column stills.
We expect the 2.5 gallon and 5 gallon to fly off the shelves, so if you are one of the people waiting for us to start carrying these one, don't hesitate or you may end up waiting on the next batch :)
As always everybody, we really appreciate all the business you guys have been giving us, so if there is anything we can do to go that extra mile, please don't hesitate to ask.
Why Copper? September 28 2013, 0 Comments
I've gotten a few questions regarding why we don't sell still made of any other material besides copper. Obviously if you look around you can find stills made from a variety of materials to lower cost. The reasons to go with copper are many.
- Copper absorbs sulfur containing compounds and yeast cells which are produced during fermentation and the presence of which is undesirable in the distilled spirit or essential oil. Sulfur compounds and yeast cells smell. Copper keeps the distillate sweet.
- Copper reduces bacterial contamination, due to coppers innate ability to inhibit water-borne micro organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, algae, and infectious parasites.
- Copper has excellent heat transfer properties, helpful for both heating and cooling of vapors.
- Copper prevents the production of ethylcarbamat which is a toxic substance formed from cyanide's (cyanides are found in the stones of fruits).
- Copper improves the quality of the final product. If the quality of the mash is not micro-biologically perfect, copper will improve the aroma of the final product.
When you think about it, there is no good reason to use a different material besides cost. And if you really want to create the best moonshine, you need to use the best material available!
Clean & Maintenance Pt 2 September 25 2013, 0 Comments
If you use your copper still for distilling moonshine, whiskey, etc at least several times a year, you will only need to clean it with a water distillation.
Using your copper still regularly can cause it to turn a deep red color due to oxidization. To prevent it polish the outside with an non abrasive polisher, making sure that it contains no harmful substances. There are traditional methods, of course, that you can use to clean the pot: moisten a cloth in a solution of salt and lemon juice and rub this over the pot. Proper maintenance of your copper still after distilling moonshine will ensure a long life for it.
Cleaning & Maintenance PT 1 September 24 2013, 0 Comments
If you use the still just once a year you must make sure to clean it before putting it away until the next year's distillation. This is how to do it in Europe after the grape harvest. Cleaning will get rid of harmful substances that may accumulate and be deposited on the walls of the still, from the pot to the coil. An easy cleaning agent is a mix of water and rye flour. Fill the still with about 5% rye and 40 % water to the stills capacity i.e. 5 gallon copper moonshine still should have a little under 2.5 gallons of cleaning agent. Before performing a cleaning disilation, double check that the neck and coil are not blocked.
I'll write up the next section of cleaning an maintenance tomorrow perhaps.
Right Size Copper Still September 18 2013, 0 Comments
We've gotten a lot of emails the last couple weeks asking what the right size for them is and general questions that come with still ownership. We sat down and decided to put together a frequently asked questions page to answer...well the frequently asked questions.
For now here are my opinions on what size is best.
Our 1 gallon copper moonshine still requires the least amount of space to set up and also returns the least amount of product because of it's small size. It also has the most decoration options.
Our 2.5 gallon is a step up in all ways. A higher production amount and still requires a small amount of space to set up, and is quite the eye catcher.
Our 5 gallon is by far our most popular unit. A nice compromise between portability, production amount, and set up size. If you're not sure what you what to do, this is the best choice.
The 10 gallon! There isn't much to say except it is a beautiful piece that requires a decent set up space, but is definitely worth the space. The output on this is awesome.
And as always if you have any special requests for a size just contact us and we can work it out!
Construction of our stills September 14 2013, 0 Comments
These copper stills have a graceful design based on the old traditions and centuries of craftsmanship. Unlike those with riveted construction, the alembic pot of soldered union alembic is composed of three parts (base, belly, top) soldered with brass. In addition, the copper used in the construction of this still is thicker. The remaining unions of the still can be welded with brass, copper or tin (about 99.7% pure) provided a lead-free construction is achieved. The condenser is equipped with a water inlet tube located on the base and an outlet pipe on the top.The smaller models (1 gallon - 5 gallon) are ideal for home use, and we recommend the larger alembic for distillers who have the space and experience required for handling such pieces of equipment.
If you have any questions, just leave a comment below or send us and email at Info@copper-still.net