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  1. iStill Movie! Quality, production strategy and ... sh*tloads of innovations to share! Regards, Odin.
  2. Bart, congrats on your new iStill 100 NextGen! Regards, Odin.
  3. Congrats to Listoke Distillery on their distribution success! Now available on 12 duty free stores at airports around the world ... and coming to Manhattan just after summer. https://www.facebook.com/odiniStill/notifications/?section=activity_feed&subsection=share&ref=notif&target_story=S%3A_I692746780%3A10154258360526781&content_id=1570209363020046 Regards, Odin.
  4. More info on our 'gator barrels! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/15/alligators-in-da-house/ Regards, Odin.
  5. Old meets new and small meets big ... https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/old-meets-new-small-meets-big/ Regards, Odin.
  6. We are currently building a few more iStills 5000 NextGen. For the North-American market. 1300 gallon net capacity. Serves as a potstill, column still, masher and even a fermenter. Fully automated and robotized ... https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/buiding-more-istills-5000-nextgen/
  7. If you are interested in gin, you may enjoy this thread: As for gin making and using gns, a simple potstill is just awesome. Regards, Odin.
  8. Another iStill innovation: direct cooling. For more reading, please see: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/07/direct-cooling/ Regards, Odin.
  9. No, that's not what I am talking about. Its the potential of ethanol blockage I don't like. Regards, Odin.
  10. Too high abv in a boiler is dangerous. And it can be the cause of the issues the OP is encountering. Not saying it is, but it may. 15 or 16 distillations should take you to 190 proof. What may happen, and i am not sure, but it can cause the issue of not reaching 190, is ethanol blockage. For a column to work well, it needs to be able to establish a temperature gradient. Higher at the bottom, lower at the top. If your still is charged with very high abv, it will create the lowest temperatures already low in the column, and this hampers the rising and further purification of the spirits. Since the boiler is still fed with power, a pressure situation can evolve where water i(or boiler contents) are pushed up the column, smearing into the more purified alcohol. To test it, dilute to 30% prior to doing the 15-plate run. I think Southernhighlander's advice may work well, even though with a good system you wouldn't need that. Personally, I feel Liquid Management instead of Cooling Management works better. In LM you don't have a dephlag that is influences by water temp, water pressure, surrounding temp and air pressure. Instead you have a column cooler that liquifies all gasses and you then select manually via a needle-valve what goes back for redistillation and what is taken out as product. The advantage of this Liquid Management column management system for vodka making is that it is only influenced by differences in air pressure (well, the boiling point of alcohol is), so there is more control. My experience with a lot of those that use packing in their column, is that it works nicely. Depending on what you use, it can give you like one distilation cycle per inch of column packing. Distillami, putting some scrubbers in won't do it. Look at something like our helicon column packing. BCouts, I think the sizing question really relates to how much product you want to make. How much vodka. I know Liquid Management columns that are packed and that produce 190 at rates of 15 to 20 liter per hour. That's on just a 5 inch column diameter and 30% boiler charges. Regards, Odin.
  11. Today rum & vodka distillers Rob and Craig came over from the UK to collect their new iStill 500 NexgGen! https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/hi-rob-and-craig/ Regards, Odin.
  12. Gin bumper sticker: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/03/01/happy-birthday-odin/
  13. ... and thanks for the feedback, Franco. It was great meeting you and it is even better seeing you have enjoyed the workshop. We have new workshops planned for the weekend of March 12 and March 26. Both three day courses on mashing, fermenting and advanced distilling. Whiskey, vodka, rum and gin. The first one is already sold out, the second one still has a few places free. And, yes, during those days we will use an iStill 500 `NextGen to do the actual mashing, fermenting and distilling with! I am looking forward to it. Franco, do you remember tasting the Clotted Cream Gin from The Wrecking Coast Distillery? The one that won the title of Best Flavored Gin in the World? Well, their business is doing good, so they ordered another iStill 500 NextGen. Here's a picture of their unit being put up for crating. We don't just sell stills and related equipment, we want to be a key supplier that helps our customers achieve their business goals. That's also why the workshops and consultancy and product development we offer are so important. But I am sidetracking ... Next post on the makings of fine gin again! Regards, Odin.
  14. Here's some customer feedback on our stills/fermenters, etc. as well as our consultancy and support: https://istillblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/25/customer-feedback/ Regards, Odin.
  15. Building two iStills 5000 NextGen as we speak. Both are heading for the USA. Regards, Odin.