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Sharing some Wednesday Wisdom, a day late:

https://istillblog.com/2020/06/24/wednesday-wisdom-8/

Tomorrow and the day after, we have some exciting news. Tomorrow will see the introduction of our new iStill Potstill Series. These are manually operated stills, at an affordable price-point, that come with the help of an app. Sizes: 100, 200, and 500 liters. Or 26, 52, and 130 gallons.

On Friday we'll present our revised price-list. Not just for the new potstills but for all units. We move a lot of options to the standard equipment list of the units and were able, due to economies of scale, to make the Extractors somewhat cheaper.

Regards, Odin.

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Hi there,

We hereby introduce the all new iStill 100, 200, and 500 Manual Potstills. With the amazing StillControl App and iStill Bluetooth Thermometer for perfect cuts and reproducible results!

https://istillblog.com/2020/06/25/manual-potstill-by-istill/

Regards, Odin.

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Doing pretty good here, thanks for asking! We are up over 65% over de first 5 months of 2020 and this month will show a plus as well. Weird how this global crisis is affecting us all, but sometimes differently.

Our new product line-up, new pricing policy, and more is out. For more info, check out this link:

https://istillblog.com/2020/06/26/istill-pricing-per-july-14th-2020/

Regards, Odin.

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Underneath I share a few pictures of how we build the iStills, here, in the Netherlands.

In general terms, building an iStill consists of two broader steps. First is manufacturing of the boiler and column, then comes electrification of the unit, where we add wires, cables, valves, heaters, computers, and touch screen (and then some). The first step we internally call "Production". It consists of buying-inn sheets and pipes, then cutting, and bending, and welding them

Like this (sheeting prior to welding):

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When a boiler is welded, the next step is acid bath cleaning. Here you see an iStill 500 boiler just after it's cleanse:

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The last step before "Production" is done (apart from pressure testing the boiler), is that we add the insulation:

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After the insulation is done and the pressure testing has taken place, the unit is transferred from "Production" to "Assembly". Here is a pic of one of our assembly halls, where we basically electrify the iStills and have them run a final test protocol, before they are shipped all over the world:

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We are expanding Assembly Hall 3 with a 100 m2 / 1000 square feet to install an iStill Mini assembly line. Working on the stairs and on a pallet docking station today ...

Regards, Odin.

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Stairway to ... iStill?

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More of our famous recipe development stills were being picked up today by DHL at iStill HQ.

Regards, Odin.

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The new iStill Bluetooth Thermometer Probe is ready! It works together with the StillControl app we developed. The goal is to help the craft distilling industry by introducing an affordable toolkit that improves run consistency and makes distilling and oversight and control easier overall. The probe, on a second to second basis, informs the app about the temperatures inside your distillation column. In the app, the distiller can choose his or her cut points for heads, hearts, and tails. Based on the readings of the probe, the app shows run progress and warns when another cut-point is near.

The app/probe package will be included with the so-called manual iStills. It will also become available for other distillers. Here are some pics of probe and app. App runs on Apple as well as Google. I'll do final testing myself in the coming week. Mass production starts beginning of August. Mass production as in a first batch of 200 probes.

Regards, Odin.

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More info on that next week, Richard. Still doing some calculations. Thinking about a mixed pricing strategy, where craft distillers get a discount relative to big alcohol.

More news? Yes, we added the pre-coolers to the standard equipment list of the iStills 500, 1000, 2000, and 5000:

https://istillblog.com/2020/07/23/pre-cooler-standard-equipment-now/

Regards, Odin.

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