Which is better and more productive – a Reflux Still or a Pot Still?
Both types of Still will remove the alcohol from a wash or mash, therefore the productivity is basically the same.
A Reflux Still refines the distillate to a high degree, producing a distillate of very high alcohol content with very little of the 'character' of the wash or mash coming through. A Reflux Still is a must for producing neutral spirit or Vodka.
A Pot Still produces a distillate with much lower alcohol content but with a correspondingly increased level of the 'character' coming through. This is important for distilleries producing Spirits such as Whisky, Tequila and Rum etc. where the character of the base ingredients is required in the final product.
Why do I need coppper?
Copper provides an essential chemical reaction, especially at lower proofs, that removes sulfides while the alcohol is in vapor form.
Copper has the ability to react with many sulfide compounds, such as sulfides or mercaptans, which are normally present in fermented mash, making them insoluble and removing them from the high wine vapor. As this chemical reaction proceeds within the still, a bright copper surface becomes very dark in color. For continuation of effective scavenging, it is necessary periodically to clean the still to remove these black deposits.
How much copper is really needed?
a. Copper provides an essential chemical reaction, especially at lower proofs, that removes sulfides while the alcohol is in vapor form.
b. Our systems are designed to give you the needed amount of copper for any distilled product. We can always add more copper to your system for a premium,if you require it.
Do I need Permits?
a. Yes there are many permits required to start a new distillery depending on where you are located. Besides the federal permitting with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), most states and local jurisdictions require permitting of some sort. Please consult with an industry consultant or your legal counsel.
Will someone from DYE train me on how to operate the equipment?
Because we specialize in equipment design and manufacturing, we recommend contacting a consultant regarding your particular product line. While we offer general guidelines, a consultant will be able to offer a more specific set of instructions, often tailored to the product(s) you plan on producing.
If you have no available consultant,please feel free to contact us and we will recommend you one.