Home Distilling

You’ve probably heard of home brewing. Home distilling is a similar, scaled-down process—with small-batch spirits like whiskey and brandy as the satisfying end result. And the copper still from Alchemade does the job while acting as a striking addition to your space. (Make sure you get familiar with federal and state laws before you start distilling, though!) If DIY spirits aren’t your thing, the still can be used to make essential oils or distilled water instead. Distilling is a tradition that hasn’t really changed in, well, centuries. This still is fashioned after the alembic still, which dates back to ancient Egypt. It’s handcrafted by artisans in India, who are paid a fair wage for their work. They carefully hammer and solder the pieces to create an eye-catching still that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Alchemade

Alembic Copper Stills

Home Distilling

You’ve probably heard of home brewing. Home distilling is a similar, scaled-down process—with small-batch spirits like whiskey and brandy as the satisfying end result. And the copper still from Alchemade does the job while acting as a striking addition to your space. (Make sure you get familiar with federal and state laws before you start distilling, though!) If DIY spirits aren’t your thing, the still can be used to make essential oils or distilled water instead. Distilling is a tradition that hasn’t really changed in, well, centuries. This still is fashioned after the alembic still, which dates back to ancient Egypt. It’s handcrafted by artisans in India, who are paid a fair wage for their work. They carefully hammer and solder the pieces to create an eye-catching still that is as functional as it is beautiful.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Robin
    Robin

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Alchemade to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Boyd
    Boyd
    11/21/2017 10:18 AM

    How much does it make at one time and how long does it take and what is required?

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:28 AM

    @Boyd the still is 5 gallons or about 18 liters. Typically, Alembic stills yield between 20% and 25% of what you start with, so 10L of wash/wine/mash will return 2-2.5L of spirits or essential oils. A 20L Alembic will produce approx 3L of spirit in around 2 hours. You can find more information about distilling spirits and essential oils here http://www.alembics.co.nz/how-to-use-your-still/distilling-alcohol/

  • Donovan
    Donovan
    11/21/2017 10:18 AM

    I thought home distillation of spirits was still illegal in the US.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 10:49 AM

    Hi Donovan, it varies from state to state. It is perfectly legal to own a still but check with your local law/permit requirements before distilling spirits.

    You can find out more information about all of that here.

  • Colleen
    Colleen
    11/21/2017 11:44 AM

    @Mike as an architecture company that specializes in building distilleries we've seen a few crackdowns from the TTB on owning stills... you should know that if this is reported to TTB or they notice at all... they will require you to provide the list of customers who purchased one... then there is potentially a whole lot of problems for those people to prove they aren't using it illegally. We've seen this happen at least 2x in the last 5 or so years.

  • Robin
    Robin – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 2:46 PM

    @Colleen Thank you for the information!

  • Anita
    Anita
    11/21/2017 10:28 AM

    Home distilling of spirits is illegal in the United States.

    As someone who is starting a craft distillery, I'm very aware of that law.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 10:51 AM

    Hi Anita, you are right Federally it is still illegal to distill at home, but it is not illegal to own a still. And when it comes to distilling spirits, it varies from state to state.

    You can find out more information here.

  • Nick
    Nick
    11/21/2017 10:58 AM

    @Anita I guess, similar to the prohibition of marijuana, beautifully crafted pieces for use of said product can still be sold legally. It is good to know that it is still illegal under Federal law when buying this product. Don't bring it out for the whole neighborhood to see! ;) Perfect gift for the rugged yet classy libertarian family member.

  • Garden
    Garden
    11/21/2017 10:54 AM

    What is it soldered with?

    If you distill water in it, where do the chemicals, hard minerals etc go to get rid of them?

    Please send me more info.

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    11/21/2017 11:09 AM

    @Garden Yes, I would like to know the same thing. Many types of solder use lead, and there are several possibilities of different metals interacting with alcohol, acids, or bases. And I am even more concerned with the country of origin is China or India, just because some of their laws are more lax as to what materials can come in contact with food substances.

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:15 AM

    @Garden All parts of the alembic are soldered to ensure a perfect seal using copper, brass, 100% lead-free tin or silver and meet all food safety standards. These soldered parts are then hand hammered again so that the copper may regain its resistance and maintain its strength.

  • TAMMY
    TAMMY
    11/21/2017 10:59 AM

    Hi. Can you confirm the heating method? Is it an electric still or can it be manually heated on a gas stove or wood stove?

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:14 AM

    @TAMMY Hi Tammy, it is not electric, simply heat over a heat source such as a gas or electric stove. Stills made of copper are ideal heat conductors; the material is durable, hygienic and corrosion-resistant.

  • TAMMY
    TAMMY
    11/21/2017 11:43 AM

    @Alessandra Thank you!

  • Mariangeles
    Mariangeles
    11/21/2017 12:20 PM

    How is the sediment cleaned?

  • Robin
    Robin
    11/21/2017 1:31 PM

    @Mariangeles You can do a cleansing run to help clear out any buildup on the still walls. Fill the pot up to 40% capacity with water and then vinegar until its half way full, and perform a cleaning distillation. If the liquid that comes out of the condenser is not completely clear, you will need to do this step again.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Alchemade

Alembic Copper Stills

Home Distilling

You’ve probably heard of home brewing. Home distilling is a similar, scaled-down process—with small-batch spirits like whiskey and brandy as the satisfying end result. And the copper still from Alchemade does the job while acting as a striking addition to your space. (Make sure you get familiar with federal and state laws before you start distilling, though!)

If DIY spirits aren’t your thing, the still can be used to make essential oils or distilled water instead.

Distilling is a tradition that hasn’t really changed in, well, centuries. This still is fashioned after the alembic still, which dates back to ancient Egypt. It’s handcrafted by artisans in India, who are paid a fair wage for their work. They carefully hammer and solder the pieces to create an eye-catching still that is as functional as it is beautiful.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Robin
    Robin

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce Alchemade to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Boyd
    Boyd
    11/21/2017 10:18 AM

    How much does it make at one time and how long does it take and what is required?

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:28 AM

    @Boyd the still is 5 gallons or about 18 liters. Typically, Alembic stills yield between 20% and 25% of what you start with, so 10L of wash/wine/mash will return 2-2.5L of spirits or essential oils. A 20L Alembic will produce approx 3L of spirit in around 2 hours. You can find more information about distilling spirits and essential oils here http://www.alembics.co.nz/how-to-use-your-still/distilling-alcohol/

  • Donovan
    Donovan
    11/21/2017 10:18 AM

    I thought home distillation of spirits was still illegal in the US.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 10:49 AM

    Hi Donovan, it varies from state to state. It is perfectly legal to own a still but check with your local law/permit requirements before distilling spirits.

    You can find out more information about all of that here.

  • Colleen
    Colleen
    11/21/2017 11:44 AM

    @Mike as an architecture company that specializes in building distilleries we've seen a few crackdowns from the TTB on owning stills... you should know that if this is reported to TTB or they notice at all... they will require you to provide the list of customers who purchased one... then there is potentially a whole lot of problems for those people to prove they aren't using it illegally. We've seen this happen at least 2x in the last 5 or so years.

  • Robin
    Robin – Special Guest
    11/21/2017 2:46 PM

    @Colleen Thank you for the information!

  • Anita
    Anita
    11/21/2017 10:28 AM

    Home distilling of spirits is illegal in the United States.

    As someone who is starting a craft distillery, I'm very aware of that law.

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 10:51 AM

    Hi Anita, you are right Federally it is still illegal to distill at home, but it is not illegal to own a still. And when it comes to distilling spirits, it varies from state to state.

    You can find out more information here.

  • Nick
    Nick
    11/21/2017 10:58 AM

    @Anita I guess, similar to the prohibition of marijuana, beautifully crafted pieces for use of said product can still be sold legally. It is good to know that it is still illegal under Federal law when buying this product. Don't bring it out for the whole neighborhood to see! ;) Perfect gift for the rugged yet classy libertarian family member.

  • Garden
    Garden
    11/21/2017 10:54 AM

    What is it soldered with?

    If you distill water in it, where do the chemicals, hard minerals etc go to get rid of them?

    Please send me more info.

  • Ashley
    Ashley
    11/21/2017 11:09 AM

    @Garden Yes, I would like to know the same thing. Many types of solder use lead, and there are several possibilities of different metals interacting with alcohol, acids, or bases. And I am even more concerned with the country of origin is China or India, just because some of their laws are more lax as to what materials can come in contact with food substances.

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:15 AM

    @Garden All parts of the alembic are soldered to ensure a perfect seal using copper, brass, 100% lead-free tin or silver and meet all food safety standards. These soldered parts are then hand hammered again so that the copper may regain its resistance and maintain its strength.

  • TAMMY
    TAMMY
    11/21/2017 10:59 AM

    Hi. Can you confirm the heating method? Is it an electric still or can it be manually heated on a gas stove or wood stove?

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra – Grommet Team
    11/21/2017 11:14 AM

    @TAMMY Hi Tammy, it is not electric, simply heat over a heat source such as a gas or electric stove. Stills made of copper are ideal heat conductors; the material is durable, hygienic and corrosion-resistant.

  • TAMMY
    TAMMY
    11/21/2017 11:43 AM

    @Alessandra Thank you!

  • Mariangeles
    Mariangeles
    11/21/2017 12:20 PM

    How is the sediment cleaned?

  • Robin
    Robin
    11/21/2017 1:31 PM

    @Mariangeles You can do a cleansing run to help clear out any buildup on the still walls. Fill the pot up to 40% capacity with water and then vinegar until its half way full, and perform a cleaning distillation. If the liquid that comes out of the condenser is not completely clear, you will need to do this step again.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.