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PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:51 am
by percmd
anyone have any good information or know a good website with instructions for building a still? i have recently taken an interest in the distillation process and want to try it out. for some reason sugar cane grinding season has made me want to drink some rum, all this talk about molasses around the house! getting ready to make three batches of wheat beer, maybe one with honey, not sure yet.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:17 pm
by yeastmeister
Sorry to tell you that the home distillation of drinking alcohol is illegal in the United States. Google search will find a bunch of stuff for countries where its legal. New Zealand, Austria, and Italy for instance.

Mandatory disclaimer.

The Dead Yeast Society does not consider distillers to be specifically moonshine stills or alcohol stills. Distillation units can actually be used to distill water, essential oils, vinegars, and more. Alcohol distillation requires licensing in many countries (including the USA), The Dead Yeast Society discourages such use without approval by whatever regulating authority you answer to, and is not liable for any illegal use of the knowledge or information gained here.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:53 pm
by Mob_Barley
Here is the best quality complete unit that I have found. ... 15C96.aspx

I still plan on getting one of these some day...

PostPosted: Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:30 pm
by Imakewort
I back what Yeastmaster says, alcohol distilling without the proper permits is very illegal, If you get the proper permits look here the best stills you can buy in the USA for a great distilling forum look here ... 408183d661

good luck do your research

I also repeat the Deadyeast Society does not support distilling without the proper permits

PostPosted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 2:05 am
by Mob_Barley
You are right, that is a great site. Are these legal? If so, I want one:


PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 10:26 am
by aleguy
Those are all legal. I used to have one of each. I got one from Sears a long time ago.
Can't remember where I picked the other one up. I would say, the distillers are expensive, they don't last very long and they are only good for water. Actually that pretty much goes for the other as well. At least in my experience.
As far as alcohol distillation goes, I think a pot still is probably the best sort to use for rendering country wines into brandies and so forth. For rum, whiskey vodka, etc. you would want the other kind. I would caution that distilling alcohol in the USA without appropriate permits is a federal offense. Though I think they should allow exemptions for farmers with pot stills. It works well in France, and I think it would be cool if farmers here could supplement their income in the time-honored fashion.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:01 am
by jimmiec
But it is legal to distill for non-consumption such as fuel?

PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:08 am
by yeastmeister
jimmiec wrote:But it is legal to distill for non-consumption such as fuel?

Yes, but it requires federal and state permits prior to production.