What does copper do in a still?

What does copper do in a still?

Copper is the preferred material in the construction of a still to impart flavor into the distilled spirits. According to Broadslab Distillery, both stainless steel and copper are excellent conductors of heat: dispersing the heat evenly across the entire surface of the metal and creating a more even distillation.

What is the best copper to use for a still?

You will need the following Materials and Tools:

  • Half Sheet of Copper – 3 ft by 4 ft ( use 18 gauge copper) Amazon has some reasonable priced copper sheets.
  • Roll of Solder – Try to get hold of a roll of 95/5 tin/silver is the best and stay away from anything with cadmium/antimony or lead in it.

Is copper necessary in a still?

Without copper, the distillate will smell and taste sharp and unpleasant. However, the still doesn’t need to be made of copper. There is nothing particularly magical about the pot or column itself being made of copper. As long as copper metal is present somewhere in the still, the beneficial reactions can occur.

Can you make whiskey with a copper still?

Distilled Spirits (Whiskey, Vodka, Moonshine, Etc.) Copper stills are great for high proof spirits like vodka too.

Does a moonshine still have to be copper?

As I mentioned above, copper is a vital component when you’re distilling spirits. However, your entire still doesn’t have to be made out of copper in order to get the sulfur-eliminating benefits. You can go with a stainless steel still and also use copper in your column packing.

Why is copper better than stainless steel for distilling?

Overall, copper is better for distilling spirits because the material removes sulfides from distillate, which produces a better tasting and smelling final product.

Do moonshine stills have to be copper?

How much alcohol will a 10 gallon still produce?

2-4 gallons
A 10 gallon run will yield 2-4 gallons of alcohol.

Does a still need to be made of copper?