is a high quality, countertop distiller based on a very popular water distillation
unit, but factory modified for the option of alcohol distillation*. The
boiling vessel and cooling chamber are made of stainless steel. No cooling
water is required, as the unit is fan cooled, making the distillation process
virtually as simple as making coffee! A different heating element is used,
and the chlorine release valve is omitted. This results in dramatically
improved separation, and ultimately a very high quality finished product.
For those in countries where alcohol distillation is legal, the unit can
produce up to 60% abv product with virtually no off-tastes or smells on
a single run. A second run can actually improve this to nearly 90%!
Just as with many
countertop water distillers, activated carbon filtration can take place
inline, on the way to the collection container, completing the entire
distillation and filtration processes in a single step.
With the EasyStill it is almost as simple as adding 4L of liquid
to the boiling chamber, plugging the unit it, and collecting your distillate:
Remove the top of the unit, add 4L of water to the boiling chamber and
replace the top of the unit. Plug in the EasyStill. Place an activated
carbon pouch in the plastic carbon holder and place this on top of the
collection bottle. Place the collection container below the outlet of
the EasyStill to collect your distilled water.
Remove the top of the unit, add 4L of fermented and cleared mash to the
boiling chamber and replace the top of the unit. Plug in the EasyStill.
Place your 20" activated carbon filter tube below the outlet of the
EasyStill, or attach a chemical tolerant hose to the outlet and run this
into your carbon filter. Place the bottom end of your carbon filter into
your collection container. Warming up will take approximately 1 hour,
and approximately 3 hours to distill the mash. You can collect the first
1.4L at a final 46-53%, or collect only the first liter at approximately
60%, collecting the following half liter, to be re-distilled. You can
also re-distill the product to obtain extremely clean spirit at nearly
The final distillate
is very clean, and can be used directly as vodka, or used as a base for
essences in order to create virtually any liquor or liqueur imaginable.
can also be used to distill essential oils, whisky, rum, grappa, and fruit
Activated Carbon Filtration and the EasyStill
While water filtration
with the EasyStill is very straightforward, alcohol distillation requires
a little bit more attention, or more accurately, more preparation. Primarily,
this is with regard to the handling and setup of your activated carbon
filtration. While the spirit produced on a first run is not as pure as
that from a reflux distiller, the extended contact time with the activated
carbon produces a very comparable final product. In order to do so, however,
it is important to use very high grade activated carbon, and to prepare
it properly. Due to the nature of the distillate produced, the best carbon
to use is 0.4-0.85mm granular activated stone coal carbon. The carbon
can be prepared simply by pouring it into a 1.5" x 20" chemical
tolerant tube with filter papers placed on the bottom, and then pour one
to two gallons of warm water through the carbon to pre-wet it. This will
reduce any channeling by the distillate, and ensure improved filtration.
More thoroughly pre-wetting
the carbon can further improve filtration. To do this, pour approximately
2 1/4 cups of activated carbon into a container of at least 6 cup capacity.
Add 4 cups of simmering water to the carbon and stir. Allow the carbon
to settle, and pour off most of the water. Repeat this 2-3 times, then
add the carbon to the filter tube.
Methanol, Fore-shots, and the EasyStill
Distillation is a
process of separating liquids with different boiling points. Distillation
does not actually make anything- nothing is formed that is not already
part of the liquid in the boiling chamber. For example, methanol, which
can be poisonous in larger amounts, cannot be formed during distillation;
it is formed when cellulose is fermented. While there is over 1% methanol
in whisky, when sugar is fermented with a high quality Turbo Yeast, so
little methanol is formed that it is nearly impossible to measure. A fermentation
of sugar, water, and Prestige brand Turbo Yeast will typically produce
1 ppm (one millionth) in the mash. This is much less than found in ordinary
orange juice, and about one hundred thousandth of that found in whisky
While this extremely
low amount of methanol means that it is not necessary to try to remove
it from your distillate, other byproducts, such as acetone, ethyl acetate
and similar aromatics, are formed during fermentation in larger amounts.
These are commonly known as 'fore-shots', because they typically boil
off at the very start of distillation. While they do not have to be removed,
as they are extracted by the activated carbon purification, the carbon
will generally last longer- and filter more product- if the fore shots
are discarded. From a typical EasyStill distillation, only 5-10ml
(1-2 teaspoons) need to be discarded. This is easily done by allowing
the first 1-2 teaspoons of distillate to run into a collection container,
then moving your distillate hose to run into your activated carbon filter.
is not legal in all countries. It is the responsibility of the user to
abide by local laws. Brewhaus (America) Inc. does not accept responsibility
for illegal use of any distillation apparatus.
Copyright 2002 Brewhaus (America) Inc. All rights reserved.