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Types of Distilled Spirits

“Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he’s a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.” Mark Twain  United States Bourbon Whiskey  Must contain a minimum of 51% corn, be produced in the US, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 degree proof), and be aged for a minimum of 2 years in new charred barrels. In practice, virtually all straight whiskies are aged for at least 4 years. Any whiskey that is aged less than 4 years must contain an age...

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Cutting Up

Cutting Up
Knowing when to cut your run – put it in different containers – is a matter of timing, temperature and a monitoring of the taste, smell and cloudiness of the distillate. We'll help you become an expert at this exciting and exacting part of the process. We promise, this is where the fun is!

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When it's OK to lose your head

When it's OK to lose your head

In general, we don't encourage our distillers to lose their heads, except for one very specific time. (Oh, and we also suggest chopping off a few tails too.) Let me explain. In the world of whiskey creation, there are four parts to the distillation run. Once fermentation is complete, it's necessary to heat your wash to boil off the ethanol and separate it from the water that will be left behind. While most people know that ethanol is what we're after in terms of creating whiskey, many don't realize that there are other compounds that will escape in the heating...

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Why yes, we really do have all the answers

Why yes, we really do have all the answers

When you buy a handmade copper still from The Whiskey Still company, we like to think of it as the beginning rather than the end of our relationship together. That's why we thought we'd just take a few minutes to share with you a few questions that often come up in terms of still ownership. These are just a few of the more common questions we get, but if you have more – whether before or after you buy a still – please don't ever hesitate to ask us.  Do you ever run sales? Funny you should ask – we're...

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Use this method to get your still looking its holiday best

This time of year there are holiday lights, tinsel and shiny packages nearly everywhere you look. But do you want to know what our favorite shiny holiday ornament is? One of our gorgeous handmade copper stills, of course!  As a still owner, we're guessing you agree. If your still doesn't shine quite as brightly as it once did, it's super easy to get it in fine form for the holiday season by using one of these simple methods: Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt, and polish the copper surface of your still using a circular motion. When...

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