Buying a copper column still
In our images we show the products you will receive, including accessories and a free thermometer. The copper column still is equipped with a basket for distilling herbs, plants and flowers for making essential oils. This still is ideal for making beautifully scented lavender oil. Read more about making essential oil and hydrolates here. Our copper column still is available directly from stock and shipped free of charge. In addition, all stills are supplied with heat-resistant sealing tape and hose clamps for the cooling water hoses. The stills are deliberately fitted with heat-resistant tape (easy to remove after use) to make the connection with the cooling coil gastight. This the safest method.
With our very good quality copper stills you cannot only make your own essential oils, but also your own moonshine. We keep our prices competitive by buying in bulk. We trust in our quality, which is why we provide a three-year warranty on all stills. So, you can get started producing essential oils or distilling your own spirit straight away. If desired, you can also order a hob, alcoholmeter, separation funnel and turbo yeast or other accessories. All copper column stills are crafted in Europe. The still can be used on any heat source: from hob to gas burner (with the exception of induction). We recommend heating stills from 20 litres and up on a gas flame. To reduce the distilling time, you could also heat the 10-litre still on a gas flame. See “Additional information” for the dimensions of the selected product. Also view our oak wooden barrels for storing and ageing your homemade alcoholic drink.
Multifunctional copper column still
As you can see in the pictures, this column still is multifunctional. When you fold the column outwards, you have a Moonshine Alembic Still type A as in the video below.
As you can see in the pictures, this column still is multifunctional. When you fold the column outwards, you have Moonshine Alembic Still type A.
How big is the column/basket of the pot still?
We sell the column still in different volume sizes from 3 litres to 30 litres. This measure of capacity refers to the amount of liquid that fits in the lower part of the still, also called the belly. Below is an overview of the dimensions of the column/basket where herbs, plant material, flowers and other ingredients can be placed:
3 litres: height 16 cm (6.3 inch), diameter 13 cm (5.1 inch).
5 litres : height 18 cm (7.1 inches), diameter 14 cm (5.5 inches)
10 litres : height 23 cm (9.1 inches), diameter 15 cm (5.9 inches)
20 litres : height 26 cm (10.2 inches), diameter 20 cm (7.9 inches)
30 litres : height 29 cm (11.4 inches), diameter 22 cm (8.7 inches).
See “Additional information” for the total dimensions of the selected product.
How much essential oil is left after distillation?
This is a difficult question to answer. It depends on a large number of factors, including the type of plant material, the pruning phase of the plant material, the moisture of the plant material and the distillation process. From lavender branches, you are left with roughly 4 to 7 percent of the weight of plant material as lavender oil. But this can also differ per lavender species within the lavender family. To get an idea of different yields of essential oils, we refer to our blog: Making essential oil by steam distillation.
Legislation applies to distilling spirits. We are certified and we have a permit from customs to be allowed to sell these stills. Distilling water, essential oils, etc. is allowed in most countries. Distilling alcohol is only allowed in most European countries with an excise permit. When purchasing one of these appliances, or if you want to distil alcohol, you must therefore comply with the applicable legislation in your country.