Originally By Tony Ackland
Photos of Pot Stills
Pot stills can range in size from small stove top stills, to larger stills made from unwanted stainless steel beer kegs. Some are hand crafted from copper sheet and riveted and soldered together.
Stove Top Pot Stills
Two popular types of setups. One uses a copper coil in a bucket, the other a liebig condenser at the output. Common boilers are modified kegs or stockpots sealed with flour pastePlease note that previous iterations of this page incorrectly stated that a pressure cooker could be used to make a pot still. We at homedistiller.org emphatically discourage this practice. One of the most dangerous situations you can create during the distillation process is to allow your still or boiler to become pressurized. We even recommend the installaton of 1 pound pressure relief valve on many setups.
Larger Keg type Pot Stills
Made from unwanted or discarded beer kegs, these are excellent boilers made from stainless steel. Sankey type kegs can be easily fitted with tri-clamp fittings. Others choose to cut the keg for easier access. Kegs can be heated with either propane burners or fitted with internal eletric heater elements.
Hand crafted Copper Pot Stills
Made from copper sheet metal, these stills are hand cut, bent, shaped and then soldered together. Still popular, this traditional still is being built today using the same artisan techniques of yesteryear.