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Postby Single Malt Yinzer » Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:21 pm

https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/17/pic ... istillery/

Picobrew has a new, cheaper countertop beer brewing system. That you already knew. But the company is now dipping its toes into distilling. The Picostill is an add on for the Pico Model C that turns that weird custom designed keg into a countertop distillery. Specifically it's a reflux still that uses vacuum distillation, which doesn't look as cool as a pot or column still, but makes far more efficient use of the space.


On its own the addon is $170 as a backer reward, but you can also get it packaged with the Pico C for $499. Even if it only makes beer and booze in very small batches, that a surprisingly good value. If you wait for the Picostill to hit retail channels though, it'll set you back $349.


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/17 ... ng-for-all
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby still_stirrin » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:19 pm

Seriously???

That system has plastics throughout. Not advised by our "rules to live by".
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby yakattack » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:23 pm

Sadly yet another person who.designs something without doing proper research. This should be moved to the what not to use board..
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby FullySilenced » Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:13 pm

It's a vacuum still... not sure what the high proof ethanol will actually touch material wise... so don't jump to any conclusions till someone actually see's one... maybe just be glass and copper... from the looks of the photo's

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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby skow69 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:09 am

Brewing is all about temperature control, and that's doubly true for distilling.

No mention of the vacuum level or source.

The still attachment looks about 10 inches tall. How much reflux do you suppose they are getting?

Sounds like somebody who has heard of a still, but never actually seen one.
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby Pikey » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:53 am

So they've had $1,300,000 pledged of a required $ 350,000 and only 21 days to go :D

Sounds like a great way to make money - but what has it got to do with us ?
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby skow69 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:39 am

These are the charlatans that give hobby distilling a bad name.
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby Jimbo » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:59 am

Tinkertoys

Who the f wants a 5 liter still anyway. Let alone a plasticy shitty one thats costs entirely too much and doesnt allow you to learn about what the hell youre doing. Clueless in, clueless out, with a tiny jar of shitty product. Yay
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby Desvio » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:59 am

Pikey wrote:So they've had $1,300,000 pledged of a required $ 350,000 and only 21 days to go :D

Sounds like a great way to make money - but what has it got to do with us ?


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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby amdamgraham » Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:48 pm

While the pico brew may seem a bit silly and the distilling attachment even sillier, early models are currently in use by some breweries to test recipes before going into larger production. It takes a lot of risk out of making something unique. So if you were a small distiller looking to differentiate yourself (as they all are - sometimes to a fault), you could test and optimize a recipe before going into production.
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby DeepSouth » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:35 pm

I'm a small professional distiller, and I test recipes in my old hobby still, with a 15 gallon beer keg boiler. A 5 L still has absolutely no utility.
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Postby ExpatLad » Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:52 pm

Heh, funny; I commented on the original Engadget article when it came out.

Completely useless!
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby Pikey » Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:53 pm

DeepSouth wrote:I'm a small professional distiller, and I test recipes in my old hobby still, with a 15 gallon beer keg boiler. A 5 L still has absolutely no utility.


Certainly not for the production of anything meaningful, but I keep thinking $1.3 million of FREE MONEY ! - sounds bloody useful to me ! :twisted:
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby der wo » Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:17 am

DeepSouth wrote:I'm a small professional distiller, and I test recipes in my old hobby still, with a 15 gallon beer keg boiler. A 5 L still has absolutely no utility.

In Germany the professional distillers have the right to do test runs with 0.5! liter stills without notifying the customs. It seem for me, that it is possible, to test something even with such small stills. IMO if someone wants to have a 5l still, why not? Perhaps he should calculate the time effort and how much spirit he gets, but if the result is ok for him, why not.

Edit: The main problem with small stills is, that it is technically possible to run them very fast in comparision to the size. A "pencil lead" spirit run with a 5l still with 4l low wines on a hotplate will need only 1h including heating up if you want. For the notorious bad cuts with small stills is the distilling speed to blame for, not the still.
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Re: Picobrew distilling add on

Postby Bushman » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:08 am

I agree to some extent with Jimbo. Having said that I am convinced that having a smaller 5 gallon still in your arsenal is a good thing. I have added and am adding a second 5 gallon still for infusion of botanicals with already distilled nuetrals. I can also see the use for testing small batch recipes.
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