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Stills from China

Postby Represto » Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:32 pm

This topic hasn't quite been beat to death so I'm going to bring it up again.

While I'm passionate about the hobby of home distilling, and have been doing it for many years, I'm not at all interested in building my own still. For some it's a rite of passage. Like a Jedi building their light saber. But I would only see it as an obstacle and burden to build my own. I'd rather buy one and focus on what I actually enjoy, recipe development and the process.

I've come across a few seemingly good sellers on Alibaba, some of which supply familiar North American retailers. Has anyone here had experiences buying direct? Have you had issues with QA? Any words of wisdom from your experiences?
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Re: Stills from China

Postby 6 Row Joe » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:15 pm

I don't know where these are made but this one works well. They offer many larger sizes. https://milehidistilling.com/product/3- ... ose-tower/
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Represto » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:48 am

I'm thinking 100L double walled with 4-6 plates. Once you get to the larger stills, the difference in price becomes significant between domestic and international vendors.
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Birrofilo » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:03 am

Never bought anything through Alibaba as the seller usually doesn't care about properly translating the description into English.
Selling a piece of equipment worth some hundreds dollars with an automatic translator gives me a clear idea of the professionality level I can expect.
Oftentimes the description is entirely misleading, not intentionally, but because of the automatic translation.

That said, I have nothing against "Made in China" in itself. The Chinese make serious stuff, good stuff, cheap stuff, horrible stuff, just like others. Buying from unprofessional sellers makes it more likely to get the horrible stuff.

If you live in the USA you have the luxury of having a large choice of manufacturers and models.
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Manc » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:21 am

Hi
I use AliExpress it's a sub division of Alibaba a bit like eBay but the seller doesn't get paid until your goods arrive and you can open disputes and just like eBay buyers leave reviews does seem to weed out the bad

I bought my still from AliExpress really pleased with it found it was good quality, had some service issues that were frustrating wrong and missing parts but they did get sorted eventually. I have used since and would again simply because of price. If price wasn't an issue I'd use a local company but that isn't always the case I think that you have to look at is the saving worth the hassle.

I would like to build one day I have a keg but God knows how to get the spear out tried several times and it wins everytime. If I can't get the spear out what chance do I have I'm going to try again soon

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Re: Stills from China

Postby johnsparrow » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:29 pm

Try relieving the pressure first.
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Manc » Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:53 pm

johnsparrow wrote:Try relieving the pressure first.
Really? Is that your best advice thanks
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Re: Stills from China

Postby MarcoF » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:00 pm

Never used Aliexpress for this particular hobby (attracts Customs interest in my country), but for many others I did.
Remember Ali is just a platform, it doesn't sell stuff itself, it is the seller you need to look at. Sellers that produce their own stuff are strongly favored, as are the ones with good rating and the ones that specialize. Just like the real world. But even if you picked a less desirable one: the prospect of an Ali dispute tends to make them more accommodating :). I had 4 disputes in about 50 purchases, all ended in resends or cashbacks.
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Yummyrum » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:07 am

Manc wrote:
johnsparrow wrote:Try relieving the pressure first.
Really? Is that your best advice thanks

There's a shit ton of stuff here about removing keg spears ....HD google search is pretty amaze balls


viewtopic.php?f=63&t=4705 Check this out for starters ....scroll down about 15 posts ...identify your keg and go from there
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Re: Stills from China

Postby Manc » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:22 am

Thanks yummyrum

I'll check that thread I have looked at some and YouTube vids it's a g style keg I have an idea
Release pressure lift centre piece and twist clockwise just finding it difficult don't want to hijack this thread if I don't have any luck I'll ask sorry it was meant as a passing comment on my poor skills but thanks

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Re: Stills from China

Postby Scorpster » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:27 pm

Bought a complete modular setup from AliExpress, happy with the quality and service from the seller Distillarus. Russian company ships from both China and Russia depending on destination.
Shipping time can vary wildly, but my 15g Boiler unit was in my home town within 72 hours and delivered the next business day!
Might even do a strip run tonight on some Rye Bread Whiskey.
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Re: Stills from China

Postby HDNB » Fri Jun 15, 2018 4:08 pm

Scorpster wrote:Bought a complete modular setup from AliExpress, happy with the quality and service from the seller Distillarus. Russian company ships from both China and Russia depending on destination.
Shipping time can vary wildly, but my 15g Boiler unit was in my home town within 72 hours and delivered the next business day!
Might even do a strip run tonight on some Rye Bread Whiskey.

what country are you in?
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now i drink for evil.
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