We are just starting the second day of the NJ Advanced Gin School. Yesterday the students already made a base gin recipe. With some pretty impressive results! Today we are adding extraction into the mix and we’ll probably finalize the first round of gin recipes. Underneath some pictures we took yesterday, on the first day of the course …
Here are pictures of another three units that we just put on transport. All units (one Extractor and two iStills 2000) will go to the UK. But they all go to different distilleries. Here are the pictures!
The iStill Mini comes with an agitator system. Here are two video’s of its effectiveness. We are so impressed that we consider doing some mashing and fermenting in the Mini as well! Mind you, just as a test. And we need to make sure that the grains and/or herbs are grinded small enough to fit through the (only 1 1/2 inch diameter) heater …
Test with a half full boiler …
Test with a full boiler …
We have been testing the iStill Mini vigorously over the last weeks. And it has been performing above expectations! So far we made buckwheat whiskey with it. And now we are distilling the remaining buckwheat wash into a vodka. The outcome is 96% / 192 proof …
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We proudly present the iStill Mini! This latest addition to our portfolio is also the smallest iStill we ever designed and produced. In this Blog post we want to dive in deeper and tell you why we designed, how it works, and what it offers you.
The reason we designed the iStill Mini is simple: R&D. If you want to design a whiskey, a vodka, a rum, brandy or a new gin, yes, you could do that on the iStill 100, 500, 2000 or 5000 … but the associated risks both financially and time-wise are then quite substantial. If you make a mistake, if you are not completely happy with the outcome, it takes time and effort and money to repair it.
What about using a glass laboratory set-up? Could that not help with product development? Yes, it can, but there is always a scalability issue. Glass ware does not have the inner workings, the controls, the physical properties of an actual bigger sized production iStill.
But guess what? The iStill Mini does! The new iStill Mini is designed to help you with product development, while limiting both effort and financial investments. Since it is a relatively small unit, you can do 6 liter runs, thus minimizing the actual costs of doing product development runs. And because it is an iStill, you can then scale up your new recipe to one of our bigger production units. It basically replaces the need of a glass laboratory set-up, while making your product development more accurate as well as less expensive.
The iStill Mini offers the Craft Distiller:
- An insulated square boiler;
- With a gross capacity of 8 liters;
- And a net capacity of 6 liters;
- The boiler is heated via an REF 2 kW heating element;
- That is controlled via a power manager with on/off switch and percentage power manager;
- The boiler has an agitator system;
- And the boiler can be fitted with our 40 mm diameter packed column;
- Via manual reflux management the iStill Mini can make pot distilled product;
- As well as 96% pure vodka or GNS;
- The iStill Mini can also be fitted with the Mini Extractor;
- For the productions of amazing extractions, essences and gins;
- The system comes equipped with a column cooler and product cooler;
- And has 3 thermometer probes that communicate to your smartphone via Bluetooth;
- There is an app on your smartphone to help manage the iStill Mini;
- The app can be downloaded for free;
- The unit comes complete and can be assembled by one person in around 5 minutes;
- Average run time 2 to 3 hours;
- We now take orders and ship around the globe!
The iStill Mini comes at an introduction price of EUR 1.750,-. That’s with all of the above included. Yes, the mini Extractor too! Please note … introduction price. When the first 15 units are sold, we’ll go back to the normal price of EUR 2.000,-.
You can come over and pick one up … or we can crate and ship it to your location, where ever that may be. Crating and transport will add around EUR 500,- to the invoice, if you are situated in Europe or North America. For the rest of the world we’ll supply specific quotations on packaging and transport.
If you want to order an iStill, please reach out to Sales@iStillMail.com. Or contact your regional iStill Wizard via https://istill.eu/support#wizardstrip.
iStill Mini …
Reflux Management …
Product Cooler …
Mini Extractor …
The app …
P.S.: A big thanks to Willem and William for bringing the iStill Mini project to life! Great job, guys! Well done!
More pictures of the latest iStill distillery we delivered to Texas!
We are designing and producing glass column segments for the iStills 2000 and 5000! The borosilicate glass we use is extremely strong and perfectly resistant. Even though we did not yet put this new option in the iStill Design Center, you can already order them. For new iStills 2000 and 5000, as well as for all other NextGens of that size already out there. Here’s what the segments (2) cost:
- EUR 2.500,- for two 75 centimeters tall glass segments on new orders (replacing the original stainless steel column segments);
- EUR 3.750,- for two 75 centimeters tall glass segments as a retrofit (in addition of your already purchased and delivered stainless steel column segments).
Adding the glass column sections to a new order is cheaper, because we save money on not having to build you the stainless steel segments.
Technical rendering glass column section …
We just delivered an iStill distillery to a customer in Texas:
- iStill 100;
- iStill 500;
- iStill 2000;
- iStill Extractor.
And if I am not mistaken, there is still an accelerated aging machine on its way as well!
Here is a picture of the distillery arriving …
So we got a special demand from Scotland, the cradle of single malt whisky. Customers of ours want to make single malt whisky and they want to do it as traditional as possible. Hey, it’s Scottish single malt whisky: a product that has been around since the 1400’s, right? So we were honored to get invited. Yet we (the customer as well as iStill) also felt that we needed to bring something amazing to the market place. Our interpretation of of “traditional”, so to say.
The first thing we wanted to find out, when we got the above request to help design a modern take on a more traditional whisky still, was … what’s traditional? Well, the Scots were very clear about that. What they wanted was a potstill design instead of a column still design.
Instead of our normal iStill design of boiler, column, collection / robot plate and column cooler, they opted for this set-up:
- Boiler (nothing new there);
- Riser (instead of the column);
- Lyne arm (to guide gases away from the boiler and the riser);
- Product cooler.
Dynamic Cuts Management
If you know anything about who we are, about our DNA, you understand that we felt we needed to bring something amazing to the market. Our interpretation of the potstill with lyne arm. Something to compensate for the absence of a robot and the appurtenant reflux management.
And we are proud to announce that there’s a new iStill innovation to take traditional pot distilling into the 21st century. We call it Dynamic Cuts Management. This new iStill innovation helps even the more traditional pot oriented distillers at making perfect cuts.
Without robot? Without reflux? Yes and yes. Based on measurements the iStill takes every second, perfect insight is gained in the constitution of the product being made. And that info is then fed into the automated cuts array.
Basically, the only thing this lyne arm design special order iStill cannot do, is make vodka. But our Scottish customers aren’t interested in vodka. They are interested in Scottish single malt whisky only, in a slightly more traditional way.
- 2,000 liter net capacity boiler;
- 150 cm high riser;
- Lyne arm;
- Dual product cooler;
- Dynamic Cuts Management (heads, hearts, tails);
- Production rate: 100 liters per hour;
- Touch screen, PLC, product library;
- Power management and Automated Heads Compaction;
- Remote control and management via phone or laptop are supported;
- Over the air updates.
Follow-up & Roll-out
We are currently building this customer’s first special order iStill with lyne arm and Dynamic Cuts Management. I hope to put up pictures of the final result in about a week from now.
We’ll roll out Dynamic Cuts Management to all of our “normal”, column design iStills in a few weeks as well. As a new and free addition to all of our new iStills. And as a firmware retrofit to all existing 2018 model iStills out there as well.
How about this lyne armed potstill version of an iStill? Will we bring that to the market place as a separate product, next to our column designs? Well, I guess that depends on you. Please let us know what you think. If the new design helps our customers out, for sure we’ll make more of these …