What Column to Choose?

Introduction

Next to our proprietary and amazing iStill Hybrid Column, 2020 saw the introduction of the iStill Potstill Column and the iStill Plated Column. Why did we introduce them and what column should you choose? Let’s dive in deeper!

iStill Potstill Column

We introduced the iStill Potstill Column to reach more established distillers, that outfitted their distilleries with potstills. For them, the iStill Potstill Column is an amazing step forward. It offers an order of magnitude more control and helps create better quality potdistilled product in a reproducible manner.

The potstill is well suited for flavor rich spirits and for those that love the extra labor of double or even triple distillation runs. Whisky, Cognac, heavy rums.

For new craft distillers that want to venture into gin (or other GNS based distilled spirits), the potstill forms a low price-point, entry level iStill, since these product need only one distillation. Be aware that the Potstill Column does not give the same amount of control over heads and heads compaction as the iStill Hybrid Column does.

iStill Plated Column

We introduced the iStill Plated Column to reach more established distillers, that outfitted their distilleries with plated stills. For them, the iStill Plated Column is an amazing step forward. It offers an order of magnitude more control and helps create better quality spirits faster and in a more reproducible manner.

The plates in this type of column function as tails traps. This makes the iStill Plated Column a good alternative for those spirit categories that can do without tails smearing, such as fruit brandy, and some families of Irish whiskey and Bourbon.

iStill Hybrid Column

This is the original and proprietary iStill Column. The one column to rule them all. The most versatile column on offer to craft distillers today.

The iStill Hybrid column can be operated as a potstill, giving you all the flavor a more traditional potstill would give you, but with the benefit of doing so in just a single distillation run. All the benefits, none of the drawbacks. It excels at whisky, cognac, gin, rum, and vodka.

iStill’s Hybrid Column can also work as a plated or column still, where a more pure products are conceived. Like vodka or GNS.

This is the column that fits all craft distillers. It can make each and every spirit category, is tremendously efficient, and gives total control over vapor speeds, cuts, and product quality.

iStill Columns and their benefits …

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