All work and no play makes Odin a dull man!

Odin a dull man? Let’s prevent that from happening, please! All work, and no play? C’mon Odin, if you don’t play, at least realize your kids do!

Regina van Eijk, Odin’s second daughter, and her Ajax Women’s Football Team, became champions of the Netherlands today. After a 90 minute play the scoreboard measured a 2-2 draw. A shoot-out followed and Ajax won 7-6.

Ajax Women’s Team is the new Netherlands Champion …

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Odin with two of his beautiful daughters …

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pH-Controlled Fermentation!

Introduction

In our quest to make distilling easier, we turned our attention to fermenting. Where the actual distillation steps in the spirits production business are about concentrating and selecting the right alcohols and flavors, fermentation is its precursor. Fermentation is where the actual alcohol and (most of) the flavors are created.

Current craft distilling take on fermentation

If fermentation is that important, why does it take the back seat with most (almost all) distillers? It certainly doesn’t for wine and beer makers, but for distillers it somehow does. Weird. I guess it has to do with the focus (to much so) on the nice and shiny stills. And with an (incorrect) understanding as fermentation being an alcohol rather than flavor production process. A shame, since craft distillers should compete with Big Alcohol on flavor, ’cause they never can on economies of scale.

Future craft distilling paradigm on fermentation 

Anyhow, we try and change that perception. One day of our 4-day iStill Certified University workshops deals with fermentation, and how you can manipulate it to create the alcohols and esters you – as a craft distiller – are looking for. Instead of seeing fermentation as a passive process, mostly the bottle-neck of your distillery, I propose a change: see it as the heart of your distillery. It is – after all – where your flavors are made, where you lay the foundation of what will become your rum, brandy, vodka or whiskey.

Fermentation control

If you place fermentation center stage, the next thing that becomes obvious is that you want to control this most important step. Control grants you influence on flavor development. Control allows you to reproduce your drink – at its highest quality level – time and again.

Just as fermentation is key to top shelf beverage production, so is control key to a quality ferment. Hence, when we (at iStill) think about helping you distill better products, we think about how we can provide you that control.

iStill’s solution

The result of that thinking? The iStill Fermenters, available in sizes of 2000 and 5000 liters, come with SG and pH and temperature control. And they are made out of 4 and 5 mm thick stainless steel. If fermentation is key to successful craft distilling, only the best is good enough.

Calibration of the pH probe is done at iStill HQ …

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Testing the iStill pH probe in a pH 7.0 solution …

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Testing the iStill pH probe in a low pH sugar ferment …

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The iStill pH probe …

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Another Dispatch Day!

Another busy day, here, at iStill HQ in the Netherlands. We just put five stills on transport. Here is an overview:

  • iStill 500 and iStill Mini to a customer from the USA;
  • iStill 2000 to a customer from Cyprus;
  • iStill 500 to a French customer;
  • iStill 5000 for a leading wine and spirits manufacturer from Australia.

Pictures? Here we go:

In goes the iStill 5000 …

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Next? The iStill Mini and two iStills 500 …

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With the iStill 2000 added, the truck is basically full …

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Glasgow Distillery!

Glasgow Distillery, from Glasgow, Scotland, uses iStills. Our staff was just over to help with assembly, testing, programming, and doing a first run!

Glasgow Distillery …

GD’s distilling team …

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SG-Controlled Fermentation!

In our quest to make distilling easier, we turned our attention to fermenting. Where the actual distillation steps in the spirits production business are about concentrating and selecting the right alcohols and flavors, fermentation is its precursor. Fermentation is where the actual alcohol and (most of) the flavors are created.

If fermentation is that important, why does it take the back seat with most (almost all) distillers? It certainly doesn’t for wine and beer makers, but for distillers it does. Weird. I guess it has to do with the focus (to much so) on the nice and shiny stills. And with a (incorrect) understanding as fermentation being an alcohol rather than flavor production process.

Anyhow, we try and change that. One day of our 4-day iStill Certified University workshops deals with fermentation, and how you can manipulate it to create the alcohols and esters you – as a craft distiller – are looking for. Instead of seeing fermentation as a passive process, mostly the bottle-neck of your distillery, I propose a change: see it as the heart of your distillery. It is – after all – where your flavors are made, where you lay the foundation of what will become your rum, brandy, vodka or whiskey.

If you place fermentation center stage, the next thing that becomes obvious is that you want to control this most important step. Control grants you influence on flavor development. Control allows you to reproduce your drink – at its highest quality – time and again.

Just as fermentation is key to top shelf beverage production, so is control key to a quality ferment. Hence, when we (at iStill) think about helping you distill better products, we think about how we can provide you that control.

The result of that thinking? The iStill Fermenters, available in sizes of 2000 and 5000 liters, come with SG and pH and temperature control. And they are made out of 4 and 5 mm thick stainless steel. If fermentation is key to successful craft distilling, only the best is good enough.

iStill SG Control …

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iStill is the Swiss Army Knife of Distilling!

Definition and advantages

The Swiss Army Knife is a compact pen knife with multiple blades and tools. The advantages of a Swiss Army Knife are fourfold:

  1. You can use it in many ways;
  2. You can bring it anywhere;
  3. You can rely on it for years;
  4. You can save money on one purchase.

For more information on The Swiss Army Knife (SAK), please see:

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If iStill is the Swiss Army Knife for distillers, how does it compare, and where does it make an impact or at least a difference over traditional stills and distillery set-ups? Let’s dive in deeper.

The Swiss Army Knife …

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You can use it in many ways

The Swiss Army knife is a tool with many attached features. It can have any of these items – scissors, pliers, blade, corkscrew, can opener, nail file, screwdriver, wood saw, wire cutter, toothpick, nail cleaner, wire stripper, peeler, ruler and key ring. 

The iStill is a tool with many attached features. It can be a potstill as well as a column still, at the push of a button. It can distill any drink, be it whiskey, rum, brandy, gin, liqueurs or vodka. With add-ons like the boiler radiator and mixing system, it can also be used as a masher, fermenter, and fast aging machine.

You can bring it anywhere

Aside from the SAK’s multi-functionality, it is best known for its portability. You can bring it with you anywhere because the attached tools are bendable. You can push them into the handle for safe-keeping. If your priority is a tool’s portability, an SAK answers that.

Granted, carrying an iStill 500 – let alone an iStill 5000 – around is not an option. But it is very compact in design, when compared to traditional stills and distillery set-ups. And it just takes a tap and a wall outlet, and its basically “plug-and-play”. Also, it comes equipped with all functionality attached, meaning that you just select the program you want to run and the iStill will do it for you.

You can rely on it for years

Victorinox has maintained the SAK’s steel component. Over the years, it has been modified regarding design and features. However, its stainless steel has been the same and users, enthusiasts and experts always recognize its quality. Even when you grip its handle intensely, it remains intact because the tools are securely attached. Many owners have been utilizing their SAK in many ways and for a long time. If Superman is the man-of-steel, the SAK is the object-of-steel. That is guaranteed!

If Superman is the man-of-steel and the SAK is the object-of-steel, iStill – for sure – is the still-of-steel. Just like the SAK (and Superman), iStills are build to last. Everything is double engineered, meaning that where 2 mm thick steel or a 0.75 BHP agitator engine would suffice, we opt for 4 mm Stainless Steel and a 1.5 BHP motor.

You can save money on one purchase

Another complimented feature of an SAK is its affordability. Despite its multi-faceted design, stainless steel material and portability, the SAK is perfect for any budget. Reviews have remarked on how the item is underpriced given its many usage and durability. If you are looking for an all-in-one, handy, and long-lasting tool, purchase an SAK now.

Another complimented feature of an iStill is its affordability. Despite its multi-faceted design, stainless steel material, and 21st Century advanced technology, the iStill is perfect for any budget. Reviewing prices of a multi-plated Holstein or Mueller or a potstill from Forsyth’s, remarks on how the iStill is underpriced given its many usage and durability. If you are looking for an all-in-one, handy, and long-lasting tool, purchase an iStill now.

iStill is the Swiss Army Knife of distilling …

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