Kiwi, thanks for sharing …
Kiwi, thanks for sharing …
What is it?
The all new iStill Nano is the newest addition to the iStill suite. It is a little potstill with a one liter gross capacity. We designed it to give our customers tools to run their consumer oriented gin, rum, whisky and brandy schools professionally. Not just any tools, iStill tools.
The unit is very easy to operate, and allows you to have your customers make their own gin or rum, whisky or brandy at your distillery, swiftly, effectively, and safely. Put in 0.75 liters of wine or beer or vodka. Add herbs to your liking. Within the hour, the iStill Nano will help make a bottle of freshly distilled spirits.
Build to last a lifetime and more …
The iStill Nano is made out of high-grade stainless steel and is constructed to last! The boiler and column and cooler are made from 2 mm thick sheets, while the bottom is a whopping 4 millimeters.
The unit comes with an easy to bolt on, tri-clamp riser/lyne-arm/cooler with easy connects for cooling water in and out.
The iStill Nano comes with a dedicated 500 Watt hotplate and a power manager for 0 to 100% power regulation. In the smallest, incremental steps possible.
The iStill nameplate can be replaced by your nameplate or logo, at a small price increase.
Also included is the all-new Bluetooth thermometer probe. It measures your gas temperatures every second and relays the signal to the new iStill App.
The complete iStill Nano set-up …
Indeed. For your convenience we designed an App. What it does? Well, first of all, it tells you at what temperature you are distilling … and so much more!
The iStill App …
We have tested a first batch of beta’s with great success. Next step is that we’ll build 60 iStills Nano. Enough to serve up to 10 customers that want to take their customer experience to the next level. Given our busy production planning, I think that’s as many iStills Nano we can make in 2019. For sure in 2020 more batches will follow though. Delivery of the first batch will start in October 2019.
We sell the iStill Nano in packages of six. Each package contains six iStills Nano, with the thermometer probes, hotplates, water lines, quick connects, and power managers included.
A package of six costs EUR 3.600,-. Shipment, via airplane and all over the world, adds EUR 400,- and brings the total price point to EUR 4.000,-.
For more information, please reach out to Sales@iStillmail.com. If you want to order, please reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com. Orders can be placed as of right now and it is first in, first out. Again, first deliveries will take place from October 2019 onwards.
Yesterday, we shipped iStills to Australia, Hungary, and the UK! Here is an impression of the units being picked up and brought to the crating company …
The best distilling course in the world …
Stark Craft Beer, the award winning brewer from Bali, Indonesia, will soon be Stark Craft Beer and Distillery. They are assembling their iStill 2000 and Extractor as we speak. First trial run? Scheduled for tomorrow!
Yesterday, another 4-day iStill University started. With students from India to Uruguay, and from Russia to the USA. Not to mention Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, Croatia, and Austria. A total of 16 participants in total.
Odin explaining the single distillation approach to whisky making …
Do you want to learn all about distilling? How to ferment and create flavors? How to harvest them into your final product? The iStill University offers the best courses in the industry with an amazing 9.7 out of 10 evaluation!
The class learns about fermentation and esterification …
We have new courses planned in both the Netherlands and the USA:
For more information, please reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com.
Preparing the iStills Mini for another run: students making whisky …
I hope all is well at iStill!
We wanted to share some news with you in that Art & I won and award for our bottle design:
It was for the whole spirits category and our award was presented at Olympia in London! We are so chuffed! Website is up and running and we’ve nearly sold all of our first batch within 2 weeks!
The feedback on our gin is brilliant! We had a Michelin chef and a TV chef on Scilly last week and we will be listed on his restaurant and also included us on the TV chef’s morning program!!
It’s great! Thank you to you and your team for helping us make this happen! 💥💥🍸🍸
Very best to you, Veronika and the family!
We have finished the fabrication of 50 more iStills Mini, our 8 liter / 2 gallon product development still. Currently, the units are insulated, equipped with heaters, assembled, and tested.
The first units of this batch are expected to be ready for shipping in about just three weeks from now.
Interested in purchasing a still specifically designed for product development? Please reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com.
A new batch of boilers …
And part of them are now insulated and water tested …
Cooling is an integral part to distilling. The process starts by bringing liquids to a boil, and creating vapors richer in alcohol. The process, from a scientific perspective, ends with the still cooling down those gases to liquid phase.
How cooling affects distillation is important. So let’s dive in deeper and figure out how it works, what iStill does for you, and what is the craft distiller’s own responsibility.
What you get
What you get, when you purchase an iStill, is an integral solution to distilling. Instead of buying an empty shell, that still needs a steam boiler, boiler room, and a lot of piping, the iStill comes with heaters and power management included. Well, yeah, but lets be realistic here … the heaters and power management systems only work, when you connect the iStill to the grid. Without electricity no power, without power no heating-up.
And the same holds true for cooling. Yes, the iStill comes with a column cooler and a product cooler, but if you don’t connect them to an adequate source of coolant, well, no cooling (or not enough cooling) takes place, hindering total efficiency.
What you need to do
What the craft distiller needs to do is check his mains. What is water pressure and water temperature? What does water cost? What’s the climatic conditions of the distilling location? Recirculate water or just flush it down the drain?
In hotter climates chillers are probably needed. What size and strength? Well, that really depends on your location and on what your set-up is. Do you run an iStill 500 or 2000? Do you anticipate growth? Do you need the chiller to also cool down some fermenters you ordered?
As a general (and slightly overkill) rule-of-thumb, and as far as the iStills are concerned, please look at their maximum power. An iStill 500 has 18 kW and runs, while making vodka at around 15 kW. A run may take 8 hours, which adds up to a total power input of 120 kWh. So that’s what you are looking for, when investigating chillers: a cooling system that delivers those numbers.
Do you run an iStill 2000? Then the numbers will be different. It makes vodka at 36 kW, so you need a bigger chilling system.
Our iStill Wizards can probably help you find direction, but adequate cooling, just as adequate electricity are the responsibility of the craft distiller.
Cooling made easier
In order to help customers out that live in (very) hot climates and need to rely on mains water for cooling, we added an item to our option list: the iStill Pre-Cooler. The iStill Pre-Cooler is an additional column cooler that sits under the standard column cooler and can be fed by its own coolant supply.
This addition comes especially handy for those that make vodka, since the associated high power settings as well as high vapor speeds, put more stress on the distiller’s cooling system.
The iStill Pre-Cooler comes does what the name says: it pre-cools part of the gasses offered by the column, creating an overall bigger cooling capacity for those restricted on coolant.
Pre-coolers can now be ordered via your iStill Wizard. We have designed additional pre-coolers for the iStill 100, 500, 2000, and 5000:
iStill 2000 Pre-Cooler and Column Cooler …
… but not yet revealing what it is!