Meanwhile at the iStill University …

Doing interesting stuff at the iStill University! First, we are designing a vodka for a customer. Second thing we are currently busy with, is making beer, using the iStill 500 and the iStill Extractor. Here are a few pictures:

Willem working with a glass laboratory iStill …


Digitally analyzing the vodka run …


Heads stabilization …


William making 300 liters of beer …


Mashing and Beer Making with the iStill Extractor!

Yes, we can mash with the iStill Extractor! Another addition to its already amazing versatility. How? Well, put your cracked grains in the Extractor, then heat-up the water in the boiler of (in this case) the iStill 2000. Next step? Put the pump on and start extracting and converting those starches and tastes from the Extractor to the boiler.

When extraction is done, all (now converted) sugars are assembled in the boiler. Cool the wort, pitch the yeast, and start fermenting. Or … boil the wort, add hops, crash cool, and then add the yeast. Right, you can use the iStill Extractor now for the production of distillers beer as well as consumers beer! Here’s a short video of how it works. A video of us using a new pump to help us to further automate mashing / extracting procedures.

Mashing in the iStill Extractor …

New Manholes for the iStill 2000/5000 Series?

Hi there!

I need your input and feedback here. We are considering putting glass manholes on the iStills 2000 and 5000. Both have a diameter of 40 centimeters. What do you think? Is this an improvement over the current model? Would you like to be able to look inside the boiler? Please let us know what you think!

Regards, Odin.

The new manhole we are considering …


Mashing Tulip Bulbs with the iStill 2000!

“How about a challenge?”, Joris Putman said, “How about we mash tulip bulbs for my tulip vodka in the iStill 2000?”

“Sure, why not?”, was my answer.

“Well,” Joris replied, “the way I want to do it is with like 800 kilo’s of tulip bulbs vs. 1100 liters of water.”

And that is steep, folks! Very steep. With grain, a normal ratio is 1 kilo of grain vs. 4 liters of water. In the case of the Clusius Craft Distillers’ tulip vodka mashing, we were talking closer to a 1:1.3. A wash three time thicker than a normal grain bill mashing scheme.

Since there is only one way to find out if the iStill, with its amazing boiler design and jet propulsion agitator system, can do the job, well, we went ahead and just did it. With great success, I can say. Here are some pictures and movies to show you how the day went.

Joris and the iStill …


Big ass pump (also made in the Netherlands) …


Filling the iStill 2000 …

Mashing the tulip bulbs …

Setting up another Distillery in the UK!

Part of our team is currently in the UK, where we are setting up another big distillery. Here are a few pics of the assembly of an iStill 5000.

It takes a big forklift to put the boiler in place …


Boiler has found its place …


Column assembly has started …


The column is assembled …


iStill 5000 ready for action …



Will Wireless Tasting be the Next Step!?!

Here’s a new iStill innovation. Yes, one that makes distilling easier again! What it is? It’s a new module we designed. A WiFi module.

With this new technology added to the iStill PLC, you can now remotely access, monitor, and operate the unit without an ethernet cable connection. You can run your iStill via your computer and even your phone with maximum ease.

The new WiFi module can be added when you order a new iStill. The costs are EUR 500,-. Or you can upgrade your existing iStill to full WiFi capability. In that case we ship you the module, instruct you how to replace the old ethernet cable unit, we update your iStill remotely, and you ship the old module back to us. The retrofit package costs EUR 800,-.

For more info, please reach out to If you want to place the order, please contact

The new WiFi module that we designed for the iStills …


Doing a whisky finishing run via my iPhone 7S (screenshot) …


The Best Distilling Workshops of the World!


Bold statement? Sure. Then again, it’s our trainees that say so. And the on average 9.7 out of 10 evaluation they give us confirms it: the iStill Workshops ARE the best distilling workshops available!

The feedback we get, is that the courses provide a really nice mix between theory and experience. Odin’s theories of distillation and fermentation are perceived as very informative. They lay down a easy to follow path by which the participants can start to design their own (award winning) spirits. Working with the iStills, and see how these automated and robotized distilling machines help put the theories into easy practice, is also conceived as a big eye opener.

Madison Introduction Workshop

Last December, we had a great 1.5 day introduction workshop in Madison, WI. Our generous hosts, Dave, Nick, Stephanie, and Amy, from the Two Tall Distillery helped us organize an event for 14 participants, primarily from the Chicago and Detroit areas.

We dived into distilling, fermenting, and extracting. We made gin on the iStill 500. We made and barreled and tasted Two Tall’s amazing rye whiskey. And we made apple liqueur with the iStill 100 in combination with our revolutionary Extractor column. The trainees also did extractions and distillation runs in four different groups. If I remember correctly, the all spice that we made on-site won!

Do you want to see pictures of the even? Please click on this link:

Amsterdam 4-day Certified in February 2018

In February 2018, in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), we organize two classes. The first one is fully booked. The second one, from February 19th till February 22nd still has one or two places left. If you want to register, now is the time to do so!

For more information, please reach out via

Napa Valley 4-day Certified Workshop in March 2018

From March 19th until March 22nd Napa Valley Distillery hosts a USA West Coast 4-day Certified iStill Workshop. The training, aimed at both beginning and experienced distillers, is now open for registration!

For more info, please see:

Or reach out to Veronika directly via

Madison by morning …


Napa Valley Distillery …



iStill Innovation: Bulletproof Insulation!

The iStills were the first insulated stills available on the market place. Insulation is an innovation that helps shorten run times, saves energy, and creates higher, more controlled spirit production levels. Good insulation can easily improve your overal system performance by 15 to 20%.

Up until today however, insulation has had a draw-back. It was quite touchy and easy to damage. “Up until today”, because here’s another iStill innovation: Bulletproof Insulation.

From now on, all new iStills will be fitted with this new innovation. The insulation value is just as good (even slightly better) than our existing insulation, but it is stronger. So strong you can’t cut it with a knife.

It will come in two varieties:

  • Bulletproof Insulation, that will be used on new iStills;
  • Bulletproof Retrofit Cover, that can be added to strengthen existing iStill insulation.

More on retrofit pricing later. Here’s a movie that shows the amazing results we achieve with this great new innovation …

And here is a picture of it being applied to an iStill 500 NextGen …


Another Dispatch Day!

Last Thursday we put another big batch of iStills on transport. To customers all over the world! Here are a few pictures.

An iStill 5000 waiting on its pallet, column already crated …


An iStill 100 scheduled for transport to Croatia …


The units are loaded on the truck …


An iStill 100 and two iStills 2000 waiting to be crated and shipped to Ireland and the US …


The iStill 5000 is being crated prior to it being shipped to the UK …