Modern-Day Distilling Takes Over the World (5)!

Here is a map of the iStill customers in Scandinavia and the Baltics. As you can see, there is no stopping progress! Are you considering to join the ever growing family of modern, 21st century distillers? Do you want to learn more about the amazing technology iStill has to offer? Do you want to learn about distilling via one of our courses? Then please reach out to us via Sales@iStillmail.com.

Modern-day distilling takes over the present-day world …

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Q&A regarding iStill Design!

Is the iStill a potstill or a column still?

Both. The iStill offers new technology that allows one and the same unit to do both pot and column runs.

Why is the iStill made out of stainless steel?

Stainless steel is chemically inert. This makes both running and cleaning the iStill very easy, without the risk of contaminating your drinks.

But isn’t copper good for flavorful spirits?

No, copper’s only benefit is that it catalyzes sulfuric compounds that may have developed due to improper fermentation protocols. With proper fermentation protocols and control no copper is needed. Copper doesn’t add flavor, it may take bad ones away.

So, is there no copper in the iStill?

Yes, there is copper in the still. To help you control sulfur, the iStill comes with a copper waffle and copper reflux capacitor. Together they offer as much copper contact as a traditional copper column.

If they are made out of stainless steel, how come they look – for the most part – black?

All iStills have insulated boilers and columns. The insulation saves 15 to 20% in energy. The insulation material happens to be black.

Why is the boiler square? All other stills have round boilers …

The boilers of all iStills are flush square, because this results in better mixing. The wash cannot rotate with the agitator, as it does in a round boiler.

So where do we connect the pipes from the steam boiler?

You don’t. iStills do not need separate steam boilers. Instead, they are fully working solutions, with integrated heating system. Others may basically sell you a shell, but with us you get a complete, and plug and play distillery. The heating system is included.

I don’t see trays or bubble caps. How does the column work?

The column is packed with Helicon Column Packing (HCP). When liquids are returned to the column, the HCP fills up and more distillation cycles take place. Without liquid return the column functions as a potstill.

How do I manage those liquids and the number of distillation cycles?

On our production units, this is managed automatically, via the computer, the automation, and the robotization the iStills offer. You dial in what you want and the iStill takes care of the rest.

Automation? Doesn’t that take the “craft” out of distilling?

No. You design the recipe. You decide on what flavors you make, concentrate, and harvest. The automation just makes it more efficient and reproducible, while limiting your hours behind the still. It’s a better toolkit for a more successful distiller.

But I want to spend hours and hours behind the still! I love distilling!

So do we, but please be advised that distilling takes time and costs money. It is marketing and sales that earns you the money you need to continue distilling. Unless it is a hobby, of course …

Still, fellow distillers tell me that I need a manual, copper still … because it is … traditional?

Sure, and so were horses and carriages only 100 years ago. And some still enjoy riding them on weekends, when the sun shines. For actual day to day transportation, though, everybody has moved on to cars and bikes.

Now that I look at the iStill a bit closer … where is the dephlagmator?

We do not manage the iStill via cooling water. There are just too many variables to cope with, which results in poor control and different results on every run. Instead, we have a robotized valve manage liquids. Much more precise!

Okay, that’s great. But how about longevity? Modern-day technology is a nice addition, I get that, but does it last?

Good question! First, do you remember how stainless steel is chemically inert? It does not rust, corrode, and oxidize away like copper does. Secondly, we build double spec. Meaning we calculate what size, strength, and thickness parts need to be, and then double them. You don’t want to just start a distillery, but run one trouble-free.

All right, I like what I hear. But can it make the spirit category I …

Yes.

Wait, I wasn’t finished and didn’t tell you what I actually want to make …

That’s okay. The iStill can distill any spirit. You don’t need upgrade kits, other columns, new and different iStills for various products. One machine can do it all.

Ok, but if I check out the design center on your website, there are still options I can choose from. What are those for?

The agitator, boiler radiator, and indirect heaters allow you to also mash and ferment in the iStill. The additional manhole is, well, just convenient. Glass column segments can make a difference if you want to showcase your still and have it be part of the customer experience.

Hold on! Did you just say that I can use the iStill for mashing and fermenting as well?

Yes, with the iStill you can basically do the whole spirit production process in one machine. Quite frankly, they also provide fast maturation technology.

Is that efficient? I mean, fermentation takes longer than mashing or distillation …

It is a very efficient way to start. Once you grow larger, and know what products sell best, you can always add dedicated fermenters and mashers.

I really like what I hear! The iStill isn’t just a still, it is a complete distillery. Where and how can I learn more?

You decide! You could visit an iStill distillery near you and hear what our customers think of them. Or you can register for one of our courses, where we teach the latest science of distillation, and train you in recipe development and in how to use the iStill. In that case reach out to Veronika@iStillmail.com!

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“We’re all going to America!”

It’s Friday again, and Friday is often our dispatch day. It’s when our transport and crating partners picks up the iStills we finished building that week, and that are about to be shipped to customers around the world. Today we are dispatching two iStills 2000. Both go to customers in the USA. Do you want to order a still? Do you want to learn more about the amazing technology we offer? Please reach out to us via Sales@iStillmail.com!

This iStill 2000 will go to a US craft brewer …

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And this one goes to a craft cider company …

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In the truck they go …

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And guess how many we’ll be dispatching next week …

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Modern-Day Distilling Takes Over the World (4)!

Here is a map of the iStill customers in Ireland. As you can see, there is no stopping progress! Are you considering to join the ever growing family of modern, 21st century distillers? Then please feel free to reach out to us.

For more information on our distillery set-ups, our courses, or simply for proper introductions to a referring iStill distillery in your vicinity, send an email to:

  • Jason@iStillmail.com (North and South America);
  • Sarah@iStillmail.com (Australia and New Zealand);
  • India@iStillmail.com (yes, India);
  • Aris@iStillmail.com (Mediterranean/Africa);
  • Rest of the world (including Ireland): Sales@iStillmail.com

Modern-day distilling takes over present-day Ireland …

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Modern-Day Distilling Takes Over the World (3)!

Here is a map of the iStill customers in Australia. As you can see, there is no stopping progress! Are you considering to join the ever growing family of modern, 21st century distillers? Then please feel free to reach out to us.

For more information on our distillery set-ups, our courses, or simply for proper introductions to a referring iStill distillery in your vicinity, send an email to:

  • Sarah@iStillmail.com (Australia and New Zealand);
  • Jason@iStillmail.com (North and South America);
  • India@iStillmail.com (yes, India);
  • Rest of the world: Sales@iStillmail.com

Modern-day distilling takes over present-day Australia …

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Teslaquila Cybertruck by iStill!

Introduction

A year and a half ago Elon Musk was found passed out against a Model 3, surrounded by “Teslaquila” bottles. Later, Elon filed a “Teslaquila” trademark and promised us he’d release the spirit soon. But what is soon in Elon-Time? To help bring Teslaquila to the market sooner, iStill, the world’s leading manufacturer of distillation equipment, decided to join the party and create both a recipe and distillery set-up to help Elon out, using the Tesla Cybertruck platform.

Elon passed out on Teslaquila …

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Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck is a futuristic truck that runs on electricity. It is expected to have a battery pack of 250 to 300 kWh and fully autonomous driving. With its ground clearance and advanced 3-motor, 4-wheel drive system it can take you anywhere.

Guess what fits perfectly in the Cybertruck’s bed …

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iStill

The iStill 2000 is a 21st century technology distillery that runs on electricity, and is up to 90% more efficient than traditional distilling solutions. With its advanced column design, automation and robotization it can make any drink to perfection, time and again, fully autonomous, including Teslaquila.

In order to create Teslaquila, all that is needed is agave syrup, yeast, and water. The iStill 2000, powered via the Cybertruck’s batery pack will do the rest. The Teslaquila Cybertruck can make up to 625 bottles of booze in one run, using no more than 200 kWh in the process.

With iStill technology the Cybertruck can make Teslaquila on autopilot …

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Tesla + iStill = Teslaquila Cybertruck

The Teslaquila Cybertruck can be ordered as of January 1st 2020. First deliveries will take place early 2021. The price of the Cybertruck/iStill hybrid that can make Teslaquila as well as any other spirit you are interested in will start at $ 150,000.

iStill’s Teslaquila Cybertruck …

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On the road …

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Modern-Day Distilling Takes Over the World (2)!

Here is a map of the iStill customers in Scotland. As you can see, there is no stopping progress! Are you considering to join the ever growing family of modern, 21st century distillers? Then please feel free to reach out to us.

For more information on our distillery set-ups, our courses, or simply for proper introductions to a referring iStill distillery in your vicinity, send an email to:

  • Jason@iStillmail.com (North and South America);
  • Sarah@iStillmail.com (Australia and New Zealand);
  • India@iStillmail.com (yes, India);
  • Rest of the world (including Scotland): Sales@iStillmail.com

Modern-day distilling takes over present-day Scotland …

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iStill Customer Feedback!

Customer feedback

“ABV taste is damn close to magic. Great stuff, well done!

Thanks for the update :-)”

Jon Atherton

Owner & Master Distiller Brisbane Distillery, QLD, Australia

Explanation

iStill offers 21st century distillation equipment, that comes with automation and robotization. One of the latest innovations we released is ABV-Control. There are two varieties, our customers can choose from: ABV-Control “Pure” and ABV-Control “Taste”. Both maintain a dialed in ABV. You want your spirit to come out at a certain percentage? iStill’s ABV-Control will take care of it.

If you choose ABV-Control “Pure”, the iStill will create the highest purity spirit at 95% plus. It is the ultimate vodka program, with perfect heads and tails cuts and maximum yield of hearts at the highest possible percentage.

When you dial in ABV-Control “Taste”, you yourself decide on what percentage you want your spirit to come off the still. Want to go from an 8% beer to a 65% strong  hearts cut for barrel aging? Just dial it in, and the iStill will execute it perfectly. Additional advantages are:

  • Hearts come out at your chosen ABV;
  • Minimal losses to heads and tails result in a bigger hearts yield;
  • Up to 25% more flavor in brandy, rum, or whisk(e)y.

We upgraded Jon to ABV-Control via an over-the-air update yesterday. He is very happy with it, because he can now make his rum in one single distillation run, and have it come out at the exact ABV (“alcohol by volume”) he wants …

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