Here are two pictures of our stand at the ADI Craft Distilling Convention in Denver …
Here are two pictures of our stand at the ADI Craft Distilling Convention in Denver …
We just shipped three more iStills this morning! One iStill 2000 will go to the USA. An iStill 500 is heading for Chili. And an iStill 100, bound for the UK. Two iStill 5000 upgrade packages also got picked up. One goes to Canada, the other to Australia.
Existing customers and new customers now get access to new software! The new software will be added to new orders. Existing customers can upgrade over the air.
The newest iStill software adds two functions to your iStill:
Fast aging is for customers, new and existing, that have iStills with agitator and boiler radiator. The new program allows you to fast age your spirits. No costs are charged. For more reading, please see: https://istillblog.com/2019/01/21/innovation-istill-fast-aging/
The new fast aging software comes with standard recipes …
New customers and existing customers that use Robot v3.0 can now upgrade to ABV Control for free. ABV Control gives you total control over your output alcohol percentage. Especially in combination with the all new iStill Reflux Capacitor. For more reading on ABV Control, please see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/22/innovation-abv-control/. For more info on the Reflux Capacitor, see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/28/istill-innovation-reflux-capacitor/.
ABV Control for single distillation brandy, rum, and whiskey …
How to order and install
New customers get ABV Control for free. Fast Aging software will automatically be added if you also order the Jet Propulsion Agitator System and the Boiler Radiator.
Existing customers that want to upgrade their existing software, via an over the air update, can reach out to William@iStillmail.com.
If you want to deliver top shelf product, you need top shelf equipment. And since we want to deliver the world’s best distillation units, we need the best staff the world has to offer.
We are proud to have some of the world’s best welders work for us. They help us deliver the best quality products the industry can wish for. If you know anything about welding, see the picture underneath, where we are hand-welding an 12 inch shotgun column cooler.
Eat your heart out …
Today, we introduce another iStill Innovation: the Reflux Capacitor! The Reflux Capacitor increases the performance of your iStill. Wanna find out more? This post dives in deeper … say … back to the future kinda deep?
What it does
The iStill Reflux Capacitor boosts the ABV that enters your column. Higher proof gases lead to a more stable and faster run. The output rates increase with around 25%, translating to around 2 hour faster run times and/or a higher ABV, depending on what your goal is.
In column mode, the iStill produces at a fixed ABV or proof. During the run the yield per hour drops to compensate for an ever lower alcohol strength boiler charge. With the iStill Reflux Capacitor, the column is fed with higher proof alcohol, resulting in up to 25% more output and a related decrease in run time of up to two hours. Here is a graphical representation of the extra performance the Reflux Capacitor gives:
In potstills, the output in liters per hour is pretty stable. Contrary to column distilling, the ABV or proof gradually decreases during the run. In potstill mode, in combination with the Reflux Capacitor, the strength of the output of your iStill increases by around 25%, decreasing run times with 25%, while mitigating the need for an additional, second or double, distillation. Please see the graphical explanation underneath:
Especially combined with ABV Control (for more reading, see: https://istillblog.com/2019/02/22/innovation-abv-control/), the all new iStill Reflux Capacitor has huge benefits. Its applications? Here we go:
Roll-out and pricing
The new Reflux Capacitor can be ordered right now. We’ll add it to the iStill Online Design Center in the coming days. The Reflux Capacitor is available on all new orders for iStills 100, 500, 2000, and 5000. The Reflux Capacitor can be retrofitted to all NextGen iStills 500, 2000, and 5000.
The costs are as follows:
The Reflux Capacitor on the iStill 500 …
We are currently doing a test run on the iStill 100 with potstill column for one of our UK customers. At full power, after only 49 minutes of heat-up time, it started producing an amazing 15 liters of spirits per hour! The need for cooling water during the distillation process? Only 2.9 liters per minute.
Heating up …
iStill 100 performing a test run …
Water consumption …
When you buy iStill equipment, you already had the option to lease. At least in North America and in the UK. We now extend leasing to the EU. So if you are a craft distiller from a EU country, looking to lease your iStill Distillery, just send us an email and we’ll help you out.
Here are two examples of lease tariffs:
Today, we help take the craft distilling industry take another leap forward. How? By introducing a new and amazing innovation called “ABV Control”. This iStill Blog post will explain what it is and how it helps you out.
Traditional pot distilling and column distilling
Traditionally, pot distilling is the best approach to most flavorful spirits. Brandy and Cognac are distilled in a potstill, and so is single malt whisky. The advantage of pot distilling is that you work with batches. Batch-wise production allows the craft distiller to cut for heads, hearts, and tails, giving him control over the endproduct’s flavor composition. Also, the relative crudeness of this old design enables many flavors to come over in the end product. Downsides can be that heads and tails cuts translate to alcohol losses, and that a double distillation is needed to get the drink to proof.
Tall columns have always been used for vodka making. They hit 190 proof and that is it. Or a lower proof when tuned down to less tall columns. Batch (as the typical fruit brandy still) or continuous (as the now often used continuous strippers used in Bourbon production) approaches are possible.
Taste-wise, a potstill is amazing for pulling over flavors, where columns distill either very pure at high proof, or at lower ABV with compromises in cuts (on a continuous still) or early tails smearing (fruit brandy still). Technically, a potstill has a steady output and a dropping alcohol percentage during the run, where column stills have a steady alcohol percentage at the cost of dropping yield. Like this (yield in green, ABV in red):
The iStill solution
One unique feature of the iStills is that one machine, in fact one-and-the-same set-up, can perform both functions. One riser/column combination – together with our esteemed robot and computerized control – does it all. If you choose to run the iStill in potstill mode, you get, well, exactly a potstill run. The automation makes the unit work as a potstill. And if you want purity instead of flavor, you choose our program for pure distilling and – at the sacrifice of yield as the run goes on – you create 190 proof product. Very flexible, right? Right! And now we are taking it one big leap further!
iStill ABV Control
Our latest innovation allows the craft distiller to make any spirit at the exact strength he wants it to be. Do you want your whiskey to come over at 65%? Dial it in and iStill ABV Control will make sure it comes over at 65% … All … The … Time. Perfect for barrel aging. Or if you disagree and feel 62% is better, well, then just dial that in. A light rum that needs to come over at 88%? A corn whiskey at 180 proof? Go for it. You now can.
Any percentage you like your product to come over, the iStill will deliver within a plus or minus 1% threshold. No drop in ABV, like on a potstill. No compromises in taste, like one would have with traditional fruit brandy or continuous columns. No compromises in efficiency, like basically any other (traditional) still gives you.
The advantages of iStill ABV Control
The USP’s? Here they are:
New iStills 100, 500, 2000, and 5000, purchased from now onwards, will be equipped with iStill ABV Control for free. Customers that already have 2018 and 2019 model year iStills 100, 500, 2000 and 5000 will be upgraded to iStill ABV Control automatically via the software update program for free as well.
This new iStill 5000 has ABV Control …
We are working on some great new technologies, here at iStill HQ! Of course, all innovations are aimed at making distilling easier. I can’t yet reveal what they are, since we are still doing finetuning on ‘m, but all the info will be shared in the coming three weeks. On this very iStill Blog, so stay tuned!
Working on new technologies for the craft distilling industry …
Received and installed the indirect heaters, thanks. They’re a huge improvement. I know you’ve started selling the iStill Masher, but we’ve had pretty good success with our iStill 2000 and our “iHopper”. I’ve attached a video.
With this system, we have a hopper, a pneumatic vibrator on the frame for grain flow and a small grist hydrator at the bottom of the hopper as the grain goes in. We can get 1,000 pounds of grain in our 2000 with this system in under 30 minutes with little to no clumping. (We put the mirror on the ceiling to monitor the grain as it goes in). Just thought I would pass this along for anyone struggling with getting 1000+ pounds into their iStill.
Markus Kypreos, Blackland Distillery, Fort Worth, TX