iStill in North Carolina!

Last week Skylar and Scott visited us. They are from North Carolina, where Scott and his partners will be opening a distillery soon. Prior to receiving their iStill 2000 NextGen, they flew over to the Amsterdam iStill Center for some training.

How we organize a dedicated training like this pretty much depends on the wishes our customers have. In this case, Scott wanted to be trained on how to assemble the iStill 2000 NextGen, on how to run it, and on how to make gin and whiskey with it.

We had a great day, doing all that … and more. How about tasting some gins, having lunch, and then tasting some genevers? Here are a few pictures that’ll help get the message across that we had a great time together!

Scott starts to assemble his iStill 2000 NextGen:

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Scott hugging his iStill 2000 NextGen after he assembled it:

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The best way to learn about gin … is by drinking it (fltr: Scott, Vic, Skylar):

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Lunch in the city’s former arsenal, now restaurant and hotel:

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And here’s Scott and Skylar tasting genevers:

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We now offer you taste control!

Introduction

Yes, this is another Tuesday Techtalk. About taste this time. And how iStill helps you gain taste while distilling.

Is that possible? Creating taste, rather than “just” harvesting tastes, while distilling? Yes it is, if you choose direct heating. Direct heating triggers the Maillard Reaction. A taste cascade that will intensify the taste of your taste-rich drinks.

We now offer a way to MANAGE the Maillard Reaction. That’s a big deal. Let’s dive in and elaborate.

What got my thinking going

When I compared direct fired iStills with the indirectly fired units we once made, I found out that direct fire creates more taste. A browning reaction takes place in the boiler, comparable to what happens when you BBQ a steak (rather than frying it) or bake potatoes (instead of cooking them). Direct fired stills create temperature differences in the boiler that trigger the Maillard Reaction.

The Maillard Reaction

The Maillard Reaction is a taste cascade, triggered by temperature differences in the boiler. That’s why only directly fired stills create the Maillard Reaction. As a result taste is developed, while distilling. Your drink gets more taste, your stillage becomes darker in color. Using this to our advantage, it can help create 20% more taste, and that’s a huge benefit. It is one of the reasons why all of our stills are directly fired. It’s more efficient and gives you better tasting product. Whiskey, brandy, rum and also gin (with the botanicals in the boiler!) benefit from direct fire and Maillard.

iStills can now manage the Maillard Reaction!

In non-agitated, directly fired stills the Maillard Reaction is there. The direct heating creates around 2 degrees Centigrade differences. More than enough to start Maillardization. That’s on distilling a rather clear beer or wine or molasses wash, or on doing a finishing run on low wines.

How we help you to get 40% more taste

Because of iStill’s Jet Propulsion Agitator System (JPAS), you can use our units to distill with grains present. Grains or other organic particles, like berries or herb or fruit skins.

More organics potentially translate to more Maillardization. In a thicker wash, you get temperature differences of around 4 degrees Celsius maximum. If you maximize agitation, you will see the temperature difference dwindle to 0 degrees C, minimizing Maillardization.If you  set the agitator to lower revs, the heaters get a little less cooling, particle distribution inside the boiler will be less than perfect, and you can now create more taste. Go for a 3 degree C temperature difference maximum, and you’ll get up to 30% more taste. If you like where this is going, try the next run at maybe 3.5 to 4 degrees temperature difference for even more taste formation. Please be advised that 4 degrees C is the maximum temperature difference I want you to play with.

Mr. Maillard …

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NextGen Firmware (1)!

Introduction

This is the first in a short series of iStill Blog posts on the firmware to our new NextGens. As you know, with the iStills NextGen, we invested heavily in upgrading the computerization, automation, and robotization. Twenty years of warrantee and thirty years of guaranteed spare parts delivery … how is that for beefing things up? But how does the interface look? And how do you run your NextGen? In this post I will dive in deeper.

Functionality

The NextGen units are extremely versatile. Depending on what configuration you choose, the unit can help you heat-up, mash, ferment, and distill. For now, let’s zoom in on heating and pot distillation! The starting screen for someone that ordered the iStill NextGen with heating and pot distillation functionality looks like this:

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Heating-up

Heating-up helps you to get water, mashes, or washes to strike temperature. You can use the clock based timer to dial in when you want heating-up to start. Say, for example, that you did a distillation run, and it’s done. Say, it’s nearly the end of the day and you want to prepare tomorrow’s run, you just fill the boiler with fresh wash and use the timer functionality to let the unit heat-up to (for example) 75 degrees C prior to you starting your next working day. You can dial in target temperature, heat-up power, and agitator speed. Like this:

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And if you want to use the timer just push “Timer”, you can dial in when you want the heat-up process to start. This is the screen you get:

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The heat-up program is used to heat-up or boil (mash) water, or to pre-heat a wash in order to limit the total run time of a distillation.

Pot distillation

If you order your iStill NextGen with a potstill column, you still get loads of automation. Automated cuts for Heads, Hearts, and Tails, for instance. Automated process shutdown at the end of the run is also part of the deal, as is automated start of cooling water to prevent excessive water usage. This is the pot distillation start screen:

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As you can see, there is currently no distillation process running. That makes sense. Prior to starting the run (just push “Start”), you want to check the settings:

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Here, you dial in at what power you want to heat-up (if you haven’t done that via the heating-up program already), at what power and agitation speeds you want to take Heads, Hearts, and Tails. Done? Now press “Start”. Here is a picture of an iStill 2000 NextGen taking Hearts:

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You can see a quite a few things on the picture above:

  • Cooling water is flowing (blue dot on the upper left lights up);
  • Agitator is running (agitator motor on the boiler lights up green);
  • The heaters are on (the inside of the boiler is red);
  • The Hearts Valve is opened (green dot to the right of the boiler);
  • Temperatures inside the boiler, the column, and the column cooler are depicted;
  • It also says: “Hearts” and tells you until what temperature it is collecting Hearts.

Safety features

We design our distilleries in the safest possible way. Still, people can make mistakes. To prevent human mistakes to cause potential damage or harm, we have build in quite a few safety features. Here, I want to zoom in on two of them:

  1. Dry cooking;
  2. Lack of cooling water.

Say, by mistake, the distiller running the iStill NextGen didn’t fill the boiler adequately. He now runs the risk  of dry cooking the unit. Dry cooking is the situation where the boiler has so little liquid left, that the heating elements get exposed. Exposure of the heaters to air instead of water, a mash, or a wash, means they don’t get cooled and – potentially – overheat. Not at iStill! Our heaters are equipped with thermometers. When certain temperature limits are breached, the iStill NextGen shuts down automatically, while giving you a warning. Like this:

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Another human mistake we check is cooling water. Okay, the iStill NextGen automatically opens a valve to let cooling water in, but what if there is no cooling water to start with? What if someone shut down the tap? In that case the craft distiller runs the risk of venting alcohol rich vapors in the air. Not with the iStill NextGen though. If the temperature at the top of the column, where the column cooler is situated, becomes too high, the unit shuts down automatically. This is the warning you will get:

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What to do? Make sure there’s cooling water, press “Reset”, then push “Start”, and the rig will take-off where it stopped.

Regards, Odin & Team

Tuesday Tech Talk!

Introduction

This Tech post is about heating-up and efficient iStill usage. About power requirements and control on (especially) our electrically fired units.

The X Factor

No, not a talent show in this case. For us, Factor X stands for an important value I use to design our iStills. It’s the value that expresses the Wattage needed to heat up one liter (for USA folk: that’s about a quart) in one hour.

Yeah, like that’s important, right?

Yes it is, because this value expresses unit efficiency. And if we know that value, we can both use it to design the correct heat-up power as well as check if a newly designed unit lives up to its expected efficiency rating. A self-imposed rating, and a very severe rating, but that’s us: our pay-off is “Distilling made easy” and to be able to do so maximizing efficiency is tremendously important.

So … what is it?

It’s 1.03. That simple. 1.03. Remember the number. I’ll explain it via an example.

An example

The iStill 500 NextGen heats up in 2 hours. During that heat-up period it uses 18 kW all the time. And since it is the iStill 500 NextGen … it of course is charged with 500 liters. Here we go:

  1. During the 2 hours the temperature changes by around 70 degrees Celsius;
  2. That takes 2 hours times 18000 Watts is a total of 36000 Watts or 36 kWh;
  3. So for 500 liters to heat up with 70 degrees Celsius, we need 36000 Watts ;
  4. If we divide 36000 by 500 liters, it turns out that heating up one liter with 70 degrees C takes just 72 Watts;
  5. One liter heats up with 70 degrees by adding 72 Watts of energy input;
  6. So if we want to heat-up 1 liter by 1 degree Celsius we need to divide 72 Watts by 70 degrees;
  7. Voila: 1,0285714;
  8. That’s close enough to 1.03 for me!

This example shows that our Factor X is 1.03. That it takes the iStill 500 NextGen 1.03 Watt to heat up one liter of wash by one degree Celsius.

Water Heater Functionality

For one of our UK customers we have build a Water Heater. An iStill 2000 NextGen that will serve them as a Water Heater, yes, that way. They will get two units actually. One iStill 2000 NextGen they will use to distill single malt whisky. The other (on the pictures underneath) will be used to collect the warm cooling water, that comes of the still, heat it up overnight, so the next day mashing a new batch can start early.

Let’s do the math!

Will you do the math with me? Because we have all night, very fast heat-up times are not needed. We have all night, right? Also, we work with a maximum of 2000 liters, since this is a 2000 liter unit. In fact, 1600 liters is more to the point, since that is the approximate amount of water needed to mash a total of 2000 liters of water and grain.

Okay, we need to heat-up 1600 liters (415 gallon) and we have got all night, so at least 12 hours. Say the cooling water is 35 degrees,  and let’s assume that we need the water to be taken 80 degrees Celsius.

Do you remember that it takes 1.03 Watt to heat up one liter by one degree. We want to heat-up 1600 liters, so it takes around 1700 Watt to heat-up 1600 liters by one degree Celsius. We don’t want to raise the temperature by 1 degree, though, but by 45 degrees. This means we actually need 45 times 1700 is 76.500 Watt or 76.5 kW.

Normally, the iStill 2000 NextGen, when fired electrically, is mounted with a 36 kW heating system. But that would be – given it’s current use as a water heater – overkill. To save costs we opted for an 18 kW power system. If we divide 76.5 kW by 18 kW, it turns out that this configuration can hit target temperature in 4 hours and 15 minutes.

More functionality

In case the UK Craft Distiller wants to heat-up at a slower pace, we offer more functionality. He can dial in different power settings. Even though the maximum power input to the water heater configuration is 18 kW, he can tune that down to 9 kW. Heat-up will now go more gentle and will take 8 hours and 30 minutes.

But what if the craft distiller stops distilling at 6 pm and only wants to start mashing at 8 am the next day? That’s a 14 hour in between time. There are two options we offer:

  1. Tune down the power input even more, for instance to 6 kW;
  2. Set the timer.

Our timer functionality is clock time based. If the craft distiller wants the water to be at strike temperature at 8 am the next day, he can also leave the unit at maximum power setting and tell it to start heating up at 3:45 am. The water will be 80 degrees Celsius at 8 o’clock. Of course, any other combination of power input and timer setting is also possible. This timer functionality is also available in our mashing, fermenting, and distilling software.

And more versatility!

We designed the iStill NextGen line-up to be ultimately versatile. The above set-up is a fine example of that: one iStill 2000 NextGen is used as a still, the other as the distillery’s main water heater. But there is more, much more versatility to be found.

Imagine this craft distiller deciding to use his water heater for distillation purposes in the future. All he has to do is order an upgraded heating system and a column …

And the same holds through for the unit that works as a still. It has an agitator, so if the craft distiller wants to use it as a masher, all he needs to do is order the boiler radiator for mash cooling …

Pictures

Here are some pictures of us testing the water heater iStill 2000 NextGen unit. The program is self learning, so if we let it run a few times, it will perform better and better. The first run, it may overshoot the dialed in strike temperature by 0.6 degrees, the second run it will use new parameters and minimize overshooting to 0.4 degrees. From the third run onwards, it will easily stay within 0.3 degrees Celsius of the dialed in strik temperature.

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Tuesday Tech Talk!

Introduction

Finishing taste rich product on wooden barrels is common practice. Here’s a short post with a guideline for how to barrel age in such a way you get the desired taste profile!

Barrel aging and flavor

Lots of things happen while barrel aging. Your drink mellows out due to O2 contact. Wood particles enter your drink. And much more.

But taste wise, well, taste wise, the barrel pretty much adds two things you may want to play around with:

  • Tannins;
  • Vanillins.

Tannins add complexity to your spirits, where vanillins adds a sweet, vanillin taste.

Barrel wood and flavor

In general, American white oak is a faster growing oak variety. Less hard structures and more soft wood result in relatively more vanillins and less tannins. French oak grows slower and has therefore more hard structures for more tannins and less vanillins. iStill barrels, that are made from Slavonic oaks from North-East Hungary, are rich in both tannins and vanillins.

Getting over the right flavor

If you are after vanillin taste for your rum, brandy, or whiskey, go for American white oak or Slavonic oak. If it’s the complexity of tannins you want, then please choose French or Slavonic oak to start with.

Now, the next thing I want you to understand, is that vanillins dissolve in water, where tannins dissolve in alcohol. Understanding this gives you a great tool in creating the right barrel flavors:

  • Age at a higher ABV if you chase those tannins (60 to 65%);
  • Age at a lower ABV if you want the vanillins to shine through (50 to 55%).

45% strong organic Bourbon aged for 6 months in a 30 liter iStill Barrel …

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Tuesday Tech Talk: Steady State Distilling!

Introduction

Another Tuesday Tech Talk post! This time about … steady state distilling. What is it? Yes, some explaining is needed, especially since steady state distilling is not something that’s standard procedure. In fact, it is a terminology that I introduce here and now, to describe a certain approach to designing stills. A quite interesting one, that we will put to practice on the iStill 100 NextGen we are about to launch.

iStill 100 NextGen design challenges

When I started designing the iStill 100 NextGen, I wanted it to be an affordable unit that the Craft Distiller can use for small scale production or product development. At the same time I wanted it to be a still we can use ourselves to train our customers in the basics of distilling, prior to them taking the next step: automated and robotized distilling.

Considerations

For the unit to be both “affordable” and “educational”, I wanted to start with a unit that had only very limited automation and robotization. That beefs up the learning experiences, while cutting costs dramatically on the smaller unit the i100 NG is.

The focus then became something like this: “Yes, we can make a unit that is operated via a manual needle-valve … but how can we design a unit that – given its size, column diameter, packing, power settings – can make both taste rich and pure product in the easiest way possible?”

The answer? Steady state distilling!

Steady State Distilling

Without all the automation and robotization in place to control and manage the iStill 100 NextGen, I had to come up with a solution that would make the unit as easy to manage and as good as running itself as possible. And that’s where steady state distilling comes in …

“Steady state distilling” is the situation where the rig, by structural design decisions, runs perfectly balanced as is, without any control action having to be undertaken, both when making taste rich and pure product. With the manual needle-valve now operating as a mere selector of the amount of taste versus purity the Craft Distiller wants.

What I needed to balance out, in order to achieve that steady state situation for the non-robotized iStill 100 NextGen, were quite a few parameters:

  • Boiler size;
  • Column diameter;
  • Packing efficiency;
  • Power input;
  • Standard needle-valve opening.

The solution, I found, had to have the following specifications:

  • Net boiler content of 100 liter;
  • Column diameter of 3 inch;
  • A newly designed, slightly bigger SPP as column packing;
  • A steady power input of 3.5 kW;
  • A newly designed manual needle-valve with a certain maximum diameter and full 1080 degrees (3 full turns) rotational control.

Application

The 3.5 kW heating element heats up a 100 liter boiler charge in 2 hours. That’s a great number. Long enough for some additional Maillardization to take place, not so long that it makes a total distillation run take longer than a working day of 8 hours.

Also, the chosen power input perfectly feeds the 3 inch column. It allows for a low HETP (Height Equivalent of Theoretical Plates), so that making a pure product like vodka or neutral is perfectly achievable.

So the power setting, column diameter, and everything else work perfectly well when making pure product, but how about taste rich product, like whiskey, brandy, or rum? How about stripping and finishing those?

Stripping

Stay with me, because this is where the challenge became interesting. Why? Well, because 3.5 kW energy input is actually a bit too low for ultrafast stripping. On a 3 inch diameter column, I’d rather strip at 4.5 to 5.5 kW for faster production rates. But beefing up the power would mean that customers or Craft Distillers buying the iStill 100 NextGen all of a sudden have to invest in special power plugs and probably heavy duty electrical wiring. A standard 210 volt (USA) to 230 volt (Europe) / 16 amp (Europe) to 20 amp (USA) household socket/grid would not cut it anymore. And that was a no go.

Finishing

Now, for finishing, 3.5 kW isn’t ideal either. In a sort of potstill configuration, a 3 inch diameter column, while finishing, is best fed by some 2.5 kW, not 3.5 kW. More power isn’t bad, but it will create more smearing and may mean your product has to age a bit longer.

Steady state distilling in practice

The solution was found by applying the steady state design principle. In more laymen’s terms? With the iStill NextGen, if you want to make taste rich product, you can stop stripping and finishing all together. Instead, the NextGen line-up offers you a one distillation approach for more taste transfer, for better taste transfer, and for a more efficient total operation (hey, you skip one complete distillation cycle)!

Practically, this is what we did. I designed a needle-valve that at its standard opening would still create some reflux. Reflux that is sent back down the column for redistillation. In such a way that an 8 to 10% beer or wine charge results in a 60 to 65% Hearts cut. Right: the column now gives you two distillations in one go! Ideal for aging, for maximum taste transfer, and for total efficiency.

Do you want to make vodka after all? Use the Hearts cut and dilute it to 30%. Now rerun it with the needle-valve half closed and  you collect at 95% instead of 60 to 65%. It’s as simple as that!

Summary

By carefully designing the iStill NextGen according to our Steady State Design Principle, we have created an afforable and easy to run 100 liter size rig. In standard setting, it will create perfect strength Hearts cuts for whiskey, rum, and brandy with the needle valve in its standard setting. It will help you create pure vodka by simply closing the needle valve a notch.

iStill 100 NextGen

Interested in the iStill 100 NextGen? Please know we are buidling the first batch of 3 units right now. More information on its specifications? Please follow the iStill Blog. We’ll post more on the iStill 100 NextGen the day after tomorrow.

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Revolutionizing Craft Distilling Once More!

Introduction

When I introduced iStill some 4 years ago, we pretty much hit the ground running. Why? Because our equipment rocks, challenges, and integrates!

The sheer performance of our units has rocked the Craft Distilling scene. Our innovations have challenged the status-quo. And our new designs have been integrating various functions like mashing and fermenting or stripping and finishing.

Now, it’s time to take the next step.

My promise to you

My promise to you? We are currently taking that next step. The meaning of the words “rocking”, “challenging”, and “integrating” are about to be pushed to a whole new level. And I plan to reveal just what I mean in this iStill Blog post.

The groundwork

Thinking about the whole spirits manufacturing process, all of a sudden it struck me: mashing, fermenting, and distilling have three things in common:

  1. They all involve heating;
  2. They all involve cooling;
  3. They all take place in a boiler.

So … why hasn’t our industry taken advantage of those similarities? I understand that it creates oversight to give each step (mashing, fermenting, distilling) a machine of its own. And I understand that manufacturers of distillation equipment rather sell you three, four or five machines than only one or two …

But doesn’t the process of making spirits with different, overly specialized machines by definition creates bottle necks? Especially in a scenario where Craft Distilleries grow and/or change their product line-up? You make rum and want to make whiskey … heck, you need a masher! You have a bottleneck with your fermenters one day … and when you solve that issue, it’s the stills that form the new constraint!

My new gold dream

Here is the new gold dream I want to share with you:

  1. Let’s beef up the heating capacity;
  2. Let’s beef up cooling capacity;
  3. And let’s design a boiler that is fit for mashing as well as fermenting as well as distilling.

Let’s create a system that you can tailor for mashing, fermenting, and distilling. No more need for a variety of machines. Instead, I give you one machine that can do it all. From mashing to barreling in one go without compromizing!

iStill NextGen stands for the Next Generation in Craft Distilling

iStill NextGen stands for “Next Generation”. That is not pretention. I am firmly convinced it is the next generation of Craft Distilling equipment. Did you think that the iStill 500 NextGen is just our newest still? It isn’t, because it is so much more than that!

Instead of the iStill 500 NextGen “just” being a newer, better still, it is actually a huge leap forward. A leap that is achieved by us thinking outside of the box. Outside of the box? Far outside any box!

Stay with me, try to wrap your head around what we have done and what I want to share. Believe me, it is worth that effort. You may be part of the new Craft Distilling Revolution.

Revolutionary modular design

Our NextGen units are of a new, revolutionary modular design that can be configured for mashing, fermenting, distilling, or any combination of mashing, fermenting and distilling.

You set it up any way you like. And if you change your mind, you can change the set-up of your iStill NextGen and give it new functionality, new tasks and new responsabilities.

The iStill NextGen changes what is in our industry basically a multi-step process and reduces it to its core: varieties of heating up and cooling down in one (1) boiler, reducing three steps to one, thus limiting pumping, cleaning, capital investment, and more …

Example 1: Simon and Philip from Scotland

Simon and Philip from Scotland have a whisky and gin distillery. They ordered two iStills 2000 NextGen to complement their existing equipment. One will serve as their new main still for gin production. The other will be used as a water heater. They will charge the water heater with the still’s cooling water, that’s already 50 degrees C,  dial in a higher temperature setting, and use the very hot water the next day to charge their already existing whisky mash tun.

Now, if their operation grows further, they may decide to use the iStill 2000 NextGen that’s currently configured as a water heater and have it operate as an additional masher or fermenter or still … or any combination of the above. For them to achieve that next level of versatility, all they need to do is order a column, an agitator, and a radiator. Of course, new software that supports this new functionality will be remotely uploaded to their PLC as well.

Example 2: Matt from the USA

Matt will open up a bourbon, gin and vodka distillery. He originally envisioned buying five of our mashers/fermenter, one iStill One at 2000 liter capacity, and one iStill 500 as well as an iStill Pump. He realized he also had to invest in a seperate water cooker so he could charge the mashers/fermenters with hot enough water.

After introducing Matt to the new NextGen philosophy, and after showing him how it works, I proposed the following solution to him:

  • Five iStills 2000 NextGen configured for mashing, fermenting and stripping;
  • One iStill 500 NextGen with a fully robotized column.

The beefed up heating and cooling, in combination with our new boiler, agitator, and stripper column (see the previous post!), would allow him to mash, ferment and strip in each and every one of the 2000 liter (520 gallon) NextGen units. Without the need of an additional water cooker or the iStill Pump. The robotized column on the iStill 500 NextGen would allow him to further finish his bourbon, gin, and vodka.

Is that what Matt actually ordered? Did he follow my proposal? No, he didn’t! Now fully understanding our new designs, he decided to order as follows:

  • Five iStills 2000 NextGen configured for mashing and fermenting, and with the new robotized 8 inch columns;
  • One iStill 500 NextGen with the new 5 inch robotized column.

The addition of the robotized columns to his 2000 liter NextGen units enables Matt to make his bourbon in one go. He will mash, ferment and finish his bourbon in one go and in one machine, yielding around 230 liters (60 gallons) of 120 proof and ready to barrel bourbon per day. And he will use the smaller 500 liter iStill NextGen as a finishing still for his vodka and maybe his gin.

On iStill Metaphores and NextGen Statements

I like to use metaphores and statements to challenge people’s mindsets. I will use them here as well. A metaphore to describe how iStill has been so different from other still manufacturers over the last years. And a statement by Henry Ford to explain to you how profoundly different our new NextGen approach is.

iStill Metaphore

Sometimes people that want to enter the Craft Distilling industry ask me why they should choose iStill equipment. What makes it so different from traditional stills that have been around for like centuries?

I ask a question in return: “If, instead of opening a distillery, you were to start up a transportation business … would you buy horses and carriages? Or would you buy vans and trucks?”

Horses and carriages were 19th century approaches to solve transportation issues. Vans and trucks are 20th and 21st century approaches to solve transportation issues. If you start a transportation company today and you buy horses and carriages to deliver your services you would go bankrupt in days, not weeks.

Deciding to purchase still designs from the 19th century for your distillery is like buying horses and carriages for your transportation firm today. Yes, they look great. And there is a real “craft” feeling about handling them, but it isn’t the solution that provides you, as a business owner, with a viable future.

If you want to set-up a Craft Distillery and make a profit, you choose iStill equipment.

NextGen Statement

While Gottlieb Daimler invented the “automobile” or car in the late 1800’s, we owe it to Henry Ford to make that new form of transportation available to all of us. Henry Ford designed a mass produced, affordable, and modular car, available in all colours as long as they were black. And because of his vision and execution power you and me and the rest of the world can now actually own and drive a car. A car instead of horse and carriage.

When asked about his vision, when asked why he didn’t just ask his customers instead, when designing the Ford Model T, this is the answer Henry gave:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

And that’s how it is. You, Craft Distillers from around the world, have not asked for my vision and our new line of iStill NextGen equipment, but here it is. It is the future. Cars instead of horses and carriages. And you are invited for a test drive via sales@istillmail.com. Beware, it may become the ride of your lifetime!

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The iStill London Craft Distilling Expo 2016!

We are proud to announce that iStill will be the exclusive platinum sponsor to the London Craft Distilling Expo 2016.
 
The London Craft Distilling Expo 2016 will take place on October 5th and 6th in the Boilerhouse in London. It is the place to go for (future) distillers that want to learn about the craft as well as the trade. Lectures, workshops, suppliers … and we will be the main sponsor.
 
What we will bring to London? Well at least two iStills NextGen. But also, I hope, lots of iStill customers and fans. Please know we will pour some of the worlds best Gins at our stand!
 
Equipment … check. Gins … check. Anything else? Yes! As I did last year, I will deliver the Future of Distillation Technology Address in 2016 as well!
 
Are you an iStill customer or do you want to become one? Please come to London and join us. On the evening of October 5th we will host an iStill Exclusive Dinner.
 
Regards, Odin.
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Building more iStills 500 Pro!

We are building more iStills 500 Pro Series! Here are a few pictures of the boiler being manufactured, insulated and inspected.

This is Konrad polishing the boiler’s inside …

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Adrian and Martin (legs only …) are welding the bottom plate to the boiler …

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Master Luke’s final inspection and treatment of the boiler’s insulation cover …

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