New PLC Technology and Software!

New computer hardware and software

We are proud to announce that we have developed, together with our technology partners, the mother of all industrial computers. The processing speeds (x10) and upgraded memory banks (x100) and upgraded graphics (x1000) are all amazing steps forward from the already impressive (and class leading) current iStill PLC (Programmable Logic Controller = industrial computer). HAL 9000 move over!

Increased performance and functionality

iStill started working on the new PLC, and its associated software, over a year ago. The functionality has been tested extensively, over the last 9 months, both at iStill HQ and at a select group of customers. The results are great.

With the new hardware and software, the following capabilities and functions are added to the iStill (or will be added in the future):

  1. The iStill Robot is 100 (!) times faster;
  2. Bigger touch screen, for a more satisfying user experience: per direct;
  3. That is 16:9 instead of 4:3 and has Full HD Color capability: per direct;
  4. Support will be on demand and internet connectivity will be for free, instead of via a Software and Service Subscription: per direct;
  5. Integration with iStill’s new StillControl App: per 2021;
  6. Data-logging, to track and register your runs: per 2021;
  7. Integrated Central Distillery Management, where all new iStills can monitor and manage up to 7 fermenters and mashers (until now a separate 10-20K option): hardware per direct, software per mid 2020.

Roll-out and ordering process

Any unit, except the i100 that will follow later, for which the ordering process starts from tomorrow onwards, will automatically (no pun intended) be equipped with the new PLC, software, and touch screen. The improved graphics and Integrated Central Distillery Management hardware are included as well. Ordering process? Nothing spectacular, just reach out to, discuss what you need, and – when you are ready to order – ask for a quotation. Business as usual …

Working on the new software (2019 pic) …


Important notices related to Corona virus!

1. We cancelled the iStill University Course planned for the end of March. Students have been informed. Traveling from around the world, and assembling in a group from all over the world, didn’t seem right. The tickets will stay valid, and students will be invited to other courses, that we planned for later this year, for free.

2. The trade-shows in the USA (ACSA, ADI and CBC) were cancelled due to the Corona virus, so you won’t be able to visit us there. Please know that we are working hard to fill the knowledge-gap you may find yourself in, with no trade-shows to participate at, and to get you the information you need to start or upgrade your craft distillery. How? By filming and releasing a series of informational/instructional videos on the original dates of the now cancelled shows. More info soon!

3. At iStill’s production facilities it is business as usual. So far, no one has fallen ill, and we have taken measures to minimize the risk of anyone getting sick. Production, to keep up with the huge boost in demand 2020 shows, has actually been upped and if anything, we expect to be perfectly able to deliver the iStills you ordered on schedule. If not ahead of it.

If anything changes, if any new information presents itself, that we need to act upon, please rest assured that we’ll approach it the iStill-way. With decisive action at our end and open communications with our friends and customers all over the world.

For now, stay healthy and prosper.

Regards, Odin
CEO of iStill.

Sunday Joke!

A gorilla walks into a bar, orders a Mai Tai, and hands the bartender a $20 bill. After recovering from his shock, the bartender thinks, Hey, this gorilla doesn’t know how much drinks cost, and hands him back one dollar in change, saying, “We don’t get too many gorillas in here.” The gorilla replies, “At 19 bucks a drink, I’m not surprised.”


The Ultimate Product Development Still!

The iStill Mini is the ultimate product development still, because you can make both pot distilled and column distilled recipes, because it is digitally controlled, because it comes with the amazing new extractor technology, and because the build-quality is, well, iStill build-quality! Manufactured in the Netherlands, no less.

The iStill Mini comes with heater, agitator, power manager, digital Bluetooth probe, and an app. It helps make brandy, gin, rum, vodka, whiskey, bitters and liqueurs. We pack the unit in a wheeled trolley bag, so it is convenient for you to transport it or to move it around.

We are currently finishing a new batch of 17 iStills Mini. They are sold for EUR 3.500,-. That’s the complete kit. With trolley bag. And transport is included! If you want to order, please reach out to If you want to book training on how to use the iStill Mini to develop a new portfolio of top-shelf spirits, contact

Column coolers: check …


Boilers: check …


Trolley bags: checked …


All set to go to customers all over the world …




iStill Support for Breweries!


More and more breweries expand into distilling, and that makes total sense. As a brewer, you already make beer and work in the alcohol industry. What makes more sense than to double your product portfolio by turning part of your beer into beer brandy, whiskey, vodka, or gin? Since most brewers, however, are new to distilling, iStill wants to help them cross the gap. How? Let’s dive in deeper!

Brewstillery Calculator

The Brewstillery Calculator helps you with the number crunching. Just fill in how big your brew system is, then add the alcohol percentage of your beer, and you will immediately learn how many bottles of whiskey, beer brandy, vodka, or gin you could produce.

Free e-Book

Our CEO and world-renowned distillation guru Odin wrote a short e-Book that answers 21 questions related to distilling. Everything you always wanted to learn about distilling? And maybe a bit more …

Interview with existing brewstiller

Travis Peterson, owner of Meadowlark Brewery & Distillery, explains the “how”, “why”, and “what” of setting up a brewstillery. You’ll find the interview we did with him helpful, we are sure.


The iStill University’s 4-day course trains you to become a distiller. It is a hands-on training, where you learn how to make spirits and how to operate the distilling part of your business.

Landing page

Please find our dedicated brewstillery landing page. All the above support can be found there. The address is:

Picture of the brewstillery e-Book …







Dispatching more iStills!

We are dispatching two more iStills 2000, an iStill 500, and an Extractor. Both iStills 2000 go to customers in Scandinavia. The i500 and Extractor will ship to Australia soon.

Forklifting two iStills 2000 …


In the truck and off to the crating company …


The iStill 500 and Extractor …


New pallets for new orders …


Robert James Distillery Chooses iStill!

Shumrick and Leys Gets Bought, Rebranding On The Way.

I love Cincinnati’s drinking culture, and I’m endlessly fascinated to watch the drinking industry here in town grow and change. I’m a diehard craft beer fan, and a fairly novice booze lover as well – which is why this news is really exciting to me.

Let’s take this, one step at a time.

Who Was/Is Shumrick and Leys?

This website is new to the world of covering our local booze scene, so I haven’t had a chance to really dig in and let you get to know these guys… so here’s your crash course.

Shumrick and Leys is located in Norwood, Ohio on Highland Avenue, and they’ve been distilling there since 2017, with a former location literally in a barn in Milford. With a portfolio that includes rum, a Bourbon, a wine barrel aged whiskey that they call “Bourvin”, and some vodkas… they’ve been chugging along crafting things that have started to win them over plenty of fans locally.

As For Bob Slattery?

Bob Slattery is a mogul here in town. The founder of Reach Magazine, Valpak and several other digital and print advertising venues along with Slatts Pub while also being a partner in the Cincinnati staple brewery, Fifty West. The guy is the definition of an entrepreneur.

When he talks about why he is buying Shumrick and Leys, he talks about exploring new technologies in the space. Playing around and experimenting are things that have made Fifty West who they are in Cincinnati, and it’s exciting to see that spirit brought into another industry, and another company.

This Isn’t A Fifty West Distillery

When I first started hearing rumblings of this purchase happening it was definitely pushed to me as “Fifty West is buying the distillery”. That’s not the case, and the guys at 50W have made that very clear to me. While they support Bob 100% in his new venture and look forward to seeing what he is going to do – they are most definitely dedicated to beer, and you can expect to see that represented in their products.

What’s The New Distillery Going To Look Like?

They aren’t trying to change too much right now. The former owner of Shumrick and Ley’s is staying on as Master Distiller, while the whole brand itself is being reimagined as Robert James Distillery.

The biggest changes right off the bat are on the technology side. A big invest is being made in iStill technology, a company that has some really fun ideas about “fast aging” products that will help Robert James Distillery to not only collaborate among a unique network of similar distilleries, but to come to market faster with cutting edge, patented spirits production processes.

I can’t wait to see how this all plays out, and to try the stuff they’re planning.

It sounds to me like the new Robert James Distillery is trying to keep the things they love about Shumrick and Leys while pushing things into a new experimental realm that is really exciting for not just the community – but the industry as a whole…

Stay tuned – You know you’re going to be hearing more about these folks.

Progress is just six letters …