Online Distilling University for Existing Students and Customers!

Confronted with Covid-19 and the ensuing unability to give our iStill Distilling University courses here at iStill HQ, we scrambled to bring the curriculum online. Thus the iStill Online Distilling University was created. And it has proven to be a great success.

So much so that we decided to incorporate the online course with the purchase of an iStill. Like this: anyone that buys an iStill gets the course for free. Well, it isn’t for free, because the online curriculum costs EUR 1.895,-, but it is included and the customer is discounted the purchase costs of the online course.

So … new students get the latest course and so do new customers. But how about existing customers and existing students, the ones that participated at the iStill University physically?

On the one hand, one might argue that, well, we delivered as agreed upon. The iStills that were purchased a year or two years ago were more affordable, so that’s a benefit that off-sets the free online course we now include. And the students that visited us, and attended the physical course, well, we delivered on that as well. And very much so, if we look at the feedback.

Still, especially in these weird times, that – for so many – are filled with uncertainty, and with our mission to advance and empower the craft distilling industry … shouldn’t we do more? The iStill Management Team has been struggling with this question for quite some time now. But we think we found a solution that does justice to our mission and to the huge investments we have done to get our course curriculum online.

Here it is: existing students and customers that want to purchase the iStill Online Distilling University can now do so for EUR 395,-. EUR 395,- instead of EUR 1.895,-.

How to order? Send an email to Finance@iStillmail.com, telling them you want to order the course. Finance will send you a payment link in return. You use that link to pay and you’ll get access to the online curriculum the next day …

Simplifying Parts Ordering Process!

We just simplified how customers can order parts or spare parts. Here’s the new procedure:

  1. Email Finance@iStillmail.com and specify the part you want to order;
  2. iStill Finance emails you the costs;
  3. After you confirm via email, iStill Finance emails a payment-link;
  4. After payment is received iStill dispatches the ordered part.

iStill Corona Support Fund!

Introduction

Our goal is to help create a competitive, vibrant, and sustainable craft distilling industry. To bring that vision to reality, we constantly ask ourselves where we can add and contribute. Sometimes that leads to new insights, ideas, or innovations. Today the iStill Management Team wants to share a new idea, that we call “iStill Corona Support Fund” (iCSF).

Ideas and decisions

The idea started, when iStill’s MT went over the numbers and realized that us not participating at various tradeshows, around the globe, due to Corona, has resulted in lower spending, or savings even, on marketing expenditure. The total direct savings were estimated to be EUR 35.000,-. Should we add that to our bottom-line … or should we do something else with it? Something to help craft distillers in these challenging times of a world-wide pandemic?

The discussion, that followed, saw consensus on us wanting to invest the money back into the craft distilling industry. The iStill MT decided to use the funds in two ways:

  1. Create an online Distillers Tradeshow;
  2. Translate the remainder into a price benefit for iStill customers.

The online Distillers Tradeshow provides workshops with industry leaders. It also introduces craft distillers to suppliers and providers that come with iStill customer endorsement. How’s that for clear benefits for craft distillers, funded from the iStill Corona Fund? iStill’s MT realized that it’s not just us not being able to visit tradeshows, but that craft distillers can’t visit ‘m either.

After having invested 21K in the Distillers Tradeshow, the remainder will be translated into a temporary price benefit for craft distillers, as follows:

  • The first 4 iStill 2000 purchases get a EUR 3.500,- discount.

Conditions

The above benefits only apply to purchases made via our website. Digital ordering is needed to enable tracking of how much of the iCSF is consumed. To comply with fiscal regulations, the above benefits only apply to purchases done before December 25th 2020.

As long as it applies, the iStill Corona Support Fund price discount will be shown in our design center. When you configure an iStill 2000 via http://www.iStill.com, you will, at check-out, do the initial downpayment of 5K, and you’ll qualify for the discount. We’ll send you the related contract and invoice for the remaining balance (purchase price minus 5K downpayment and minus 3.5K iCSF) via email within three working days following your order.

Bigger Manual Potstills Now Available!

The iStill Manual Potstills, supported by the StillControl Probe & App, allow for semi-automated runs. You dial your recipe into the app, the probe measures your run progress, the app instructs you when to cut for heads, hearts, and tails.

Up until now, we had the manual, semi-automated potstills available in 100, 200, and 500 liter boiler sizes. Bigger manual potstills are now available! How big? Any size you like. Orders can be placed as of right now. For sizes and prices, see underneath:

  • iStill 100 Potstill Manual: EUR 10.000,-
  • iStill 200 Potstill Manual: EUR 15.000,-
  • iStill 500 Potstill Manual: EUR 20.000,-
  • iStill 1000 Potstill Manual (new!): EUR 35.000,-
  • iStill 2000 Potstill Manual (new!): EUR 50.000,-
  • iStill 5000 Potstill Manual (new!): EUR 75.000,-

iStill 500 Manual Potstill, third from the left …

https://istill.com/potstill

Purchase Our Single Malt Whisky!

We are bottling a batch of single malt whisky that we mashed, fermented, and distilled in an iStill, a little over three years ago.

We plan to sell these bottles to leads or customers that contemplate whisky making with the iStill. Each and every bottle proves how our amazing technology creates better flavors, and how iStill produced spirits empowers the craft distilling industry. Do we need that confirmation? No. Do you need that confirmation? Probably not. But in an industry where partners and financiers – not understanding distilling on a first-principles level, like we do – want some additional “proof” this goes a long, long way!

For that purpose we currently have 50 bottles of single malt whisky (47%) available. We are working on a link, so you can order online. Please give us a few days to set that up!

Distillers Reddit!

Questions

Hi Odin,

I was also wondering if I could ask you a bit about gin louching. I usually ask people on the distilling subreddit when I have questions about distilling and you’ll be pleased to know that you are very popular on reddit, and are often mentioned by other distillers on there. One person said I should ask you directly.

I have had some issues with the gin louching when I add water to it. We usually distill 18L of botanical distillate at 78% abv and then add NGS at 96%abv and de-ionized water to bring the volume up to 200 liters and 40% abv. I have the following questions:

1) Does it matter how quickly I add in the water to the alcohol? Someone told me to add in the water slowly to avoid louching.

2) I’ve read that making a heads cut during spirit collection helps to prevent louching. I started taking 100mL off, and I do notice there are a lot of oils in it. Why is that? I thought the heavier oils would be in the tails, so why are there so many oils at the beginning of spirit collection?

3) I know that making a heads cut during spirit collection, making sure the spirit and water are around the same temp when mixing, and adding more neutral grain spirit to the final product help prevent and get rid of louching. Are there any other ways to get rid of louching?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Answers

Hi there, dunno what Reddit is, but happy to be of assistance. If I should help the broader Reddit community let me know.

As for your questions:

  1. No. Quick dilution will cause temporary haze due to alc and h20 not being mixed, so spots have more or less alcohol. The “parts” with less alcohol have less solvency power and that’s what causes the temporary louching.
  2. Takes time for the column to heat-up. So the first fractions are going to be distilled many times by the time they come over. Gas rises, hits a cold column and returns to liquid, giving off its energy and heating up the column, while performing basically a distillation. This process leads to over concentration of early juniper oils and they need to be discarded. Often you can see the oils float like a ball in the middle, if you collect heads in a see-through glass.
  3. You see louching as a problem. It isn’t. It is a sign you got tremendous amounts of flavor over. Congrats. Now mix in 40% ethanol/water mixture to add solvency power. When the haze lifts you achieved a gin with maximum taste saturation. Pls. know that 43% for craft distilled is often better due to higher solvency power. Otherwise a slightly earlier tails cut or a slightly lower run. But that is if you continue seeing louching as a problem, which it really isn’t.

Regards,

Odin.

StillControl: Distilling Made Easy!

The StillControl App will see a few amazing updates:

  • Android version (both tablet and phone);
  • Run logs = see old runs;
  • Run naming = name runs;
  • Run commenting = add notes and comments to runs;
  • Improved Bluetooth connectivity = easier to switch between probes;
  • Updated interface = clearer communication on functionality.

What the package offers? Temperature controlled cuts management. To put it differently: near perfect control over your distillation run for reproducible results, over and over again. The normal price is EUR 500,-. It is only EUR 350,- when you order before December 31st 2020!

If you want to order the StillControl Probe and App, please know we’ll have a link up and running on the website from Monday onwards.

Semi-automated cuts via the StillControl App …
The StillControl App …