iStill Blog Statistics!

More and more, the iStill Blog is becoming the go-to place for all questions related to distilling. Last year, 2019, saw another strong increase in visitors and views. Here are the statistics (with 2018 between brackets):

  • 212 new posts (188);
  • 36.331 visitors (23.636);
  • 83.426 page views (57.692).

We are incredibly proud of the success of the iStill Blog. It reaches tremendous amounts of people (100 visitors per day!) and is quickly becoming the leading body of distillation knowledge, both adequate and applicable.

Please rest assured that we will continue to help grow the iStill Blog’s success and put even more effort into it, wherever and whenever we can. In 2020 and beyond.

The year 2020 will see a new series of posts on the iStill Blog, that will be called “Myth Busters”, where our CEO Odin will dive into the various anecdotes and myths surrounding the noble science of distillation, and explain what really goes on. Replacing myth by science is basically what he has been doing for a decade now. We feel we better the iStill Blog by making you part of the nonsense, the sense, the BS, and what’s real.

More and better information translates into you, as a craft distiller, being able to make better choices. Freedom only persists where options are developed. Options only become viable choices, when the decision makers (you) have access to more and better information. There you have it: the goal we started the iStill Blog with. And it is as valid today as it was 6 1/2 years ago.

If you have any suggestions for Odin to dive into, please feel free to email us via Sales@iStillMail.com

Accelerated growth: this is what information diffusion looks like …

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Happy New Year!

Wishing you the best

Via this iStill Blog post, on behalf of iStill, I want to wish you all a happy and amazing new year. May 2020 be all that you hope for … and so much more! I wish you a year full of happiness and prosperity. May this year give you the opportunity to not just follow your dreams, but to realize them to their full potential.

Looking back

When I look back, it has been both a happy and an amazing voyage. In a mere 6 1/2 years, iStill has grown from a contender to the world’s leading producer of distillation equipment. We (you and us) have taken the industry by storm. Our focus on innovation, combined with the entrepreneurship of our customers, helped get us there.

And it is not just the amazing iStills that are a huge success. When we set our mind to helping the craft distilling industry forward via education, and started the iStill University Program, who could have thought that it would become the industry’s leading training facility as it did? The decision to focus on teaching people how to distill, rather than “just” selling stills, was spot on. For educational purposes, yes, for sure. But also as a means to keep in touch, to stay connected with our customers, and continue to learn what you need from us …

Listening to craft distillers and their needs all over the world, helped establish two more services. Recipe development support grew almost organically into a new business, where we help our customers to create top shelf spirits. So far 300 (!) recipes have been developed.

Finally, you asked us to help with the actual production of spirits. And that is something we have grown over the last year, to the situation where we now have a full sized distillery producing gins, whiskies, vodkas and rums for customers that want to buy iStills, but do not yet have their distillery up and running.

Towards the future

But what do we hope 2020 will be like? What will iStill focus on in 2020? What will we change? What innovations will be unveiled? Well, here is news for you: not much!

We have put tremendous effort in bringing distillery equipment to the 21st century, where our competitors still believe that bubble caps, invented in 1870, are an amazing step forward from pot distillation. With the current level of automation, robotization, and technology, we have helped push the industry to 2020. That’s a huge leap of 150 years of advancement condensed in less than seven years!

With all the attention we have given to innovation, our stills are now basically a century and a half ahead of the game. The iStill technology has grown into maturity. Emphasizing more innovation for 2020 does not make sense. What would we achieve? A 160 year lead over our competitors instead of 150? We are not in the vanguard, we are the vanguard.

So, what will we focus on in 2020 and beyond? We’ll focus on further professionalizing our organization so that your interactions with us, and as a result our mutual relationship, grow and intensify. Any contact we have is an opportunity to strengthen our bonds, to grow together. And if we don’t grow our relationship, what a missed opportunity that would be! So much so, that I’d want to minimize that risk and instead capitalize on every opportunity we have to further our customer experience by professionalizing our organization rather than pursuing ever faster rates of technological innovation.

What this means? Well, we already started updating our assembly guides. Also, we have started Distillers Weekly. An eNewsletter that informs over 2,000 subscribers on a weekly basis about advanced distilling. Also, for the annual software update, we just created a short video to help make this easier. But for 2020 there will be other improvements as well, basically around two fields of expertise: Technical Support and Sales.

William is promoted to Technical Support Manager. Any technical or technology related questions you have will be addressed by him via Support@iStillMail.com.

We are looking for a Sales Manager to help further our worldwide growth. He or she will grow our network of representatives and referral distilleries with a focus on Asia and Southern Europe, while establishing a more standardized and professionalized customer experience.

What more? Well, since this is about OUR relationship, I’d like to invite you to think with us. What do you feel we should focus on? If you have ideas or suggestions, please let me know personally via (for now) Sales@iStillMail.com.

Enlarge your world of opportunities by swimming upstream …

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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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With column configuration …

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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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Evi’s Easy Egg Punch!

Introduction

Here is an easy recipe for an amazing Christmas Liqueur. Developed by Evi, and now it’s here for you to try. A bit late? Yes, so rush to the shop and buy the ingredients. Shopping will take longer than actually making it. Here is a recipe for 1.2 liters of Evi’s Easy Egg Punch!

Evi is celebrating Xmas …

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Ingredients

  • 0.25 liter of vodka;
  • 0.5 liter of whole milk;
  • 0.25 liter heavy cream (the stuff you make whipped cream from, not yet whipped);
  • 5 egg yolks;
  • 250 gram sugar;
  • vanilla pod;
  • pinch of cinnamon.

But not after making enough of her favorite Xmas drink …

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Procedure

  • Mix the milk with the heavy cream and 150 grams of sugar and add the vanilla pod;
  • Bring it to a boil, then turn off the stove;
  • Take out the vanilla pod;
  • Now, mix the egg yolks with the remaining 100 grams of sugar (separately!);
  • Add the milk/cream/sugar mix very, very slowly to the egg yolk/sugar mix;
  • Like really slowly, and mix it in … really slowly as well;
  • If you do it too quickly, the hot milk will boil the egg yolk, and we don’t want that;
  • So add the milk mix drip by drip, hand-mixing with a fork; that’s the the way forward;
  • Where the hot milk mix does not boil but does pasteurize the eggs;
  • When all is mixed, let the concoction cool down a bit more, then add the vodka;
  • And a pinch of cinnamon;
  • Now bottle it;
  • And put the bottles in the fridge;
  • Leave it for 12 to 24 hours before consumption;
  • A bit longer is better, but Xmas is around the corner!

This recipe will stay good, in the fridge for around two weeks easily. Never happened to us, because it is simply too good!

Now enjoy Evi’s Easy Xmas Liqueur …

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iStill Brewstillery Calculator!

After having taken over craft distilling by storm, in the last 6 1/2 years, iStill is now focussing on making distilling easier for … brewers. The iStill Brewstillery Calculator is a concrete result. It is a tool that helps the brewer calculate how much spirits he can make, what it would cost in terms of energy to make these spirits, and what size (Plug & Play) iStill is needed for the actual spirit production.

If you are a brewer, please use the iStill Brewstillery Calculator to see how your current brewhouse set-up translates to the easy production of beer brandy, vodka, or whiskey via clicking on the link underneath:

iStill Brewstillery Calculator

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