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Material for still
by: Udo on 03.Jul.2003 14:56:00
country: Austria

I heard that a copper still would be the best to distill schnapps. Would it be possible to get also good results with a still made of other materials? I.g. steel, glass

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 RE: Material for still
by: Mark on 16.Jul.2003 13:07:02
country: Spain

Yes of course! You could use also steel, glass and other materials you can use also for cooking. In same books you will find that copper has a good impact on the flavour of tha schnapps. But this seems to be s story.
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 RE: Material for still
by: Sigi on 04.Aug.2004 17:47:50
country: Austria

As far as I know, is steel the best material to build stills.
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 RE: Material for still
by: Sigi on 04.Aug.2004 17:57:57
country: Austria

Aluminium is also possible..
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 RE: Material for still
by: Bernard Deham on 16.Feb.2005 03:25:44
country: Thailand

The best material is copper because it binds several undesirable fusel in chemical reactions during the process. The second best material is stainless steel (inox), glass is also OK but quite inconvenient. I would avoid aluminium wich oxidises very easily.
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 RE: Material for still
by: Brian on 27.Jun.2009 03:37:30
country: Australia

Thank god you're here, Bernard.
Any steel other than stainless will rust. Aluminium will pit very fast, plastic is to be avoided and COPPER is the best for the reasons that you state.
When using Stainless it's best to put some copper chips in the kettle.

So I'm told.
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 RE: Material for still
by: sammy on 25.Dec.2012 20:14:53
country: u...s...??????

Any material that would rust is not advised unless you plan on poisoning yourself and others!!
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 RE: Material for still
by: Mista Too on 17.Nov.2013 08:47:23
country: NZ

We use a a Duplas Reflux still and have done for more than 10yrs . It has a copper head and the rest is food grade plastic . Between 2005 and 2007 we have won 23 Master Distiller awards including Best whiskey in NZ 2yrs running . If any still is to be avoided it would be steel and aluminum due to oxidation. Any one distilling should Carbon filter their brew that is collected . discard any brew collected up to 78 and after 85.
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