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I have been working for 5 years in a portuguese copper potstill, making gin, grappa and I have been working the last 3 years in a perfect absinthe recipe without perfect results :-)
I want to start producing my own neutral and we are going to try to do it with a StillDragon .....
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Hey Ivan. I am in mendoza and i am making whiskey and gin with SD gear. I had to have my 240l boilrrs made locally, sorry moonshine. If you want to see the gear let me know. I love SD gear. Its modular so you can get it over the border too. Cheers. Matt
Of course! please show some pics of the setup, the keg is my next challenge, you use fire or electric?
@srpompon I use electric on all my boilers. Ok in another thread you wanted fotos so here they are. The first is my 150 boiler setup with a SD whiskey helmet in a pot still configuration. Makes great whiskey.
The next is the same boiler with my SD gin basket. Great value and great product. I have added an extension for more volume but still the base basket is great.
The third is my composite still set up with a SD 4" column and my SD whiskey helmet in a hybrid still setup with a SD 3" condensor. Thanks punkin. Great set up although after having it set up I did a couple of runs using the column but now I run almost everything through the whiskey helmet. I had the boilers made in Mendoza as I cant import stuff into Argentina as I am non resident and I cant put a 200l boiler in my suitcase or in the wheel well of my car.
@srpompon. Just as a comment I have no idea why you would want to make your own Neutral in Argentina. I can buy Neutral for a dollar a litre. So can you. Even with the most efficient of production my base cost for grain and energy is about $2.5 to $3 per litre for alcohol. Which is OK for whiskey but if your making Gin then use base neutral you can buy on Mercardolibre. To be honest I bought 2 x 6 plate crystal dragon columns from SD to make my own Neutral/vodka but I have yet to assemble them and put them on my boilers as I can buy neutral so cheaply. When I have my distillery I will set them up and run neutral just for bling and for fun but right now making gin I use commercial neutral because it so cheap. And the SD whiskey helmet is just the bomb. I am a huge fan of potstilling right now. The last few whiskeys I ran were great. Thanks SD and @punkin.
Very nice setup, the 240L setup is awesome, very good job!
On why not use more commercial alcohol ...
I do not have a production to sell, it's just for my family and friends, I distil about 20 bottles a month, on different type of liquor every time, 100% hobby, therefore I try to get the maximum possible quality.
Today I use commercial alcohol, I re-distill it in my poststill and I leave it for 3 weeks with activated carbon, after filtering it the taste is good but it is not "rich"
Also I want to learn how to make whiskey !!!!!!!
I want to be able to make grape alcohol for my absinthe.
I want to buy the mash from local brewers and try to make whiskey with that.
For a hobbyist 4 plates and a electric 200L would be a world of possibilities.
@SRPOMPON. Making whiskey with my composite still was and is easy. Actually the distillation with this gear is the easist part. Learning how to mash and ferment consistently is what I have just been working through. There are a few guys starting to think about making whiskey in Argentina. A couple in Cordoba, and one pair of guys in Mendoza. I have the most modern gear from what I can tell. The only difficultly I have had with the electric is getting someone to make the boiler and the heating element controllers. Its a very small tank if you have to get it fabricated locally. I would have preferred a SD system but importing anything large was not an option. So I just had to get the columns and whiskey helmets and import them one or two peices at a time. The problem I am having now is that I am making whiskey in 60 bottle batches and its just accumulating in my garage. I am getting labels made up so I can start to sell it. As everyone says on the distilling web boards making good booze is easy. Selling it ( or getting people to pay for it) is the hard thing. All of my wifes family likes it for free. No one has offered to buy it yet.