Distilling equipment is sold by Homebrew
Heaven for the purposes of water distillation, and the
production of essential oils, herbal extracts and ethanol alcohol
for use as a fuel. To our knowledge these uses are legal in
all 50 states. No other alternative should be inferred
because none is implied. Home distilling of alcohol (as a
beverage) in the United States is NOT legal, and committing
this offense could bring about criminal penalties.
Capacity of this still is a little
over 1 gallon. Output after about 2 hours of operation is
about 1 quart of distillate.
As an example:
If you were using the Air Still to produce
alcohol to be used as a fuel, you put a gallon of fermented alcohol
"wash" (at perhaps 15% ABV) into the Air Still. In about 2 hours of
operation, the Air Still would distill off about a quart
(32 oz) of 50% to 60% ABV (100 to 120 proof). It is possible
to re-distill that volume for even higher purity
In New Zealand (and lots of other
countries), distilling alcohol for home use (as a
beverage) IS legal. The Turbo Air Still is manufactured in
Here is a
useful video link on using this system:
turbo air still
From james savoy of Lebanon, Oregon on 10/13/2013.
Excellent product. I am pleased beyond description. Purifies water in a short time. Has not failed. Well designed and looks good too
12/22/2013 -- When using the Turbo Air Still to distill store-bought wine, is there liquid remaining in the form of non or very low alcohol wine at the end of the process?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The liquid that remains in the still is indeed a very low alcohol wine.You could also say that the distillate (what you collect from the process) is very, very high alcohol wine, but it is really much closer to a high alcohol vodka or high alcohol brandy.
1/13/2012 -- WHAT SOURCE OF ENERGY DOES THE TURBO AIR STILL USE?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It uses electricity. Plain old 110 volt, for heating and air (fan) cooling. Plug into any available outlet. I think of it as "plug and play"!
7/28/2010 -- Do I have to worry about "heads" and "tails" when using this still? From my limited knowledge of using stills such as column stills, reflux stills and pot stills, you have to worry about them...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It works in the same way as those stills. You should discard the first little bit (maybe 2 oz), and cut it off at the lower end.In short, it's very easy to use, and I've never found that worrying helps anyway...
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
5/5/2010 -- What is this unit equivalent to? What percentage alcohol does it create?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not exactly sure what you mean by equivalent. Stills do not create alcohol, they concentrate it from a lower alcohol substance, like wine, or a "sugar wash". i.e. you need to ferment something first, and then distill it. For example:If you were using the Air Still to obtain high purity alcohol, you put a gallon of fermented alcohol . . .
12/15/2009 -- Relative to your "Turbo Air Still" I see reference to fermented alcohol "wash" ...What is that ?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Something that has been fermented, and ready for distillation. It is often as simple as a sugar/water/yeast mixture, or fermented grain, or juice, that has been fermented. Usually fermentation will only take alcohol level to about 12-16%. Distillation further concentrates the alcohol.
11/10/2009 -- On your Turbo Air Still is there a temperture setting? so that I can collect between 170-180F. Thank you
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, there is no temperature setting. The output is simply controlled by the wattage of the unit (and air fan speed). No adjustment is needed to collect ethanol.
9/8/2009 -- how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
5/5/2009 -- One more question. If this unit is made in New Zealand does it come with a separte electrical cord for use in the States?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No adapter needed. It comes with a U.S. plug
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
12/20/2006 -- In our area we seem to have an abundance of Maple Syrup. I'd like to use this for distilling rather than granulated sugar. Do you know the amount of sugar in maple syrup as compared with granulated sugar for use in many recepies??
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It very much depends on how long the syrup is boiled; but in general, maple syrup is about 60% sugars, compared to 100% for granulated sugar.
10/26/2006 -- I was wondering if you could make moonshine with the counter top still. I also was wondering if you are able to to that if you could send some recipies for moonshine along as well. Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is certainly possible to do that using this equipment. The legality of doing so is your responsibility, however.We have lots of books with recipes for whiskey, rum...you name it. The term "moonshine" is pretty broad, so I can't help there. The internet has LOTS of them, too.
9/14/2006 -- can you ship stills to ontario canada? and have you ever done so?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we can. Yes, we have. No problem.
7/28/2006 -- Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
2/12/2006 -- Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
1/25/2006 -- I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
7/21/2005 -- I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
4/19/2005 -- Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
2/6/2005 -- what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
9/26/2004 -- can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
5/5/2004 -- The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
4/5/2004 -- I am looking for a very small self contained table top distiller. Do you have any suggestions where I could find one?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. See below:
3/6/2004 -- I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 -- Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 -- Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/1/2004 -- How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 -- I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 -- So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 -- i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 -- Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 -- new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
6/14/2003 -- Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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