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
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 if needed.
New Zealand (and lots of other countries), distilling
alcohol for home use IS legal. The Turbo Air Still is
manufactured in New Zealand. Manufacturer instructions for using
this product can be found on the Still Spirits website. Here is a
useful link to that site:
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.
10/16/2012 -- Do you need to make the required cuts in the distillate collected, as you would with another Still? i.e the foreshots, heads, hearts and tails of distillation process?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, you do. Same as any still.
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"!
9/18/2011 -- I lost the instructions on my entire order and was wondering if I could recieve another set of instructions Thank you Shane Adams1128 Willow Rd.Pampa Tx.79065
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The www.stillspirits.com website has lots of instructions on using this equipment, videos, tips etc. I would start there.http://stillspirits.com/media/downloads/800016_SS_Air_Still_Instructions_Manual.pdfHere is another useful link:ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10bczH6Oqlc&feature=youtu.be
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 4 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 any...
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order 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.
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:http://store.homebrewheaven.com . . .
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!
5/30/2007 -- How do you check the proof of the distilled finished product so that you know it is safe to drink?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The alcohol content (proof) of distilled spirits can be checked with an Alcoholometer.Please note, however, that this is not the same as "safe to drink". Many things have ZERO alcohol and are perfectly safe, like water. Many things contain alcohol, but that doesn't mean they are safe.
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.
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.Here is a link to that permit:http://www.homebrewheaven.com/permit.pdfWe are not lawyers of course, and you . . .
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. Here is a like to the Distillation category:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=41 You can also try:http://www.moonshine-still.com/andhttp://homedistiller.org/
1/5/2004 -- I would like a book or information on how to ferment rice,potatoes,cracked corn.wheat,etc without the use of commercial sugar.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would recommend these three books:"From Harvest to Moonshine""The Lore Of Still Building" "The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible"All are available in our "Distillation" categoy.
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 4-8 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
11/16/2003 -- Is it possible to turn an old beer keg into a good still? What type of still would be better(pot or reflux)? And also how would I control the temperature of the mixture? For research purposes only, of course.........
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is possible, along with a number of components. Stills are not complex. Temperature is controlled in many ways, depending on how YOU design it. There are electric immersion types, external hotplates, propane fired, solar etc etc etc.Reflux stills and pot stills are just different design types. Reflux designs are inherently . . .
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".Here is a link:http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&ProductID=34
10/6/2003 -- What could I do to maximize the alcohol content of my product? ie. Ph levels, ideal temp, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This yeast is quite temperature tolerant (15 deg C to 35 deg C), but starting at 35oC will help. Maintaining 25-35 deg C. will help to increase alcohol content. pH should be in the range of 3.0 to 3.515 deg C =59 deg F25 deg C =77 deg F35 deg C =95 deg FKeep in mind that more volatiles are produced at higher temperatures. Volatiles . . .
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 . . .
9/12/2003 -- I need to know everything there is to on how to build my own still I need at least a 5 gallon dimension please!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I would recommend the books "Lore of Still Building" and "The Compleat Distiller" and "Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual" for full information on this.
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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