You’re really excited about your still coming in the mail – so excited that you haven’t thought of where to put it. You could do a quick set up in the kitchen or the family bathroom, but since you’ll probably want to be doing this for the long haul, it might be good to sit down and consider where the best place is to set up your home distillation kit.
Your still location should be easy to get to
Fortunately, we’re not talking about the size of commercial alcohol distilling equipment here. An in-home alcohol still kit or liquor still kit shouldn’t take much more room than a 6’ by 6’ square. Think of a place in your house that is easy to get to but not in the way of the rest of the household. The best still location options would be somewhere outdoors (the safest option), in the basement, in the garage or in an air-conditioned back shed. Build a nice set of shelves to hold everything you need, away from any children or trip hazards.
In a controlled temperature area
The still must stay at just the right temperature, so make sure its location is where you can easily control that. Don’t set up your home distillation next to a window or a heat vent where drafts can come in and create a change in temperature.
Away from explosives
This should be a no-brainer, but make sure your home distillation setup isn’t near the gas furnace, any open flame, your wife’s china, or firearms. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby and never, ever leave you still unattended.
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