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.
Here are some helpful thoughts to consider when placing your still:
Dancing Around The Still:
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, pets, and trip hazards. Always remember to have proper ventilation and fire control measures within easy access in case of an emergency!
Milled Grains, Euclidean Planes, and Electrical Accesses:
An often overlooked area when placing equipment, keep in mind the access of consumables, as well as cleanup and setup practices. Distilling requires the use of a lot of milled grain, liquids that can spill, and high energy use processes. Ask yourself questions such as: Can I clean and maintain my setup easily, saving myself time, money, and hassle? If I have a spill, do I have a drainage plan, does my area slope? Does my heat source (electrical, or direct heat) require any additional steps to operate safely? Do I have/need access to running water?
Cool It, Buddy:
The still location must stay at just the right temperature in a controlled temperature area. Ideally you would have full control over heating, and cooling, as your still temperature may change over time. 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.
Stay A Stranger To Danger:
This should be a no-brainer, but make sure your home distillation setup isn’t near the gas furnace, any open flame, firearms, etc. Always have a fire extinguisher nearby and never, ever leave your still unattended. Don’t smoke or drink while operating the still! Use common sense!
When operated correctly, distilling is a safe, fun, and enjoyable hobby. Please contact us if you have any questions about your distilling space!
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