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I've been noticing some microdistilleries using a hybrid pot-column still nowadays. Are there any benefits to using this type of hybrid still, as opposed to a pot still or a column still?


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Matt DiDonato from Prospero Equipment Corp.

Pot stills give you something between 60 and 80 percent pure alcohol, the rest being water and other flavorful organic compounds some good and some bad. The pot still is not exactly pure but it has an excellent texture and is a lot more flavorful.   The column still on the other hand is a very efficient steel column that can produce well over 90 percent alcohol, it's a lot purer and cheaper to make. 
There is not much room for subtleties such as flavor and texture in the column still. Both types of still have their purposes...For vodka, white rum, London dry gin, and clear spirits you want the column still. For single-malt Scotch, navy rum, or anything rich and flavorful you want the pot. 

Oct 11, 2013

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Terry The Revenoor Company INC from The Revenoor Company INC

The Revenoor Company started building distillers with removable columns so that one kettle could be used for pot and column distillation.  I do not know of any other company doing this as of yet.  We have also built removable top distillers with two different style tops, same concept, less cost. 

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Jason Ager from Ager Tank & Equipment Co.

The multi use Still, or hybrid, as you call it, is a system that has been created to satisfy the craft distiller. Many craft distillers are opening their doors making products best distilled using a modified column on the still or a side column. If a whiskey is a major goal of the distiller, a diversified product range helps pay the bills for the first few years. 
The GSS Still contains plates in the modified still column which are easily removable or modifiable so as to render the column usable for any product including gin with botanicals. Adding a side column in addition is an option if a distillation of a higher proof product is desired.
A column still is a different piece of equipment all together and most craft distillers don't have a need for one. 

Oct 12, 2013

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