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Which is better for distilling, a pot still or a reflex still?


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There is no absolute answer here -- neither of them are outright better than the other, but some distillers prefer one over the other for a variety of reasons.

Reflex stills distill multiple times at once, which makes for cleaner, higher purity liquor.  Generally, reflex stills are preferred for vodkas and other liquors for which less flavor is a desired quality (i.e. liquors that are meant for making mixed drinks).

Pot stills distill once, creating a lower purity liquor at first with more flavor.  This is preferred for making whiskey or rum, where full-flavored liquor is desired.  Of course, you can still use a pot still to make higher purity, less-flavored liquor, but you would have to run the distillate through the pot still again.  

Apr 30, 2014

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Svend Larsson from Olympic Distillers

One is not better than the other, they are different.
Pot stills are most commonly used for distilling flavored spirits, while reflux stills are used for making high purity neutral spirits, such as vodka.

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