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Why We Like Stainless Steel
When you think of distilling, you probably picture the old-time copper stills. If you're distilling alcohol, then you have some nasty sulfur compounds in your wash that formed during fermentation. You'll want copper to help neutralize those sulfur compounds and improve your final product's taste and smell, but you actually need very little copper in order to get this benefit. Copper mesh, scrubbers, or rings in a stainless steel column will give you the same results.
There are other benefits to copper, too. Copper is better at conducting heat than stainless steel, which can save time on initial heat up, however, it also means equally increased heat loss. Copper is easier for the novice to build with because it's a much softer metal than stainless steel, and more readily accessible.
As pretty as it is, there are some reasons why an all-copper still may not be the best option. First, copper is much more difficult to clean than stainless steel. If you're not diligent about cleaning your still, you'll taste it in your product--and it's not good. Copper is also considerably more expensive than stainless steel, and not as versatile. You can distill essential oils or water in a stainless column by removing the copper column packing, but you may not like your results if you do this in a copper still. Copper's reactivity can be of benefit in some distillations, and a drawback in others.
We Make Our Own Turbo Yeast, Too
Brewhaus America is also the sole American importer for The Original Prestige turbo yeast and alcohol essence flavors from Sweden. We also make High Spirits turbo yeast and essences right here in our Texas warehouse. We do not private label our turbo yeast or distillers yeast.
Other companies use private labeled yeast, which means that they pay to (legally) put their label on another brand's yeast and resell it as their own. That's fine, but it's not what we do. High Spirits yeast is made in-house from Rick's unique recipes and is exclusive to Brewhaus and stores who buy from us.
What sets High Spirits turbo yeast apart is that High Spirits does not contain urea. In fermentation, urea helps produce ethyl carbamate, which has been found to cause cancer. It has even been banned in beverage alcohol production in some countries. If the label doesn't specifically say that there's no urea in it, then your yeast might contain urea.
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Can I Legally Buy a Still?
In the United States, people of legal drinking age can make their own wine or beer at home legally. But producing spirits at home remains illegal according to Federal law. There are permits you can apply for online on the Alcohol &Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau's website. You can also learn more on the TTB's website in their FAQs.
It's up to our customers to use their equipment in accordance with their local laws. Brewhaus America is not liable for illegal use. Moonshine distilling is illegal in certain countries, and our stills and yeast are intended for legal use. We do not wish to promote illegal use of your still.
Order Online and Pickup at Our Warehouse
Locals can pick up fulfilled orders, but we don't have a retail store for in-person shopping. Order online and request "Pickup" in the order comments, and we'll call you when your order is ready. Most orders are ready for pickup by the next business day.