A Century of Excellence: Acestills’ 100-Gallon Copper Pot Still Redefining Distillation


For over a century, Acestills has been at the forefront of distillation innovation, continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the world of spirits production. At the heart of their legacy lies the 100-Gallon Copper Pot Still, a symbol of craftsmanship, quality, and tradition. In this article, we explore the steps involved in using Acestills’ Copper Pot Still, showcasing how it redefines the distillation process and sets a new standard for excellence in the industry.

Step 1:

Preparation Before starting the distillation process, it’s essential to ensure that all equipment is clean and properly assembled. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the pot still and all associated components with warm water and a mild detergent, ensuring that any residue or impurities are removed. Once clean, assemble the pot still according to the manufacturer’s instructions, making sure that all connections are secure and tight.

Step 2:

Mashing and Fermentation The first step in distillation is preparing the wash or mash, which serves as the base for the spirit. Depending on the type of spirit being produced, this may involve mashing grains, fermenting fruits, or preparing other raw materials. Once the mash is prepared, transfer it to a fermentation vessel and allow it to ferment according to the recipe instructions. During fermentation, sugars are converted into alcohol by yeast, resulting in a low-alcohol liquid known as “wash.”

Step 3:

Loading the Still Once fermentation is complete; it’s time to load the wash into the copper pot still. Carefully transfer the wash into the pot using a suitable vessel, ensuring that it does not spill or overflow. Depending on the capacity of the still and the volume of wash being distilled, multiple batches may be required to fill the pot.

Step 4:

Heating and Distillation With the wash loaded into the pot still, it’s time to begin the distillation process. Start by heating the still gradually, using a heat source such as a gas burner or electric element. As the temperature rises, the alcohol in the wash will vaporize and rise through the still’s neck and lyne arm, leaving behind impurities and other unwanted compounds.

Step 5:

Collection and Refinement As the alcohol vapor passes through the still, it enters the condenser, where it cools and condenses back into liquid form. The resulting distillate, known as “low wines,” is collected in a receiving vessel and may undergo further refinement through a process called “spirit run.” During the spirit run, the low wines are distilled a second time to increase alcohol concentration and remove any remaining impurities, resulting in a higher-quality spirit.

Step 6:

Maturation and Aging Once the distillation process is complete, the spirit may undergo maturation and aging to develop its flavor and character further. This typically involves aging the spirit in oak barrels or other suitable containers for a period of time, allowing it to interact with the wood and absorb flavors and aromas. The length of aging varies depending on the type of spirit being produced and the desired flavor profile.

In the world of distillation, Acestills’ 100-Gallon Copper Pot Still stands as a beacon of excellence, redefining the art and science of spirits production. From preparation to distillation to maturation, each step in the process is carefully executed to ensure the highest quality and purity in the final product. With Acestills’ Copper Pot Still, distillers have the tools they need to create spirits of unparalleled quality and distinction, continuing a century-long tradition of excellence in the craft of distillation.



A Century of Excellence: Acestills’ 100-Gallon Copper Pot Still Redefining Distillation