Continuous Column Stills Can Make Distilleries More Efficient

Jun 8, 2021

Continuous column stills were created to be more efficient — producing more by spending less. Specific Mechanical Systems is a specialty brewing and distilling equipment manufacturer with both copper and stainless steel continuous column stills options.

Getting into the spirits industry isn’t easy when you’re not sure where to start — so beginning with understanding what equipment you’ll need is probably a good place. And when it comes to distilling equipment, you’ll definitely need a distillation still.

The two common types of distillation stills are traditional pot stills and continuous column stills. Both serve their purpose and have advantages when creating the perfect recipe for a top shelf spirit, but they do have major differences that should be taken into account when planning your distillery. 

Creating a spirit starts with the process of distillation, which requires a vessel to take place in. Continuous column stills are a good choice for this process when you’re looking to produce a pure, clean spirit. Spirits like vodka, white rum, and gin are typically distilled in continuous column stills. As the newest kind of vessel that distillation can occur in — with pot stills being introduced in the 15th century and column stills coming about in the 19th century — column stills are said to have made the most impact on the spirits industry. This comes as no surprise as column stills have a great capacity to produce large volumes of alcohol, where pot stills are fine-tuned for smaller batch production. 

Continuous column stills were created to be more efficient — producing more by spending less. They also lead to spirits with higher ABVs. This is because the spirit has less room for flavor and texture subtleties like spirits from a pot still have. Column stills make clean spirits while pot stills make spirits that have a bit more of a profile.

While the decision of what type of still to use is an important one, it could be argued that where you get the still from is even more important; as well as finding a manufacturer who has the experience, knowledge, and skill needed to help. So finding a manufacturer you can trust is top priority. 

Specific Mechanical Systems is a specialty brewing and distilling equipment manufacturer based in Victoria BC. They’ve recently updated their handcrafted distilling equipment, including both copper and stainless steel continuous column stills. After almost thirty years in the craft beer and spirits industry, Specific Mechanical Systems has become a leader in handcrafted equipment that builds the confidence of brewers and distillers around the world.

Their continuous column stills are 100% hand built and completely manufactured in Canada, allowing you to rest assured that the highest quality materials are used in your distilling equipment. Every column still from Specific Mechanical Systems is engineered for the production of high-quality spirits, and can be customized to meet the needs of your distilling business. Because you should be able to build a distillery with confidence — and Specific Mechanical Systems makes that easy. 

Interested in a continuous column still from Specific Mechanical Systems? Contact them with your distilling equipment and continuous column still questions by calling them at +1-250-652-2111.

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