The Difference Between Pot Stills Vs. Column Stills: The Two Kinds of Spirits

on 18/09/10 at 8:02 pm


Column still

From a tech point of view, there are only two kinds of spirits: pot distilled and column distilled. Pot-distilled liquor comes from the old-fashioned copper thing with the big coil attached to it — basically, the moonshiner’s still of popular iconography. At something between 60 and 80 percent pure alcohol, the rest being water and various flavorful organic compounds (not all necessarily good ones), it’s not exactly pure, but it is thick-textured and can be pretty damn tasty. The second comes from…

Pot still

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