Copper Alembic Stills
Copper alembic stills have been used for hundreds of years both for pharmacopoeia and home use. Copper is not only beautiful, it’s durable, resistant to corrosion and is a superior heat conductor. Proper heat distribution is very important in distilling so that the aromatic vapors are evenly heated and cooled during the process. Copper has antibacterial properties that preserves the purity of the water so that your products will not be contaminated from bacteria in the still and will last longer.
Our copper stills are meticulously handcrafted in Portugal, the alembic still manufacturing capital of the world. Our copper stills are crafted from a thicker grade copper, CE certified and built to last for generations. All of our stills are have riveted seams and any welds are done with copper or brass so there is no lead on your still at all.
Choosing a Size Right for You
Selecting the right size still for you will depend on how much space you have to perform your distillations and how much plant material you plan on distilling. If you are going to distill on your stove top or in a small space, then the Alquitar style and smaller size are what you need. If you plan on distilling outside or in a larger area, then a larger still would be a good choice.
The next thing to consider is how much plant material you plan on distilling. Do you have an abundant supply of fresh plant material or are you just going to distill in small batches? I would recommend gathering plant material for the size distillation you will want to perform, weigh the material and this number will determine what size still is right for you. The first time I gathered material for a distillation, I worked for a few hours only selecting the perfect plants, the perfect leaves etc. only to find that I had less than 2 lbs. of plant material to distill! So I went back to harvesting more material to fill my 30L alembic still.
Copper Thickness of each size:
2L & 5L = 1mm thick
10L = 1.1mm thick
20L & 30L = 1.2mm thick