Many people are getting on the micro and nano distillery bandwagon and using a copper still. I think this is a great way to add style and creativity to a market long dominated by boring corporates. I have found that my business is growing with the new startups because I will discuss and customise a copper still with potential clients and manufacture a product that suits their requirements exactly.
There are a few limitations: I can make up to 175 litre boilers and columns that are 4″ diameter. I am working on R&D for larger boilers and columns, but a lot of alcohol can be produced from my stills, enough to make a living on, so I am not going too big too quick. I want to serve my customers in a personal way and ensure they live the dream and create their unique product.
If you know what you are looking for and can draw a sketch, I’ll make it. Otherwise we can work together to design what you need and I’ll put together a proposal for your copper still with an itemised spreadsheet so you can see all the elements and the price of each element – copper boiler, pot still belly, swan neck, bubble tees, bubble/seive plates, dephlegmator, bend, condenser, parrot, gin basket – all in copper and all polished beautifully.
If you require a licence from the ATO you’ll need a proforma invoice and I have clients who have received their licences with my invoices.
Shipping a copper still around Australia is not as expensive as you might expect and to give you an idea it will cost between AU$250 and $450 to ship from Perth to the east coast depending on the size you purchase. This includes the box that I make to hold all the bits and bobs.