Watch as Laura explains the process of how to use steam distillation to make essential oil. In this video she uses juniper for the demonstration.
By: Jessica Bunker
I bet you didn’t know that a distillation unit can be used for other ways than making moonshine and distilled spirits. If you purchase a copper still from The Distillery Network, Inc. you can also make oils, perfume and flavoring for your favorite foods?!
Mostly everyone knows that a rose is use to make rose scented perfume. However most people don’t know how a rose is turned into perfume. All they know that it cost them a pretty penny for that beautiful bottle designed to pull you in and make you love the smell. What if I told you that you could make your own essential oils and perfumes and it was easy! Making your own over and over again instead of spending all your money month after month is just such an enticing prospect.
There are a few different ways you can go about making your own. There is the process of using water and the process of using steam. The steam process pushes the oils threw the plant material and it picks up the oils as it travels through. The steam ruptures the oil membranes in the plant and the steam carries the oil and then it is turned back into a liquid during the distillation process. Using water is a method where the plant material is placed in boiling water. The steam and oils are captured and then separated out to produce the essential oil.
There are over 700 plants that harbor useful oils. Most of the plants oils are located in the leaves of the flowers of the plants. Others you can find the oils in the seeds or roots of the plant. The oils you can make are amazing! They not only can be used to make perfume they can also be used to flavor foods and drinks. Most important they can also be used for medicinal purposes.
The process is relatively simple if you have your own distillation unit. All you have to do is pick a plant that harbors the oils you want to use for whatever you’re making. Use the part of the plant that holds the oils and dry it. Add water or steam to your still and let the process roll.
Here are just a few oils you can make. Rose oil which is typically used in fragrances. Lavender oil, primarily used as a fragrance however it is also known to hold medicinal uses. Clove oil which is uses as a topical solution. Cinnamon oil, which is used for flavoring foods, sent, and medicinal purposes. Parsley oil typically used in soaps, detergents, colognes, perfumes, and other cosmetics.
There are so many places you can find recipes and ingredients to make your essential oils. You can go to wikihow, Wikipedia and google. There are plenty of online sources you can used to get any info you need on what type of plants to use. For all your distilling needs though there is only one place to get a top quality Still and that’s the Distillery Network, Inc. So if you are ready to start making your own oils, perfumes, and flavors head on over to https://thedistillerynetwork.com/ and get a still and get started!
A big part of distilling at home, is understanding what tools you need to for fermenting what will eventually be your final product. The following below is an excerpt from the author Rick Moriss’ The Joy of Home Distilling:
Before you can start to ferment, you first need to gather the equipment necessary to get you all the way through the process. There are many fine “starter kits” available through homebrew and winemaking supply stores that will include all of the basic pieces necessary to complete fermentation and prepare you for the next step. If you do not have a homebrew supply store near you, there are many such stores online that specialize in this type of equipment. Although we are focusing on fermenting for the ultimate production of spirits, and therefore there are pieces in some equipment kits that you will not require, we will discuss the equipment that is used in winemaking and brewing, as well, so you understand what these pieces of equipment are and what they are used for and you can decide which kit would be best for you.
Fermenter: This is a fancy word for a food-grade bucket. Because there are generally two steps in winemaking during fermentation, you may see this called a “primary” or “primary fermenter,” meaning that it is used in the first stage of the fermentation process. They may have a loose-fitting lid or a sealed lid with a hole to allow the gases formed during fermentation to escape. Either is fine, although I am partial to a sealed fermenter, as it helps avoid surrounding air, which contains oxygen and contaminants that can spoil your wash. You will hear people talk about using trash cans or a host of other containers as fermenters, but you want to ensure that you are using a food-grade container if you are making food-grade spirits. If your intention is to make only fuel-grade alcohol, then obviously it is not necessary to use a food-grade fermenter. A proper, food-grade fermenter is an inexpensive piece of equipment, usually under $20, so here is not a place to try to cut costs. You will generally want a primary fermenter that is at least 20 percent larger than your batch size to allow space for the foam that will build at the start of the fermentation process. For certain types of product, such as grains, molasses, or fruit, it may even be necessary to allow more space, as the layer of foam could grow to an inch or two. Using too small of a primary fermenter can lead to one heck of a mess!
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In the days when Moonshine was illegal, Tennessee moonshiners like Ronald Lawson had to be able to work out the difference between Good Moonshine and Bad Moonshine by eye. Bad Moonshine has too high a alcohol content and can be dangerous to drink, causing such problems as blindness.
Ronald has made illegal Moonshine all his life in Cannon County, for the last two years, he has made legal Moonshine at Short Mountain Distillery, using a recipe passed down since prohibition days.
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When considering moonshine stills, your mind will immediately conjure up several images: backwoodsmen with squirrel guns, federal agents with machine guns and axes . . . and a great deal of unpleasantness. Let us put aside the negative stereotypes and consider:
These days, most folks are not accepting the status quo. They are asking questions. They are unhappy with ever-increasing costs for goods. They are concerned with items necessary for survival. And, they are becoming very concerned about leaving a carbon footprint on the planet. Owning an American Traditional Moonshine Still just might be the answer to so many perplexing problems.
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What a civilization imbibes can reveal a lot about who they are and the world that they live in. Those who built the pyramids preferred beer, and ancient Rome loved its wine, but what’s the preferred alcoholic beverage in the US and what does it say about America? Join food writer Josh Ozersky on an illuminating journey as he makes moonshine, meets a microbrewery’s chemist, visits an award-winning vineyard and samples the infinite possibilities of the cocktail bar, all in the name of science.
The copper moonshine stills my dad taught me to build could save the world. It is my opinion that every house in the world needs to own one of my units. The reason being that these units are a tool for survival. It would be a shame to be left unprepared. My copper stills are for more than just moonshine. The still could actually save your life. Imagine if a tanker truck crashed into your reservoir, unleashing 20,000 gallons of some shitty acid into your drinking water. Does this sound like something that would never happen? Well, it did a couple years ago in west Virginia so I’m not going to risk it. http://www.ecowatch.com/300-000-west-virginians-told-not-to-drink-water-after-coal-chemical-sp-1881848914.html Im not going to fool around when it comes to protecting myself and my friends and family. The still is worth its weight in gold, which at today’s market value is roughly $457,000. I would say that sounds about right.
I want to make a difference in this world, and I honestly think that if I offer the public our stills for cheap prices, enough people will start making their own gas which will reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Our prices may be cheap, but that is because we mass produce them all. These stills are in no way “cheap”. We use only the highest quality craftsman and the highest quality materials to ensure our customers are always satisfied.
Back in the day, almost every house had a still. People used them to make their own antiseptics to clean their own wounds. The rampant use of stills nationwide actually dramatically reduced the mortality rate due to the easy access of antiseptics to kill infections and diseases. You seriously can’t make this stuff up, in fact, George Washington had a still. Hell, he probably used hemp to make the damn mash!!! I’m telling you, the powers at be do not want everyone to own a moonshine still. The big corporations need us to be reliant upon them in more ways than we can even understand. I need everyone to understand that owning a moonshine still is like owning a tool. This is not the “bong” of alcohol. Well, I guess it kind of is. But, Moonshine IS Ethanol Gas. Ethanol Gas can heat your home, fuel your vehicle among other things…. Ethanol can also power a rocket.
The list goes on and on, we have sold these to 90-year-old grandmothers who want to use it to make their own marinades’. We have sold it to veterans who are bored and want a new hobby. We have sold these to 21-year-old college dorm room brewers. The market is massive, and we are ALL IN. I enjoy hearing from our customers and the excitement and journey they embark on while teaching them self the art of distillation. Mother nature is a beast isn’t she? Distillation is magnificent if you really think about it. You take a liquid, and put it over heat, heat it to the right temp and bam, you have separation. It really is a wonderful thing, it’s almost like ANYONE can do it.
We are so convinced that every house in the world needs one of these, that we mass produce around 250 every year before the winter in anticipation of strong demand. The Distillery Network Inc. has an authority in the business unlike any other company out there. WE are the ones building these things with our own hands in our own shop in America. Don’t be fooled by the imitators. We got so sick of seeing copycat designs that we went ahead and fully invested in a new design. We came out with the Flame-Flow ™ Patent Pending Copper Moonshine Still. The Flames actually go up and through the still. Now, no one will be able to copy us, and we will be the only place to get an original Flame-Flow™ Copper Moonshine Still.
The Flame-Flow™ was built with efficiency in mind. We were able to reduce the initial heat up process by more than half! We were able to reduce scorching of the mash which gives you a smoother tasting liquor. We were also able to make it easier to control the temperature of the copper moonshine still. The Flame-Flow™ saves your time (see chart), and money by reducing your propane expenses. The Flame-Flow™ is being dubbed “The most innovative thing that has happened to distilling in 200 years” I don’t know if that’s true or not, I am just happy to be able to offer it to the world.
Now, imagine a world full of Flame-Flow™ Copper Moonshine Stills running day and night. Yes, it may be true that the world would be pretty buzzed constantly. But, collectively, we would be a very happy buzzed where we would all be free from paying for expensive bottles of liquor, expensive gallons of gas, expensive bottles of water, etc. Do you know how much perfume costs now-a-days? Well, a copper moonshine still can create essential oils and fragrances on the cheap. The capabilities are endless when owning a copper moonshine still from The Distillery Network Inc.
Popcorn Sutton Said “Jesus turned water into wine, so I turned it into liquor”. There is a reason it is possible for us to “make our own” stuff. We are a self-reliant species. There are seriously towns in our country where it is illegal to collect rain water. Owning a gun and owning a moonshine can hold the same value of measure in terms of protecting our freedom. It is just as important to protect our right to bear a moonshine still in our own home on our own property as it is to protect our right to bear arms and protect ourselves and loved ones. We are living in a time of red tape and regulations. The last thing we need is the man telling us that it is illegal for us to own a water purification device. We ALL NEED A MOONSHINE STILL, don’t wait too long. If you do, It could end up being too late.
Before the revenuers come for us all like they did during the whiskey rebellion many years ago, grab yourself a copper moonshine still built by the best. You will be glad you did, if you don’t, you will be stuck drinking the dirty city water in a FEMA camp this next natural disaster. Be prepared, make your own gas and save your life.
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Stills are commonly used for making spirits, essential oils, and gas. Did you know that stills can also be used to make your own antiseptic? The stills made by The Distillery Network, Inc. are made of Copper and are a great tool to help you during any crisis for any need. Whether it be a water contamination issue, a zombie apocalypse or you just really need to make your own glass of vodka to calm your nerves.
According to encyclopedia.com “an antiseptic is a substance that inhibits the growth and development of microorganisms. For practical purposes, antiseptics are routinely thought of as topical agents, for application to skin, mucous membranes, and inanimate objects, although a formal definition includes agents that are used internally, such as the urinary tract antiseptics. Commonly used antiseptics for skin cleaning include benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine, hexachlorophine, iodine compounds, mercury compounds, alcohol, and hydrogen peroxide. “
Alcohol is a commonly used antiseptic as you can see. So having a still on hand to make some alcohol to use to clean a wound would be a huge asset to anyone. If you’re in the position where you can’t see a doctor and have no way of getting treatment. You’ll have to treat yourself. Good thing you have a still to make your own. You could have been in a real pickle there!
Alcohol can also be helpful in the case of a toothache. If you’re in the situation where you can’t see a dentist and have no other source of pain reliever then you can turn to your copper still for some relief. Make a glass of jack or brandy, some are known to rub it on the gums of teething infants. While some folks would never condone that use for alcohol, it was a common practice and is method used still to this day.
When making alcohol for the use of an antiseptic, you should keep in mind that the potency is an important factor. Most stores sell it with a 70% alcohol content. So when you’re making your own you should stick to the lower percent. You would think that the stronger the content that it would be more effective in killing infection. However that is not the case. Less is more here. Also noteworthy you can also use the alcohol as a cleaning tool for tables, counter tops, or anything you’re looking to get the grime off of. It’s a great way to disinfect surfaces and inanimate objects.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m in a spot where I can’t get to a doctor or a dentist then I’m in trouble and I have a lot more to worry about than the hygiene of my mouth. So having a still I would have one less emergency tool that I’ll need. I could have clean water for drinking and watering my plants. I would be able to make my own gas. Make delicious marinades and most important make my own antiseptic! Sounds like a multiple use tool to me. Now I’m going to kick my feet up and order a still from The Distillery Network, Inc. and be glad I don’t have a crisis on my hands. If I encounter an apocalypse though, I’ll have my still to save the day! Till then, a glass of brandy sounds nice.