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Well I have decided to buy a still. 5 gallon to start with. I am very excited. I also bought some Tim Smith Moonshine, and Bourbon. I will be using Popcorn Suttons recipe for my whiskey and moonshine.

Still can be used to make distilled water for my batteries as well all kinds of brandy's and liqueurs.
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I made one many, many, many years ago from a S.S. cream can, a 30 gallon drum and a roll of copper for a worm. Then I found out distilling water with a copper worm is not recommended.
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I made one many, many, many years ago from a S.S. cream can, a 30 gallon drum and a roll of copper for a worm. Then I found out distilling water with a copper worm is not recommended.
I never heard that. This is all copper 20-22 ga. with thumper and worm silver solder. It says 6 gallon but 5 gallon buckets is what i'll be using for my mash.
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supposedly the pure water leaches the copper but alcohol doesn't do that. I don't drink so it don't matter.
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my wife bought me this book years ago and I really enjoyed it. She didn't pay that much for it.

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I have 3 of new standard taper glass double walled condensers (9' total) in case I ever need to build a still. I'd like to do apple brandy with the local (wild) apples or something with the local abundant Elderberries.
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last week I was at The Museum of Appalachia and checked out a small copper still made by Popcorn Sutton. Maybe a fifty gallon
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last week I was at The Museum of Appalachia and checked out a small copper still made by Popcorn Sutton. Maybe a fifty gallon
He was a real American hero. Quite the character.
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I have an eight-gallon unit from Mile-hi, with the essential oil herb basket. I have used it for extracting essential oils from mint and oregano.

2" column packed half with copper wool and half with ceramic rings.
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I have an eight-gallon unit from Mile-hi, with the essential oil herb basket. I have used it for extracting essential oils from mint and oregano.

2" column packed half with copper wool and half with ceramic rings.
I'm looking to make some popcorn likker.
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supposedly the pure water leaches the copper but alcohol doesn't do that. I don't drink so it don't matter.
I do know that distill water upon sitting exposed to the atmosphere will dissolve CO2 that disassociates to a very small extent to make a weak acid. I do not know if that is enough to leach copper.
CO2+H2O=H2CO3

Carbonic acid is a WEAK Bronsted acid......
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Funny that Popcorn would come up in this thread today. The last couple of days I've been watching some YouTube videos of him, including the last interview with him before he committed suicide. Quite a character.

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I do know that distill water upon sitting exposed to the atmosphere will dissolve CO2 that disassociates to a very small extent to make a weak acid. I do not know if that is enough to leach copper.
CO2+H2O=H2CO3

Carbonic acid is a WEAK Bronsted acid......
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I don't know but someone cautions it most every time, I believe it though. The reason I think there is merit to it is I am a plumber and install reverse osmosis system. Osmosis water is pure water and the installation instruction caution not use non-ferrous metals for installation. This is because it will leach the non-ferrous metal and in some cases develop leaks.
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That's a great one for starting out, and really no need to go any bigger if you're only supplying yourself. My first one was a 2.5 gallon pot and worm with no thump kettle. Good to learn on, but all day on it and I'd get hardly a quart.
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I'm looking to make some popcorn likker.
This thread won't be complete without this tribute (loved Popcorn Sutton's statement at the end):

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This a summary of what is supposed to have happened.
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Moonshiner dead in apparent suicide. Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton, 62, was found dead of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning in a car near his Parrotsville, Tenn., residence, days before he was to begin serving an 18-month prison sentence for large-scale moonshine operation.
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homedistillers.org is your friend.
That is a very good site with many proven recipes.
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