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Old 11-03-2007, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default Sears steam stills --- can be used for alcohol?

I saw an advertisement for "Easystill" at www.easystill.com, and they are priced at around two or three hundred dollars, but then I noticed that Sears has steam distillers that look absolutely identical for less than half of that price. Are they really the same thing? Could you use one as an alcohol still?

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Old 11-03-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure distilling alcohol is still illegal in America.

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Old 11-03-2007, 02:39 PM   #3
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Why would Sears be selling distillation equipment?

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Old 11-03-2007, 02:57 PM   #4
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Since this isn't a distilling forum ...

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Old 11-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #5
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Yeah. Nuff said. <I think my phone is tapped.>/ Acts like nothing is wrong and steps slowly away from the computer...

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Old 11-03-2007, 03:03 PM   #6
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I was looking at these about a year ago. That is how I stumbled across home brewing. I don't drink much liquor anyway, and it is illegal.

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Yes, you can use those for that purpose, and it's only illegal if you don't have a permit. Reasonable results. Since this is a beer/wine forum, a better place to go is here for distilling info:

http://homedistiller.org/

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OK, thanks guys --- sorry if I'm off-topic. Perhaps I was mislead by the title of the folder, "Wine, Mead, Cider & Distilling" --- my mistake. I will look into the homedistilling site.
By the way, the practical reality here in Canada is that as long as you're not selling it, as long as it's simply for personal consumption, you're not going to attract the attention of the enforcement department. As soon as you start marketing your 'product', yes, then you better have a license.
Thanks for the responses.
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Yeah, I never noticed before but the forum does say distilling.

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During lunchtime once, I stopped off at a bookstore and they had a book on distilling, with recipes, plans for stills and everything. Just about everything you'd need for it you already got for homebrewing 'cept for the still. I was interested until I read the process.... apparently you have first running, second runnings and third runnings, depending on the temp of the mash..... the book said the first runnings will make you blind. I'm not interested in gambling my eyesite on a miscalibrated thermometer, so I put the book down and stuck to beer.

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