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Copper vs. Stainless Steel

Both copper and stainless still are common materials used in the manufacturing of stills. In this article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each material. If you are considering the purchase of a still, or thinking about building your own still, understanding the materials available will help with your decision.
Copper Stills If you visit any commercial distillery, you are going to see an abundance of copper. Copper is part of  most stills for a number of reasons.

The primary reason copper is involved is because it reacts with compounds that are created during the distillation process. Copper catalyzes the breakdown of esters and sulphuric compounds in the steam vapors. These volatile compounds are produced during the fermentation process and are highly undesirable in a distilled spirit.

Another advantage of copper is its efficient heat conduction properties. Finally, copper is a much easier metal to work with than stainless steel. A hobbyist can cut and manipulate…

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