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How to Make a Still

You can assemble a still from common components found in most hardware stores.


  • Step 1: Set pressure cooker on stove Set the 5-gallon steel pressure cooker on your stove.
  • Step 2: Cut copper pipe Cut a 3 to 5 foot length of 2-inch diameter copper tubing.
  • Step 3: Drill a hole in the pressure cooker lid Drill a hole in the pressure cooker lid large enough to insert the pipe, insert one end of the copper pipe, and seal it in the hole with epoxy.
  • TIP: You can weld the components together instead of using epoxy.
  • Step 4: Cap the top of the tube Cap the top of the pipe with a tin can, using epoxy to seal the can.
  • Step 5: Insert condenser coil Drill a hole in the side of the pipe and insert one end of a convenient length of coiled, ¼-inch copper tubing. This is your condenser coil. Seal the condenser in the pipe with epoxy.
  • TIP: The condenser should be long enough to reach from the stove to your kitchen sink, and extend beyond the sink to the floor.
  • Step 6: Position the tubing for condensation purposes Stretch the condenser to the sink and bend a length of it into the sink. Then fill the sink with cold water. Extend the end of the coil to a pot on your floor to catch the condensation.
  • Step 7: Distill your wash Add your wash to the cooker and heat it to 78 degrees Celsius. The condensation that flows through the condenser coil is distilled.
  • FACT: In 2009, a North Carolina woman was charged with selling moonshine out of her daycare center.

You Will Need

  • Steel 5-gal. pressure cooker
  • Stove
  • 2" diameter copper tubing
  • Drill
  • Epoxy
  • Tin can
  • u00bc" copper tubing
  • Kitchen sink
  • Large pot
  • Wash
  • Welding torch (optional)

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