32 Gift Ideas for Distilling Fans. Get in the Spirit!

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There are a lot of people that like to distil their own spirits at home. It can take a lot of equipment as well as special products and so there is plenty to buy. It might be that you would like to buy people that you know, some gifts relating to distilling and if that is the case, then we can help. We have put together a list of items that we think will be really useful to anyone that makes their own spirits. There is a big mix of things which will be suitable for both beginners and those that are more experienced and at different prices.

33 Presents for Distilling Fans

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This is a book by Rick Morris called ‘Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making your own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine and More’. It is a book aimed at beginners and intermediate level distillers and has step by step instructions for making different spirit types and includes lots of information. There are sections on different spirits, yeast, legalities, flavouring and ageing, methods, safety and there are drink recipes.

This is a distillery refractometer. It is a portable meter for measuring the alcohol levels in all sorts of products by mass. It is very easy to use by just putting a few drops of the sample in the prism and looking through the viewing window to read the values. It has a measuring range of between 0 – 80% and gives a precise figure. It can be calibrated with distilled water.

This is an alcohol distiller designed for home use. It is made from stainless steel and red copper and is all food safe. It has a stainless-steel thermometer included as well to measure the temperature of the pot. It has a water circulation pipe which uses a steel wire hose and you can make all sorts of spirits, wine and beer as well as vinegar and soy sauce or even distilled water or essential oils.

This is a bundle of ceramic Raschig rings for distilling. There are three 70g packets included and they are essential for distilling as they provide a broken surface to avoid super-heating. They can be used as a replacement for smart rings. They work with all stills such as SmartStill, AirStill and any others. They will need to be changed after ten uses or perhaps topped up every so often. Great price and free delivery.

This is distilling conditioner made by Still Spirits. This company is a well known British company in the field of homebrew. The distilling conditioner is a defoaming agent which releases carbon dioxide to prevent the foaming of unfermented sugars during distillation. It just needs a capful or 3ml to be added to the wash in the still boiler before distilling. It should be enough for 67 litres of wash as there is 50ml in the bottle.

This is a book called ‘Proof: The Science of Booze’ by Adam Rogers. It is available in paperback or hardback editions and it has information about the science behind different alcohol as well as information about bars and drinks from around the world. It is an informative book which has all sorts of background about alcohol which will be interesting to anyone that brews it or perhaps even that just drinks it!

This is a set of glass bottles from The Handmade Gin Company. They are premium flint glass bottles and are 70cl in size. They look very elegant and have an airtight stopper which is cork so that it will keep the contents fresh. The flint glass provides refraction which means that the light will pass through in a way that will make the contents glisten and so will be a great way to show off your home brews to perfection.

This is a Gin Maker kit. It is great for beginners as it has everything included to made infused flavoured gin. It has step by step instructions and contains botanicals so that you can flavour the gins easily. It comes with two tins of mix which are lemon and orange as well as tags, pouring funnel, straining sieve, tasting pipette, instructions and recipes booklet. Easy to use and fun as well.

This is a stainless steel air still which is made for water, essential oil and alcohol distillation. It is very easy to use and requires no water, just electricity, making it easy to use in the home. It has a 4L capacity and will give a 2L yield of 40% ABV alcohol per 8L. It comes with instructions so works well for a beginner and it is boxed so easy to wrap up as a gift.

This is a book called ‘The Practical Distiller’ by Samuel McHarry. It was first published in 1809 so has details of traditional methods for making whiskey and other liquor. It explains methods from the 1600’s onwards so it is an interesting history as well as having unique stories. It covers yeast, malt, rye, stills, hogsheads, distilling crops and clarifying whiskey so it can be an interesting read. It even has some general recipes.

This is a book called ‘Distillery Operations: How to Run a Small Distillery’ by Payton Fireman. It covers all aspects of distilling operations and is written by a licensed distiller who has lots of experience and know-how. It is written for other distillers to get a good understanding of the process but also for anyone that wants to learn more as it is not really technical. It does have tables to help to explain some of the information too, which is helpful.

This is a comical notebook which has a black cover which says on it ‘All my homebrewing shit’ with a picture of a pint glass on it. It is laid out with tables inside so that you can write down your brewing experiences. It is especially good if you are experimenting with different recipes and blends and you will be able to note down what your process was and whether it was a success or not.

This is a short-sleeved t-shirt which says on it ‘This distiller pooped today’ with a picture of a poo emoji on it. It is available in sizes to fit children aged 2-12 years of age and adults’ size small – 3XL. It also comes in a mix of colours and is made from a soft and comfortable fabric. It would make a fun gift for someone that distils their own alcohol and has a good sense of humour.

This is a long-sleeved hoodie in a unisex style which says on it ‘Distilling makes me happy you, not so much’. It comes in black, navy, royal blue or dark heather and in sizes small – 2XL. It is made from a poly-cotton mix so is soft and will not stretch out of shape. It has a drawstring around the hood and a kangaroo pocket on the front of it.

This is an apron that is available in black, blue and red and says on it ‘Homebrewing is my hobby beer is my reward’ on it. It is a full-length apron with bib and is 87cm long and 60cm wide. It is made from a cotton twill fabric that is heavy and absorbent. It would be great for wearing when brewing but also for cooking and baking as well.

This is a mug which is white ceramic and says on it ‘Distilling because it’s cheaper than a therapy’ on it in bold black letters. It is printed on both sides and is wear-resistant which means that is great for regular use. It has a comfortable grip ‘C’ handle and it is made from high-quality ceramic so it is durable. A useful and fun gift for anyone that likes distilling.

This is a one litre distillation set. It has a copper boiler with tap and a glass condenser as well as a thermometer included. There is also a stainless-steel pan to put your heat source in that fits under the boiler and a copper cup for the distilled liquor to drip in to. It all comes on an attractive wooden base. It would make a pretty ornamental piece as well as something that could be used.

This is a water distiller. It is designed to purify water. It has a 4L tank which is made from stainless steel so will not rust. It has aluminium fans for efficient cooling and can purify water up to one litre per hour. It will automatically stop once it has finished purifying the water that is inside it and it is extremely easy to use. It comes with a jar made of string material that can resist high temperatures.

This is a book called Distilling Fruit Brandy by Josef Pischl. It is a technical guide which gives lots of information on all aspects such as raw materials, fermentation, mashing, alcohol determination, clarifying, filtering and storage. It has diagrams and photos as well as text and it is all clearly explained to make it easy to follow and carry out the techniques described. It is suitable for adventurous artisans, home brewers and vintners.

This is an electric water distiller. It is an auto control distiller and is capable of distilling 5 litres of water in an hour. It is made of 304 stainless steel which means that it will not rust or corrode and it is durable. It takes a 220v power source. It needs to be attached to a water supply so that it can work automatically and continuously. It is easy to operate.

This is a paperback book called ‘Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home’ by Victoria Redhed Miller. It has all sorts of information such as recipes and techniques with a step by step approach. It has an important section on safety as well because there are some issues that might crop up. It also has information on the licensing process in US and Canada. There are guides for making whiskey, rum and many more drinks.

This is a Still Spirits Alembic pot still condenser. It is supplied by Britain’s largest cooking and homebrew store which provides high quality items. It is best used with the T500 boiler and the Pot Still Alembic Dome Top. You can use it with the T500 boiler without the dome top though. It will help the liquid to retain its flavour and comes with a thermometer, tubing and tap adapter set.

This is a keyring for a distiller which can be personalised. It is an acrylic keyring which is 70mm x 45mm and inside there is a printed insert which is black and says on it ‘[any name] is the world’s sexiest distiller’. You can choose the name to have printed on it, which appears in red next to a picture of some red lips. Would make a fun gift to give to someone you are close to!

This is a professional jar and bottle opener made by Kitchencraft. It is made of stainless steel, which means that it is durable and will not rust. It will fit most lids and screw tops so it makes opening bottles and jars really easy. It can be cleaned in the dishwasher and so it is really easy to keep it in good condition and it even comes with a 25 year guarantee.

This is a book called ‘The Nano Distillery: The Future of Distilling’ which has a selection of information about how to distil as well as real life experiences of distillers who produce quality spirits on a small scale. It has formulas, spreadsheets and first person accounts and should provide enough information to allow even a beginner to get started. It includes a series of mini workshops to get you started as well as having accounts from distillers themselves on what works and does not work for them.

This is a 600mm Vigreux distilling column. It is joint 24/40 and made from borosilicate glass which is heat resistant. It has high light transmittance and is resistant to heat and thermally stable. It is heavy duty and will not easily shatter. It is placed between the distillation flask and head and will provide a large surface area to seperate liquid-vapour. It is designed for use in professional laboratories but also suitable for household use.

This is a book called ‘Introduction to Basic Gin Distillation’ by William Bentley. It is designed to be used by beginners and is therefore a layman’s guide in simple terms with all of the information needed to distil gin. It has information on what the parts of the still are and what each part does. It has information on the process of rectifying spirit, heads, hearts, tails and maceration. Then there is information on botanicals and creating flavours.

This is a three way distillation adaptor which is made of glass. There are lots of different types that you can choose from so you should be able to find the one that will suit your needs. It is made of premium glass which is high strength and durable and it has high temperature resistance as well as good chemical stability. It can be used to connect all sorts of glass equipment together.

This is a pair of packets of Alcotec activated carbon. It is 0.4 – 1.4mm and is used to remove any off flavours that might be in alcohol so can be used in the brewing process of different alcoholic drinks such as wine, beer or spirits. Each bag is 1kg and so you get 2kg in total in the package. Would be very useful for anyone that does distilling and needs a purifier.

This is a 100ml distilling flask with a side arm. It is round bottomed flask which is 11 inches high and the side arm is 4 inches in length. It is made from borosilicate glass which is strong. It can hold up to 100ml although if you are heating the substance to boiling point you may need to put less in it or else it could end up spilling over the top.

This is a fun vintage style tin which has a poster printed on it. It says on it ‘seven three distilling co.’ It looks vintage and it is 20 x 30cm in size, It is lightweight and has predrilled holes in it which means that it is easy to hang up. The edges are smooth though so that they are not sharp. It is waterproof and durable so that it can be used inside or outside.

This is a premium textile canvas which measures 75 x 50cm in size. The picture is a black and white photograph of Brora Distillery with hills in the background and therefore it would be an interesting picture to give to someone that distils things themselves. It is printed on real canvas and is on a stretcher frame and so it is all ready to hang up as soon as it is received.

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