With the evolution of time and distilling techniques, this model has been perfected so as to be considered a semi-industrial home distilling unit. The rotating column model is very different from the traditional model in terms of the distilling process and results. It is unique in that it is able to yield a "purer" distillate and is considered a time-saver when you wish to distill various batches.

While the batch and water are mixed together in the traditional Portuguese copper alembic pot, with the rotating column still, the copper pot only functions as a water vapor generator. The batch is not placed in the pot but in the column, thus there is no direct contact with the water.

The column may have one or two copper sieve trays (depending on size) soldered to the column. These perforated copper trays not only separate the batch from the water but also allow the passage of vapors, considered a steam distillation process, ideal not only for alcoholic beverages but also for the distillation of essential oils.

The smaller sizes may be used domestically unlike the larger models which require an adequate distillation area and knowledge on the side of the distiller. Even though these alembic stills are recommended for experienced distillers, this does not mean that those who wish to start with home distilling should feel apprehensive when acquiring one of these models. There are various sizes available up to 300 litres. Models larger than 300 litres are not recommended, as the pot is unable to generate the needed vapor to function correctly.

All unions are welded or soldered with lead-free brass or copper depending on location, this is known as a soldered union construction. Thicker copper sheeting is employed in manufacturing these alembics. All connecting parts between the swan neck and the condensing recipient come equipped with rapid brass locking unions to avoid the escape of vapors.

These models may be used for the distillation of alcoholic spirits, essential oils etc., but always bear in mind that only solid organic materials can be placed in the column.

Split Top Rotating column Alembic Stills Premium are designed primarily for steam distillation, which produces most of the essential oils. All aromatic plants that grow in sufficient amounts in Europe are distilled that way.  

Since, however, it has a movable neck, it can be used as a distillation apparatus for water distillation, which is mainly used to obtain spirits. At the same time we can use steam distillation to enrich the spirits that have already been made, in that way that the spirit is poured into the kettle and herbs are added into the neck and then we distill again. When adding herbs, we should not exaggerate. If you need a boiler for water distillation only, we recommend using Soldered Alembic Stills Premium or Traditional Soldered Alquitar Stills Premium.

Al-Ambiq® has always lead the way when it comes to improving our products, coming up with new and better solutions that are built to last for generations to come. Striving to be better is what has driven us to certify our products, and now these products are a testament to our improved standard in manufacturing and the safe materials that are used in each unique Premium copper alembic. Our customers can now be assured that what they are purchasing is high quality copper products, tested and manufactured in total safety with 100 % lead free soldering and these products are now CE certified.

Our Premium line has achieved excellence with details such as:

  • CE certification
  • thicker copper sheets that require more manual labour and as a result become hand crafted master pieces,
  • The alembic set comes complete with brass joints and couplings
  • the condenser has a water inlet as well as a water outlet and more serpentine coils
  • Brass solders are used instead of copper or phosphorous alloy solders.

This equipment, if treated well, can last a lifetime.

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