Whether you are a commercial ethanol producer or a home enthusiast that loves alcoholic beverages or even a bioethanol producer, in order to produce high quality ethanol you require an efficient ethanol still. Your still has to match up to your production requirements as well as distill the desired mixture efficiently so as to provide the highest possible yield and lower your production costs.
Commercial ethanol producers need to buy professional stills that are made out of food grade materials such as stainless steel so that the resultant ethanol or drinking alcohol does not get contaminated. Producers that manufacture bioethanol to power various types of vehicles including cars and boats also require stills that feature ethanol-proof materials that do not corrode in the presence of strong ethanol. Home enthusiasts can even make their own still to produce ethanol using several materials that can easily be located in home improvement stores.
However, since ethanol distillation involves high heat and strong alcohol strengths, all possible precautions should be taken, especially if you are making the still all by yourself from diagrams downloaded over the Internet. It would be better to talk to a few people that have been using their stills for regular production before you attempt to build and use your own distillation still.
In addition to using a safe plan to operate your still you will also need the best possible whisky yeast, vodka yeast, wine yeast or any other fermenting yeast to ferment your desired mash or mixture. The fermentation process will determine the quality of the raw ethanol that goes into your ethanol still and you are sure to get rewarded with ethanol that is of perfect strength as well as perfect taste and character if you are indeed making drinking alcohol in your professional or personal ethanol production plant.
You should also learn all about local distilling laws in your state or country, especially if you plan to produce ethanol at home. Most alcohols are fermented using different variants of the saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast and you too should seek out a variant that ensures perfect fermentation of your mash. You can seek out turbo yeast, which is hardy yeast capable of producing alcohol with high strength levels even in higher temperature levels of around 38 degrees Celsius. Ordinary yeast would not even survive above 25 degrees Celsius but this super yeast not only provides a higher yield per batch of mixture but also provides for better quality at the same time. The reason is that turboyeast is fortified with special micro nutrients that ensure purer and safer ethanol.
Your still will also operate much more efficiently if you fill it up with a high quality of ethyl glycol or any other ethanol mixture that contains fewer contaminants. You could end up with higher contaminants in case you use ordinary yeasts that might contain wild yeast or harmful bacteria. Whether you use a simple pot still or a barrel still or run a commercial distillery, your production costs will only be lowered if you receive top quality and strong ethanol at the end of the distillation process.
Ethanol distillation is a critical process that requires constant monitoring of temperature during the heating and condensing process. In addition, the mixture in the still itself should be of high quality to extract ethanol with consistent strength, taste and character. In order to produce high quality ethanol you do require an efficient ethanol still along with a mixture that has been fermented with the best quality yeast.