BUILDING A HOME DISTILLATION APPARATUS
The pages that follow contain a step by step guide to building a relativelysophisticated still. It is directed at anyone who may want to know more about thesubject, for hobbyists, tinkers, pure water freaks, and perhaps amateur wine and beer makers.The still involved in the chapters that follow is a unique distillation apparatus. Atthe time of this writing, there is only one like it. Designing and building thisapparatus is the only subject of this manual and you will find that it confines itself to those areas. It does not enter into the domains of fermentation, recipes for making mash, beer, wine or any other spirits. These areas are covered in detail inother readily available books and numerous web sites.My intent is to release this document into the public domain in such a manner thatanyone may freely copy, modify, or distribute its contents. Experience has shownthat ideas exchanged in this way can be refined into much better products whenany number of authors get involved and make their own contributions.However, the legal system being what it is, several issues can turn up in doingthis:
Any free document containing patentable information such as this isthreatened constantly by second party patents. I want to avoid thedanger that re-distributors of this free document will individuallyobtain patent licenses, in effect making the document and it’s contents proprietary. To prevent this, I’ve tried to make it clear that any patentarising from this document must be licensed for everyone's free use or not licensed at all.2. Also, for each contributing author's protection and mine, I want tomake certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for the contents of this document. If the document is modified by someoneelse and passed on, its recipients must know that what they have is notthe original, so that any problems introduced by others will not reflecton the original authors' reputation.