February 2, 2012
It's been about four months since the still arrived from Germany and only just today, since the trim and painting were finished in the stillhouse, have we been able to install it. Thanks to Mark Thomas climbing up to the cupola and affixing a crossbeam and hoist, we assembled the vodka rectification column top down, 53" section by section, all atop a stainless steel console at a floor to top distance of 25 feet. Nick Haas, a rep for CARL, GmbH (the oldest still fabricator in Germany), came up on Wednesday and helped us finish installing the pipes (for heating, cooling and cleaning, as well as for transporting spirits).
This was the view from the back door of the distillery after we finished the day: