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How to distill essential oils at home?

Do you want to distill plants and obtain essential oils with a copper alembic at home? At Cobrelis we give you the instructions to use an essence distiller.

1. What is an alembic?

2. Parts of a copper alembic for distilling plants

3. How a still works: steps to distill essential oils at home with a copper alembic

1. What is an alembic?

An alembic is an instrument for distilling liquor or alcohol and essential oils that has been used for centuries. The material is copper, since it is very malleable and is an excellent conductor of heat, which greatly favors distillation.

Enter Cobrelis and we will show you our entire catalog of special stills for the distillation of plants and essential oils.

2. Parts of an alembic:

The traditional alembic consists of the following parts:

Squid: it is the lower part of the alembic where you put the water and the mixture to distill.

Hood: upper part of the alembic where the steam comes out.

Serpentine cube: the cube where the steam condenses, and we obtain the distilled mixture.

Column: Column stills are widely used in distillation of plants and essential oils, even more than traditional stills. These alembics have a column where the distilled mixture is put that gives more quality to the distillation.

You can see our entire catalog here of column stills in Cobrelis.

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3. How an alembic works: Steps to distill essential oils at home with a copper still:

First step: Prepare the mixture to distill:

To distill an essential oil such as lavender, rosemary or oregano, you must choose the freshest and most tender parts of the plant. It is very important that you choose plants without herbicides and without pesticides, that is, that they are organic plants so that the quality of the distillate is better.

Each plant has a different maceration process, in this blog post we will tell you about the most used essential oils for distillation with an alembic.

Here we leave you a video where they explain the procedure to extract lavender essential oil.

Steps to continue with an alembic:

1. The first thing is to introduce the distilled mixture to obtain our essential oil of lavender, rosemary, tea tree or lemon, for example, in the squid (or in the column in the case of a column alembic).

2. The next step is to put the water in the pot and heat it (the temperature will be measured with a special thermometer that can be supplied with the alembic included).

3. The heat will cause the steam to pass from the squid (where the distilled mixture is) to the hood (the top of the alembic) through a copper grate. With the passage of steam from one part to another, the oils and aromas are extracted.

4. In the serpentine cube we will obtain the liquid result of the distillation of our essential oil.

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Plant Distillation with Copper Stills

Did you know that you can distill essential oils from plants such as lavender or lemon using a homemade still? We tell you all about the distillation of plants on the Cobrelis blog, your online alembic store.

-Copper Pot Stills for distilling plants

-Plants to be distilled with stills

Best essential oils and flowers to use with stills

Cobrelis Plant Alembic Still

Copper Pot Stills for distilling plants

The most suitable stills for the distillation of plants are:

Column Stills for Plants:

This type of copper still is undoubtedly the most suitable for the distillation of plants because the water of distillation never comes into contact with the ingredients. The result is a pure and high quality distillation.

You can see our catalog of column stills here.

Copper stills for plants:

These stills are pear shaped and are the oldest type of still. They are also very suitable for the distillation of plants and essential oils to obtain aromas or soaps for example.

Moreover, this type of stills also works very well as a decorative element. Copper can be a very eye-catching and elegant ornament with your plants.

You can see our catalog of our copper stills for plants here

Hydraulic closing alembics for plants:

These stills are an evolution of the traditional ones. Whereas in the first one you have to apply a flour putty on the still to obtain the tightness of the distillate, in these stills this is not necessary. This facilitates the distillation of plants and the obtaining of essential oils.

You can see our catalog of water closing stills here

Copper Pot Stills for Plants and Essential Oils - Cobrelis

Plants to be distilled with stills

Distillation plants with stills - Cobrelis

The above mentioned copper stills are ideal for the distillation of medicinal and aromatic plants. Once distilled, you will obtain essential oils.

Here is a list of plants that you can distill in one of the above stills.

Medicinal plants for distillation with copper stills:

Rosemary plant to be distilled with stills

Tarragon for distillation

Usine de Menthe à distiller avec des alambics

-Peppermint for distillation

Dill plant to be distilled with stills

Basil for use in distillation

And much more!

Aromatic plants to be distilled with copper stills:

Lavender plant to be distilled with stills

Laurel for use in distillation

Salvia plant to be distilled with stills

Coriander plant to be distilled with stills

Pulleys for use in distillation

Oregano plant to be distilled with stills

Best essential oils and flowers to use with stills

Rose for plant distillation with alembic stills - Cobrelis

From all the previous plants, with a correct distillation and using the appropriate artisanal still, you can obtain the final result of the distillate: essential oils, perfumes or soaps.

Here you will see a post we made about the best 8 essential oils to distil with stills.

As for the aromas. We leave you a list of the most used plants for distilling perfumes.

Rose: the flower most used for the elaboration of perfumes and aromas.

Lavender: used a lot because of its long-lasting fragrance.

Violet: used for its delicate aroma.

Geranium: widely used for men’s fragrances.

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How to distill homemade gin step by step with a cooper alembic

How to distill homemade gin step by step with a copper alembic For the distillation of homemade gin it is necessary that you have a series of fundamental elements such as the base for the distillate, the appropriate essential oils to flavor the gin and a distillation method that allows you to obtain a higher quality drink.

At Cobrelis, your online alembic store located in Vigo, we explain all these elements step by step.

Base Element to distill Gin

At Cobrelis we recommend a ready-made base that separates the ethanol to make a safe and healthy distillate. A mixture of pure alcohol would be perfect or also Vodka (Vodka is the most used in the Fin mix of the big manufacturers).

Essential oils for gin and mash

The aroma of the gin, which gives it its characteristic flavor comes from the juniper berries. Once you have your base of pure alcohol or Vodka, add a large amount of berries to get the maximum flavor. It is also important to put corn, wheat, barley and rye (it is necessary to cut them into small pieces).

This mixture must macerate for 24 hours before distillation.

Gin Distillation with Traditional Copper Alembic

In our catalog of column stills you can find the copper still that interests you the most. We have many varieties of size (from 3 liter stills to 300 liter stills).

For gin distillation, the column alembic has a bottom sieve that allows the essential oils and other ingredients to be separated from pure alcohol or vodka. It would work with a steam distillation.

You need to use a breathalyzer to monitor the alcohol level during the distillation of the gin.

5 liter column alembic with thermometer included