Fabricated from scratch, the stills and the bottling line were designed and built by Carter Raff; machining every single part from raw metal.


Bottle filler by Cartter Raff

STILL #1 I built this still for a total fill capacity of 175 gallons. I use stainless steel in my stills for many reasons. One being cost, ease of welding and corrosion protection. Copper, although beautiful, is very expensive and hard to weld. Copper is not necessary on the outside of a still, but it is absolutely necessary on the inside of a still. The copper on the inside reacts with compounds in the wash and distillate attracting itself to the copper thereby removing it from the distillate thereby making the finished product taste better. You might only see a little copper on the outside of my stills, but inside there is quite a bit. My design for this still is my own. It’s a hybrid being both pot still and part reflux still. It has 3 plates for very minute refluxing if I want it to. The condenser has 61 stainless steel tubes in it.


After a few years under my belt as a professional distiller I looked toward adding a third still. I knew I needed a bigger still and one that I could make larger batches in with my gin and Rhum. So I went about building this one. A total fill capacity of 500 gallons. Both my large stills are powered by steam. This steam heats the wash kind of like a double boiler would, but it uses a large coil on the inside of the still.

Test Still and Lab

This is the still that I built to make test batches in. When you make any distillate the still will have an affect on the flavor by it’s construction, shape and operation. So I made this to be a ¼ scale of Still #1. It doesn’t run on steam though it runs on electricity, but it’s still a double boiler design so as to not burn or scorch the wash.

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