Overview of the vessels produced by Spectac International for the distilling industry

Spectac International have been designing, producing and maintaining quality stainless steel equipment for distilleries in the UK, Ireland and Worldwide for quarter of a century. Today, Spectac continue to manufacture a complete range of distilling vessels and piping for small to large distilleries.

The different types of distilling products Spectac International manufacture include; blending vessels, clean-in-place (CIP) vessels, distilling vessels, fermenters, holding tanks, lauter tun, low wine & feints receivers, mash tun, pot stills, process vessels and spirit receivers.

Each distillery that we work with have different requirements and needs. We have the experience and product range to cater for all projects both large and small.

Blending vessels:

For the majority of distillers, a blending vessel is an essential part of the distilling process.

For many years Spectac International have manufactured blending vessels for the distilling industry. These vessels are built to handle a whole variety of drinks, including spirits, whiskeys & gins. An important feature of a blending vessel is to ensure easy mixing and an effective vessel to help distilleries improve productivity and manufacturing efficiencies.

Spectac International have the facilities and expertise to manufacture blending vessels of any shape or size.



Clean-in-place (CIP) vessels:

CIP vessels are an important part of the manufacturing process that ensures the health and safety of the consumer. CIP is both an effective and efficient way for distilleries to automate the sanitation process.

A mix of chemicals, heat and water are used to clean machinery without needing to dismantle the plant. All the cleaning can happen at one time. Spectac International manufacture CIP vessels specific to the requirements of clients. Each CIP vessel is fitted with programmable logic controllers (PLC) for efficient, automated management of the cleaning process.





Distilling vessels:

Distilling vessels are essential to the distilling process and are used to hold a variety of materials, some which are highly corrosive. Stainless Steel T-316L is used where applicable as it is a very high-quality material which gives the vessel true longevity that can last up to 40 years.

Examples of Spectac Internationals distilling vessels include; hot liquor vessels, washback vessels, hot spent wash and lees vessel, spirit receiver, cast filling tank, malt silo and intermediate receiver.



Tullamore Dew Whiskey



A fermentation vessel (fermenter) is built to specific requirements depending on the type of processing required. A fermenter (bioreactor) is a closed vessel used for holding and controlling fermenter microorganisms in a process known as fermentation. A fermenter is used in commercial production and the main purpose of a fermenter is to control temperature and keep oxygen out of the chamber to optimise the conditions necessary for microbial fermentation.



Holding tanks:

Another important vessel in the distilling process are holding tanks. Holding tanks also known as storage tanks can be used to hold raw materials, allowing companies to reduce costs by buying in bulk and these tanks can be used to hold finished products until they are ready to be packaged and shipped. In the development of holding tanks, Spectac International always obey the relevant standards and legal requirements for each component.

Spectac International manufacture bespoke holding tanks which are made to client specifications and altered to suit specific distilling needs.



Lauter tun:

The lauter tun is the process of sprinkling water over the wort to remove residual grain and clean it up ready for boiling. A lauter tun is similar to a large sieve, which refines the product mixes and removes excess materials.

Spectac International can design and manufacture any lauter to suit client requirements.





Mash tun:

Mash tun vessels are an important part of the preparation for the fermentation process in distilling. A mash tun is used to convert starches in crushed grains into sugars in the fermentation process. In most cases, mash tuns are insulated in order to maintain a constant temperature.

Spectac International work with clients to produce mash tun vessels that will suit their needs and requirements.





Low Wine & Feints Receivers:

Low wines are produced during of the first distillation in the pot still process of manufacture. This distillate, which contains the alcohol then forms the raw material used in the second distillation. The third stage of the process is called feints, the distillate received from the second distillation in the pot still process. Feints form the undesirable last running’s of the distillation.




Pot Stills:

Pot stills are another essential device in the distilling process.

Pot stills are employed as a distillation device to distil alcoholic spirits such as whisky or cognac. Spectac can produce copper pot stills in various shapes and sizes depending on the desired quantity and style of spirit being produced.

In pot stills, two important factors for the success of the process are the hygiene of the pot still as well as its temperature. Spectac International can custom design pot stills to suit the needs and requirements of clients.



Process Vessels:

Process vessels are important for storage of ingredients used in the distilling process.

Process vessels are used for storage. They are usually designed around the ingredients which will be stored in the vessel such as liquid or grain. Ease of access and temperature control are the two most important factors Spectac International take into consideration when designing the ideal process for clients.


Spectac Fermenting Vessels


Spirit Receivers:

Spirit receivers are an important vessel in distilleries producing scotch whisky.

Spirit receivers are large glass walled containers, usually brass containers. By using a spirit receiver, the distiller is capable of analysing and managing the spirit coming from the pot still without having to touch the spirit itself. Containers are locked to comply with customs and excise.


Spectac International have been working with distillers across the globe ranging from global distillers to craft distillers looking to produce a unique spirit full of flavour and character.

We work closely with our clients to fully understand their business needs and goals and to help support and optimise their distilling processes through expert engineering, decades of experience and modern technology to produce distinct products of optimal efficiencies.

If you have a question regarding our distilling vessels contact us today to find out more about how we can help.

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