Cooper’s Chase distillery is located on my farm southeast of West Point – in one of the greatest grain-growing regions of the world. And a good grain is the essence of good spirits. The equipment required for this kind of venture is not easily obtained, and when found, is fairly expensive. Using good old Nebraska ingenuity, we have built most of our equipment. One example of this is a one hundred gallon still, which I call a “hybrid”. It has the look of a pot still, but can function equally as well as a column still. A pot still is generally used to produce whiskey, brandy, and bourbons that must retain much of the original mash flavor, where as a column still is used to produce grain spirits, such as vodka and gin, where a higher percentage of alcohol is required during distillation.