How To Make A Copper Distillers Parrot

A Parrot allows the distiller to read the proof of the run in real time and is useful when making cuts during the distillation process. If your planing to make your own moonshine a Parrot is a great tool to have. This article will teach you how to make your own Parrot at home, anyone can do this with some basic soldering skills and a little free time. If  you’re  unfamiliar  with  soldering  copper this  article  will  help:  How  to  solder  copper  – A beginners  guideblueprint to make copper parrot for distilling


  • 1 X 2″ to 1″ Bell fitting CXC
  • 1 X 1″ to 1/2″ Bell Fitting CXC
  • 1 X 1/2″ x 1/4″ Bell Fitting CXC
  • 1 X 1″ to 12″ Copper Pipe- You can use L or M grade copper. The M has a red stripe on the side, the L has a blue which is for high pressure. The Copper Pipe is more expensive and if you have a choice pick the M or the RED STRIPE.
  • 1/4″ X 18 ” piece of soft copper pipe
  • 1/2″ X 1 ”  piece of copper pipe
  • 1 x 6″ Round Copper Plate
  • 95/5 Silver Solder and Flux.


To build, you start out with 12 inches of one inch pipe. I have a 2 to 1 fitting reducer. I use 8 inches of quarter inch soft copper and then I have another section of quarter inch copper at 18 inches. I also have a 1/2 inch to a quarter inch bell fitting reducer. Also, a 1/2 inch to 1 inch bell fitting. Silver Solder all this together and you’ve built your own Parrot

If you build your own Parrot we would love to see it! Send us a picture or drop us a line and let us know how it went. You can also make a Youtube video and link back to our blog.

If Your Confused Watch This Video

Here’s a video that shows you how to build a Parrot

Now that we’ve completed the construction of the parrot, before we use it we need to give it a good clean. To do this follow the instructions on how to clean a homemade copper still before using. I won’t go over that again here as I’ve already gone into depth in the above article.

If your interested in building a new still or learning more about making moonshine here’s a few articles you might be interested in.

This article was written by: Anthony Zaca owner of Rainier Distillers

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