The Alembic moonshine still is a simple apparatus used for distilling. It has been used for many hundreds of years, very often related to the study of alchemy. The Egyptians were the first people to construct stills, and images of them adorn the ancient temple of Memphis. It is from Arabic that we get the word 'alembic' (al ambic) and alcohol (al cohol). The first means the distillation vessel, and the second, while it was used to describe a very hard lead or antimony based powder, expresses the idea of delicacy and subtlety, as in distillation vapor. The still was developed in 800 AD by the Arab alchemist Jabir ibn Hayyan. The word 'alembic' is derived from the metaphoric meaning of 'that which refines; which transmutes', through distillation.
The manufacturer has been making stills for a millennium in the same factory. Each still is made by a craftsman that has been making stills all his life. The design itself has been used for hundreds of years and is proven over and over for generations. The entire still is made of copper that is hand worked. In fact every seam is soldered for lifetime strength. Alembic Stills are lead free.