12″ tall Stainless Steel Distiller’s Parrot is for proof testing inline as you distill. The Distiller’s Parrot is connected between the condenser and collection container, which allows the distillate to flow through on its way to the collection container.
Although not required in order to start distilling, it’s an added convenience to use the Distiller’s Parrot to hold your alcoholmeter and take real-time readings of your alcohol percentage during the distillation process. Without a parrot, you collect your distillate in a collection container and then use the alcoholmeter to test what you’ve collected. The goal is to test the alcohol percentage/proof of the distillate as you go and use that percentage as a guide (along with temperature) to decide where to make your cuts.
The Distiller’s Parrot attaches to condensers on most moonshine stills regardless whether you are using a pot distiller column, a reflux column, or a gin series column.