Si sa che l'alchimia è fondata
sulle metamorfosi fisiche operate dallo spirito, denominazione data
al dinamismo universale emanato dalla divinità, che mantiene
la vita e il movimento, o ne provoca l'arresto e la morte, fa evolvere
la sostanza e si conferma come il solo animatore di tutto ciò
Fulcanelli, le Dimore Filosofiale, vol II
The rite of fire
The mystery of creation renovates thanks to knowledge handed over
through generations.Fire, ancient passion and spirit, all blend to
form a delicate alchemy of gestures and elements accompanying the
certain and yet inexplicable rite leading to the thinnest, lighter
and most precious substance.Fire, the very symbol of the De Mezzo
family.Fire sublimates from marc the water of life, it is used to
work, but mostly it is the fire inside of us, which feeds impetuousness,
the will of doing, warmth and emphasis in human relationships.
All this determined the name of the ancient family De Mezzo: Thunderstorm
Once upon a time there was the alembic
This is how we could start off a short handling of technologies and
tools that were improved little by little in the production of grappa.
In this field Italian technology has managed to achieve remarkable
goals. Starting from the simplest distillation tool, namely the alembic,
formed by a source of heat, a boiler, a top, a manifold or swan neck
and a cooler, evolution has never come to a halt. The simplest alembic
is the direct fire alembic with submerged marc.
This alembic is difficult to manage, quick in distilling, but the
product thereof obtained must be re-distilled.
The direct fire alembic with submerged marc and dephlegmator is more
Along with the alembic endowed of a particular dephlegmator, the Ergot
sphere represents a good tool capable of obtaining grappe of 50/60°
and consequently only one distillation is necessary.
If the marcs are healthy, this type of distiller ensures excellent
There is also a bain-marie distiller in which heat is provided by
a direct source and is transmitted to the marc through a hollow space
in which the liquid is contained (water or oil).
This device is very interesting because it prevents overheating of
the marc, responsible for the formation of a substance called furan
and of other substances having bad taste or aroma.
I quattro Grandi Elementi hanno la loro natura proprio come un bambino
ha una madre; il fuoco riscalda, l'aria si muove, l'acqua
bagna, la terra è solida.