Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home

Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home

by Victoria Redhed Miller


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Craft Distilling: Making Liquor Legally at Home by Victoria Redhed Miller

Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.

From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to creating high-quality whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller and self-reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including:

  • Quality Spirits 101: Step-by-step recipes and techniques
  • Legal Liquor: An overview of the licensing process in the U.S. and Canada
  • Raising the Bar: Advocacy for fair regulations for hobby distillers.

This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale-and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865718043
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 299,102
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer, and homesteader. She speaks and writes extensively on topics including home distilling, bread baking, poultry keeping, and more. Victoria lives on a 40-acre off-grid farm in Washington State, and is also the author of Pure Poultry and the award-winning Craft Distilling.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gene Logsdon ix

Introduction: The Accidental Activist xiii

1 Why Make Your Own Liquor? 1

2 A Revenooer Walked into a Nanaimo Bar 7

3 Making Liquor Legally at Home 13

4 The Basic Principles of Distillation 23

5 Building a Small Column Still 27

6 Your "Home" Distillery 35

7 The Economics of Distilling Your Own Liquor 41

8 Mashing Grains 49

9 Fermentation 61

10 Overview of the Distilling Process and Techniques 73

11 Rum 89

12 Gin 95

13 Vodka 101

14 Malt Whiskey 109

15 Irish Whiskey 115

16 Other Kinds of Whiskey 119

17 Tequila and Sunchoke Spirit 125

18 Don't Be So Immature: Aging Small-batch Spirits 131

19 Brandy, Liqueurs and Other Excuses to Spend More Time in the Stillhouse 139

20 Handmade Bitters 153

21 Making Your Own Mixers 157

22 Putting It All Together: Classic Cocktail Recipes Featuring Your Homemade Spirits 165

23 Other Uses for Your Distillation Skills 173

24 The Farm Distillery 177

25 The Case for Making Non-commercial Distilling Legal 183

26 Let's Raise the Bar: The Future of True Craft Distilling 191

Appendix A Useful Resources 193

Appendix B Resources for Information on Distilling in Canada 197

Appendix C Sample Record-keeping Form 201

Index 203

About the Author 209

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From the Publisher

" Craft Distilling accomplishes the extraordinary task of making the arcane art form accessible and practical for anyone who can cook from a recipe. The joy of creating spirits at home is a great incentive for learning a little chemistry and Victoria makes the chemistry fun!"

-Bryan Welch, Mother Earth News, and CEO, B the Change Media

"In Craft Distilling , author Victoria Redhed Miller leads us on a wonderfully intoxicating journey that answers the question of why distill spirits at home with eloquence and clarity that only a passionate practitioner can offer. With Miller's help we come to understand just why it is that most of us can't legally make spirits for ourselves, and she makes a wonderful case for why we should be able to do just that! Set the history aside for a spell and Craft Distilling delves deeply into the science of alcohol distillation and sets you up with everything from detailed recipes for your favorite liquors and insight on constructing your own still. Craft Distilling is as important for dreamers and practitioners as it is for policy makers, and it belongs on the shelf of everyone who has anything to do with the production and consumption of distilled spirits."

-Oscar H. Will III, Editorial Director, Mother Earth News

"This is one of the most comprehensive books I have seen to date. This book tells you everything you need to know to become a knowledgeable distiller. The book also has many great recipe's. I would highly recommend this book to any new or experienced distiller."

-Mike Haney, Hillbilly Stills

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