The Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine, and More

The Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine, and More

by Rick Morris

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The Joy of Home Distilling: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own Vodka, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Moonshine, and More by Rick Morris

The complete guide for beginner and intermediate distillers. Make your own brew at home!

”If you’re going to invest the $100 or so to get a basic equipment and recipe kit, then you’ll want to take care in ensuring that your first batch is brewed correctly.” –Rick Morris, HowBrewBeer

The Joy of Home Distilling is covers nearly every facet of distilling:

  • Step-by-step instructions for the different processes, from bucket to bottle
  • The difference between spirit types and how to produce each
  • What yeast is, what it does, and how to ensure that you get a strong, complete fermentation
  • What distillation is and common misconceptions about the process
  • Legalities surrounding distilling alcohol at home
  • Carbon filtering—when it’s necessary, when to filter, and why you filter
  • Flavoring and aging your spirits
  • Keeping safety first when working with flammable materials, such as ethanol
  • Yeast styles and nutritional requirements
  • Different methods of distillation and equipment
  • Post-distillation process
  • And of course, fun drink recipes! (Try the Mudslide or the Cherry Bomb!)

    Author Rick Morris, who has been selling distillation equipment for over 25 years, even includes his own recipes for different types of spirits and drink recipes. By learning not just how to distill, but also what is happening at each step and why it is needed, readers will be armed with the information they need to experiment with their own spirits and concoct their own recipes. Easy to understand even for a first-time distiller, The Joy of Home Distilling is sure to become your number one distilling resource.

  • Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781629145860
    Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
    Publication date: 10/21/2014
    Series: The Joy of Series
    Pages: 224
    Sales rank: 93,229
    Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

    About the Author

    Rick Morris is the owner of Brewhaus (America), Inc., now celebrating over 25 years, and the founder of the Hobby Distiller’s Association. He has been distributing his own distilling products and brewing his own spirits for decades. He resides in Keller, Texas.

    Table of Contents

    Dedication 1

    Introduction 3

    What is distillation? 3

    Is home distilling legal? 6

    Part 1 Understanding the Process

    1 Yeast 12

    Nutrition 13

    Stress on the Yeast 15

    Yeast Storage 17

    Effects of Yeast on Flavor 19

    Types of Yeast 20

    2 Fermentation 27

    Yeast Life Cycle 28

    Fermentation Equipment 33

    How to Use a Hydrometer 38

    How to Use an Alcoholmeter 41

    Other Supplies for Fermentation 42

    Sugar Fermentation 48

    Non-Sugar Fermentation 50

    Alternate Mashing Method 53

    3 Types of Distillation 55

    The Evolution of Distilling 55

    Distillation Methods 57

    Types of Distillers 59

    To Buy or Build? 80

    4 Distilling 86

    Safety First! 86

    Heating Your Distiller 88

    Pot Distilling 91

    Your First Distillation 97

    5 Filtering Your Spirits 127

    Why We Filter Spirits 127

    What is activated carbon? 128

    Alcohol Filtration 133

    6 Aging and Flavoring 143

    Adding the Finishing Touch 143

    Aging in Barrels 145

    Barrel Alternatives 148

    At what proof should your spirit be aged? 151

    Flavoring 151

    A Final Note 154

    Part 2 Distill at Home

    7 Recipes 158

    Vodka 159

    Whiskey and Moonshine 163

    Rum 171

    Brandy 175

    Schnapps 177

    Liqueurs 178

    8 Drink Recipes 180

    Part 3 Resources

    Frequently Asked Questions 188

    Problems/Solutions 190

    Calculations 191

    Common Setup Methods 192

    Record-Keeping Log 195

    Glossary 196

    Index 201

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