May 21, 2008

Make Your Own Whiskey

Moonshine StillWe've been thinking a lot about DIY booze lately. We have friends big into homebrew beer, and we've even toyed with making our own wine, but what if we could make our own whiskey? It turns out, there's a big subculture of whiskey geeks who do just that, and OK, maybe it's still cheaper (and more legal) to buy a bottle of Jim off the shelf, but how freakin' cool would it be to say you have your own still?

There are all sorts of whiskey geeks out there who are doing just that, and they've been featured recently in an article in Wired.

Today's home distillers are more likely to build a small reflux still and hide it in the garage. Unlike a pot still, the vapors rise through a column packed with copper wool or another high-surface-area material before being directed into the condenser. A beer keg makes a good boiler, and a homemade column and condenser are within the reach of anyone with basic welding and soldering skills and access to copper pipe.
Awesome. For more information on how you could theoretically make your own still if you didn't fear blindness and/or incarceration, check out the links below.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at May 21, 2008 9:20 AM
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"but how freakin' cool would it be to say you have your own still?" - Man this line tells it all! However illegal, yes there are daredevil distillers who really enjoy making their own spirits. 'still hoping time comes that this hobby becomes openly acceptable.

Posted by: Moonshiner at June 13, 2012 8:08 AM

I made a low temperature still in my dorm room. How clutch is that?

Posted by: Joe at May 21, 2008 4:14 PM
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