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Making Beer, Distilling, and More

How Many Ounces in a Shot? A Complete Guide

May 12, 2023
In the United States, a standard shot contains 1.5 fluid ounces of alcohol. This measurement is crucial for mixing cocktails, measuring spirits like moonshine, and keeping track of alcohol consumption. However, it's important to note that shot sizes can vary depending on the country and even the type of shot glass.  Shot Glass Sizes: A Quick Overview Shot glasses come in a range of sizes, from small 1-ounce glasses to larger 2-ounce, 3-ounce (double shot), and beyond. While some shot glasses can hold up to 8 ounces, these novelty items should not be used to consume alcohol in such large quantities. The standard measurement for a shot is 1.5 ounces, so regardless of the size of the shot glass, a 1.5-ounce pour can be... Read more

Moonshine Recipes: A Flavorful Adventure Awaits

May 12, 2023
Welcome to the world of moonshine recipes! If you're ready to explore new flavors, you've come to the right place. We've got fruity concoctions, dessert-inspired creations, and more. Dive into our easy-to-follow recipes and get ready to impress your taste buds.  For a comprehensive guide on making moonshine, take a look at our how to make moonshine article. What is Moonshine? First - what even is moonshine? Moonshine, often referred to as "white lightning" or "hooch," is a high-proof, unaged distilled spirit typically made from corn mash or sugar. Its roots can be traced back to the early American settlers who crafted their own homemade spirits to avoid taxes imposed on liquor production. Moonshine gained notoriety during the Prohibition era (1920-1933) in... Read more

How to Make Brandy - Brandy Recipe

March 19, 2023
Brandy is a spirit distilled from a fruit mash or wine, typically made from grapes. In this article we'll explain how to make brandy step by step using a homemade brandy recipe provided to us by Jesse Wilson, a master distiller in New Zealand. Read more

Is Moonshine Illegal?

March 14, 2023

The question is, is making moonshine illegal? The answer to this is somewhat complicated and unless the thought of digging ditches with chains around one's ankles is appealing, potential distillers better read on because in this article we're going to summarize whether or not moonshine is illegal.

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How to Make Bourbon

January 6, 2023 posted in Distilling
In this guide, we'll show you how to make bourbon whiskey from start to finish. This will include step by step descriptions of recipe creation, grain milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling, and aging, blending, and bottling. To make sure we provide the most valuable and accurate information possible, we've enlisted the help of Jesse Wilson from... Read more

How to Make Whiskey

December 7, 2022
With the help of an expert master distiller, we explain how to make whiskey, step by step. This whiskey recipe is super mellow and reminiscent of some of the most popular American whiskeys of all time. Read more

Here's How Long it Takes to Make Beer

December 4, 2022
One of the first questions people usually ask when exploring the idea of making beer at home is "how long does it take to make beer?" Well, there is an easy answer and a long answer. We'll provide the easy answer first, but we highly suggest reading (or at least skimming) this entire article to understand... Read more

Lavender Farmhouse With Charles Hoskinson

November 14, 2022
We have a bit of a different brew day for this one. We teamed up with tech entrepreneur Charles Hoskinson, founder of IOHK and the ADA / Cardano cryptocurrency and blockchain platform. Why? Well, the record keeping aspect of blockchain technology could actually be used to improve the quality of beer, wine and spirits. We... Read more

Midwestern IPA Recipe

August 15, 2022
Does the "Midwestern IPA" even exist? Well, if you ask the handful of commercial breweries in the middle of America who claim to brew the style, yes, it does. However, a Midwest IPA isn't listed in the BJCP or the Craft Brewers Association style guidelines. That being the case, we check out the commercial versions, read as much as we could find on this theoretical style, and hammered out a version of our own, with a few extra twists. Our recipe is tailored to Clawhammer's 10.5 gallon kettle, powered by a 240v controller with a 5500w element. Here are the details. Grains 7 lb. 12 oz. Golden Promise 1 lb. 12 0z. Crystal 10 1 lb. 12 oz. Vienna 1... Read more

Wild Water IPA

August 8, 2022
It's often said that the difference between a great beer and an amazing beer lies in the chemistry of  brewing water and how well it matches the style of the beer its being used to make. That said, we brewed this Wild Water IPA with pristine water gathered from a North Carolina waterfall. We also... Read more
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