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Fermentation and Yeast - Beer, Wine, Spirits and Fuel Alcohol

February 24, 2014
Yeast is the single most important ingredient in the process of making beer, wine, spirits, and even fuel alcohol. Why? Well, remember, the process of distillation does not make alcohol, it only concentrates alcohol to increase the proof. Alcohol is made during the fermentation process, and fermentation is made possible by combining two critical ingredients: sugar and yeast. So without yeast, there would be no beer, there would be no wine, and there would be no whiskey.  Aside from making the very existence of distilled spirits and other types of alcohol possible, yeast have a big impact the flavor. Much of the aroma and the taste of these products results from the fermentation process. In this article we'll discuss the different... Read more

Vintage Distillery Plans

February 24, 2014
Now this is a centerfold...Distillery Plans This diagram shows the layout of what was once the world's largest distillery. It's actually an illustration of the Hiram Walker Distillery in Ontario Canada. This is not to be confused with the folks that make Johnnie Walker. Johnnie Walker is made in Scotland by the Diageo company. The... Read more

The Craft of Whiskey Distilling - Free eBook

February 24, 2014
The Craft of Whiskey Distilling - Free eBook Whether you're looking to open up a commercial distillery or simply like reading up on the topic of alcoholic beverages, you're going to want to know about this awesome free eBook we've uncovered.  Back in 2009 The American Distilling Institute put together an awesome free eBook titled The Craft of Whiskey Distilling, which (spoiler alert) is an awesome & informative guide on the topic of distilling. It covers everything from mashing to distilling principles, to distillery start up costs (complete with examples).  View it for FREE This book is a great resource those interested in distilling. View it for free or download the PDF by clicking on this link (The Craft of Whiskey... Read more

10 Reasons to Not Make Moonshine - Part 2

January 30, 2014
This is part 2 of our article on the top 10 reasons to NOT make moonshine. Click here to check out 10 Reasons to Not Make Moonshine - Part 1. Before we get started, a reminder: Distilling alcohol is illegal without a federal fuel alcohol or distilled spirit plant permit as well as relevant state permits.... Read more

Bourbon, Whiskey, Vodka and Moonshine - How Much Yeast?

January 24, 2014
We get a lot of questions about yeast. Everyone seems to want to know how much yeast is needed for making 5 or 10 gallons of mash. For those that have read The Best Yeasts for Distilling, it's obvious we are very fond of bread yeast. We have found over the years that bread yeast can easily produce... Read more

10 Reasons to Not Make Moonshine - Part 1

January 22, 2014
Before we get started, a reminder: Distilling alcohol is illegal without a federal fuel alcohol or distilled spirit plant permit as well as relevant state permits. Our distillation equipment is designed for legal uses only and the information in this article is for educational purposes only. Please read our complete legal summary for more information... Read more

How to Make Your Own Aged Whiskey

May 4, 2013
Barrel Aged Whiskey Barrel aging offers many benefits. It is responsible for much of the flavor found in aged spirits. It also makes spirits much more palatable by removing some of the chemicals that make whiskey taste "hot" or "harsh." To spot aged whiskey, all you need to do is evaluate the color of the spirit, which is... Read more

The Best Yeast for Distilling and Brewing

April 29, 2013
Distillers and Brewers Yeast Review We get a lot of questions about yeast. Folks want to know "which yeasts are the best" for fermenting a mash. These days, homebrew shops offer an incredibly robust selection of yeasts. However, not everyone has easy access to a homebrew shop, and ordering yeast online can be dicey because temperature... Read more