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How to Steam Distill Rosemary Oil

March 27, 2024
Rosemary oil is having a moment. In addition to being a popular aromatherapy oil, it's also trending as a hair supplement. Due to its increased popularity the market has been flooded with new products - some of which are low quality knock-offs. One way to ensure that your oil is top quality is to make it yourself. That's exactly what brewing expert Ryan Hansen from Big Pop brewing recently did in a YouTube video on making essential oils. In this article we're going to break down Ryan's process and explain how to steam distill 100% pure organic rosemary oil at home. Table of Contents Rosemary Oil Uses Growing Organic Rosemary Harvesting Steam Distilling Separating Oil from Hydrosol Rosemary Oil Uses Rosemary... Read more

Moonshine Mash - The Cracked Corn Method

November 3, 2023
Because moonshine is steeped in tradition yet still dwells in the shadows due to the legal implications surrounding it, figuring out exactly how it's made can be somewhat of a challenge. One area where this is true is the process of making the mash. In this article we delve into the topic of using cracked corn to make moonshine mash and explain why it's not as simple as it sounds. Cracked Corn One of the primary ingredients in a classic moonshine mash is cracked corn—a type of feed corn that has been coarsely ground or broken to expose the starchy insides. However, cracked corn doesn't come ready to be mashed because its starches are not readily accessible for fermentation. They're... Read more

How Many Shots in a Fifth?

August 14, 2023
Being able to pour the perfect shot or craft a delicious cocktail comes down to precise measurements. One of the most commonly used measurements is the "fifth," but what exactly does it mean? How many shots are in a fifth?  What is a Fifth? A "fifth" in liquor terminology refers to a bottle that contains... Read more

How to Measure Alcohol Content

July 27, 2023
There are several ways to measure alcohol content in beer, wine, cider, mead and spirits. In this article I’m going to show you four. Specifically, I’m going to show you how to use a hydrometer, a refractometer, a digital hydrometer, and a digital refractometer. And as a bonus i’m going to show you how to... Read more

How to Make CBD Oil At Home

July 17, 2023
Making CBD oil at home is a process that anyone can master. Not only is it cost-effective, but it also gives you complete control over the quality and concentration of the end product. This article guides you through the process, providing you with all the information you need on how to make CBD oil with steam distilling. What... Read more

How to Make Peppermint Oil at Home

July 7, 2023
If you’ve ever wondered how to make peppermint oil at home, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we take you through the step-by-step process of making peppermint oil with steam distillation at home, including the tools and ingredients you need, and tips for ensuring the best results. What is Peppermint Oil? Peppermint oil is... Read 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... 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... 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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