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Revision as of 19:58, 23 October 2017

Welcome to the Distillation Wiki hosted by Home Distiller

This Wiki contains detailed information and instructions for making distilled spirits. Whether you are a beginner starting your education, or an advanced user researching topics in depth, this is the best place to start. The information contained here is the distilled (pardon the pun) information contained in our forums. To ask specific questions or to do more research, check out the Home Distiller Forums.

Beginners

The journey of a thousand steps starts with one.

Just getting your feet wet? The Home Distiller Forums are a great resource for information. The New Distiller Reading Lounge contains a ton of information to get you started.

Know the Legality of distillation in your area
Safety first! Distillation requires responsibility
Introduction to distilling all manner of spirits
New Distiller's FAQ
What is: Whiskey - Rum - Brandy - Vodka - Gin - Cordials and Liqueurs - Other Spirit types
Books and Publications
Tables
Charts
Troubleshooting Guide

Washes, Mashing and Fermentation

Let the fungus make magic

Once you've decided what you're going to make here's how to get it started.

Most good things start with good water
Wash preparation from grains to starch
Fermentation of starch into sugars by yeast
You wouldn't want to drink a distillers version of a beer
Wine is the precursor to brandy and many related spirits
Need some inspiration, start here: Tried and True Recipes
All things Mashing related: Mashing Category
All things Fermenting related: Fermenting Category
All things Yeast related: Yeast Category

Distillation

Ye Olde Timey Pot still

Now that your fermentation is complete the fun part comes next.

Distillation history and instruction
Theory and design of Stills
Understanding Cuts and fractions
Prepare for your first Stripping run and Spirit run
Methanol and the denaturing of alcohol
Commercial uses of ethanol beyond the beverage industry
All things Distillation related: Distillation Category

Maturation, Storage, and Flavoring of Spirits

Barrels and barrels

You're done making your product, next comes worst part, waiting.

Maturation, storage and Cooperage
Learn about Woods for aging
And how Barrels need Toasting and Charring
Flavoring of spirits and cordials
Making Gin with Vapor Infusion or Maceration

Drinking & Cocktails

Bottoms up!

Now the best part, enjoying your product!

All the Cocktails: Cocktails Category
Wikipedia: Liquor Portal