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<font size="5">Welcome to the [[Introduction|Distillation Wiki]] hosted by [http://www.homedistiller.org/ Home Distiller]</font>
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<font size="5">Welcome to [[Introduction|Homedistiller]]!</font>
  
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 [http://www.homedistiller.org/forum/index.php Home Distiller Forums].  
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This site contains detailed information regarding the creation of distilled spirits for beginners to advanced distillers. 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 [http://www.homedistiller.org/forum/index.php Home Distiller Forums].  
  
 
=='''Beginners'''==
 
=='''Beginners'''==
[[File:Beginners-Guide.jpg|thumb|220px|right|The journey of a thousand steps starts with one. ]]
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[[File:Beginners-Guide.jpg|thumb|220px|right|The journey of a thousand steps starts with one.]]
Just getting your feet wet? The [http://www.homedistiller.org/forum/index.php Home Distiller Forums] are a great resource for information. The [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=46 New Distiller Reading Lounge] contains a ton of information to get you started.  
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Beginners should check the [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=46 New Distiller Reading Lounge].
  
:Know the [[Legality]] of distillation in your area
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:Know the [[Legality]] of distillation in your area.
:[[Safety]] first! Distillation requires responsibility
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:[[Safety]] first! Distillation requires responsibility.
:[[Introduction|Introduction to distilling]] all manner of spirits
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:[[Introduction|Introduction to distilling]] all manner of spirits.
 
:[[New_Distiller's_FAQ|New Distiller's FAQ]]
 
:[[New_Distiller's_FAQ|New Distiller's FAQ]]
 
:What is: [[Whiskey]] - [[Rum]] - [[Brandy]] - [[Vodka]] - [[Gin]] - [[Cordial]]s and [[Liqueur]]s - Other [[Spirit]] types
 
:What is: [[Whiskey]] - [[Rum]] - [[Brandy]] - [[Vodka]] - [[Gin]] - [[Cordial]]s and [[Liqueur]]s - Other [[Spirit]] types
:[[Books and Publications]]  
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:[[Books and Publications]] - [[Tables]] - [[Charts]] - [[Troubleshooting Guide]]
:[[Tables]]
 
:[[Charts]]  
 
:[[Troubleshooting Guide]]
 
  
 
=='''Washes, Mashing and Fermentation'''==
 
=='''Washes, Mashing and Fermentation'''==
 
[[File:Fermentation.png|thumb|260px|right|Let the fungus make magic]]
 
[[File:Fermentation.png|thumb|260px|right|Let the fungus make magic]]
 
Once you've decided what you're going to make here's how to get it started.  
 
Once you've decided what you're going to make here's how to get it started.  
:Most good things start with good [[Water Conditioning|water]]
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:Most good things start with good [[Water Conditioning|water]].
:[[Wash preparation]] from grains to starch  
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:[[Wash preparation]] from grains to starch.
:[[Fermentation]] of starch into sugars by [[yeast]]  
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:[[Fermentation]] of starch into sugars by [[yeast]].
:You wouldn't want to drink a distillers version of a [[beer]]  
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:You wouldn't want to drink a distillers version of a [[beer]].
:[[Wine]] is the precursor to [[brandy]] and many related spirits
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:[[Wine]] is the precursor to [[brandy]] and many related spirits.
:Need some inspiration, start here: [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=14 Tried and True Recipes]
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:Need some inspiration? Start here: [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=14 Tried and True Recipes].
:All things Mashing related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Mashing Mashing Category]
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:All things Mashing related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Mashing Mashing Category].
:All things Fermenting related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Fermentation Fermenting Category]
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:All things Fermenting related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Fermentation Fermenting Category].
:All things Yeast related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Yeast Yeast Category]
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:All things Yeast related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Yeast Yeast Category].
  
 
=='''Distillation'''==
 
=='''Distillation'''==
 
[[file:Potstill.jpg|thumb|180px|right|Ye Olde Timey Pot still]]
 
[[file:Potstill.jpg|thumb|180px|right|Ye Olde Timey Pot still]]
 
Now that your fermentation is complete the fun part comes next.  
 
Now that your fermentation is complete the fun part comes next.  
:[[Distillation]] history and instruction  
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:[[Distillation]] history and instruction.
:Theory and design of [[still|Stills]]  
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:Theory and design of [[still|Stills]].
:Understanding [[Cuts and fractions]]
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:Understanding [[Cuts and fractions]].
:Prepare for your first [[Stripping run]] and [[Spirit run]]
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:Prepare for your first [[Stripping run]] and [[Spirit run]].
:[[Methanol]] and the [[denaturing]] of alcohol  
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:[[Methanol]] and the [[denaturing]] of alcohol.
:[[Commercial uses]] of ethanol beyond the beverage industry  
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:[[Commercial uses]] of ethanol beyond the beverage industry.
:All things Distillation related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Distillation Distillation Category]
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:All things Distillation related: [http://homedistiller.org/wiki/index.php/Category:Distillation Distillation Category].
  
 
=='''Maturation, Storage, and Flavoring of Spirits'''==
 
=='''Maturation, Storage, and Flavoring of Spirits'''==
 
[[File:Barrelsheading.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Barrels and barrels]]
 
[[File:Barrelsheading.jpg|thumb|150px|right|Barrels and barrels]]
 
You're done making your product, next comes worst part, waiting.  
 
You're done making your product, next comes worst part, waiting.  
:[[maturation|Maturation]], [[storage]] and [[Cooperage]]
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:[[maturation|Maturation]], [[storage]] and [[Cooperage]].
:Learn about [[Woods for aging]]
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:Learn about [[Woods for aging]].
:And how [[Barrel]]s need [[Toasting]] and [[Charring]]
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:And how [[Barrel]]s need [[Toasting]] and [[Charring]].
:[[Flavoring]] of [[spirits]] and [[cordial]]s
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:[[Flavoring]] of [[spirits]] and [[cordial]]s.
:Making [[Gin]] with [[Vapor Infusion]] or [[Macerate|Maceration]]
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:Making [[Gin]] with [[Vapor Infusion]] or [[Macerate|Maceration]].
  
 
=='''Drinking & Cocktails'''==
 
=='''Drinking & Cocktails'''==

Revision as of 23:46, 25 October 2017

Welcome to Homedistiller!

This site contains detailed information regarding the creation of distilled spirits for beginners to advanced distillers. 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.

Beginners should check the New Distiller Reading Lounge.

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