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Beginners should check the [[Beginner's Guide]] and [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=46 New Distiller Reading Lounge].
Beginners should check the [[Beginner's Guide]] and [http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=46 New Distiller Reading Lounge].
:Know the [[Legality]] of distillation in your area.
:'''[[Beginner's Guide|Beginner's Guide to Making Distilled Spirits]]''': This should be your first read to start your journey.
:[[Safety]] first! Distillation requires responsibility.
:[[Introduction|Introduction to distilling]] all manner of spirits.
:Know the [[Legality]] of distillation in your area
:[[New_Distiller's_FAQ|New Distiller's FAQ]]
:[[Safety]] first! Distillation requires responsibility
:Start reading the [[Introduction|Introduction to distilling]] and [[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
:Find basic outlines on how to produce common spirits in our '''[[Spirit Style Guide]]'''
:Start [[Planning your first Run]], buy some [[Collection Jars]] and make your [[Flour Seal]]s
:Get to know your [[Cuts]] and Learn [[How to Blend]]
:Now you can still, make it your own: '''[[Developing a Flavor Profile]]''' with '''[[Grain Flavor Profiles]]''' and '''[[Woods for aging]]'''
:[[Books and Publications]] - [[Tables]] - [[Charts]] - [[Troubleshooting Guide]]
:[[Books and Publications]] - [[Tables]] - [[Charts]] - [[Troubleshooting Guide]]
=='''Washes, Mashing and Fermentation'''==
=='''Washes, Mashing and Fermentation'''==

Revision as of 06:34, 7 February 2019

Welcome to Home Distiller!

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.


The journey of a thousand steps starts with one

Beginners should check the Beginner's Guide and New Distiller Reading Lounge.

Beginner's Guide to Making Distilled Spirits: This should be your first read to start your journey.
Know the Legality of distillation in your area
Safety first! Distillation requires responsibility
Start reading the Introduction to distilling and New Distiller's FAQ
What is: Whiskey - Rum - Brandy - Vodka - Gin - Cordials and Liqueurs - Other Spirit types
Find basic outlines on how to produce common spirits in our Spirit Style Guide
Start Planning your first Run, buy some Collection Jars and make your Flour Seals
Get to know your Cuts and Learn How to Blend
Now you can still, make it your own: Developing a Flavor Profile with Grain Flavor Profiles and Woods for aging
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 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.


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