Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

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Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

Post by kiwi Bruce » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:54 pm

Why do you distill ? I know I started distilling to save money on OK tasting but still drinkable cheap booze...but now with experience under my, ever expanding belt I've come to the point where quality is just as, if not more important as the cost.

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Post by Bushman » Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:56 pm

Both the above, plus I would add another category (fun do it yourself hobby on many levels from building to producing a product).

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Post by NZChris » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:10 pm

Started for cost reasons, then went for quality. With the cost of ingredients and fuel used when gathering, some of my products aren't all that cheap.

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Post by GCB3 » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:16 pm

I first did it for the interest in the science of it. Lower cost was never a big consideration. After a few years, it’s more about the art and quality. Lord knows, I’d hate to know how much I have tied up in each bottle thats actually been good enough to drink!

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Post by Corn Crib » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:19 pm

Enjoy being an outlaw mostly, great whiskey goes right along with that desire.

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Post by tombombadil » Sun Sep 06, 2020 1:59 pm

For me it's just another fun hobby. I like to make things, and to learn new skills.

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Post by Chauncey » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:17 pm

Both.

It being a cool thing to do and my love of good liquor is what started me out. Then i realized the cost benefit. And thats not to say i made good liquor at first, but it was better than store bought.
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Post by JesseMarques » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:19 pm

I like to make stuff, but the main reason was my father that gave me a pot still, and I plan to turn it to my main money source in the future. Cost and quality just comes with the hobby

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Post by Truckinbutch » Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:55 pm

Both . Product was rough but drinkable on the getgo . Has improved ever since . I just have to outrun my habit to have ageing stock . Cutting many family out of the share group . They can gear up and make their own with my help .
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I expect my aged supply to increase .
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Post by jonnys_spirit » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:05 pm

In no particular order: Cost, Quality, Craft, Science, truly unique spirits, tradition, cuisine, and last but not least F the man.

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Post by bronctoad » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:13 pm

neither;
I wanted to know what real "moonshine" tasted like, and being from the middle off
my States Tim-buc-tu had very little chance of ever finding out. So I decided to
make it myself :thumbup: thats when this place showed up and taught me :D
been an awesome ride ever since :!: :!:
edit:
realized after posting that the question was why now, not why starting :oops:
so;
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even if I over complicate it too often. :wink:

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Post by Sk8brew » Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:51 pm

I learned a long time ago to never expect a hobby to save you money. As soon as you get near break even, it's time to upgrade.

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Post by Chauncey » Sun Sep 06, 2020 5:23 pm

jonnys_spirit wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:05 pm
In no particular order: Cost, Quality, Craft, Science, truly unique spirits, tradition, cuisine, and last but not least F the man.

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Post by Deplorable » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:02 pm

Because I hate paying 27% liquor tax to fund freeloaders Healthcare.
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Post by seabass » Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:47 pm

I want to make a product that's similar quality to my favorite distilleries. If I ignore equipment costs, it's definitely cheaper than buying good whiskey, but if I were worried about cost, I'd be buying cheap bourbon and not spending time and money on equipment. It's a great feeling to make something you genuinely want to drink and to know you have plenty of it.

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Post by Zeotropic » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:11 pm

Science. I just love messing with chemicals and fire and such.
Now that I got in to it a tiny bit I have become interested in making quality whiskey. I shure have a long way to go.

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Post by MartinCash » Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:42 pm

Echo the fun aspect. When you consider the cost of your time during an all-day VM still run, I can't really say my cost is cheap.

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Post by Demy » Mon Sep 07, 2020 2:36 am

I believe for passion, it is an excellent, very therapeutic hobby and increases the knowledge of manual skills.

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Post by Yummyrum » Mon Sep 07, 2020 3:25 am

I first go into it as an extension of wine making .... and also with the hope I could make cheap booze . :oops:

Come home from the HSB with a less than amazing still which at the time cost me a motza .

Soon Realized ( after looking at HD) that I could make a heaps better still for way less than I spent on the first one .

And so began my real pleasure as it turned out ... building stuff .... and distilling was and is ... an excuse / reason to use all the stuff I love building .

And believe it or not ... I do also enjoy sampling the results of my hobby :ebiggrin:... which also goes well with my other hobby of playing Bass Guitar .... because I sound so much better after a few :moresarcasm:

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Re: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

Post by v-child » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:08 am

Deplorable wrote:
Sun Sep 06, 2020 6:02 pm
Because I hate paying 27% liquor tax to fund freeloaders Healthcare.
Why isn't there an "upvote" button on this forum?

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Post by v-child » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:15 am

The US Dollar isn't worth much these days and alcohol does not depreciate in value. It's a great hobby.

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Post by WithOrWithoutU2 » Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:41 am

100% just for the hobby and with that comes the satisfaction of making it. Very similar to cooking and BBQ.

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Post by stillanoob » Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:45 am

Absolutely just to make a fine drop. My goal in distilling was to make apple brandy from trees I planted in a still I made out of a sheet of copper. I have spent more building my still then I have spent on spirits in 20 years. Hopefully by the time I die I will have amortized that down to a reasonable cost per bottle but right now each bottle is phenomenally expensive.

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Post by This Old Fart » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:14 am

None of the above!

When I retired I sat down and listed things to do, turns out all of them were neglected chores from being away from home working. None of them were things I wanted to do for fun; SO.

Now I have learned to pick locks as well as make the tools to do so, started making knives including designs I like, and finally took an interest in distilling. The first two were items that She Who Must Be Obeyed had no objection with. As for the distilling I have now got her attention, bring on the good times Gents!

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Post by OtisT » Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:54 am

I started this purely for the enjoyment of making. I consider this my therapy.

Superior quality of the product is something I rarely achieve though it is a goal I am striving for.

Cost never came into the equation. I know that my sunk costs are something I will never see a full return on.

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Post by Beerswimmer » Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:11 am

First just as an extension of homebrewing. Now it's just because I like what I make and enjoy fantasizing about how good it's going to be after aging.
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Post by Desvio » Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:31 am

Have brewed and fermented just about everything since the 80's, distilling completes that hobby skill set. Along with sewing on my vintage machines, distilling is how I relax and recharge.

Cost savings? :lolno: no.....
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Post by v-child » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:00 pm

stillanoob wrote:
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:45 am
Absolutely just to make a fine drop. My goal in distilling was to make apple brandy from trees I planted in a still I made out of a sheet of copper. I have spent more building my still then I have spent on spirits in 20 years. Hopefully by the time I die I will have amortized that down to a reasonable cost per bottle but right now each bottle is phenomenally expensive.
That reminds me of the Bass fishermen. By the time you add in all the rods, reels, lures, bass boat, trolling motors, depth finders and other sundry crap their fish cost them about $80 an pound.

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Post by Alcophile » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:09 pm

Cos I can!
It's a hobby, learning the skills, and enjoying the results - I now prefer my gins to most commercial ones, a whiskey is pretty good and smoother than what I'm drinking now on holiday.
Cost not a big factor, if I charged for my time it wouldn't count as cheap - though the per-bottle cost shot up when I imploded my boiler!!

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Re: Why do you distill ? Cost or Quality ?

Post by v-child » Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:12 pm

It's a hobby, the costs don't matter.

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