The first time you distill, you probably will want to do things as cheaply and as easily as possible. For your first wash there are two really good options:
- First, you could buy some boxed wine at your local store. The wine should not cost too much and it has the advantage of having an known alcohol content.
- Second, you could try to ferment your own alcohol. The most simple plan to ferment requires the following things:
To make the wash: combine the sugar, tomato paste, and water in a pot and heat to approximately 90°C. Allow the pot to cool to about 20°C , and then throw in the yeast. Stir the solution for a minute or so and transfer the liquid to the fermenter. Attach the airlock and wait a few weeks.
Uncle Jesse's guide to preparation of a Rye Wash