Rad's All Bran

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Rad's All Bran Recipe

Per 4 liters (1 gallon) of water

  • 3.5 cups sugar
  • 4 liters water
  • 1 cup crushed All Bran cereal
  • 2 tbsp active baking yeast

Rad's All Bran is a simple sugar wash recipe which uses All Bran cereal as nutrients for the yeast. The aim of the recipe is to create a wash suitable for vodka and faux whiskey.


Per Gallon (4 Liters) of 14.1% ABV wash

  • 4 cups sugar (1000 ml, 2 pounds, 1 kilo)
  • 1 cup whole All Bran flakes (250 ml)
  • 1/2 teaspoon boiled yeast component
  • 1/2 teaspoon 20-20-20 fertilizer (substitute 1/4 teaspoon epsom salt if afraid of fertilizer)
  • 2 tablespoons yeast (Fleischmann's dry active yeast works fine up to 14.1% with this recipe)


  1. Invert sugar with an equal volume of water for 30 minutes
  2. Simmer cereal with double the volume of water for 30 minutes
  3. Mix the invert sugar, cereal, and boiled yeast component
  4. Top off fermenter and allow wash to cool to 35°C/95°F.
  5. Pitch yeast and 20-20-20 and aerate for 1 minute (additional aeration optional)


  • This process yields a fully fermented and cleared wash within 72 hours at 26°C/78°F
  • The wash can be pot stilled for flavor or refluxed for clean neutral spirit
  • Not using 20-20-20 or boiled yeast will increase lag time and extend fermentation time
  • Full krausen within 15 minutes is not uncommon
  • %ABV options by volume (Cups per Gallon) are: 4C/G = 14.1%, 3.5C/G = 12.3%, 3C/G = 10.6%
  • Adding more cereal will potentially impart more flavor (experiment with more or less)


This recipe was created by the HomeDistiller forum user rad14701 and posted to the board for feedback and criticism in April of 2009. The thread can be found here.