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Making Fine Spirits using simple, easy-to-build gear

Making Fine Spirits using simple, easy-to-build gear
Making Fine Spirits using simple, easy-to-build gear
SKU: BK006
Weight: 0 lbs 11 ozs
Zymurgy Bob was there at the beginning of of the artisanal distillation movement, and way before it started, too. Since 1951, he has been experimenting with fermenting and distilling spirits. since the rise of the internet, he has been moderating forums on small scale distillation and answering thousands of questions. In this book, he shares his wealth of knowledge and experience, beginning with plans to build a small test still in a day, and step by step instructions on how to run it and how to test your processes. Recipes and information follow on how to improve and scale up to whatever size you desire.
Price: US$29.50
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Distillation - Is it Good? Is it Safe?
  • What is Distillation?
  • Is it Safe?
  • Is it Good?
  • Is it Legal?

Chapter 2: What Do You Want to Make?

  • Grouping Distillers
  • The Azeotrope
  • "Brown" Liquors
Chapter 3: A Potstill in a Day, for under $30.00
  • Build a Simple Potstill
  • Functional Description of the Coffeepot Still
  • Cooling the Coffeepot Still
  • Perform the Vinegar Cleaning and Test
Chapter 4: Your First Still Run - Making the Cuts
  • Additional Equipment You'll Need
  • Prepare the Collection Glasses
  • Set up the Still
  • Set up Your Recording Page
  • Turn on the Stove Burner
  • Collect Distillate and Record
  • Add Alcohol by Volume Values to Your Recording Sheet
  • Making the Cut
  • Blend and Dilute Your Brandy
  • Aging Your Brandy?
Chapter 5: More Still Runs with Coffeepot Still
  • Making Gin Extract
  • Maceration
  • Distillation
  • Blending
  • Making the Gin
  • Tasting Distinctive Fractions
  • Turn on the Heat
  • Making Whiskey
  • Observations
  • What We've Learned From This
Chapter 6: Your First Fermentation
  • Where Does the Ethanol Come From?
  • Aerobic (With Oxygen) Yeast Action
  • Anaerobic (Without Oxygen) Yeast Action
  • What Stops Yeast Action?
  • How to Use These Facts
  • Distilling Your Sugar Wash
  • What Did We Learn, and What Would We Do Differently Next Time?
  • Summary
Chapter 7: The Next Step - a 5-Gallon Still
  • The "Next Step Still" Design Criteria
  • Modified Pressure Cooker Accepts Still Plumbing
  • The Still Head
  • The Lyne Arm Assembly
  • The Liebig Condenser
  • The Still Boiler and Lid
  • Forming and Cutting the Liebig Support Hanger
  • Soldering and Choosing Solder and Flux
  • Soldering Torches and Techniques
  • Assembling the Still Head
  • Assembling the Still
  • Cleaning and Testing the New Still
Chapter 8: Various Wash Recipes
  • Single-Malt Whisky Washes, Easy and Harder
  • The Easy Single-Malt Wash
  • All-Grain Single-Malt Whisky
  • The Wonderful MUM Wash
Chapter 9: Aging Your Spirit
  • General Aging Principles
  • Historic and Modern Aging
  • OK, So How Can We Fake It?
  • Aging Woods and Preparation
Chapter 10: Instruments, Measuring, and Calculating
  • The Instruments, Their Capabilities, and Their Limitations
  • The Hydrometer
  • The Refractometer
  • The pH Meter
  • Alcohol by Volume and Alcohol by Weight
Chapter 11: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Improving and Enlarging the Still
  • Bigger and/or Better Boilers
  • Fancier Still Head Construction
  • Purchasing a Ready-Made Still
  • Washes to Distill
Chapter 12: The (Distilling) World at Your Fingertips
  • Web Groups, Forums, and Lists
  • A Great Web Site
  • One Great Library of Distillation Books


Glossary of Terms


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