home distilled spirits

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by kris, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. kris

    kris New Member

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    is anyone interested in me submiting instructions/lessons on making home brewed alcohol?
     
  2. kris

    kris New Member

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    free of course.
    rum ,couse i like it
    scotch ,couse i like it
    bourbon ,couse i like it
    **** it, i love it all!
    lesson on brewing and distilling ,on my still, rough draft on build your own. pictures included if i can figure out how to work this new camera .
     

  3. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    brewing stuff

    homebrewtalk.com is pretty good for that sort of stuff
     
  4. kris

    kris New Member

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    mabye

    have not seen any spirits on their site.
     
  5. kris

    kris New Member

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    anyway

    so what is wrong with me submiting "a how to make booze "on here
     
  6. bkt

    bkt New Member

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    Nothing is wrong with your question, but there is a ton of information out there on other sites on making beer and wine at home. I've made wine a few times and it came out really nicely. It's been a while since I brewed beer and I'd like to get back into it.

    As for the hard stuff...don't know anything about brewing it.
     
  7. WILDCATT

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    Happy hour

    can of blue ribbon malt, 5 lb suger,5 gallons water,one yeast cake.ferment one week and bottle wait as long as you can and enjoy.
    or 5 gal water,one yeast cake.ferment one week.champain
    how bout making a still from refrig unit.no smell no fire.:rolleyes:;)
     
  8. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    Stills are surprisngly easy to make. Making moonshine is illegal, but the government and most states do allow for someone to still a certain amount of ethanol for fuel use. Google 'alcohol+still plans' and it should turn up some plans.

    You can whip out a few gallons per week with a couple of garbage cans, a turkey fryer and some copper tubing.
     
  9. freefall

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    I'd be very interested in learning to make whisky. I'd even like to pay the taxes and do it legally. I see it as one of very few ways to make a living off my ground here in Alaska. I haven't been finding much in the way of info on the net, mainly just ads for books.
     
  10. CARNUT1100

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    Hypothetically..............I may or may not have met one or two people who may or may not have made moonshine and I may or may not have tasted it and enjoyed it.........and of course I would never admit to actually having made any myself or having taken part in any illegal activities......

    That said, I just might know a bit of theory about this subject:D

    Now, there is a yeast strain from Sweden of all places designed for this very purpose, but "some people" might prefer to use one from New Zealand called Turbo Yeast.
    It comes in about a half pound pack with yeast nutrients added. You get a 5 gallon fermenter and add about 12-16 pounds of dextrose powder, which is basically pure glucose from corn syrup.
    Then you add the water and yeast and stand back.
    It will bubble in about half an hour, much quicker than beer. If you are not careful ( I would hypothetically reccommend that the fermenter lid is left loose for the first night) it will spew yeasty foam everywhere through the airlock.
    In about 2 days it is worked out and gives a sort of beer about 15% alcohol, sometimes even closer to 20%.
    This is then run through a reflux still to give alcohol around 90% strength to which you add a teaspoon of activated charcoal per litre, or around 5 spoons a gallon and let sit for aslong as possible but even a day or so is good.
    Then mix to proof ( or a little above...:D:D) and enjoy.
    Goes down soooooo smooth and leaves NO hangover next morning unless you have been really really silly and drunk loads with no water and get dehydrated.....
    Tastes a little like vodka but is actually slightly sweet with a lovely aftertaste and no fire burning at all if done right......

    To make this stuff really nice, after it has been on the charcoal but is still uncut high proof stuff, take a bottle of it ( standard size spirit bottle) and drop in a vanilla bean and leave for about 2 months then cut to proof and enjoy. So smooth and silky........
    Or you can take a vegetable peeler and stripoff the zest of a lemon, lime, or orange into strips and drop them in.
    The peel turns white as teh oils are leached out, and the resulting drink is an unusual sipper or a good mixer.

    Now, if you have a pot still........
    Take a big box of apples and an electric juicer.
    Fill your fermenter half to 3/4 full of juice and pulp, top up with water, and add a couple of packets of brewer's yeast.
    ferment it out and you have a pretty unappetising cider.
    Strain out the pulp ( squeeze it out good in a cloth or something, you don't want to waste any of that lovely cider!! ) and add to the still.
    Run it through into a big jug until it is coming out watery and smelling bad.
    throw out what is in the still and clean it out. Nothing but garbage there now.
    Put your firewater back in the still, and if it is an electric still add some water too so you don't uncover the element and burn it out..........it's not fun and it makes the moonshine taste horrible and burned......
    Probably a good idea to stick a little water in anyhow, say one gallon of water in a 5 gallon still....bit less is ok too though.

    Run it more gently and take off the first bit that comes out and use it for deicing the car screen washer bottle or starting a fire or something like that.
    DON'T drink it, this is where the methanol will be which gives you big hangovers and makes you sick. For a 5 gallon run which probably started out as 10 gallons of cider before your stripping run, take a good glassful and chuck it.
    Then run it out until the strength starts to drop, use an alcoholometer, which is just a hydrometer calibrated for pure alcohol percentage, to check it, or the old time way is to keep tasting it until it tastes watery.
    When it gets down to 40% alcohol coming out, stop putting it in your good jar and put it into a tails jar ( label it, you don't want to pour yourself a glass of it later! :eek: Tastes nasty!!) and run it in there until it either smells nasty like rotten yeast and so forth or until it goes below about 10% alcohol.
    Then you take the tails jar and add it to your next stripping run and the bit of alcohol in there will be extracted and the nasty stuff left behind.

    Clean out the still nice and good.
    Take your good stuff, stick about 2 spoons of activated charcoal in each gallon and leave for a week. You have just "aged" it about the same as putting it in barrels for many months. Activated charcoal is wonderful!

    Now strain it off the carbon, dilute to proof with good filtered or spring water, and enjoy.
    Wonderful appley flavour comes through,slight sweetness, but not too much.
    I could drink gallons of it, but be aware that it will not be as pure and methanol free as the reflux stuff made from dextrose as above. It will give you a hangover about the same as good whiskey will if you drink too much of it, maybe a bit less.

    If you want ultra superb stuff, after teh second run, mix it 50/50 with water and repeat, keeping the tails as before to put in your next stripper run.
    You lose a bit, but it is just that bit nicer........

    Above recipe works good for plums too..............

    *** The information contained in this post is for academic study and interest only. Distilling of alcohol for human consumption is illegal in many places. Check your local laws before following any of the above advice *****
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008
  11. Dillinger

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    That's one hell of a good research post there Carnutt.

    Thank you for sharing your hours of academic only research with us. :D

    JD
     
  12. CARNUT1100

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    It's been my pleasure........:D:D:D
     
  13. freefall

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    My wifes grandpa always said,"Nobody wants to drink that whiskey you made yesterday, they want the 8 year old stuff you made last week".
     
  14. mikewalker

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    get the good book

    "alcohol can be a gas" by david blume www.permaculture.com
    make whiskey and fuel your car, make a room heater and a alcohol fueled power generation plant one of the best books ever written
     
  15. tjndaltx

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    Spirits recipe and instructions.

    Hey man,

    I'd love to have a look at what you can provide. Thanks.

    TJ
     
  16. DuckA

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    A dude that used to know would make it and then let blackberries soak in it. That was some good sippin' whiskey.
     
  17. metal408

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    SO there is an extremely easy way to do it, thats the prison way.
    Get a bag of hot water add sugar and a couple chopped up apples or whatever fruits you choose,( usually consists of oranges apples fruit cocktails and also ketchup and bread sometimes for yeast) tie of the bag and throw up somewhere to frement and heat up a little. (the inmates use under their bunks) let it sit for a couple days and bam you have what they call pruno.

    NOTE: PRUNO IS KNOWN AS A "VOMIT FLAVORED WINE COOLER" AND WITH REPEATED INTAKE OF SUCH A ELEMENTARY ALCOHOL COULD LEAD TO DISEASES SUCH AS TB. SO USE THIS AS A LAST RESORT WHILE YOUR ON DEATH ROW OR FINISHING OUT YOUR 13 CONSECUTIVE LIFE SENTENCES WITH NO CHANCE OR PAROLE.

    OR you can just go here and read up.
    http://www.expats.org.uk/features/alcohol/whitelightning.html

    you can also take rum or vodka fill it in a cooler and chop a bunch of your favorite fruit up and let sit for about 3 months and have a nice tasty alcohol that is great to drink "straight up." MAKE SURE TO KEEP A CONSISTENT ROOM TEMPERATURE.
     
  18. Harley_Guy

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    Having worked in Saudi for a number of years, where booze is illegal, some expats were “forced” to make their own. There was a pamphlet (The Blue Flame) that made its way around the rugby circuit that was used to make some fine tasting booze, and if the directions were followed, you would not get a hangover. If you want to make some fine tasting Jack Daniels, soak your 190 in Jack Daniels smoking chips for a few days before cutting.

    There is a web site that has posted the Contents of the Blue Flame pamphlet.

    http://www.expats.org.uk/features/alcohol/theblueflame.html

    This post is for educational purposes only. It is NOT legal in most if not all states to manufacture Ethel alcohol.
     
  19. dunerunner

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    Good to know if the SHTF. Better than Gold!
     
  20. matt g

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    TB or tuberculosis can really only be caused by one of several strains of Mycobacterium.