Making distilled spirits at home is as satisfying and rewarding as any hobby for those who live in countries where it is legal to do so. Homebrewers and winemakers would find it particularly interesting because it is a logical extension to their present hobbies. There are the same mashing and fermentation stages as in brewing, but instead of drinking the brew, it is subjected to a purification process. The process is distillation, a process as fascinating as mashing and fermentation are.
This is not a hobby for everyone, but no hobby is. In the first place you would only wish to become involved if you particularly liked the beverages it produces. Secondly, you should enjoy the challenge of constructing a scientific apparatus that involves a little plumbing and a little electrical work.
The satisfactions you receive will include the knowledge that you are restoring an art that was such a pervasive part of early Americana, and yet is all but completely lost on modern society. And finally, there will be the pleasure derived from making a beverage, pure corn whiskey, which is in every way as excellent and respectable a spirit as the finest whiskies and brandies well known to the connoisseurs of today.
Copyright © 1999 by Ian Smiley BSc
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