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OfflineBuzzDoctor
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Home distillation
    #1071670 - 11/20/02 11:30 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I want to make (or buy) a still to make my own liquor. Yeah it's illegal but wtf.

I've brewed beer and made wine plenty but I like booze. Has anyone ever distilled their own liquor? I've found lots of links and some books too. You can also do it for fuel if you want, legally with permits in some cases.

Even a small still for a couple gallons of hootch. I've found charred oak barrels to store it in too, not sure that I could wait that long (years sometimes) for it to age tho.

Buzz


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Re: Home distillation [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #1078139 - 11/22/02 11:47 PM (14 years, 8 months ago)

you can adapt a pressure cooker as a boiler. ferment some potatoes. load into the boiler, boil condense and sepearte your different types of alcohol. ive tried it... really shittily. but i believe i know how now. if i ever had the supplies i could do it. ive read a lot about it and experimented some.


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Re: Home distillation [Re: Zero7a1]
    #1078975 - 11/23/02 09:35 AM (14 years, 8 months ago)

I think you would improve the process alot by fermenting corn sugar with distillers yeast, then distilling that.


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Re: Home distillation [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #1085163 - 11/25/02 07:56 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

I searched for ages online on how to... but found nothing except books for sale that teach you the basics. I want free information on it damnit!


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Re: Home distillation [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #1094028 - 11/28/02 03:42 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

"get you a copper kettle..."
dam' revenooers...


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Re: Home distillation [Re: gnrm23]
    #1094157 - 11/28/02 04:43 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Haha! That's what my brother said!

"Dang revenuers done got Buzz! Get me shotgun!"


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Re: Home distillation [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #1110536 - 12/04/02 05:53 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

It's quite easy to make as still. A simple setup is a hotplate with a kettle on top. You should plug the opening of the kettle with a stopper (with a hole for a tube), and make sure the top is airtight. Next get a few feet of copper wire, and rap it around a glass bottle. Use lubricant to get the copper tube into the stopper. The coil should run to a dish. In the dish you should place ice, and a container for the liquor. You also need some way to measure the tempature, so that only the alcohol will boil out.


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Re: Home distillation [Re: BuzzDoctor]
    #1111650 - 12/04/02 11:17 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

Yeah man. First I experimented with a small glass still with a home-made fractionating column filled with broken glass (didn't have glass beads) and a Liebig condensor. Tiny output, but pure ethyl. Then we took an aluminum crock pot and drilled 1/4" holes in a circle on the lid, expoxied down 1/2 of a copper toilet float-bulb with a 1/2 inch diamenter, 12" copper tube connected, that had twisted brass strips inside (fractionating column). A brass gas connector (90 degree) on top of that, and a tight coil of 1/4" copper tubing that ran down through two coffee cans soldered together (first bottom removed) to form a cold water bath. The copper coil exited the bottom that was sealed with solder (no lead solder contacted the inside of the still). We kept the bath filled with ice cubes and water, and had a pet-cock to drain it when it got warm. We started to mix Fleishman's Yeast with Karo syrup, but later found that we could buy (at the time) $3.00 gallons of cheap red wine that we distilled into brandy-smelling white lightning. When we burned a puddle of it and some water remained, we stooped distilling and poured out the grape juice remaining in the crock pot, then started again. Very bad stuff. My friend Sam's vomit took the paint off my parent's house after he repeatedly puked out my bedroom window. 17 years old at the time - just an experiment. I never did favor alcohol, hope you don't - several of my peers became liver-damaged by age 21. That was 29 years ago. I saw several of them last september at a reunion. They've all been clean and sober for decades.


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Re: Home distillation [Re: MarkostheGnostic]
    #1116820 - 12/06/02 12:22 PM (14 years, 7 months ago)

If I remember right, brandy is supposed to be distilled from wine that hasn't been aged. Not that it would have made much of a difference in your case tho. I'd like to try distilling fermented molasses to make rum too.

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