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On slobber boxes and thumper kegs

On slobber boxes and thumper kegs

  One of the most popular questions we get here is whether or not it's necessary to install a thumper keg on our stills to have success in distilling. Before we answer that, it might be helpful to explain just what this contraption is. Basically, a thumper keg is a container that is installed in the distillation apparatus between the still pot and the condenser. It was traditionally used in hillbilly stills to increase the alcohol content of the distillate because, traditional stills only output product with about a 50-60 percent alcohol content. The thumper keg collects this output, which...

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Basic Corn Whiskey: A 4th of July Special

Basic Corn Whiskey: A 4th of July Special

Show ME some LOVE! sang America, and they sung along. It’s that time of the year when we celebrate our Forefathers and honor their achievement by raising a toast, or three, to Independence. It’s that perfect time to gather ‘round with friends and family and share a special moonshine magic moment together, looking into the past with bright eyes and into the future with a bright heart. Can you picture that?A Basic Corn Whiskey glass is the salt of the earth for this monumental occasion. It takes only three ingredients and a passion to feast and celebrate to make this...

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Patience Makes Perfect

Patience Makes Perfect

In this time of instant Tweets, overnight delivery and video on demand, it's easy to forget that sometimes the things that take time to create can be the most precious things of all. Think diamonds, classical sculpture, finely aged whiskey and – naturally – our handmade stills Producing a traditional copper pot still is a blend of strength, skill and patience. Lots of patience. We start by hand-cutting the sections of the still from sheets of copper –  in much the same way a good tailor begins work on a fine suit. Next our craftsmen beat the copper with a...

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Types of Distilled Spirits

“Give an Irishman lager for a month, and he’s a dead man. An Irishman is lined with copper, and the beer corrodes it. But whiskey polishes the copper and is the saving of him.” Mark Twain  United States Bourbon Whiskey  Must contain a minimum of 51% corn, be produced in the US, be distilled at less than 80% ABV (160 degree proof), and be aged for a minimum of 2 years in new charred barrels. In practice, virtually all straight whiskies are aged for at least 4 years. Any whiskey that is aged less than 4 years must contain an age...

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Cutting Up

Cutting Up
Knowing when to cut your run – put it in different containers – is a matter of timing, temperature and a monitoring of the taste, smell and cloudiness of the distillate. We'll help you become an expert at this exciting and exacting part of the process. We promise, this is where the fun is!

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