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When it's OK to lose your head

When it's OK to lose your head

In general, we don't encourage our distillers to lose their heads, except for one very specific time. (Oh, and we also suggest chopping off a few tails too.) Let me explain. In the world of whiskey creation, there are four parts to the distillation run. Once fermentation is complete, it's necessary to heat your wash to boil off the ethanol and separate it from the water that will be left behind. While most people know that ethanol is what we're after in terms of creating whiskey, many don't realize that there are other compounds that will escape in the heating...

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Why yes, we really do have all the answers

Why yes, we really do have all the answers

When you buy a handmade copper still from The Whiskey Still company, we like to think of it as the beginning rather than the end of our relationship together. That's why we thought we'd just take a few minutes to share with you a few questions that often come up in terms of still ownership. These are just a few of the more common questions we get, but if you have more – whether before or after you buy a still – please don't ever hesitate to ask us.  Do you ever run sales? Funny you should ask – we're...

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Use this method to get your still looking its holiday best

This time of year there are holiday lights, tinsel and shiny packages nearly everywhere you look. But do you want to know what our favorite shiny holiday ornament is? One of our gorgeous handmade copper stills, of course!  As a still owner, we're guessing you agree. If your still doesn't shine quite as brightly as it once did, it's super easy to get it in fine form for the holiday season by using one of these simple methods: Cut a lemon in half, dip it in salt, and polish the copper surface of your still using a circular motion. When...

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Sour Mash Whiskey Recipe

Sour Mash Whiskey Recipe

As you already know, I'm really interested in home distilling so if you have any recipes you want to share please send me an email at jason.stone@whiskeystill.net.  Here is a Sour Mash recipe I just received. Looking forward to give it a try.  7 lb cracked corn 10 lb cane sugar (only for first batch) 2 lb malted brewer’s barley 1 lb rye 5 gal water Turbo yeast Mix cracked corn and sugar with water and bring to 150°F for about 2-3 hours. Stir regularly; I use an apple butter paddle made from white oak and protected with walnut oil. The...

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Thanksgiving and Malt Whiskey - Perfect together!

Thanksgiving and Malt Whiskey - Perfect together!

"After its heyday during Prohibition, 'makin' your own' practically died out in the lower 48. Most Americans found it more convenient to buy it than make it. Alaska, however, was and still is a frontier where a trip to the store might be an annual event involving a trip of several hundred miles via dogsled, river boat, ATV or airplane. Your trip to the store might include coping with grizzly bears, belligerent moose, and onions freezing harder than cue balls." So begins the foreword in the nearly two-decades-old book, the Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible – a well-loved read by moonshiners everywhere....

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