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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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Craft over cash- home distilling is where it’s at

Craft over cash- home distilling is where it’s at

As someone with an interest in home distilling, you're no doubt familiar with the Discovery Channel show, "Moonshiners," which will be airing its seventh season this month. While the show good entertainment – and has increased interest in home distilling – the dudes doing the distilling are clearly into moonshining for the cash instead of the craft. To make that cash, they take some pretty big steps – and deal with plenty of stress – to avoid the attention of local law enforcement. Let’s be honest - it’s a lot simpler to distill your own "white lightning" at home, to...

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Hydrometer 101

Hydrometer 101

Or how to measure the alcohol content of a liquid without gunpowder – the definitely more fun yet not to be recommended method of yore, described in a previous post. Enter the hydrometer, a glass tube, weighted on one end and with graduated markings on it. It works like a fishing float that indicates the density, or specific gravity of a liquid, compared to water. As alcohol is thinner than water, the higher the alcohol content, the deeper the float sinks. Pure water has a specific gravity of 1.000 on the hydrometer scale. Temperature is a key factor when measuring the...

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