OriginalEasyStill.com – Going Deeper into Spirit Making the Advanced Course

Advanced course in making wonderful spirits

This is an advanced course in making wonderful and strong spirits that can help enthusiasts take their hobby to the next level. In case you do not have some leisure time then you can always return later to go through this descriptive course.

EasyStill offers you a chance to easily make your chosen alcohol or spirit just as you would make coffee. If you fail a few times then just re-distill the mash or add flavors or fruits to end up with exciting new beverages. You can make grappa, whiskey, bourbon, and fruit snaps, and even add raspberries among other fruits before sipping on a delicious alcoholic drink.

You have unlimited options indeed.

You can try different options since the distilling apparatus is very simple to use. In fact, even if you do forget to switch off the unit after distillation, the unit automatically switches off once the entire mash is distilled to a clear fluid that has the same alcohol strength as the original mash.

Once you have completed the simple fermenting process using sugar and water with yeast to create the mash, then home distillation is simply another easy process that delivers an exciting spirit straight from the purifying tube.

In comparison to the compact EasyStill, other distillers with long columns, thermometers, external cooling fans or running water with plumbing seem cumbersome and dangerous.

Alcohol distillation is indeed a wonderful and expansive hobby that can be developed and honed over time. In fact, over time, several enthusiasts end up turning it into a paying business with their own professional distillery.

Mentioned below are various processes that lead to successful distillation

Fermentation of the Mash

You can allow the mash to stand for several additional days so that you end up with a clear liquid, either by using a clearing agent such as a Chitosan based one or even without any agent.

You can buy a hydrometer or fermentation gauge as it is also called to ensure that fermentation has stopped completely before you begin the distillation process. You can buy the Oechslemeter hydrometer model, which is very precise.

You need to constantly monitor the temperature of your mash to ensure optimum fermentation and can use an additional cooling fan during summer months. In addition, you can also try out various Turbo yeasts to locate one that delivers perfect gravity and alcohol strength.

Distillation Process

You should normally distill your mash twice just like experienced distillers do in order to make strong alcohols and spirits such as whiskey and cognac.

You can begin by discarding the first few droplets of distilled mash or fore shots that condense out of your still, which is hardly around a centiliter.

You can continue checking up on the distillation process as per your specific needs and can set the timer that will automatically shut down the process at the chosen time.

Once you have collected 1.4 Liters of distilled mash from your EasyStill then you can continue collecting the rest of the mash that will be weakened spirit, which can be distilled once again to deliver stronger alcohol.

You will have to try out your pot distilling skills without using the activated charcoal in order to make whisky, fruit snaps, etc. While distilling, you will be able to utilize the body of the distilled liquid while the fore shots, head, and tail will go back into the distilling process. You need to constantly engage in tasting the distilled product and saving the rest for re-distilling to choose the best body from the unit.

Even though this requires time and patience, it can be done while having fun too. However, it is easier to macerate fruits or herbs in your tasty spirits before distilling or drinking it. If you are interested in setting up or learning more about commercial pot distilleries, then clicking on the link mentioned below will reward you with a totally free Artisan Distillation eBook written by Professor Berglund, which is worth 100 USD.


Filtering the distilled product using activated charcoal

Activated carbon or activated charcoal as it is known acts as a molecular sieve to only allow smaller molecules of alcohol and water to continue ahead while stopping larger molecules of fusel oil and various other congeners. The larger molecules stick to the charcoal pores until those pores can no longer hold more molecules, after which the activated charcoal is replaced with a new one.

Since water molecules are smallest in size, they emerge out of the activated charcoal filter first. You can easily know when the charcoal begins filtering by touching the pipe that contains the charcoal filter since the charcoal will warm up when it starts to become active.

This activated charcoal increases its filtering capacity by 100% once it becomes totally wet due to capillary action and allows alcohol molecules to pass through. Sometimes, the filter can leave behind an aftertaste due to chemicals that remain on the surface.

You thus need to firstly allow 5 to 10 liters of warm water to pass through the filter tube to wet it completely and double its efficiency while rinsing the charcoal too. This can be done before you begin distilling or even when the unit is in warm up stage.

Once you have gained sufficient experience then you can even boil the charcoal with hot water for around 20 minutes, discard the blackened water caused due to charcoal dust and repeat the process with fresh water until clear water is obtained. The totally wetted charcoal can then be put back into the tube and is sure to work at 150% efficiency since it is completely wet.

Next, you can pass some spirit through the tube to release the remaining water so that you can avoid taste off after distillation and directly collect strong spirits. You can begin collecting stronger spirits after this process and after completion pass some water through the same tube to remove the remaining spirit from the tube filter.

The first 1.4 liters of alcohol received through the EasyStill filter is extremely pure since it drips out in the form of droplets slowly after 2 to 3 hours of distillation after passing through the charcoal filter. It can be much more pure if you collect the spirit initially and pour it through the funnel for filtering.

Final Finishing of the alcohol or spirit

For accurate measurements of your distilled alcohols and spirits, you should buy a 30-60% Widder alcoholmeter along with thermometer as well as correction scale. If you wish for better precision then you can opt for the Widder 0-100% alcoholmeter along with thermometer.

You can, in fact start out by distilling water and use that very water for all dilution purposes.

In order to boost the flavor of your finished alcohols and spirits, you can choose from over 200 different flavors of Prestige Essences and can set the dosage as per your specific taste preferences. You can also have fun experimenting with varying sugar levels and alcohol potency while creating liqueurs from your EasyStill.

Some alcohols, spirits, and liqueurs such as Absinthe, Sambuca, Pastis, Ouzo, and others based on aniseed need much more sugar and different enthusiasts have different opinions on how much sugar is ideal for their specific preferences. However, by replacing sugar with sweeteners, diabetics too can enjoy liqueurs made right at home without any worries.

You can also infuse herbs such as wormwood or various fruits and many such ingredients to further enhance the flavor of your distilled products. Have fun.

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