Category Archives: Distilling 101

How to Make Pitorro At Home (Step-by-Step Guide)

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Pitorro is a popular Puerto Rican drink, especially during special occasions. It follows the same principle as rum making, the distinction being that the final product is often infused with tropical fruit, spices, or a combination of both, to create a warm, fruity, and sweet spirit. It also packs a punch, with an alcohol by{…}

The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

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With so many whiskey-making stills on the market, choosing one that will cater to your needs can be a daunting task. Especially if you’re simply looking to experiment or are on a tight budget. I’ve unboxed several stills throughout my craft. Only a handful have made it to my go-to list. In this post, I’ll{…}

How To Cut Heads and Tails When Making Gin

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One question we get asked a lot in the Facebook group and our Ask an Expert service is about making cuts with gin. In particular; “How do I make my heads and tails cuts on my gin run?” and “How much heads should I remove?” Well, the short answer is you don’t have to cut{…}

A Distillers’ Guide To Excise Duty (Excise Tax Considerations)

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From the Author: This article has been written as a necessity given the variety of rules and regulations concerning the distillation of spirits in a variety of countries. Mark Rowbotham is a former Officer of HM Customs & Excise in the UK, now part of HM Revenue & Customs, and is now a consultant in{…}

How To Make Essential Oils (Complete Guide)

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Essential oils are an excellent addition to your therapeutic or culinary collection kit. The can also be used in mixology and distilling homemade sprits! I first started making essential oils to add to my gin! They have tons of benefits and are extremely aromatic. Because small amounts are extracted per batch, they can be very{…}

How To Make Watermelon Moonshine (The Right Way!)

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Watermelon moonshine is a fruity, delicious, and sweet drink you can make at home with simple ingredients and equipment. There are two main ways to make it: infused and distilled.  Infused watermelon moonshine is made by combining the fruit’s juice with Everclear and spices, and letting the flavors meddle and marry for a couple of{…}

Does Moonshine Freeze? (Use This Rule Of Thumb)

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Sipping on chilled moonshine is pleasant every once in a while, especially on hot summer days. But, I’ve noticed that regardless of how long l let the spirit sit in the freezer, it never solidifies. It doesn’t even become slushy. After a bit of research, I uncovered the reasons behind this phenomenon, which I’ll share{…}

The Best Distillation Column Packing Material (For Reflux)

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Packing material creates a large surface area for the vapor and liquid to interact. The more interaction, the more reflux, and the more reflux, the higher the ABV and purity. But what is the best packing for a distillation column? Common choices for most home distillers are:  This begs the question: how do you choose{…}

How To Clarify Your Moonshine Wash (Distiller’s Guide)

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Clarifying or clearing a wash is a controversial topic amongst home-distillers. Some skip the step altogether and add anti-foaming agents to mitigate any problems that come with distilling solids. While others take the extra time to ensure everything going into the boiler is as clean as possible. There’s no right or wrong. But I’ve always{…}

8 Vevor Replacement Parts and Upgrades (Master Distiller Advises)

When I started my journey into distilling I bought a Vevor pot still.. well.. because{...}

How to Make Pitorro At Home (Step-by-Step Guide)

Pitorro is a popular Puerto Rican drink, especially during special occasions. It follows the same{...}

The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

With so many whiskey-making stills on the market, choosing one that will cater to your{...}

The Best Still For Making Vodka (In 2024)

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The Best Thermometer For Distilling (In 2024)

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How To Cut Heads and Tails When Making Gin

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