Category Archives: Distilling 101

How To Use Turbo Yeast (Step by Step)

Turbo yeast has made fermenting a high-ABV wash fast and easy. It works by using high alcohol tolerant strains of yeast and a concoction of potent yeast nutrients. These sachets can be incredibly efficient, but also lead to producing some nasty flavors and overall a poor quality product. In this article, we’ll explain how to{…}

The Best Oak For Aging Whiskey

Oaking or ‘aging’ whiskey is what gives it all of it’s color, and a lot of its taste an aroma. In fact, Dan Szor, CEO and Founder of Costwalds Distillers estimates that wood contributes 60% to 70 % towards the taste of the final whiskey product. “Wood is known to take out the bad through{…}

The Best Yeasts For Distilling (Our Top 4!)

There are currently over 1500 varieties of yeast available to choose from. But yeast is yeast, right? Well while they may all seem similar enough, there are plenty of differences you should be aware of. Some yeast types perform better than others based on the ingredients you’re fermenting. Others impart unique flavors that are critical{…}

How To Age Whiskey (Complete Guide)

Aging whiskey is one of the most important aspects of this wonderful elixir. It’s the bridge between an okay-tasting whiskey and a perfectly smooth, intensely flavored drink. Whether you want to age your own whiskey, or just like reading about aging whiskey, here’s everything you need to know about the art. How Do You ‘Age’ Spirits?{…}

Toasted vs. Charred Barrels (Explained)

The relationship between the type of barrel and spirit characteristics is something that most coopers and winemakers have been wondering about. If you want to understand the difference between a toasted and charred barrel, and how these affect the flavors of the beverage aged in them, this article is for you. Toasted vs. Charred Barrels{…}

What is a Stripping Run (And How To Perform One)

You’ll hear a lot of terms thrown around by those in the home (and commercial) brewing industry. One of those common terms is a stripping run. When you’re new to the hobby, trying to understand these phrases can feel a bit overwhelming. If you’ve happened upon this term and want to know what a strip run is and how{…}

How Does Methanol Cause Blindness? (Explained!)

Methanol (or methyl alcohol) is an alcohol commonly found in industrial solvents, including antifreeze, carburetor fluid, and canned fuels. It is hazardous and toxic. The chemical composition of methanol is CH3OH making it the shortest chain and therefore simplest alcohol. Methanol is particularly dangerous because it can be challenging to detect. It’s odorless and colorless, so it’s not{…}

How Do Bubble Plates Work (Explained)

If you are new to distillation, you may have heard of bubble plates. But, perhaps you are unsure what they are or how they work. In this article, we will delve into what a bubble plate is, why it is used in distillation, the anatomy of a bubble plate, and the benefits of using it.{…}

What Does Moonshine Taste Like (Explained!)

Moonshine: If you live in the U.S. and haven’t heard of it, you may have been living under a rock. But, while the name is familiar, many haven’t seen or tasted this infamous elixir..  Moonshine is clear, unaged whisky. Otherwise known as ‘hooch’ and ‘white lightening’, the beverage is known for its high proof, notable ‘kick’, and{…}

What Are Fusel Alcohols (Fusel Oil Explained!)

Any alcohol compound containing more than two atoms of carbon is called a “fusel” alcohol. The word “fusel” comes from German, and means “bad liquor.” Fusel alcohols are sometimes referred to in chemistry texts as “higher alcohols.” Also, because of their oily sheen, they are sometimes also referred to as “fusel oils.” The following compounds{…}