Category Archives: Distilling 101

Which Alcohol Is Least Harmful To Your Liver?

Alcohol is well known for not being particularly good for you.. and most people understand that alcohol causes liver damage. But what is the science behind this? How does alcohol affect the liver? Is the damage permanent?  In this article, we’re going to take a look at different types of alcohol such as wine, beer cider,{…}

Can Tequila Be Made Outside Of Mexico? (What Are The Rules?)

Can tequila be made outside of Mexico? Yes, but it is illegal to call it Tequila, and it will probably not taste the same.  Tequila may only be named tequila if it is manufactured from 100% Blue Weber agave and produced in the Mexican states of Jalisco and Guanajuato, Michoacán, Nayarit, and Tamaulipas. Anything manufactured with{…}

A Distiller’s Glossary (Distilling Jargon Explained!)

If you are new to the world of distillation, you may have noticed a few words being thrown around that you are unfamiliar with. Distilling, like many other industries, has its own jargon and special terms. In this article, we will decipher some of the most common words and terms used in the world of{…}

Why You Need Copper in Your Distillery (Copper vs. Stainless Steel)

Why you need copper in your distillery (Copper vs. Stainless Steel) is a simple question to answer. While it may look a little old-fashioned, copper is a necessary and integral part of the distilling process. To understand why that is, let’s look at the process of making alcohol. It uses evaporation and condensation to distill a{…}

What Is The Best Grain For Making Whiskey? (Whiskey Explained!)

Whiskey is defined as a distilled drink made from the fermentation of malt.  But do you know the difference is between a Blended Scotch Whisky and a Single Malt Scotch? Curious what makes a Tennessee whiskey, different from a bourbon, or a rye? It all comes down to the grains. In this article, we’re going to talk{…}

How To Select The Right Heat Source For Your Distillation Column (Explained!)

The purpose of the distillation process, in the production of alcohol, is to purify the liquid in the distillation column. This is achieved by heating and vaporizing the liquid. When the vapor recondenses into liquid, it is collected. This liquid is considered to be more pure than the original liquid as many of the impurities{…}

What States Have The Highest Alcohol Excise Taxes? (Alcohol Taxes Explained!)

What is excise tax? Excise taxes, also commonly referred to as “sin taxes,” are taxes imposed on specific goods, services, and activities, on a wide variety of those involved in the supply chain, such as the manufacturer, retailer, or consumers. They largely depend on the specifics of the product, goods, services, activity, or location. An{…}

Why Is My Gin Cloudy? (Gin Louching Explained)

Louching is when your spirit turns a cloudy milky white color, instead of a nice clear spirit. In this article, we’re going to tackle what causes louching, and what you can do to fix it! Why is my gin cloudy? Gin goes cloudy due to a phenomenon known as louching. This is where the alcohol{…}

What is the Best Still for Home Distilling (The 8 Best Stills Reviewed)

Have you ever purchased alcohol from the bottle store, and thought to yourself, “I could do it better”? Well, you could do it right at home in fact! And it is not challenging at all. Whether you want to distill vodka, whiskey, gin, rum or even tequila at home or even essential oils at home,{…}