Category Archives: Distilling 101

The 7 Best Rum Books (For Rum Lovers) In 2023

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Oh, the sweet and toasty taste of our beloved rum. A treasured liquor that has been around for 60 years, having originated from the West Indies. In those 60 years, well-known experts, and self-taught lovers of rum have come to have extensive knowledge of the strong drink. Said individuals have been generous to share that{…}

The 7 Best Books For Gin Lovers (Our Top Picks For 2024!)

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No one could have expected gin’s rapid rise over the previous five years: craft distilleries are thriving, sophisticated gin drinkers prefer pink grapefruit and black pepper to lemon, and you can even get your favorite gin delivered to your door.  If you’re anything like me, when i get into a hobby I go all –{…}

The 7 Best Books for Tequila and Mezcal Lovers (Our Top Picks In 2023)

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Tequila and Mezcal have a rich and textured history. It is culturally significant. For many, it is a way of life and, for even more, their livelihood that has been in their family for generations. Whether you want to learn more about the history, how to make it at home, are in search of some awesome{…}

How Much Methanol Is There In Whiskey? (And Other Alcoholic Drinks)

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In this article, we’re going to look at how much methanol there is in Whiskey and other standard alcoholic drinks.  All fermentation will result in a small amount of methanol being produced, which can be carried through to the final product, and concentrated through distillation. Fermentations of ingredients with a high level of pectin, such{…}

How To Make Tequila At Home (A Step-By-Step Guide)

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Tequila is more than simply a shot. Tequila is the culmination of hard work, expertise, tradition, and science to create a masterpiece of a drink.  The tequila-making process is thousands of years old, and an exquisite technique that has stayed relatively consistent over the years. Tequila as we know it now was first produced in{…}

Which Alcohol Is Least Harmful To Your Liver?

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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?)

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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{…}

Distilling Terms and Jargon Explained (Learn These!)

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If you are new to the world of distillation, you may have noticed a bunch of distilling terms and terminology being thrown around that you are unfamiliar with. Distilling, like many other industries, has its own jargon and special terms, and no one ever explains these to you at the beginning! In this article, we{…}

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

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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!)

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

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The Best Still For Making Whiskey (In 2024)

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

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