Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Homemade Spirits Part 2: Distillation

PLEASE NOTE: Home distillation may be illegal in your country - I live in NZ where the government allows this. Make sure you check local and/or federal laws before attempting to follow this procedure

Here is part 2 of my guide - the distillation part.

You should now have a fully fermented drum of alcohol wash - this should be added to your still and the lid tightly secured. Turn the element in the still on and wait for the thermometer to hit 50 degrees Celsius. You can now turn on the water running through your column. Once the thermometer reaches 78 degrees liquid will begin dripping from the column. This is methanol which must not be drunk and you should throw away the first ~100ml of distillate to ensure your alcohol is free of methanol.


Then you will be collecting delicious alcohol - it will be coming out around 85% depending on the type of still you have.


Here is a video of my still in action:



Once all the alcohol has been collected it can be filtered through a carbon filter, I will include this information in my next post.

18 comments:

  1. This is fascinating to read and see. And 85%! Wow!

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  2. Quite a science to this isn't there...

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  3. I'd have to agree, and it's a good read! Thanks!

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  4. I well wanna try this!

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  5. Nice in depth guide! I'm gonna look around the garage if I can find some materials to get started.

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  6. I know for a fact its illegal where I am. None the less great guide, I have to admit I'm jealous.

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  7. Woah, thats pretty cool but probably quite dangerous! haha

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  8. Very cool. I want to start brewing my own hooch... Followed.

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  9. I'd be too scared to do anything like this.

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  10. Is it good to get drunk?

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  11. Hey I live in New Zealand too, but I had no idea it was one of the few countries where it is legal to brew spirits o.o That's pretty cool.

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