Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada. From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to creating high-quality whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller, and self- reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including: Quality Spirits 101: Step-by-step recipes and techniques Legal Liquor: An overview of the licensing process in the United States and Canada Raising the Bar: Advocacy for fair regulations for hobby distillers This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale – and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits. Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer and homesteader who lives on a forty-acre off-grid farm in northwest Washington State with her husband David. She strives to enhance her family's self-reliance through solar energy, gardening, food preservation, raising heritage poultry, blacksmithing, and other traditional skills Victoria is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.
An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Potent Potables
Author: Bill Owens
Publisher: Quarry Books
This book is a backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and more. The reader, the ultimate spirits aficionado, will learn how water and grain are transformed into the full range exquisite, timeless liquors. There are few books available that explore the actual craft of distilling in such detail. Most of the other spirits books chronicle the historical side of the distilling world or focus on the flavors of various vintages. Our book will be the consummate insider's guide to distilling techniques. Bill Owens' original photography, the result of two cross-country road trips, offers comprehensive illustration of the microdistilling world.
Craft distilling has exploded in the United States—and James Rodewald, former Drinks Editor for Gourmet magazine, takes an in-depth look at the intrepid characters at the forefront of the liquid revolution. He speaks to the men and women at the heart of this remarkable industry about the challenges they face, the rewards of their hard work, and the delicious spirits they make.
An Enthusiast's Guide to the Artisan Distilling of Whiskey, Vodka, Gin and other Potent Potables
Author: Bill Owens
Publisher: Quarry Books
The Art of Distilling, Revised and Updated presents the techniques and inspirations of the most innovative micro-distillers working today and ties it together with incredible insider photography. In this comprehensive guide to artisan distilling, American Distilling Institute founder Bill Owens will teach you how contemporary master distillers transform water and grain into the full range of exquisite, timeless spirits. The Art of Distilling, Revised and Updated is your exclusive backstage pass into the world of small-scale distilling of whiskies, gins, vodkas, brandies, and many other spirits. Like no other book on the subject, The Art of Distilling goes to lengths to explore the actual craft of distilling, in detail. Beginning with a brief history of distilling and introduction to the process itself, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the art of distilling today. The revised and expanded edition includes even more practical tips, tricks, and instruction and has been updated to include growth and development in the artisan distilling space over the past decade. The Art of Distilling, Revised and Updated is the consummate insider's guide to distilling and its techniques.
It's taken nearly 40 years, but at last craft distilling is beginning to catch up with microbrewing and artisan cidermaking. For far too long, official red tape and perceived high costs have been a barrier to all but the hardiest entrepreneurs - but now the dam has broken and new and exciting gins, whiskies, apple brandies and vodkas are being made all over the country. If you've ever dreamed of firing up a gleaming copper pot-still of your very own but have found the maze of customs and European regulations just too daunting, expert Ted Bruning lays them all bare and brings your vision within reach.
Over the past decade, the craft distilling movement has grown to approximately 1500 small batch distillers in the USA, 300 in the UK, 150 in Canada and 100 in Australia.Whether your passion is to start distilling as a hobby or to start a licensed small batch craft distillery, the key to successfully making top quality spirits is a thorough understanding of raw materials and a solid grasp of the science behind mashing, fermentation, distillation, oak ageing and the use of water and yeast.As well as the history of alcoholic beverages and the legal definitions of spirit types, this 4th Edition of Field to Flask explores the legislation that governs craft distilling in Canada, the UK and the USA and the complex science behind mashing, fermenting, distilling and oak ageing of alcoholic spirits. This edition also examines marketing strategies for gaining market attention as a small distiller, manufacturing of alcoholic beverages by commercial distilleries, and wraps up with recipe ideas to stimulate the imagination of both the hobbyist and potential licensed craft distiller alike. Malcolm Bucholtz B.Sc., MBA has been making beer, wine and mead for over 30 years. In 2014, he completed the General Certificate in Distilling from the UK-based Institute for Brewing and Distilling (IBD) which propelled him headlong into the world of distilled spirits. Malcolm has gained a reputation in Canada for teaching distillery courses, and for assisting start-up craft distilleries with business plan development, recipe formulation, and contract distilling services. He is currently completing his M.Sc. in Brewing & Distilling at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Intended for the craft whiskey distiller who aims to make excellent quality malt whiskey through artisan distillation methods, this manual gives detailed instructions on how to distill one barrel (53 gallons) of 120-proof malt whiskey. This manual adapts the all-grain recipes from the mashing (brewing) process used by commercial malt whiskey distilleries, and details the crucial double-distillation method employed by most of renowned malt whiskey producers.
A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky
Author: Karl Raitz
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
While other industries chase after the new and improved, bourbon makers celebrate traditions that hearken back to an authentic frontier craft. Distillers enshrine local history in their branding and time-tested recipes, and rightfully so. Kentucky's unique geography shaped the whiskeys its settlers produced, and for more than two centuries, distilling bourbon fundamentally altered every aspect of Kentucky's landscape and culture. Making Bourbon: A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky illuminates how the specific geography, culture, and ecology of the Bluegrass converged and gave birth to Kentucky's favorite barrel-aged whiskey. Expanding on his fall 2019 release Bourbon's Backroads, Karl Raitz delivers a more nuanced discussion of bourbon's evolution by contrasting the fates of two distilleries in Scott and Nelson Counties. In the nineteenth century, distilling changed from an artisanal craft practiced by farmers and millers to a large-scale mechanized industry. The resulting infrastructure -- farms, mills, turnpikes, railroads, steamboats, lumberyards, and cooperage shops -- left its permanent mark on the land and traditions of the commonwealth. Today, multinational brands emphasize and even construct this local heritage. This unique interdisciplinary study uncovers the complex history poured into every glass of bourbon.