So you want to learn more, do you? Below are links to resources that I have used to get started. I’ll be sure to post more links as I discover them.
Distilling Supplies and Information
Brewhaus.com is a hub for just about anything that a distiller needs (sans recipes). I have one of their stills, and it’s great. I have purchased a variety of things from them including activated carbon, fermenters, all the still pieces and parts a guy could ask for and, oh yeah…yeast. They’ve got a whole lot going on, and their customer service is great.
Distiller’s need many of the same ingredients that home brewers need. That means that home distillers can, and should, tag into the purchasing infrastructure that the brewers so thoughtfully prepared for us.
A useful collection of pieces, parts and recipes. Cheesey…but not the worst place to start.
I haven’t done business with these folks yet, but there’s some good info there. I’m seriously considering acquiring one of their whisky stills. There’s just something about the old school copper.
Copper Moonshine Stills are beautiful. Expensive, but beautiful. Certainly worth looking at if you’re interested in a higher end/higher volume piece.
A great place to go if you are looking for information on yeast, some brew recipes, supplies, etc. Their yeast can also be purchased from beergrains.com.
Like it or not, reading’s one of the things you need to do in order to get all of the information you need. There’s a lot of good material out there. Here are a few that I read and enjoyed.
The Kings County Distillery Guide to Urban Moonshining: How to Make and Drink Whiskey – The longest title ever? Perhaps. Absolutely worth your time. The discussions on production technique have not led me wrong yet.
The Joy of Home Distilling – A book from the Brewhaus folks. Lots of good info and a quick easy read.
The Home Distiller’s Workbook – fast, easy and cheap…exactly how I like ’em.
The Art of Distilling Whiskey – A decent book that walks you through history and styles. Honestly, not my first recommendation. You don’t need it to get you going, but it’s got a lot of information to help you get to know more about liquor and stills.