The Do and Don’t about Distilling at Home
Home distilling is a great way to explore new flavors and create your own signature spirits. Moonshine Distiller is proud to offer excellent beginning home distillery equipment for you to begin distilling your own crafts!
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced distiller, it’s important to follow some key concepts to ensure a safe and successful distilling process. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Do: Experiment with Flavors and Types of Alcohol
Trying different combinations of flavors and experimenting with various types of alcohol is a great way to create unique and delicious spirits. Don’t be afraid to get creative and try something new.
Don’t: Keep Finished Experiments Next to the Still
Finished experiments should be stored away from the still to prevent any potential fire hazards. Remember, most hard alcohol is flammable, so it’s important to keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
Do: Keep Track of Your Calculations
Accurate calculations are essential for creating a high-quality and safe batch of spirits. Keep track of your calculations to prevent a bad batch or worse.
Don’t: Leave Your Still Unattended
Leaving your still unattended can lead to serious trouble. Stay close by and watch for any potential leaks, vapor, or drips.
Do: Brew Your Own Moonshine
Moonshine has been legal since 2009, but it’s important to check if you need a permit or need to follow any regulations in your area.
Don’t: Spread Myths
There are many myths about moonshine that continue to persist. One of the most common is that it can make you blind. While it’s true that consuming too much methanol can lead to blindness, this is exceptionally rare. By following directions and doing your research, you can create delicious and safe spirits to impress your friends.
Always: Have Common Sense
When it comes to distilling, common sense is key.
Rushing the process is never worth it, and it’s important to have an appropriate workspace that is well-lit, clean, and well-ventilated to prevent the accumulation of alcohol vapors. Conducting a cleaning distillation before distilling is also essential for maintaining the still in top condition, and ensuring that any pipes are unobstructed to prevent excess pressure from building up.
Handling flammable liquids is not a game, so it’s important to never smoke or drink while distilling, and to always keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Collecting the distillate carefully and avoiding spills is also crucial.
Additionally, any containers that hold ingredients should be labeled and safely stored to prevent mixing the wrong ingredients, which can affect the final product. Overall, always conduct yourself responsibly while distilling and prioritize safety at all times.
By following these simple guidelines, you can safely and successfully distill your own spirits at home. Happy distilling!