Homebrewers Association | AHA Forum

Other than Brewing => The Pub => Topic started by: 1vertical on February 07, 2010, 08:12:05 PM

Title: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 07, 2010, 08:12:05 PM
Hey I was surfin today, and found this site...
http://homedistiller.org/forum/ (http://homedistiller.org/forum/)

I know it is illegal to distill alcohol.... and without talking politics,
I found this site to be of great interest and anyone concerned
with fuesels and stuff might learn a bit by some reading.... ;)

I know these guys are just making fuel for the family car!
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: euge on February 18, 2010, 06:38:45 PM
And they are just as obsessive as we are apparently. :o

I'd like to be able to make vodka or rum in small amounts.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: onthekeg on February 23, 2010, 03:28:00 AM
been a member there for longer than on NB...  so Im tole..
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 23, 2010, 05:44:44 AM
If ya had a certain tubular device attached to a chamber ...and ya got a lousy
infected batch of beer....you could do somethin besides dump it to the ocean...
 8)
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: onthekeg on February 24, 2010, 02:55:02 AM
I know a guy that distilled some beer that was hit with the dreaded acetobactor.  I should ask him how that turned out.   ;)
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: nicneufeld on February 24, 2010, 04:22:58 AM
Problem with home distillation, even if legal, is that you have to either prefer the white unaged spirits (moonshine, gin, white rum, vodka) or be VERY VERY patient.  To be honest, a good bourbon is nice to just go out and buy instead of waiting 10 years hoping yours turns out OK.

That said...were it legal, I'd totally try it! 
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 24, 2010, 05:52:54 AM
Nic,
There are ways to tint your white likker...some caramelized sugar perhaps...
Ageing it in small barrels increases wood / liquid contact...you could
take some acceptable shortcuts I am certain...  It is just the legal stumbling
block I keep coming up against
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: euge on February 24, 2010, 06:15:12 AM
Quote
It is just the legal stumbling
block I keep coming up against

Most likely not a concern unless one is bootlegging. Small-scale or personal use and who would even know?
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: dean on February 24, 2010, 12:09:48 PM
I've been giving it some serious thought as well lately.  I've dumped more beer in the last 6 months than ever, I used to force myself to drink at least a third of it but somehow I just can't anymore.   :D  I've seen TV adds for distillers and they showed how to make your own liquor On TV so I doubt its a big legal issue for personal consumption considering the small amount you'd be getting from it.  I can't remember the name brand but it was a countertop coffee pot size distiller that held about a gallon and produced about a half pint or so if I remember right?   
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 24, 2010, 04:00:44 PM
I know a guy that distilled some beer that was hit with the dreaded acetobactor.  I should ask him how that turned out.   ;)
I wonder if he managed to make a good "Save" on his labor?
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: euge on February 25, 2010, 06:38:45 AM
I'm sure these dudes do it for the love of it.  :D

If I were to try this a 20% ABV mash is probably a good starting point. There's Turbo Yeast available.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 25, 2010, 03:30:08 PM
I read on that forum turbo yeilds an inferior result....
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: euge on February 25, 2010, 06:03:17 PM
Yeah they would know I guess. Not sure how much one would get out of 5 gallons of 5% beer. Maybe a quart?
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 25, 2010, 06:25:09 PM
simple math....5 gal X  .05  = .25 gallon           
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: beerocd on February 25, 2010, 06:46:21 PM
simple math....5 gal X  .05  = .25 gallon           

Isn't that straight though? As in 100%, 200 proof? Dilute it down to drinking strength, now you're almost 2/3 gallon.
Of course you can't still that pure anyway. High 90's on a reflux column - so let's call it a half gallon at drinking strength.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on February 25, 2010, 06:54:30 PM
Sweet....then figger out how to attach a reflux colum to your keg boiler kettle...
you are set for a 5 gallon run off....  ;)

Of course, you will want to keep it up at 100% realm so you can put it in
the GAS TANK of the family stationwagon.

Diluting it with water.....makes bad things happen to the engine.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: beerocd on February 25, 2010, 07:37:36 PM

Of course, you will want to keep it up at 100% realm so you can put it in
the GAS TANK of the family stationwagon.

I think the straight firewater would fubar your engine. Just speaking from starter fluid and small engine experiences.
I'd totally go greasecar before I would distill for my vehicle. I love the smell of french fries in the morning!  ;D
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: capozzoli on February 25, 2010, 10:10:46 PM
Civil disobedience.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: MrNate on February 25, 2010, 11:00:35 PM
I missed ya, Cap.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: capozzoli on February 25, 2010, 11:12:14 PM
I missed you too.

Finally made your way here huh?
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: MrNate on February 26, 2010, 12:38:31 AM
Yeah, nobody told me. A less secure man might've inferred something from that. Or a smarter one.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: capozzoli on February 26, 2010, 12:55:28 PM
 :-*
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: 1vertical on March 05, 2010, 05:26:29 PM
I think there are some NEW nice Toys to be found here....

http://www.milehidistilling.com/Still_Boilers_for_moonshine_and_alcohol_still_s/4.htm (http://www.milehidistilling.com/Still_Boilers_for_moonshine_and_alcohol_still_s/4.htm)

I see all kinds of stuff...malt...flaked maize...fermenters... :-\
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: capozzoli on March 05, 2010, 10:58:04 PM
They have some nice looking gear. I like the mr distiller. Maybe just a gimmick but pretty cool.

Im still thinking about the $2 crock pot still.

http://www.bbqandbourbon.com/2009/07/11/crock-pot-still-video-shows-the-patience-required/

Lots of ways.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mPCiLvrp_0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySkFpQL4_ZQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNY3_00p180

Poor popcorn.

He was keeping a part of American history alive.

For Shame.

He lives on the hearts of would be moonshiners like us.
Title: Re: Home Distillation
Post by: bluesman on March 06, 2010, 12:37:31 AM

Lots of ways.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNY3_00p180


That last one you posted is what's known as "Down Home Distillation".