Make whiskey in your own home and you’ll find yourself making it over and over again since it is convenient, simple and more importantly cheap! Creating whiskey has become very popular and most amateurs like to make their own by following the simple directions. The very first thing you should do is actually make sure that you have the right ingredients and equipment at home.
Ingredients needed to make your first batch are the following. 7 pounds of rye, 2 pounds of barley, a pound of malt, 3 grams of yeast, 6 gallons of good water, a food mill or processor, a pot for the fermentation process that needs to be airtight, a still that can either be bought at the store or made at home by using a steam kettle, a pressure cooker or rice oven with a steam valve, a cooking thermometer to monitor the temperature ranges, plastic hose or even tubing, a large meal cooking container, a pillow case for pushing not to mention some glass bottles or whiskey containers.
The very first thing you would need to do is to crush the barley and rye into a powder that is rough. You can do this with the help of the food processor or the food mill. If you want to try this mashing manually then make sure that you use a clean rock or large rock to do this. Then you would have to put in the 6 gallons of bottled water into the big metal cooking container and put it on the stove for heating it to a temperature of close to 70F. The cooking thermometer can be suspended in the container to help you monitor the heat.
The next thing is to place the crushed mixture of malt and grains into this water and stir the mixture continuously while increasing the actual temperature to close to 160F. The stirring of the mixture has to be carried out for 3 several hours while ensuring the heat is continually maintained at the said degree. This makes the starch into sugars. After the required time, the container can be removed the heat so that the mash cools to 70 degrees F. Only at that juncture, the yeast should be included and stirred thoroughly so that it includes with the blend.
Fermentation is the next phase. The blend ought to be poured to the container that is airtight to ensure that fermentation starts. Make very sure that the actual pot is well covered. This method should take close to a week or so. After the week, it is possible to pour out the actual fermented fluid through the pillowcase so that if you will find any solids they are filtered out.
Distillation is next. Possibly you buy a still in the provider or create your own in the home. All you must do is take the rice or pressure cooker which has a steam valve or a steam kettle and place the hose or plastic bag over the valve. The actual liquid will have to be heated so that the vapor or vapors may get away through the steam control device into the hose or plastic bag. These vapors will reduce and cool and the whiskey will be created and drained into the containers. Let the whiskey age for several weeks to get a great taste.