9/30/2013 – Hello. Does the "Compleat Distiller" describe how to make various kinds of mash?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes sir!
7/16/2012 – I am looking for a book that gives you the complete steps on the brewing, fermentation, and distilling processes. Do you have anything that gives complete references to these topics?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Compleat Distiller is your best bet.
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
4/25/2010 – I am looking for information on proper user of the super start distillers yeast. Is there a book you recommend?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have several good books on distilling. Link to the Compleat Distiller Handbook provided.There is also an online resource on Home Distillation of Alcohol. Here is a link to that website: http://homedistiller.org/
9/8/2009 – how can i flavor moonshine after it has been distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We sell an entire line of essences for flavoring alcohol. These essences turn plain alcohol into whiskeys, rums, gin, brandy's etc etc. It works for commercial alcohol (legal) as well as moonshine (illegal in the U.S.). How you choose to use these essences is not our concern.Here is a link to that category
2/1/2008 – What would be the best all around book to by for brewing beer and whiskey and others. And thanks for answering all of my other questions. Have a nice day.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: There a lots of good books on brewing, but I am not aware of ONE that covers beer brewing, distilling (whiskey and other spirits), and all the other possibilities, like wine making. There are specialized books for each, however.For brewing beer, we like The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. It's a classic, with lots of good information including . . .
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
8/18/2007 – i was reading about distilling and i read somewhere that you have to remove the methanol from your mash before you distill the ethanol. what exactly does that mean and why haven't i seen that in any other instructional video or guide?(internet guides, that is)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You have it a little mixed up. I will try to summarize a little bit here, but we recommend a good book on the subject to understand the fine points.Methanol is often called wood alcohol because it was once produced chiefly as a byproduct of the destructive distillation of wood. It is a poisenous substance and should not be drunk. As long . . .
10/18/2006 – hello guys, this is frenchy here i,ve been reading about home distilling and stills, for about 3 months now. i just wanted to know why in every design there's no pressure relieve valve what happens to the pressure inside the boiler and column. i really don't understand if it has to be air tight when the boiling starts the pressure has got . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Because you don't want a pressurize system. You want vapors to be released easily, not retained inside the pot. In other words, it DOESN'T have to be air tight, and SHOULDN'T be air tight. It's not a pressure vessel.
7/28/2006 – Does your activated stone carbon need to be washed with water before using it to filter alcohol? If so, what is the procedure?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is more effective if you do. A good way is to put it into a tube with something like a coffee filter on the end to hold the carbon. A rubber band will do to hold it in place. Start pouring a little water into the tube. It will bubble at first, and then be absorbed by the carbon. Keep doing this until water trickles out the end of the tube. . . .
2/12/2006 – Can homebrewed wines be distilled?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes; most certainly. That is how brandy is made.The legality of doing so depends on where you are located and lots of other factors, however.
2/11/2006 – What would be the best recipe book for making moonshine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It very much depends on what kind of moonshine, and how you intend to do it.The links below are quite good.
1/25/2006 – I want to know how to build a still for making whiskey or rum for personal use. what do I need to do this?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We have a number of good books on this subject. Here are links to two of them:"Moonshine Made Simple and Still Makers Manual""Lore of Still Building"links are found belowOur Distillation Category (for equipment etc) is found here:Distillation Supplies & Alcohol FlavoringsThis is all assuming that you have researched . . .
7/27/2005 – also i wanted to know ive got a lantern that burns all types of fuels (alcohol) as well like rubbing achool and others. Are stills able to produce these as well as shine, and what book would it be good to get that would have ingredients list to make both.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Stills are capable of producing high proof alcohol for burning, yes. Rubbing alcohol and drinking alcohol are entirely different things, and it's important to know the difference. That is more than we can cover here. Stills can be used to produce either one. An alcohol lantern is perfectly capable of burning ethanol (drinking alcohol) . . .
7/21/2005 – I see a reflux still in my future but!!! I have to know, Is it possible to distill with a corn wash and maybe "filter" the finished product through charcoal and then maybe let this sit in charred oak chips to give it a whiskeyish flavor ? I would rather flavor it myself than with extracts. Also, can you use an all grain fermentation to distill . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Where it is legal to do so...yes, your can distill a corn wash, filter and flavor with oak. That has been done.You are also correct about doing an all-grain fermentation without hops and distilling to produce whiskey. Again, the legality of that depends on many factors. That is your responsibility, not ours. The books in our Distillation . . .
5/8/2005 – What books go into the scientific reason for each process in depth? I am looking for more of a background in how the sugars in each different type of mash is extracted and the science behind it? I got Moonshine made simple and found it lacking in the indepth science of it all. I have a biochemistry back ground and am looking for more of a . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The "The Compleat Distiller" is the book you are after as far as the distillation process. It is also pretty good as far as utilizing the various sugars.For the sugar extraction process from grains, a good brewing text like "How to Brew" by Palmer is very good. Although more of a beer brewing book, it covers the enzymes and reactions related . . .
4/19/2005 – Do you have recipes for scotch, vodka, gin, etc?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, but all of the books that we sell have recipes in them. Here is a link to that category:
3/6/2005 – Which, if any, of your books give recipes for the manufacture of vodka and gin? Of course this information is wanted for theoretical purposes only. I do tend to like the technical, so do not steer me away from that.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Of course.The Home Distillation Handbook certainly covers the production of vodka, and emphasizes how to produce other liquors using essences (flavorings). It is a good basic reference. For the technically minded, the book "The Compleat Distiller" is excellent, emphasizing the chemistry/physics of alcohol production and good still . . .
2/6/2005 – what is an ideal temp.for distillation?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you mean for ethanol alcohol, it begins to vaporize at 172 deg F. If you are after maximum alcohol content (this is not always the desired product!) temperature is typically maintained at 172-178 deg F. Obviously, if you are distilling water, or another substance, the temperature is range is much different.There is more to running . . .
1/30/2005 – I was wondering if " the complete distiller" would be a good choice for showing the different types of stills and how to get better yield from your batches?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is a very good reference.
1/9/2005 – does this book detail "making the cut" for different taste profiles as shown in "making pure corn whiskey" which is often considered another "must have" distillation book?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, altho from a more scientific point of view.
9/26/2004 – can you make brandys or schnapps and are they legal?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends how you do it, where you live and how willing you are to do the paperwork...Mixing flavoring essences into purchased (commercial) vodka is legal. Making your own (for home use) by distillation is not legal in the U.S. In other countries, it is often legal.Of course, brandys and schnapps can be made commerically in the . . .
9/21/2004 – I can only get 1 book. I am new to this endeavor.I dont need to know how to make a still although the finer points of operation and tuning would be a plus . Recipes , how to treat the mash/wash , and what adding or using different ingredients accomplishes are the main info I would like. Which book should it be?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For my money, that would be the Home Distillation Handbook. Here is a link to that item:If you are technically minded, the Compleat Distiller has more information, but it is often more than what is necessary.
9/17/2004 – I was wondering what kind of still and process is involved in making Eau de Vie, and if this still would do the trick? I would also welcome any recommendations on books for this purpose. I also know the legalities and I was wondering how hard it is to get a license to distill?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, this still is suitable for making Eau de Vie (legalities aside).Here is some general information:MAKING EAU-DE-VIEFruit must first be fermented into a kind of wine before it can be distilled. Maximum ripeness is desired, since this will produce both the most favor and alcohol in the distillate. In general, the notion that . . .
5/5/2004 – The Price Of Gasoline Just Keeps Going Up !If I Became Good At Distilling And Ran A "Moderately" Efficient Distillation System:How Many Hundred Pounds Of Corn Would I Have To Distill Each Week To Make 20 Gallons Of Fuel Quality Alcohol For My Automobile?How Long Would It Take To Distill 20 Gallons Of 'Fuel Quality' Alcohol Using . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it does (the price, anyway)!The use of alcohol as a fuel, and economics of doing so is best described in this website:http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel_library/ethanol_manual/manual_ToC.html
3/6/2004 – I have "Compleat Distiller" on my shopping list for general purposes. Do you know if this book covers the use of potatoes (versus grains) as the base for the fermentation stage, or do I need to search for additional "informational" materials?Thanks.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This book is an excellent resource for the distillation part of the process, but it is a little "lean" on the fermentation portion. The Alaska Bootleggers Bible actually has better information on using potatoes, and even has a recipe for potato "wine".
2/28/2004 – Is it illegal to produce ethanol for a use other than human consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on where you live, but in general, it is not illegal to produce ethanol for use as a fuel, for instance. A permit, however, may be required. The Feds even offer tax credits for producing alcohol as alternative fuel.We are not lawyers of course, and you should always be sure of your own legal position.
2/23/2004 – Do you know of any websites or books that have instructions on making a still from scratch?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Most of the books we sell shown how to build a simple still. See link below for a link to our distillation section
1/1/2004 – How long does it take to make a liquor with a still?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It involves two separate operations:1) Fermentation 2) DistillationStep 1) depends very much on what is being fermented, temperature, nutrients, yeast and many other factors. A general timeframe may be say... 7-10 days. This is entirely legal in most countries/states.Step 2) takes perhaps 4-6 hoursPlease bear in mind, that . . .
12/3/2003 – I can't drink alcohol. Is it possible to remove most of the alcohol of a liquor like Tequila and somehow maintain the flavor by evaporation or any other means? (So that N.A. Margaritas can be made)
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not really, BUT...we have alcohol flavorings (essences) that are normally added to vodka to make them into rum, tequila, whiskey etc that should work just fine. They contain no alcohol themselves, and a very small amount can be added to make N.A. drinks.
11/9/2003 – So after someone builds a still what would be a good book to really get in to learning about distillation, recipes, tips, etc.?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The best book I know of is the "Compleat Distiller".See link below:
9/20/2003 – i have done some research i have found that in 1984 was a bill signed that made it legal to make 100gal per year for legal age person that resides at that address for personal use and not for sale. please tell me if something has changed.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I assume the law you are referring to (actually in 1978 by the Feds, altho some states took longer) legalized beer and wine making only, not home distillation. Beer and winemaking involves production of alcohol through the normal, natural processes of yeast fermentation; and that is typically the legal distinction. The deliberate CONCENTRATION . . .
9/15/2003 – Is it illegal to make moonshine for personal use in the U.S?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If by moonshine, you mean distilled alcohol that is produced at home for consumption as a beverage without paying taxes, YES!We do not encourage, and will not be responsible, for the illegal use of equipment purchased from Homebrew Heaven. If you intend to do that, we don't want to know.In many other countries, it is legal (New Zealand . . .
9/10/2003 – new zealand has become propaganderised as a non-drinkers heaven. tax is raised by the communist govt. on real beer(4.5%+)and on spirits! The 'average class' new zealander prime minister asked live on tv why beer drinkers do not drink lite beer. The country shook to its' core when about 400,000 real men and 200,000 sheilas started stomping . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I sympathize with you. Please understand that we don't have it so good either. At leastin NZ it's not illegal to distill at home. I'm of the opinion that anything I choose to do at home is MY damn business. Land of the free? I think not. By the way, in this state, blood alcohol limit was .10; now it is 0.08 and I'll bet in a year or two, we'll . . .
6/14/2003 – Is it legal for an individual in the US to distill spirits for individual consumption?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. It is not.In some other countries, like New Zealand, Sweden and others, it is. There are at least two reasons advanced for this:1) Taxation. No incentive for the government to make it legal.2) Liqour industry. A highly profitable industry would take a hit. The feds support their industry, and the industry supports the feds. . . .
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