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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay? The short answer is yes. Here are five examples from around the world: 5 Smoky World Whiskies Challenging Scotch When the ...
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Why is Rum not affected in the same way by distillation as other alcohols like Vodka?

There is nothing different about the distillation of rum. Just like with whiskey, brandy, vodka, etc. no sugar comes off the still. What does happen a lot in the rum industry is the post ...
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Is peaty whiskey made in other parts of the world besides Islay?

As the previous answer says: 'yes'. You don't need to go very far from Islay to find peaty whisky: they're making it on Jura (which is about 250m away across the Sound of Jura from Port Askaig), and ...
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Why is Rum not affected in the same way by distillation as other alcohols like Vodka?

I don't have any prior knowledge so I Googled the answer. According to this site and this other site, sugar doesn't make it past distillation. However, sugar is often added after distillation in rum.
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Homemade alcohol

To make it with "simple things that may find in any kitchen for daily needs" is not possible to my knowledge. However you can with a few pieces bits that you should be easily able to get your hands on....
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If buying a distillery, what would you focus on?

Having owned and run a winery for 15 years (as well as making the wine, it was a small operation), you should concentrate on Sales, Marketing and Distribution about 90% of your effort. You could ...
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How much of a spirit's flavour comes from the original fermentation?

The type of still used is significant. Vodka is distilled using a fractioning column or reflux still as described here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fractionating_column With a fractioning column, ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

Speaking of safety: don't forget about methanol: A simple (but effective) rule of thumb for this is to throw away the first 50 mL you collect (per 20 L mash used) for a reflux still. If using a ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

For small-batch home distillation, hypothetically, a large (24 qt.) stainless steel stockpot makes an economical and effective pot still for 5 gal. batches. You will need a large stainless salad bowl ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

The Illegality issue is rooted in the sale of illegal substances AND/OR not paying Taxes on substances used. The BIG issue for anyone is Fire and Explosion. These problems kill or maim people and ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

Don't do it in your home. Set it up 40+ feet from you home in the open or covered shed with open walls. I have a BS in chemical engineering but an alcohol still is pretty basic. Creating the mash ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

The biggest risk during distillation is boiling over the pot and having flammable liquid run into an open flame. I've heard of stills in the NW United States that use steam as a heat source instead ...
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Sour Mash Whiskey

In the sour mash process, the distillers beer is distilled, and a portion of the spent beer is added to the next batch. Many organic acids are not very volatile, so they will remain in the spent beer. ...
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Sour Mash Whiskey

This - kind of - answers your question. The breakdown of sour mashing in beer cannot be too different. The article linked explains the process with amazing detail. Here are some pertinent highlights: ...
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What is the difference between beer and whisky?

Whisky is a distilled spirit from (a usually hopless) beer that is then matured for a certain amount of time in wood. Time, wood type, and grains used in the beer depend on the local laws of whisky ...
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What is the difference between beer and whisky?

Three considerable differences, at a macro level: The "beer" which goes into a typical whisky is not really drinkable. It isn't brewed for taste - it is brewed for properties which will ...
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Mash overflows and lid comes off distiller

Lots of people refer to this as a "puke". It's like the distiller is puking. I managed to solve my problem (Currently half way through the first batch ;-)). I used a "distilling conditioner" AKA ...
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Extracting oils and flavours before fermentation

Actually, yes. Though usually not with essential oils. In most cases, as an infusion. For low-alcohol beverages: punch, some dry-hopped beers, vermouth For spirits: liqueur, gin, rumtopf, Chinese ...
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Distilling fermented beverages to remove head without concentrating alcohol?

No, this would destroy the wine/mash/beer that your were trying to remove the "head" from. Just to make the first pass in a still to remove this head, you would need to get the liquid up to around ...
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How can I make a home distillation set up, safely?

Building a Good Distillation Tower . . . the down and dirty way: Glass column . . . fill with glass beads. Exit point ==> condensation coil. Why? The glass beads cause vapors to condense while ...
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