How Can You Make Whiskey At Home?
Whiskey is rather popular, no matter what form it comes in. Perhaps you have a taste for flavored whiskeys, like the cinnamon-flavored Fireball. Maybe you prefer Bourbon, which has a rich history in the United States, having been made in Kentucky, which still crafts 95% of the world’s supply. But no matter what type of whiskey you prefer, you should be aware that you can make whiskey at home. Whiskey making kits are becoming increasingly popular, and with good reason. Rather than waiting for their ideal whiskeys to be created, consumers take matters into their own hands and craft their perfect whiskeys. Let’s find out how you can do so.
1. Select A Base
As a grain-based spirit, whiskey will typically be based with corn, rye, wheat, or barley. Otherwise, it may be based on a blend of multiple grains. Typically, whiskey making kits will set forth a particular grain for you, which will influence the final product that you end up with.
2. Cook the Base
No matter what base whiskey making kits provide, it needs to be cooked at high heat. This will expose the sugars in the grains, particularly if it is cooked in water as it should be.
3. Begin Fermentation
Once the grain is softened through the cooking process, it must be mashed, ideally through a rolling pin. Yeast will then be added to the mash. This is why whiskey making kits are so important. You must make your whiskey in a setting that will ferment properly, and it can be not easy to portion out these ingredients without proper kits. Fermentation will usually take several days, and you need to observe it.
4. Add Your Mash to a Still
Once fermentation has set incorrectly (usually, the mixture will become sour), you need to add your mash to a still, with zero leaks. This can be quite dangerous, and you need to wait for the alcohol to be converted to a vapor, usually at 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Test the Whiskey and Age It
Taste your whiskey to make sure it’s the flavor that you expected. After that, if you truly want to finish the process, let it age in a barrel. This will bring your whiskey from an amateur level to something truly great.