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Craft Distilling (PDF)
Making Liquor Legally at Home
Many people have experienced great success making their own beer or wine at home. In recent years a number of hobbyists have become interested in making distilled spirits. However, distilled spirits are more complicated to produce, and the process presents unique safety issues. In addition, alcohol distillation without a license is illegal in most countries, including the United States and Canada.
From mashing and fermenting to building a small column still, Craft Distilling is a complete guide to creating high-quality whiskey, rum and more at home. Experienced brewer, distiller and self-reliance expert Victoria Redhed Miller shares a wealth of invaluable information including:
- Quality Spirits 101: Step-by-step recipes and techniques
- Legal Liquor: An overview of the licensing process in the U.S. and Canada
- Raising the Bar: Advocacy for fair regulations for hobby distillers.
This unique resource will show you everything you need to know to get started crafting top-quality spirits on a small scale-and do it legally. Sure to appeal to hobbyists, homesteaders, self-sufficiency enthusiasts, and anyone who cares about fine food and drink, Craft Distilling is the ideal offering for independent spirits.
Victoria Redhed Miller is a writer, photographer and homesteader who lives on a 40-acre off-grid farm in the foothills of Washington's Olympic Mountains with her husband David. She strives to enhance her family's self-reliance through solar energy, gardening, raising heritage poultry, craft brewing and distilling, blacksmithing, and other traditional skills. Victoria blogs about her experiences at canyoncreekfarms.blogspot.com. She is the author of Pure Poultry: Living Well with Heritage Chickens, Turkeys and Ducks.
"Craft Distilling accomplishes the extraordinary task of making the arcane art form accessible and practical for anyone who can cook from a recipe. The joy of creating spirits at home is a great incentive for learning a little chemistry and Victoria makes the chemistry fun."
Bryan Welch, Mother Earth News, and CEO, B the Change Media
"In Craft Distilling, author Victoria Redhed Miller leads us on a wonderfully intoxicating journey that answers the question of why distill spirits at home with eloquence and clarity that only a passionate practitioner can offer. With Miller's help we come to understand just why it is that most of us can't legally make spirits for ourselves, and she makes a wonderful case for why we should be able to do just that! Set the history aside for a spell and Craft Distilling delves deeply into the science of alcohol distillation and sets you up with everything from detailed recipes for your favorite liquors and insight on constructing your own still. Craft Distilling is as important for dreamers and practitioners as it is for policy makers, and it belongs on the shelf of everyone who has anything to do with the production and consumption of distilled spirits."
Oscar H. Will III, Editorial Director, Mother Earth News
"This is one of the most comprehensive books I have seen to date. This book tells you everything you need to know to become a knowledgeable distiller. The book also has many great recipe's. I would highly recommend this book to any new or experienced distiller."
Mike Haney, Hillbilly Stills