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Russian Home Distillation of Alcohol (Smogon) Part1.

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  • walter jacobson
    I was under the impression that vodka was made from unmalted grain until I came across a Russian language site: http://www.halyava.ru/asmir/nsam.html The site
    Message 1 of 1 , May 29, 2001
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      I was under the impression that vodka was made from unmalted grain until I
      came across a Russian language site: http://www.halyava.ru/asmir/nsam.html
      The site gives instructions for making a simple pot still and a Chinese
      still (using a central wok-like condenser), and samogon recipes.
      Measurements are given in buckets, the size of which is not given, but the
      old Russian bucket measure was 12litres. When yeast is not available, a
      sourdough starter of 3l of boiled hops and 1.5l of stillage(back slop) is
      recommended. A fully malted grain based mash recipe from malted rice, wheat,
      barley, millet, maize or peas is suggested. The consistency of the mash is
      to be a watery gruel (kissel). 500g of yeast is recommended for 12 buckets
      of mash. The technology, does not match the depth of Tony Ackland's site:
      http://www.geocities.com/kiwi_distiller
      Recipes from Samogon site:
      Wheat grain malt. 10kg malted wheat, 30l water, 500g yeast.
      Potatoes and malted grain. 5 buckets potatoes, 2 buckets malted grain.
      Bread and malted grain (1). 20 loaves of bread, 2 buckets malted grain.
      Bread and malted grain (2). 12 loaves of bread, 1/2 bucket malt grain, 15l
      water, 750g yeast.
      Sugar mash. 6kg sugar, 30l water, 200g yeast, bunch currants or morello
      cherries or dill for flavor.
      Sugar-beet. 30l of shredded and cooked sugar-beets, 200g yeast.
      Sugar-beet and sugar. 15l shreded and cooked sugar-beets, 6kg sugar, 10l
      water, 500g yeast.
      Sugar-beet molasses. 1 bucket molasses, 25l water, 250g yeast.
      Starch. 2 buckets water, 10kg starch, 2kg sugar, 500g yeast.
      Medovukha. 3kg honey, 3l sugar syrup, 27l water, 300g yeast.
      Mixed mash. 20 glasses wheat grain, 1kg sugar 21litres water.
      Other recipes are for fresh apples, pears, plums and dried apples and pears
      (in winter I gather).
      Rectification recipes for 3l of samogon vodka:
      "Cognac" (1). 1tbsp sugar, 1tbsp tea, 3 bay leaves, 5 black pepper corns,
      3-5 cloves, 3mm piece vanilla bean, some lemon or orange peel.
      "Cognac" (2). 3 bay leaves, 6 all-spice seeds, 6 black pepper corns, 3tbsp
      sugar, 1/4 tsp vanilla essence, 1tbsp cinnamon, 2tbsp tea, 6 cloves.
      "Cognac" (3). 3 tsp sugar, 3tsp instant coffee, 3 bay leaves, 5 cloves, 8
      black pepper corns.
      Starka (for 500ml vodka). 5 drops of ammonium smelling salts.
      Infusions. Wormwood; Currant; Plum; Morello cherries.

      Liquers recipes are given for Strawberry, Raspberry, Milk, Grape, Coffee,
      Rose petal, Cucumber (fresh and fermented).
      Colored vodka recipes using violets, mint, bilberry, sunflower seeds,
      saffron.

      Old-time recipes are given which are similar to messages 2417 - 2419.

      For the social and economic background to samogon production (in English)
      see http://www.exile.ru/feature/feature93.html

      Volodia















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