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43648Re: [new_distillers] newbie question

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  • Bob Glicksman
    Mar 28, 2013
      There are many good books that you can find in the on-line library:  http://distillers.tastylime.net/newSite/homepage.html#.  Click on "production" and you can read these books online at no cost.  You can also get yourself a copy of "Alcohol Can Be A Gas" by David Blume (e.g. on Amazon.com).  This book is about making fuel rather than spirits, but it has lots of information about processing a whole variety of feedstock.

      Although spirit distilling has its own set of quality parameters, what you are doing is essentially making either wine or beer and then distilling it to produce a higher proof spirit (perhaps then coloring and flavoring the spirit after distillation).  Therefore, any book on wine or beer making will get you started.  Wine is made by fermenting sugars occurring naturally in plants (i.e. fruit juices).  Beer is made from plant starch, which is essentially a plant's way of storing sugar for when the sun doesn't shine.  Plants (particularly in their sprouted stage) contain natural enzymes which convert the starches back into sugars.  You "mash up" the starchy material in water (the mash), cook the mash in  enzymes to convert the starches to sugars, and then ferment it, just like fermenting fruit juice to wine. 

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      From: wea5148 <wea5148@...>
      To: new_distillers <new_distillers@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 10:34 pm
      Subject: [new_distillers] newbie question

      Hello fellow distillars. I say this toungue in cheak because I have not yet done any distilling but I would like to learn. I have purchased a small distiller and have reviewed several recipes but I am having trouble finding the details to the processes for distilling and making the mash. Can someone lend me a hand with this? I would like to learn the basics such as cooking temparatures, how cool the mash should be before adding the yeast, during fermentation should the container be sealed? etc. Thank you much for any assistance?

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