Re: [new_distillers] New Member/First Steps
- Your wife is a dear so keep her. If she can make beer, you have all of the wash/wort that you need. She might want to drop the hop, and use a better yeast that is over 10% + alcohol tolerant. Look into charring white oak and other wood to store your Ethanol in glass or plastic containers. At one time we had no choice but to use white oak, but glass and plastic allows us to experiment with other woods.
From: Mark <stagof7@...>
Sent: Saturday, February 9, 2013 2:19 PM
Subject: [new_distillers] New Member/First Steps
Just decided to get into home distilling and I'm very glad to have found this resource.
Right now I'm reading as much as I can before I start asking a bunch of questions.
Bought a two-litre alembic pot still and distilled some water to start to get to know it, and see if it leaked (no leaks). Definitely have to work out an easier way to keep the water in the condenser cold, and to regulate the heat under the boiler (the alcohol burner that came with the unit seems to have little difference between "low" and "high".
While I keep reading, I thought a simple option to work more with the still would be to buy a less-expensive (not to say cheap) bottle of wine and try distilling it. Seems like a good idea to me, but since I don't know what I'm doing yet, I thought I'd ask for opinions.
Also, my wife has been home-brewing beer (porter) for some time (God bless her) and I can't see any reason not to experiment with a bit of that before it gets bottled. Am I overlooking something?
Thanks again, glad to be aboard.